60 Minutes


Sunday 3 September at 8.30 pm

It began when six shots rang out in the night. A 14-year-old boy had calmly aimed a handgun at the heads of two people asleep in their bed and blasted them at point blank range. Those people were his mother and father. Somehow Jon and Beth Brooks survived the attack, but rather than being angry with their son Nathan for trying to kill them, they forgive him. In this intriguing tale, Peter Stefanovic tries to solve a riddle that has baffled police: how and why did this all happen?
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producer: Michelle Tapper

Darius McCollum is a very unusual man with a most unusual story. He’s a charming and friendly New Yorker whose great expertise is his extraordinary knowledge of the Big Apple’s complicated and chaotic public transport system. Everyone in New York knows Darius but that’s because he also has a problem, and it’s a rather big one. Darius loves trains and buses so much he can’t stop stealing them – sometimes even when they’re full of passengers. His obsession is proving to be a serious challenge for authorities who don’t seem to know what to do about this gentleman thief and his compulsive behaviour.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Phil Goyen

When Tara Winkler went to Cambodia more than a decade ago all she wanted to do was help the orphans in the impoverished country. She did great work setting up a charity and a home to save the children. But then Tara realised she’d been completely fooled – most of her orphans had parents and families. Tara discovered the hard way that so-called “orphanage tourism” was a huge industry in Cambodia fleecing donors and volunteers, and set about shutting down the corrupt businesses. Now she’s had a substantial breakthrough in her efforts to really save the children.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producers: Laura Sparkes


This weeks edition is going to be very hard to watch…


Sunday 10 September at 8.30 pm

A year ago, almost to the day, Karl Stefanovic interviewed the wonderful Olivia Newton-John for 60 MINUTES. His story was about how successful she had been professionally and how she overcame personal hurdles, including a highly publicised but long-beaten battle with breast cancer. During that story they played tennis together. Olivia didn’t mention it at the time but her back had been a bit sore, although she dismissed the pain as the normal aches of advancing years. Then, four months ago, an MRI scan revealed the truth, Olivia’s cancer had returned, more than two decades after she was given the all clear. Like the rest of the country, Stefanovic was stunned and saddened when he heard the news, but in Olivia’s first television interview since the recurrence of her disease, she tells him how determined she is to defeat it this time around.
Reporter: Karl Stefanovic
Producer: Garry McNab

From an early age Patrick Mitchell knew he was different to other boys. He felt more like a girl and he wanted to be one. When he was 12, doctors in Adelaide diagnosed him with gender dysphoria, a recognised condition where a person is born one sex but thinks they’re another. Of course Patrick’s mum Ali only wanted the best for her child, and to help him transition to life as a girl she took the drastic action of giving her now daughter hormone replacement drugs. But a few months ago the unthinkable happened. The 14-year-old girl decided she really was Patrick the boy after all. Now, as he and his mother explain to Ross Coulthart, the great unknown Patrick faces is determining whether the treatment to become female has already progressed too far.
Reporter: Ross Coulthart
Producers: Steve Jackson, Eliza Berkery

Jack Johnson is everything a rock star shouldn’t be. Quiet, humble, and more likely to be found surfing his local Hawaiian waves, or spending time with his family, than raising hell on tour. His reluctance to embrace the excesses of celebrity is probably due to the fact he quite literally fell into the business after a shocking surfing accident which almost killed him. To pass the time as he recovered, Jack picked up a guitar, and as they say, the rest is chart-topping history.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producers: Laura Sparkes


Sunday 17 September at 8.30 pm

Horse racing might be the sport of kings, but right now in Australia it’s a queen who rules the track. A flying machine named Winx. This six-year-old mare has won her last 19 races in a row and this weekend she’ll be trying to make it number 20. With the victories come the great rewards. Winx has won almost $13.5 million in prizemoney so far. Soon she’ll become the turf’s top earner of all time. But there’s more to this amazing madam than just winning. Peter Stefanovic meets the team behind Winx – her trainer, jockey and three lucky owners – and reports how they’re all having the ride of their lives.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producer: Nick Greenaway

If anyone tried to imagine what a highly skilled, ruthless assassin might look like, Robert O’Neill’s image would not spring to mind. But beyond his friendly face and benign demeanour, O’Neill is a man who has spent much of his adult life learning to kill. In May 2011, every bit of the U.S. Navy Seal’s training was tested when he lined up the western world’s greatest single enemy, Osama bin Laden, in his gunsights. O’Neill didn’t flinch – he pulled the trigger. As Liam Bartlett discovered, hearing his story is chilling enough, but even more worrying are the latest expert warnings that bin Laden’s death, far from killing off al-Qaeda, has spurred the terrorists on to greater evil.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Phil Goyen, Steve Jackson

There was no way reporter Allison Langdon was going to refuse the invitation to interview and spend a couple of days with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from the hugely successful band, Foo Fighters. However, she accepted her assignment with a sense of trepidation, because she already knew encounters with “The Fooeys” tend to be rather unpredictable – no one is ever quite sure what’s about to happen or why. Grohl and Hawkins have well and truly worked out that every waking moment of life is for living. As well as not having an off switch they also have no filter, which is a nice way of saying their language is as colourful as their lives. But more than anything, these rock legends are great fun, and their music’s not too bad either.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producers: Garry McNab


60 Minutes have an exclusive interview with ‘cocaine’ Cassie Sainsbury next week.



Sunday 24 September at 8.30 pm

In a major 60 MINUTES exclusive Liam Bartlett interviews Cassandra Sainsbury, the 22-year-old South Australian woman who now claims the unwanted title of being our best known overseas prisoner. It’s an interview that has taken months of delicate negotiations to arrange. As well as Cassie herself, the Sainsbury family, lawyers and prison officials were all involved in consultations, and late last week the doors of Bogota’s El Buen Pastor women’s prison were opened for Bartlett and his team. Inside the jail they found a surprisingly upbeat and candid Cassie Sainsbury, who welcomed the opportunity to give her side of the story for the very first time, and try to explain the simple question: why did she attempt to smuggle 5.8 kilograms of cocaine out of Colombia? Since her arrest in April we have heard a lot about Cassie Sainsbury, but we’ve heard nothing from Cassie Sainsbury. Until now.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Steve Jackson, Sean Power

February 18 this year was one helluva day for Glenn Dickson. He was out spear fishing 40 kilometres off the Far North Queensland coast when he was repeatedly attacked by a three and a half metre bull shark. His right leg was severed and the loss of blood meant he almost died – six times – during an epic journey to get him to hospital. Against the odds Glenn survived. He says the love of his beautiful young family got him through. But now, seven months on, that love is being tested again because Glenn has decided to face up to his fear, and maybe the shark too, by getting back in the water.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producer: Michelle Tapper

Whatever happened to Shania Twain? Back in the nineties she was everywhere and her catchy country-pop music seemed to be playing every time we switched on the radio. In fact she was so popular that one of her albums still ranks as the highest seller by any female artist. But after a decade at the top, Twain abruptly and rather mysteriously left the stage. She gave up adulation for isolation and became a recluse. It possibly had something to do with her love life, which was so confused and complicated that it deserved its own country song. But now Shania Twain has returned to the spotlight, and it’s as if she’s never been away.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Stefanie Sgroi


Is this a sequel? Will there be a trilogy or are they spinning it into an ongoing franchise. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


No it’s a bender.





Wow. That interview did nothing for Cocaine Cassie. Guilty as sin.

Also, saw Michelle Tapper listed as a producer tonight. Is that the Sunrise Michelle Tapper? :thinking:


Yes. She was the previous Brisbane correspondent.


2 of 3 of last night’s reports had the introductions read from outside of the studio, still with OTS graphics. Not sure if it is new or not. Perhaps inspired by Sunday Night’s latest special reports?


Didn’t see the ones last night, but Ross did an OB intro with OTS graphics from Barcelona a few weeks ago.


The one line which got a lot of airplay wasn’t even Cassie’s. “Are you serious?”


There was a huge amount of people online saying they can’t believe they did the story on Cassie and they will never watch 60 Minutes again, before the episode even went to air!

I believe it was the highest rating episode of the year.

Bet 60 Minutes are glad they don’t listen to the armchair experts at home.


Sunday 8 October at 8.30 pm

Until February last year few people had ever heard of Salt Creek, a rugged and spectacular piece of coastline 200 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. But then a monster named Roman Heinze lured two 23-year-old overseas backpackers to the isolated beach. To satisfy his wicked fantasies, Heinze kidnapped the unsuspecting women and subjected them to unthinkable terror. The trauma went on for hours, but against the odds, Lena from Germany and her friend from Brazil survived. What happened at Salt Creek has eerie similarities to the Australian horror movie Wolf Creek, only it’s all too real. On 60 MINUTES, Lena and her friend tell Tara Brown their incredible story of escape from Salt Creek, their desperate battle to save themselves and each other, and how they proved courage can conquer evil.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Stefanie Sgroi, Sean Power, Alice Dalley

There are no shades of grey when it comes to music superstar Pink. Her views are black and white and she’s not backward when it comes to sharing them. In these days of bubblegum-pop and disposable celebrities, that makes Pink an even bigger hit with her fans. So along with “rocker”, the titles “protestor” and “feminist icon” should also probably be printed on her business card. But as Allison Langdon finds out after spending a few days with Pink and her family, the labels she loves even more are wife and mum.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Steven Burling


Sunday 15 October at 8.30 pm

The end credits are rolling on Harvey Weinstein’s stellar movie career. The Hollywood producer, whose films have been nominated for a staggering 300 Academy Awards, has finally been exposed for his extraordinary abuse of power and position. For decades he preyed upon young, attractive women who were trying to make their way in the film industry. And just as unfathomable as the man’s disgraceful lechery is that he was enabled by a group of colleagues now accused of turning a blind eye. Zoe Brock, who grew up in Australia with ambitions to be in the movie business, adds her name to an ever increasing list of Weinstein victims.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Phil Goyen

Raudha Athif was a stunning cover model known all over the world as “The girl with the blue eyes”. But what few people knew was that she was much more committed to a career in medicine than photoshoots. At 21, Raudha was attending university in Bangladesh and had plans to join her family in Australia to finish her studies and become a doctor. But in March this year she was found dead in her college dorm room. Police claimed it was suicide, but in a 60 MINUTES special investigation Peter Stefanovic discovers substantial evidence that points to murder. The question for her grief-stricken family is why?
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producer: Laura Sparkes

There’s never been a billionaire businessman quite like Sir Richard Branson. He’s part entrepreneur, part adventurer, part crusader and 100 per cent showman. But the boss of the Virgin empire is having such an extraordinary life that he’s just written another autobiography. And now there’s even material for a third book, because when Liz Hayes sat down with Sir Richard in New York it was only days after he’d survived Irma, the hurricane that wiped out his island paradise in the Caribbean.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Nick Greenaway

Last Sunday plenty of champagne and beer flowed when Holden celebrated victory in the famous Bathurst 1000 car race. But next Friday will be an even more momentous occasion for the company. Toasts will be replaced with tears though when the last Holden rolls off the assembly line in Adelaide. It’s a moment that will also mark the end of car-making in Australia. With 700 companies linked to the existence of Holden it means up to 40,000 jobs could disappear. But the future for the soon-to-be ex-employees is not as bleak as many might think. And that’s because of the enormous community effort to support them. So while the workers might be seeing big business at its cruellest, they’re also seeing humanity at its best.
Reporter: Ross Coulthart
Producers: Howard Sacre, Michelle Tapper


Sunday 22 October at 8.30 pm

The most precious thing in Chontell Johnson’s life is her beautiful two-year-old daughter, Te Maumahara. It’s a Maori name meaning “To remember”, which in all likelihood is something 38-year-old Chontell is going to forget very soon. That’s because she was born with a genetic mutation that has given her a 98 per cent chance of developing early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Chontell inherited the condition from her mother, who died from Alzheimer’s at 47, and there’s a 50 per cent chance she has passed it on to her daughter. Cruelly, 244 Aussies are diagnosed with dementia every day and the number is rising. But there is hope. Liam Bartlett travels to a very special town in the mountains of Colombia to meet an Australian scientist on the verge of a breakthrough to defeat dementia for good.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Steve Jackson

It’s hard not to be angry and disgusted when you hear what Tegan Wagner has endured. When she was 14 she was attacked at a party and gang raped. It was a horrible, humiliating assault and she quite rightly wanted justice. Tegan demanded the perpetrators of the crime be held accountable and put her faith in our legal system. But she says what was to come was as bad as the rapes. The teenager felt attacked all over again – by defence lawyers whose brutal cross-examination of her in court lasted three harrowing days. What the barristers didn’t count on, however, was Tegan Wagner’s unshakeable courage.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Stefanie Sgroi, Sean Power

For five frantically fabulous years One Direction ruled the pop world. They were one of the biggest boy groups ever and had millions of teenage girls swooning at the mere mention of their names. But the inescapable truth is that boys become men, so when they disbanded at the beginning of last year it wasn’t entirely unexpected. 1D’s loveable larrikin, Niall Horan, decided on a new direction. He swapped fame for anonymity and took off backpacking around the world. He tells Allison Langdon it was a grand adventure made even more special because it ended up taking him back to the big time.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producers: Garry McNab, Eliza Berkery

If the 1980s were the decade of decadence, Adnan Khashoggi was the emperor of excess. Back then the Saudi arms dealer was the richest man in the world, flaunting his wealth like no one else. But among the super-yachts, jets and mansions, his greatest indulgence was a personal harem of young, beautiful women. Former model and Roxy Surfwear founder Jill Dodd was one of Khashoggi’s many female playthings, and after more than 30 years of keeping a very big secret has now decided it’s time to lift the veil on her life as a billionaire’s pleasure wife.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producer: Michelle Tapper