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Current affairs

'Four Corners' is an excerpt from the TV current affairs program 'Four Corners 40th Anniversary' episode produced in 2004. 'Four Corners' is produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and this excerpt is used with the permission of ABC Content Sales. This video clip is included in the website From Wireless to Web ...

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Zou ba! Television: program schedules

Find out how to ask and answer questions about which type of program is on television at a particular time. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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TV soap opera actors, 1967

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1967 of two actors in the television soap opera, 'Bellbird'. Raymond Westwell played the part of Gregory Wrexell, a librarian, and Joan MacArthur played Adeline Phillips, the town gossip. They are standing in the set of a kitchen at the Ripponlea television studios of the Australian ...

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Oscar Whitbread looks back at 'Bellbird', 2005

This is an edited sound recording of Oscar Whitbread, one of the producers of the first successful Australian television soap opera, 'Bellbird'. Whitbread describes the production schedule and crews for the show at the time the first episodes were made, in Melbourne in the late 1960s. He also discusses the attitude to the ...

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GTV9, shooting a commercial on set, 1969

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting a group of actors rehearsing for a Kellogg's Corn Flakes commercial in a studio at GTV-9 Television. Three men, wearing white shirts and ties, are seated at a table on which are laid breakfast items. Behind them stand a woman and man who are looking at ...

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'Skippy' game and memorabilia, 1968-70

This is a collection of 'Skippy, the bush kangaroo' memorabilia. It includes a 'Skippy' board game, made by John Sands and Fauna Productions, Australia, in 1968-70. The game is pictured with its instructions and its cardboard box, which is illustrated with a picture of Skippy and the character Sonny in front of the ranger ...

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Cowgirl dress-ups, c1950-80

This fancy dress costume consists of an 'Annie Oakley'-style cowgirl skirt and waistcoat.

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Cowboy dress-ups, c1950-80

This is a boy's fancy dress costume of fabric and plastic cowboy chaps, from about 1950-80. The chaps are decorated with sheriff stars, a holster pocket and a metal buckle at the back. They are 580 mm high and 500 mm wide.

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First Australians, episode 4: No other law, 2008

This resource contains three clips from the television series First Australians. This clips describe aspects of the history and life of the Arrernte people of central Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first clip focuses on the Altyerra (Dreaming); the second on the recorded memories of Arrernte man ...

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'Life at the Top: A Week with Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser', 1977

These are two clips of television documentary footage showing some typical activities of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser during one week in 1977. The first clip shows Malcolm Fraser at home after a 14-hour day socialising with his family. The second clip presents the prime minister eating lunch with steel workers in Wollongong, ...

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ABC national TV service: opening night, 1956

Can you imagine life before television? How different would it have been? This clip is taken from the opening moments of the first ABC television broadcast in 1956. As you watch it, see how the presenter describes the event and try to imagine the impact such first broadcasts would have had on Australians more than half ...

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TV killed the radio star

Can you imagine a time when, instead of watching dramas at home on a screen, people listened to them on the radio - a time when the most popular of those dramas were made in Australia? This Four Corners program from 1964 examines the reasons for the death of Australian radio serials, the role played by television in their ...

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Evolving English: the impact of television

Imagine if the English language never evolved. What would we be speaking? Possibly Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxon tribes, a language written down using runes known as the 'futhorc'. English continues to evolve, but it takes the media to bring new words into common usage. So which form of media is responsible ...

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Is reality TV 'real'?

How real is 'reality TV'? Is what we see on a show like 'Masterchef' or 'The Biggest Loser' reality? Or are these shows using a carefully contrived recipe to make us believe that what we are seeing is real? Discover what really goes on behind the scenes of reality TV and how 'reality' can be changed by careful editing.

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Did you see it? Subliminal advertising

Are you persuaded to purchase products by the advertising you see on TV? If advertising was so subtle that we couldn't distinguish it from the content of the shows we watch, what effect might this have? Watch this clip and find out how some advertisers are using hidden messages to advertise products and influence our purchasing ...

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The Gough Whitlam saga

How do you make an entertaining documentary about a politician? Gough Whitlam was Labor prime minister from 1972-75 and has the distinction of being the only prime minister dismissed by the governor general. In this clip from a 2013 ABC 'News breakfast' program, filmmaker Paul Clarke discusses his interest in making a documentary ...

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Rock 'n' roll and Gough Whitlam

How does a rock 'n' roll filmmaker tell the story of one of Australia's most controversial prime ministers? Listen as filmmaker Paul Clarke distinguishes himself from 'serious and worthy' documentary makers in his program about former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. This is the second clip in a series of two.

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Preparing for the Olympic Games, 1956

Discover why the 1956 Olympic Games were so significant for Australia. Australian Olympic officials hoped that the games would allow Australia to be seen as a modern, vibrant, and tolerant nation. This was a rare opportunity for a predominantly white nation to be exposed to greater cultural diversity. As preparations were ...

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Johnson, Clift and Cohen meet Hydra's muse

The lives of Canadian poet Leonard Cohen and Australian writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston intertwined on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. Cohen became one of the world's most celebrated singer-songwriters. Clift received more recognition for her writing overseas than in Australia while Johnston's novel 'My Brother ...

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Lights, CAMERA, Action!

Our televisions keep getting bigger, but the equipment used to put the news on our screens is getting smaller and more portable every day. Take a look behind the scenes on a television news set and see how the camera has changed since the introduction of television broadcasting to Australia in the mid-1950s.