Ep 341: Whitlam, Leongatha

Another documentary about Whitlam? You might be shocked to discover they’re not as common as Mad As Hell would have us believe. Penny Robins tells us about creating the new doco for the ABC.

Shane Dunlop is the writer/director of new community television comedy series Leongatha. He tells us about making TV location-based narrative comedy on the thinnest of shoestrings.

For those who demand more Courteney Hocking, she’s our co-host this week.


We tried to find clips of Women Behind the Men Behind the Dismissal but were at a loss. Sorry.

Whitlam: The Power and the Passion airs 7:30pm 26 May and 2 June on ABC1.

You can currently see Leongatha in Victoria on Channel 31, 10pm Thursday nights.


  1. John Richards says:

    I have to admit I was shocked by Penny’s comment that there hasn’t been a Witlam doco for 20 years. Can that really be right? Have there just been other political docos/dramas/docudramas/dramadocs that have touched on it in that time? Because if I was going to make a sweeping generalisation about Australian TV stations and their docos I would say:

    ABC1 – Whitlam
    ABC2 – Transgendered youth
    SBS – Hitler

  2. courteney says:

    A cursory google tells me that “Gough Whitlam: In His Own Words” was broadcast in 2002 on SBS. There’s certainly been a lot of shows about the seventies (particularly in the last couple of years) as well as many documentaries about other PMs Keating, Hawke & Howard, so perhaps it’s just a confluence of the two seems natural but hasn’t necessarily happened.

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