The ABC of

The ABC Of is an interview series, hosted by actor David Wenham, in which a range of prominent Australians revisit their pasts through moments drawn from the vast ABC Archives.

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Season 1: 6 x 30' | Season 2: 7 x 30'

Each episode is a one-on-one conversation in which the questions are based on archival video clips. Before they sit down, the guests are unaware of the clips that have been chosen. In many cases, those clips travel past the choices you’d expect, the obvious markers of the guest’s CV, wending their way down delightful and surprising paths to footage that has not seen the light of day for decades.

In season one, David spoke with businesswoman and publisher Ita Buttrose, tennis legend, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, comedic icon, Garry McDonald, new 7.30 host, Sarah Ferguson, TV host, podcaster and stand-up comedian, Wil Anderson and former Prime Minister, John Howard.

In the second season, we featured Australia's first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, cricket legend, Ian Chappell, actor, filmmaker and a leader of the new generation of First Nations' creatives, Miranda Tapsell, arguably our first movie star, Jack Thompson, the grande dame of Australian comedy, Wendy Harmer, actor, comedian and writer, Greig Pickhaver and controversial world-renowned feminist, Germaine Greer.

At its core, The ABC Of is about how we change and how the world changes around us. It’s a series in which the viewer gets to watch someone meet their earlier self and reflect on how they’ve changed.

The ABC Of is a Guesswork Television Production in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

INTERVIEWEES: Season 1: Ita Buttrose, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Wil Anderson, Garry McDonald, Sarah Ferguson, John Howard/ Season 2: Julia Gillard, Ian Chappell, Miranda Tapsell, Jack Thompson, Wendy Harmer, Greig Pickhaver, Germaine Greer

DIRECTED BY: Aaron Smith

PRODUCER: Erin Mathews (Season 2)

SERIES PRODUCER: Penelope Cross (Season 1)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jon Casimir, Jo Long & Kevin Whyte

HOST: David Wenham