It’s certainly celebration time for ABC.
Hot on the heels of The Book Club marking its 10th anniversary season, Australian Story will soon celebrate 20 years on air, with a two part anniversary special.
The amazing Caroline Jones has been presenter since its debut in 1996 -with her decades in Australian television (harking back to 1968)- another woman who should be instantly inducted into the Hall of Fame!
The two episodes will look back on up to 800 episodes when it airs on Monday June 6th and 13th.
For the past 20 years, the program has encouraged Australians from all walks of life to tell their stories in their own words. Some are public figures, such as Hazel Hawke, Malcolm Turnbull, actors Garry McDonald and Jacki Weaver, and sports stars Ricky Ponting, Anna Meares and David Pocock. Others are ordinary people facing extraordinary times: Gail Shann from outback Queensland, who’s learned to live without use of her arms; the Damiani family, who are trying to find a cure for their sick child; and Barry Singh, the son of a banana farmer who dreams of conducting an orchestra. All provide insight into Australian life and the complexity and richness of the human experience.
Respected journalist and broadcaster Caroline Jones AO has presented the series since its inception in 1996. But Caroline hasn’t been alone; over the years many other prominent people have introduced episodes including Gough Whitlam, Rupert Murdoch, Nicole Kidman, Dame Edna Everage, Kylie Minogue and former US President Jimmy Carter.
The anniversary special explains how the show evolved as an antidote to the adversarial style of current affairs in vogue since it began. The two episodes look back over Australian Story’s key themes, with participants and producers revealing the stories behind some of the show’s most significant and most popular programs.
So get ready to take a nostalgic and entertaining look back at the stories that have made us laugh, question and cry; stories that have moved and changed us, stories that have shaped our society and helped us know ourselves better.
This is our story, this is Australian Story.