Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore

A six hour series in which art critic and historian Robert Hughes returns to the land of his birth to see how it has changed in the 35 years since he left.

Robert Hughes’s six-part series is not the only programme to ride the coattails of the Sydney games, but it is the only one to explode the myths and clichés that others mindlessly indulge.

New York Times

As unique, appealing and lively as the island continent itself.

USA Today

[Hughes] says what others only dare to think… Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore is full of the same sort of uncompromising, levelheaded truth telling.

Financial Times

A fantastic documentary full of personal insight, grand vision and a real, gritty feel for Australia in all its beauty, idiosyncrasies and contradictions.


The best television essay I’ve witnessed all year.

Independent on Sunday

A singularly unmissable documentary series.

The Observer

Daring and imaginative, it’s hard to see how this series could have been much better.

Daily Telegraph

Delightful series, a beacon of individuality in a landscape of bland TV.

Time Out

A magnificent series.

Radio Times