The ABC Of on ABC – This week on The ABC Of, David Wenham sits down with the grande dame of Australian comedy, Wendy Harmer.

She’s been on our screens for the better part of four decades, smashing stereotypes with every step.

Wendy reminisces about her part in the genre-defining comedy programs The Gillies Report and The Big Gig, where she was also the first woman to host a comedy show in Australian television history. She’s gone on to be a globally successful author, top rating radio host and television documentary maker with Stuff.

But success is just the top line of her story – Wendy talks about navigating a public career while having been born with a facial difference and how she’s found love and healing after a childhood marked by poverty and sadness.

The ABC Of is an interview series, hosted by actor David Wenham, in which a range of prominent Australians revisit their pasts through moments drawn from the vast ABC Archives.

The seven featured guests, all icons of one field or another, also include: former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, cricket legend Ian Chappell, performer and indigenous advocate Miranda Tapsell, actor Jack Thompson, one half of Australia’s best-loved comedy duo Greig Pickhaver and feminist and intellectual Germaine Greer.

Each episode is a one-on-one conversation in which the questions are based on archival video clips. Before they sit down, the guests are unaware of the clips that have been chosen. In many cases, those clips travel past the choices you’d expect, the obvious markers of the guest’s CV, wending their way down delightful and surprising paths to footage that has not seen the light of day for decades.

Production credit: A Guesswork Television Production in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Executive Producers: Jon Casimir and Jo Long. ABC Commissioning Editor Julie Hanna.

The ABC Of – Tuesday 13 June, 2023 at 8:00pm on ABC and ABC iview

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