This weekend 60 Minutes has Mick Fanning’s return to the water, Look at party drugs and their effects and cricketer Imran Khan.
MICK FANNING: BACK IN THE WATER
There has never been a sporting moment like it. Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning attacked by a great white shark during a surfing contest, all captured on live television. For an agonising 9 seconds, Mick disappeared from view and the world held its breath to see who or what would emerge from this life and death struggle. Since he’s returned home, Mick Fanning has been reflecting on his great escape, and this Sunday he tells 60 Minutes about his deepest thoughts and the nightmares that still haunt him. Mick’s also done what many might think is completely mad – he’s gone straight back in the water, and you won’t believe what happens during his first surf since the attack.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producer: Nick Greenaway
It’s a tragedy that is becoming an all too regular occurrence – a young life cut short by drugs. But it’s not just the hardcore addicts being taken down. Increasingly more young lives are being lost to “party drugs”. One such life was 17-year-old Gemma Thoms who died after taking ecstasy at the Perth Music Festival. Clearly Australia’s drug strategy is not working. But there is another way. Forget sniffer dogs and the threat of jail – in Europe, a radical approach is focused on one thing: saving young lives. And that means helping partygoers find out exactly what’s in the drugs before they take them. Pill testing might seem confronting – but it is working.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Gareth Harvey
There was a lot to like about Imran Khan when he played cricket. He was a fiery fast bowler and an inspirational captain for his beloved Pakistan. He was busy off the field too – a very handsome hit with the ladies. In the 20 years since his retirement from the international sport, Imran’s popularity has soared. But he has become what he said he never would – a politician, one who is now in line to become Pakistan’s next prime minister. And it’s a country that could well do with his help. We all just have to hope the terrorists or his political opponents don’t kill him first.
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Phil Goyen
9 PM Sunday on Nine