It’s been described as hell on earth. It’s a jaw-dropping sight – as far as the eye can see along a stretch of coastline in Bangladesh, hundreds of mammoth supertankers lie beached on the sand. This is the place where the world’s ships come to die. The view from the air is breathtaking; down on the ground it is just as staggering. Sunday Night reporter Tim Noonan joins some of the thousands workers who are paid a mere 47 cents a day to break up these rusting giants with their bare hands – 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It could be the most dangerous job in the world. Yet amongst the wreckages he finds children, risking their lives doing back breaking and dangerous work. The death and injury record in the shipbreaking yards is horrendous. They do it with little or no safety gear, despite the ships being riddled with asbestos and toxic substances. It’s a sight that needs to be seen to be believed.
Dame Julie Andrews
Don’t let her impeccable manners and perfect pronunciation fool you – Dame Julie Andrews is far from the wholesome Maria Von Trapp character etched into our childhood memories. In this very candid interview, Dame Julie opens up to Sunday Night’s Alex Cullen about her alcoholic parents, why putting a lock on her bedroom door when she was a little girl saved her life, how she nearly didn’t take the role that won her an Academy Award, and the rawness she still feels over the death of her husband, Blake Edwards. Now a grandmother and children’s author, Dame Julie will soon be coming to Australia for the very first time. A wonderful celebration story about one of Hollywood’s all-time greats.
The Power of Love
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, witness a truly inspiring love story that will leave you proud to be Australian. It begins with a tragedy when Gary is badly injured in an event that clams the lives of his mates. At first he wasn’t expected to survive, then he wasn’t expected to recover much of the use of his arms or legs. He also suffered extensive brain injuries and lost the will to carry on. Enter his beautiful girlfriend Renee – who could have walked away, but instead devoted every spare moment to helping the man she loved. Two years later this young couple are simply amazing. Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler reveals how they have come so far and inspired so many others.
Sunday, February 17 at 6.30pm on Channel 7.