60 Minutes October 22

This weekend 60 Minutes has a jam packed episode this weekend.


The most precious thing in Chontell Johnson’s life is her beautiful two-year-old daughter, Te Maumahara. It’s a Maori name meaning “To remember”, which in all likelihood is something 38-year-old Chontell is going to forget very soon. That’s because she was born with a genetic mutation that has given her a 98 per cent chance of developing early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Chontell inherited the condition from her mother, who died from Alzheimer’s at 47, and there’s a 50 per cent chance she has passed it on to her daughter. Cruelly, 244 Aussies are diagnosed with dementia every day and the number is rising. But there is hope. Liam Bartlett travels to a very special town in the mountains of Colombia to meet an Australian scientist on the verge of a breakthrough to defeat dementia for good.

Reporter: Liam Bartlett

Producers: Steve Jackson



It’s hard not to be angry and disgusted when you hear what Tegan Wagner has endured. When she was 14 she was attacked at a party and gang raped. It was a horrible, humiliating assault and she quite rightly wanted justice. Tegan demanded the perpetrators of the crime be held accountable and put her faith in our legal system. But she says what was to come was as bad as the rapes. The teenager felt attacked all over again – by defence lawyers whose brutal cross-examination of her in court lasted three harrowing days. What the barristers didn’t count on, however, was Tegan Wagner’s unshakeable courage.

Reporter: Tara Brown

Producers: Stefanie Sgroi, Sean Power



For five frantically fabulous years One Direction ruled the pop world. They were one of the biggest boy groups ever and had millions of teenage girls swooning at the mere mention of their names. But the inescapable truth is that boys become men, so when they disbanded at the beginning of last year it wasn’t entirely unexpected. 1D’s loveable larrikin, Niall Horan, decided on a new direction. He swapped fame for anonymity and took off backpacking around the world. He tells Allison Langdon it was a grand adventure made even more special because it ended up taking him back to the big time.

Reporter: Allison Langdon

Producers: Garry McNab, Eliza Berkery



If the 1980s were the decade of decadence, Adnan Khashoggi was the emperor of excess. Back then the Saudi arms dealer was the richest man in the world, flaunting his wealth like no one else. But among the super-yachts, jets and mansions, his greatest indulgence was a personal harem of young, beautiful women. Former model and Roxy Surfwear founder Jill Dodd was one of Khashoggi’s many female playthings, and after more than 30 years of keeping a very big secret has now decided it’s time to lift the veil on her life as a billionaire’s pleasure wife.

Reporter: Peter Stefanovic

Producer: Michelle Tapper

8:30 pm Sunday on Nine