Sunday, December 11 at 7:30pm on Nine
It’s not every day you get dressed down by a Duchess. But that’s just what happened to Michael Usher earlier this year when he interviewed royal renegade Sarah Ferguson. It was her first Australian interview in eight- years, so Michael had been looking forward to it. What he didn’t realise was that the Duchess has two very different sides. When Michael arrived, he was completely charmed by the knockabout “Sarah” who is open and brutally honest about her failings. But later in the day, Michael met bad Fergie – (her description not Michael’s). She’s the one who makes those bad judgement calls and lands herself in hot water, again and again. We’d already agreed that nothing was off limits for our interview. Michael could ask her about any of her famous scandals. But somewhere along the line, Michael hit a raw nerve and that’s when the trouble began.
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producers: Gareth Harvey, Sandra Cleary, Ali Smith
Original TX: 14 August, 2011
Descent into Hell
Looking back, Allison Langdon wonders where she found the nerve. Allison’s assignment was to venture where no one had gone before – right into the heart of one of the most active, most dangerous volcanoes on Earth. Joining her on this crazy quest was a team of Kiwi adventurers. Their plan was to abseil 500 metres over the edge of Mt Marum in Vanuatu and into the cauldron below. One slip and Allison would have been history – vaporised by the boiling lava. It’s a frightening place – no wonder it’s shrouded in mystery and black magic.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Nick Greenaway
Original TX: 24 July, 2011
Giving Away a Fortune
Imagine being so rich you could change the world and having the drive to actually make it happen. Fifteen years ago, Bill and Melinda Gates set up the Gates Foundation – pledging to give away 90% of their estimated 56 billion dollar fortune. They’re well on their way to achieving that goal – not that you’d know about it. The Gates have gone about their charity work humbly and well out of sight of the world’s media. So it was a rare privilege when Melinda Gates invited Scott Pelley, of the American 60 Minutes program, to join her on a mission to India.
Reporter: Scott Pelley, CBS 60 Minutes
Producer: Denise Schrier Cetta