This Weekend Sunday Night has spelling bees and pulls two out of the vault as summer begins
One contest. 11 million entrants. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an academic sporting event like no other. The young contestants from all over the USA travel to Washington, D.C. to compete against each other and the dictionary on national television in a three-day battle of the brains. One wrong letter spells the end of a dream. The winner gets $30,000 in cash. No wonder then that these young competitors need cool heads and nerves of steel to be top of the class. We follow 13-year-old Ethan Perrins who grew up with a stutter but found his voice competing in Spelling Bees. Sunday Night’s PJ Madam is given a behind-the-scenes tour of the big event by the most famous speller of all – Nupur Lala, the 1999 winner and star of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Spellbound”.
Sunday Night will also encore two popular stories from earlier this year:
DASH CAM REVOLUTION
Imagine the world’s worst drivers on the most lawless roads on earth. Throw in corrupt police, aggressive motorists and a few million video cameras and you have the ingredients driving Russia’s dash cam revolution. These dash cams capture a windscreen-wide, warts-and-all view of Russian roads today – from the most spectacular and heart-stopping crashes and near misses to meteors flying across the sky and random acts of kindness. Join Sunday Night’s intrepid reporter Denham Hitchcock as he gets behind the wheel of a Soviet-era Lada motor car to experience the roads of Moscow first-hand. What he finds is that the dash cam revolution is helping to make driving in Russia a whole lot safer.
He’s one of the biggest music stars on the planet. Aussies also know him as the big-haired judge from The X Factor. But there’s more to Stefan Gordy – aka Redfoo – than catchy dance tunes. Redfoo opens up to Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler about domestic violence, racism, bullying and near-crippling anxiety.
7 PM Sunday on Seven