Back in 7pm timeslot where it belongs all year,looking forward to Kerrie Anne follow up story this week.
Molly Meldrum book extract: ‘Sunday Night went behind my back’.
Sunday 20 November at 7:00 pm
She struck in the dead of night. Her victims – our most vulnerable citizens. Megan Haines was a night nurse at an aged care home on the north coast of NSW. But she had an almost pathological hatred of the elderly. And when some of her patients complained about her rude treatment and rough-handedness, Haines took her revenge, committing what she thought was the perfect crime. In a major Sunday Night investigation, reporter PJ Madam finds that Haines’ arrogance would be her downfall.
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT
It’s a weekend ritual that our health authorities are warning is fast becoming a national crisis – young women who hit the town drinking, partying and then more drinking. New research shows women are now matching it with the blokes drink for drink. And it’s particularly prevalent among younger women, where a girls’ night out has become an orgy of boozy over-indulgence and outrageous behaviour. As Alex Cullen reports, it’s more than just a hangover they should be worried about.
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
They were the Kings of Classic Rock, beginning way back in the ‘70s. The Eagles was the creation of two good mates, Don Henley and Glenn Frey. Between them they turned out hit after hit: Hotel California, Take It to the Limit, One of These Nights. For 45 years, through bust-ups and reunions, their friendship survived. But earlier this year, that remarkable partnership tragically ended. Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler catches up with Don Henley to reminisce about his great mate Glenn and the magic that was the Eagles.
Sunday 27 November at 7:00 pm
CATCHING THE STOCCOS
It is one of the most destructive and bizarre rampages in Australian criminal history.
Two men – a father, a son – posing as farm handymen, preying on unsuspecting Australian families. Stealing, looting, destroying, menacing and ultimately killing.
Australia first heard the names Gino and Mark Stocco in October last year when the pair opened fire on a police highway patrol, raising the stakes in one of the biggest manhunts ever undertaken by Australian law enforcement.
Twelve days and thousands of kilometers later, it came to a bloody end when the pair was arrested for murder and a catalogue of other offences.
Now, on the eve of their sentencing, Sunday Night takes you deep inside this intriguing true crime drama as reporter Steve Pennells pieces together the forensic detail of a crime spree eight years in the making.
The Stoccos cut a deep scar through the lives of honest, hardworking families throughout Queensland, NSW and Victoria, causing millions of dollars damage and untold heartache while the authorities seemingly did nothing.
Sunday Night exclusively profiles the crusading farmer forced to turn amateur detective to gather evidence against the Stoccos to force authorities to act. And other families struck by the pair, but who bravely campaigned for action.
This major Sunday Night investigation charts the audacious, inexplicable reign of terror that Mark and Gino Stocco got away with for too long.
Hosted by Melissa Doyle
According to Rahni Sadler, PJ Madam has left Sunday Night
Looking at her Instagram last weekend was her final weekend reading news on Weekend Sunrise.
Perhaps she’s doing a ‘job swap’ with Angela Cox?
Possibility… reading some of her Instagram posts it is pretty obvious she was sick of the constant travelling for the show.So probably her next role won’t involve travelling.
Sunday 4 December at 7:00 pm
THE LAST SURVIVOR
Less than a day into a two-day voyage an Australian ship suddenly lists and takes on water at an alarming rate. One by one the 10 crew members are forced from their duties, others shaken awake to struggle through gushing saltwater onto the deck and into a flimsy rubber life raft before the MV Blythe Star sinks without a trace.
They’re relieved they made it, the worst is surely over and they expect rescuers will fish them out of their predicament within hours. Only nobody knows their ship has gone down, and little do the men of the MV Blythe Star know they’ve only just begun one of the most extraordinary against-the-odds struggles for survival.
It’s one of Australia’s greatest tales of survival, yet very few Australians know about this incredible high seas drama. Sunday Night brings this extraordinary story to life through the gripping recollection of the last man standing, Mick Doleman.
Mick – until recently a senior figure in the Maritime Union of Australia – has been reluctant to recount the detail of his ordeal, refusing to even reveal to his family the life-and-death challenges he and his crewmates faced.
Now, he’s the last survivor and Mick has resolved that he didn’t want to take his account to his grave. In honour of the men lost in this nightmare at sea and in the time since, he wants the nation to know of their bravery, humanity and their inspirational determination to survive and be reunited with family and friends.
Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler tells the at times tragic but ultimately heroic and stirring story of the MV Blythe Star in The Last Survivor. And in a moving conclusion takes Mick and his family back to the remote and rugged landfall where he decided he and the remaining crew were not going to die.
Hosted by Melissa Doyle
I swear I saw her in the Studio 10 audience yesterday.
Yes she was in the studio audience that day with her parents.
Sunday 11 December at 7:00 pm
It was a Tuesday morning a little over two years ago when Glen Turner left home for work. He would never return, the victim of a brutal act of revenge and murder. On an isolated road in the Australian bush, the father-of-two was killed simply for doing his job. On that day, Glen was investigating a wealthy and powerful farmer who had been caught continually breaking the law. In doing so, he made a very dangerous enemy. Glen’s colleague and the sole witness to the senseless murder recounts the last terrifying moments of his mate’s life – a bloody showdown that’s left an entire community shattered.
MAN AT WORK
It became the raucous, cocky theme song for one of Australia’s greatest ever sporting achievements and a people’s choice national anthem that was heard loud and proud around the world. By the time Down Under was blaring out as the battle song for Australia’s America’s Cup challenge at Newport, Rhode Island in 1983, it had already dominated international charts and made a band called Men at Work one of our biggest global acts. Down Under was the first of a string of hits. The Men won a coveted Grammy award, and sold millions of albums. Now, 35 years after Down Under’s release, founding member and lead singer Colin Hay looks back at the heady highs and heartbreaking lows of an epic musical journey. Sunday Night hits the road with Colin in the US where there’s still great affection for him, his old band and their music.
This Summer Edition of SUNDAY NIGHT hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 7.00pm
According to The Sunday Telegraph, former 60 Minutes producer Stephen Rice (who was sacked over last year’s Beirut affair) has started working with Sunday Night on a freelance basis.
It was mentioned on the Sunday Night Twitter on Monday that the show is returning for 2017 in two weeks time.So sounds like Sunday 26th February? obviously after MKR.
It seems Mel Doyle has been doing a lot of travelling overseas lately so hopefully she will have some interesting stories to air this year.
60 minutes anyone?
SOLE SURVIVOR - A SUNDAY NIGHT SPECIAL REPORT
It was Australia’s most horrific family massacre.
In one unthinkable night in 2009, in a middle class suburban house on Sydney’s leafy north shore, five members of Brenda Lin’s family were bludgeoned to death in their bedrooms.
Brenda’s mum, Lily. Her father, Min. Her little brothers, Henry and Terry, and her aunt, Irene.
Brenda was just 15, the sole survivor. And her ordeal was far from over. Brenda had no idea that the man she turned to for help and a safe roof to live under had murdered her entire family – her uncle Robert Xie.
Nearly two years after the brutal and calculated murders, Brenda’s uncle is arrested. But justice would take years. His first and second trials were aborted, the third ended in a hung jury and he was released on bail. In January this year, the jury in the fourth trial finally convicted Robert Xie of the five murders. He will never be released from jail.
Sunday Night returns for 2017 with this special report as Brenda Lin confronts for the first time the awful truth about what happened and why.
This terrible tragedy is also a story about love and hope. How a young girl who lost her entire family has managed to emerge a strong, kind and grateful woman – determined to make her beloved parents proud.
Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle is with Brenda as she embarks on a pilgrimage to China, to retrace her family’s past. And we hear for the first time from those closest to Brenda – the ‘family’ who rescued her.
This SUNDAY NIGHT Special Report hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 8.30pm on Seven and PLUS7 Live.