60 Minutes April 15

This weekend 60 Minutes has a lot of different stories.

VILE TRADE

It’s sickening to contemplate, but Australia is teetering on the edge of losing the war against illicit drugs. This epidemic of misery is the scourge of our time, but despite the efforts of local law enforcement agencies the volume of narcotics – especially ice – smuggled into the country is growing. As is the casualty count. However, as close as we are to defeat, surrender isn’t an option. Now Australian police are going directly to the source to try to stop the menace. And when it comes to drug cultivation and production, Mexico claims the unwanted tag as the place to be. As Tom Steinfort found out, taking on the drug cartels and crime gangs is incredibly dangerous work, but it just might save a generation of young Australians.

Reporter: Tom Steinfort

Producer: Nick Greenaway and Joel Tozer

 

ROYAL FAIRYTALE

The royal wedding of Harry and Meghan is a modern-day fairytale. The handsome prince met the beautiful young actress on a blind date 20 months ago and almost instantly they fell in love. Now the chapel is booked, the dressmakers – rumoured to be Australians – are hard at work, and the guest list is the subject of breathless consternation. But as the big day, May 19, approaches, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are also facing a blowtorch of cruel scrutiny, much of it directed at the American divorcee. Not that the happy couple will let it ruin the so-called wedding of the century.

Reporter: Tara Brown

Producer: Stefanie Sgroi

 

BAKER’S DELIGHT

Depending on your age, Simon Baker is either that Aussie bloke from the TV show The Mentalistor, if you’re older, that sassy kid who played a young copper in the 90s soapie, E-Street. In reality Baker is one of our most successful and in-demand international actors. He has his own star on the Hollywood walk of fame and was once voted the sexiest man on television. Now he has come home to add “director” to his resumé. In a revealing interview with Allison Langdon, Baker explains that his first feature film is an enormous test of his skill, bringing author Tim Winton’s acclaimed novel Breath to the big screen.

Reporter: Allison Langdon

Producer: Stefanie Sgroi

 

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