Fish are the most varied and diverse backboned creatures on the planet. To date, 28,000 species of fish have been discovered. From pregnant males, to fish that fly, and fish that have a top speed faster than a cheetah, the diversity of fish is amazing.
From the open ocean to coral reef and storm-ravaged surf to the freshwater springs of Kenya, swim with sharks, mudskippers and convict fish. See ‘sarcastic fringe-heads’ fighting for their homes; hunt with sailfish; glide with flying fish; enter the secret world of courting sea-dragons; and even join the epic journey of the tiny, cliff-climbing gobies.
Key animal characters:
• Weedy sea dragons
• Flying fish
• Hawaiian goby
A BBC/Discovery/SKAI/Open University co-production in association with RTI Spa and Arte. Series Producer: Martha Holmes; Executive Producer: Mike Gunton. Life in the Undergrowth, Wild Europe.
Sunday, 15 August 2010 New Series
Juliet Miller's (Maxine Peake) life is turned upside down forever after an incident that leaves her family fighting for life, love and survival.
From the outside, Joe (Matthew Macfadyen) and Juliet Miller seem to have perfect lives: designer house, Joe's dazzling career as a top barrister, Juliet's enviable job as stay-at-home-mum to 13-year-old Ella (Alice Sykes) - but all is not what it seems.
A flustered Juliet prepares for her husband's return from work. When he arrives with flowers and greets wife and daughter, both adults are jumpy and frenetic. There’s unsettling clues as to what might be going on and we wait anxiously for some kind of eruption.
That night, a shocking incident occurs which will change each of their lives forever. Juliet is plunged into the criminal justice system and has to fight for her sanity and the survival of her family.
Juliet is charged with the attempted murder of her husband Joe, who remains in a critical condition. She is transferred to prison where she's shocked by what she encounters. Police investigations centre on the family background while a social worker takes care of Ella and her future, and makes plans for the unborn baby.
Juliet's solicitor tries to encourage her to understand what has happened and attempts to penetrate Juliet's wall of silence in order to help her. Ella visits her mother in prison but gives her a very stony reaction which plunges Juliet deeper into turmoil. Juliet’s legal team are in dire straits with a murder charge to defend, while Juliet is still unable to talk about life with Joe.
A few months on, Juliet gives birth, under prison guard, to a daughter. The baby gives Juliet a renewed sense of purpose but her future is not looking any less bleak.
Criminal Justice creator Peter Moffat has created a masterful study of human behaviour that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout this compelling two-part series.
A BBC production. Written by Peter Moffat; Producer: Steve Lightfoot; Director Yann Demange.
Talking Heads: Ray Martin
Monday, 16 August 2010
Peter Thompson’s guest is one of Australia’s most successful journalists. For many years the face of Channel Nine, Ray Martin has travelled the world, covered the big stories and interviewed the rich and famous. He’s won five gold Logies, sparked a couple of Royal Commissions, and has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
“I can’t believe this fortunate life I’ve had,” he says.
Martin’s been happily married to Dianne for more than 40 years and they have two beautiful and talented children. It’s a far cry from the young boy whose family once slept at Sydney’s Central Railway station because they were poor and had nowhere else to go.
With an early life marked by poverty and constant upheaval, by the time Martin was eleven years old, he was on the run with his mother from a drunken, violent father. As part of their cover they changed their surname from ‘Grace’ to ‘Martin’.
Martin’s dream as a teenager was, “to open the bowling for Australia against the poms”, but he thought he’d probably become a history teacher. As luck would have it he landed a job at the ABC that changed everything…
“I love history and I devour it now. I just can’t get enough of it but I also want to see history being made rather than report on the way it used to be 200 years ago...I think journalism allowed me to go to places and see history being made,” he says.
Hear more about Ray Martin’s extraordinary life journey this week on Talking Heads.
Produced by ABC TV. Executive Producer: Margot Phillipson; Series Producer: Daniel Cooper.