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Maggie Beer’s Big Mission

Australian food icon, Maggie Beer, leads an ambitious world first social experiment to transform the meals and dining experience at an aged care home. Spurred by the shocking findings revealed from the recent Aged Care Royal Commission which exposed high rates of malnutrition in older adults living in aged care, Maggie begins her ambitious social experiment, restoring health and joy to the residents and carers.

Over 4 months Maggie and her team of experts transform the menu, dining rooms, gardens and the care model to bring more joy, improve nutrition and well-being and give purpose to the residents.

Join Maggie Beer in this three-part documentary series, coming soon to ABC & iview.

Australia’s Sleep Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley

This intimate and deeply personal three-part series, sees renowned medical journalist Dr Michael Mosley return to Australia, to resolve his chronic, long-term insomnia. To do this, Michael along with some of the nation’s poorest sleepers, put their bodies on the line to trial Australian-led, world first sleep treatments.

Teaming up with expert physicians, Dr Michael Mosley will wake up the nation to the dangers of bad slumber and inspire a sleep revolution.

In memory of Dr Michael Mosley (1957 – 2024)
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New Leash On Life | ABC and ABC iview

Across the country, tens of thousands of dogs enter pounds each year for many different reasons. In some places, unclaimed dogs can be euthanised after just 7 days – resulting in thousands of healthy dogs put to sleep each year. Renowned comedian Joel Creasey teams up with leading dog behaviourist Laura V to reduce the number of dogs in pounds. Together they rescue, train and pair the right dog with a person or family in need.

In each of the 6 heart warming episodes, Joel and Laura work their magic uniting a dog and a person in a mutual rescue.

Tune in Tuesdays, 8.00pm on ABC TV and iview.

Ningaloo Nyinggulu

Disclaimer: All filming was conducted under special scientific and DBCA permits.
Dive into a world treasure with its most prominent defender as your guide. Written and narrated by acclaimed Australian author and conservation activist, Tim Winton, this stunning science-based nature documentary series tells the remarkable story of Ningaloo – one of the last intact wild places on our planet.

Over three episodes filmed in remote Western Australia, Tim Winton shares the wonders of the place that has inspired his work for decades, joining Traditional Owners, scientists and other experts to understand how Ningaloo endures as a mighty global lifeboat of biodiversity and showcase why it is a beacon of hope in the face of an extinction crisis and climate emergency. Ningaloo Nyinggulu, which will be broadcast from 22 April 2023 to over 100 countries via Blue Ant, Love Nature and Sky Nature, coming soon to ABC and iView.

Shaun Micallef’s Stairway To Heaven: Gods, Gurus and Ganges

In his youth Shaun Micallef almost joined the priesthood. Now he wonders if he may have missed his one shot at the answers to life’s big questions. Heading to India, a country where spirituality and the search for meaning is very much a national past time, he immerses himself in the Hindu world of Gods, Gurus and the Ganges.

In a bid to get to the heart of the faith, Shaun pushes well beyond his comfort zone on a physical, mental and spiritual adventure. He journeys to the source of the Ganges high in the Himalayas – all the while offering his own unique observations on his quest to find the meaning of life.

Visual Instincts

Each series explores the works of Australia’s contemporary photographers. It also includes ‘After Two Hundred Years’ which documents the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life in the late 1980’s.The series features talented photographers Fiona Hall, Emmanuel Angelicas, Jon Lewis, Max Pam and Grant Mudford.

To The Island

The beautiful island of Kastellorizo marks both the beginning and the end of Europe. It’s history is turbulent – waves of conquest: Turkish, Italian, French and British. This documentary traces the fascinating story of this tiny island – the invasions, the migration, and the resilience of a culture under attack.

It discovers the intrinsic beauty, the people, the quayside restaurants and the quiet and tranquillity of a truly unspoiled island of Greece.

Presented by Thaao Penghlis.

Belinda’s Baby

Belinda Wardlaw-Jones is one of the few women in Australia to be born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, an incurable muscle-wasting disease which can drastically reduce life expectancy. Despite her condition and against the advice of many, she and her husband Andrew decide to have a child.

In this confronting documentary, Belinda and Andrew share their hopes and fears as they prepare for and experience parenthood in the face of sever disability. Belinda defends her decision to proceed with this pregnancy, believing it to be her right to become a mother, whatever the medical risks and ultimate social costs may be.

Belinda’s pregnancy compounds her disability and she is forced to have up work. As personal finances wither away, government funding is sought. After nerve-wracking delays, some funding is granted. However it brings a host of new complications: a constant stream of managers, bureaucrats and carers resulting in an acute lack of privacy and loss of control over their lives. When Belinda gives birth she makes Australian medical history. Not only has she outlived her life expectancy by her 17 years, she has created new life. This powerful documentary looks at fundamental issues of medical ethics, welfare priorities and human rights from a frontline perspective. It is ultimately a story of struggle, courage and survival.

The film was shot over 18 months and presents a “warts and all” account of two battlers. At the start of filming, no-one could predict the emotional rollercoaster ride that Belinda and Andrew would experience.

One Sky

One Sky documents the combination of the best contemporary Western dance performance and music with the traditional culture of Indonesia. It explores a successful example of artistic fusion where Eastern culture meets Western movement.

It explores a successful example of artistic fusion where Eastern culture meets Western movement. As we follow the Chrissie Parrott Dance Company’s performances in Surabaya we discover some of the inspiration for their movement – the magical trance dance and the symbolic mask dance as well as the landscape and religion. And it examines the link between culture and commerce and explores directions for the future.

The Nature Of Healing

Dr. Serene focuses on six different forms of healing, from her position as a general practitioner as well as a ‘natural healer’. A new perspective on Touch, Meditation, Acupuncture, Movement, Homeopathy and Biomagnetism is under the microscope as Dr. Serene explores familiar traditional treatments with new, complimentary techniques.