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The Story of Australia – Episode 3

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

The story of Australian mining has always had a close relationship to China and Chinese people. Our a story starts with the gold rushes when many came direct from China to the diggings and continues with the story of modern mining activities – taking us to remote parts of the country to see the huge workings that are supplying coal, gas and many minerals to the world.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 3 of 6


 

The Story of Australia – Episode 2

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

Australia rose as a nation during the boom of the wool industry, and other pastoral industries. We will see vast outback country as well as the lush pastures of the dairy and orchard industries. We see the shearers at work, the vast cattle runs of the north and the newer industries with their important export activities – aquaculture and wine.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 2 of 6


 

The Story of Australia – Episode 1

The Story of Australia captures the stunning landscapes and people of contemporary Australia. Experience everyday Australian life through the eyes of people working on the ground – including a wildlife ranger in Kakadu, a rodeo rider in rural NSW, a marine biologist on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and an architect in cosmopolitan Melbourne.

A broad, dynamic overview of everything that is special about Australia – the familiar and the less familiar features of our land, our flora and fauna, an historical context for the series and an insight into Indigenous culture from its ancient rock art to its vibrant, continuing presence.


Episode Length: 00:30:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 1 of 6


 

The Big House – Anglo-Irish Houses – Episode 4

As the volunteer servants reach the end of their journey they have to prepare for a sumptuous five course dinner party. It’s their biggest challenge yet, the nerves are tangible as the butler and his footmen put what they have learned to the test whilst in the kitchen fingers are crossed the ovens will work and the soufflés set. Bryan Murray looks at the end of the Big House in Ireland as many of the houses were burned or left to ruin.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 4 of 4


 

The Big House – Famine – Episode 3

The volunteer servants have a big challenge ahead as they prepare to cater for a twenty-strong 19th century shooting party at Strokestown Park House. Meanwhile host Bryan Murray looks at the causes of the famine and its catastrophic effects and how this marked the beginning of the end for the Big House.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 3 of 4


 

The Big House – Strokestown House – Episode 2

At Strokestown House the volunteer servants wake up to a day of 18th century hard work. They have to get to grips with running the house and the kitchen staff must prepare a banquet from a 300 year old menu and to serve it as it would have been served hundreds of years ago. Presenter Bryan Murray travels around some of the grandest and wealthiest houses to find out more about the opulence of what is called the Golden Age of the Big House.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 2 of 4


 

The Big House – Anglo-Irish Houses – Episode 1

Bryan Murray is on a journey to find out what life was like for people working as servants in the Big Anglo-Irish Houses that dominated the Irish landscape for 300 years. In this episode, thirteen descendants of servants return to Strokestown House in Roscommon to take up servant duty and Bryan looks at the turbulent history of how these houses came to dominate the rural landscape.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 1 of 4


 

Galahad

On the 8th June 1982, at the height of the Falklands War, 53 men lost their lives in the Argentine air attacks on the British ships, Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram. For the British military, this was the largest number of fatalities in a single incident since World War II.

30 years on, using never seen before archive, CGI and reconstruction, we tell the complete story of the events that led up to this attack. New testimony shows that this disaster was avoidable. It is a story of untold heroism and a catastrophic human waste.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Blown Away

Cyclone Tracy was one of the worst natural disasters in Australia’s history, virtually wiping the city of Darwin from the map. 40 years on, previously untold stories reveal compelling new perspectives on the devastating storm, the controversial mass evacuation and the troubled reconstruction, investigating the socio-political effects on Darwin and its residents.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Against the Tide

Over the last 25 years more than 20,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean in their attempt to reach Europe. Boats have gone adrift and sank under the eyes of coast guard ships, surveillance patrols and sometimes military buildings. In July 2012, a Euro-African activist coalition called “Boats 4 People” chartered a boat in order to monitor the border and denounce those responsible for this situation. Activists, lawyers and journalists were on board to sail the migration route the opposite way it is usually crossed by boat-people. This documentary shows the extraordinary action taken by activists from Africa and Europe – raising awareness, mobilizing public opinion and continuing the struggle for the rights of boat-people.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1 of 1


 

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