Ms Represented with Annabel Crabb
Premieres Tuesday, July 13, 8pm, ABC TV/ABC iview
One hundred years after Australia elected its very first female parliamentarian, Annabel Crabb presents Ms Represented, a raw and honest account of politics from the female perspective. The four-part series will premiere on Tuesday, July 13, at 8pm on ABC TV, with all episodes available to binge on ABC iview.
Powered by intense interviews with an unprecedented cast of female "firsts", Crabb investigates the experience of women in Parliament, from early struggles for the most basic of facilities to the persistent problems of harassment that plague the system to this day.
"Australia was the first independent nation in the world where women could both vote and run for Parliament," says Crabb. "But it took us a long time to actually elect any women, and when we did, we expected them to fit into the system that was already there.
"The struggle of female parliamentarians to be heard, to be respected, and to prosper in our federal Parliament is a thrilling and inspiring one, full of extraordinary stories that our cast tell with grace, humour and the deep authority of experience. This is not ancient history. Many women who are "firsts" in politics are still actually in parliament. The first Indigenous woman in the House of Representatives was born into a country where her father's people still could not enrol to vote.
"The story of women in parliament is a living, changing thing. In Ms Represented, we've captured a draft of it."
Ms Represented ranges across four episodes visiting key events, like the 1894 South Australian parliamentary vote in which a strategic blunder gave SA women not only the right to vote, but the right to stand for parliament too - a world first.
Or the secret deal cut by male legislators in 1996 that barred women from accessing the abortion drug RU486 for nearly a decade, before it was undone by an unprecedented cross-party grouping of women. Or the tense battle behind the passage of the Sex Discrimination Act in 1984.
But the heart of the series is the women themselves. Proud, angry, determined, sad, hilarious; they speak about their lives in politics with rare candour.
Accompanying the series is a companion podcast hosted by Annabel and comedian Steph Tisdell.
The Queen Carries On: A Gayle King Special
Wednesday, July 14, 7.30pm, Network 10/10 Play
Queen Elizabeth II's reign is the longest in British history; 69 years (and counting) filled with challenge and controversy, romance and heartbreak.
Yet, through it all, she remains an enduring and beloved figure, and a woman of few words who commands worldwide attention.
Gayle King delves into the extraordinary life and reign of Her Majesty, featuring interviews with former US President Barack Obama, Sir Paul McCartney and the world's leading royal commentators, including former Vanity Fair editor, Tina Brown.
Hosted by 10 News First's Sandra Sully, this exclusive special spans the milestones of her journey from Princess to Queen, her relationship with the late Prince Philip, the collapse of the fairy-tale marriage of Diana and Charles, and her role as grandmother to the two boys Diana left behind after her tragic death in a Paris tunnel.
The Life And Legacy Of Diana, The People's Princess
Thursday, July 15, 7.30pm on 10/10 Play
Then, as if you won't have had enough royal watching, you can catch episode 2 of this three-part series which focuses on Diana, Princess of Wales, and her legacy. She went from shy Di, to a world icon and voice for social change. "Diana's Decades" throws new light on the life of the "People's Princess" and her lasting influence on the world.
The series draws on unheard testimony and rarely seen archive footage, to provide an insight into her broken marriage, her devotion to her boys and her humanitarianism.