Enough Rope with Andrew Denton

Monday 9:30 PM on ABC1 Premiered Mar 17, 2003 In Season


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Episode Guide

    • 1.6
      Season 0 - Episode 1
    • Wendy Harmer, Gaby Schultz, Shahin Shafaei
      Wendy Harmer drops by to promote her new adult novel, 'Farewell my Ovaries'. Andrew introduces a love story with a difference, Gaby Schultz & Shahin Shafaei met in a detention centre. He was an asylum seeker from Iran, she was a guard from country New South Wales.
    • Wendy Harmer, Gaby Schultz, Shahin Shafaei
      Wendy Harmer drops by to promote her new adult novel, 'Farewell my Ovaries'. Andrew introduces a love story with a difference, Gaby Schultz & Shahin Shafaei met in a detention centre. He was an asylum seeker from Iran, she was a guard from country New South Wales.
    • Michael Slater, AJ Jacobs
      Michael Slater, AJ Jacobs
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Andrew interviews cricketer, Michael Slater and the author of the book, "The Know it All", A J Jacobs.
    • Natalie Imbruglia, Simon Yates
      Natalie Imbruglia, Simon Yates
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Featured in this episode are singer, Natalie Imbruglia and Simon Yates who was immortalised in the film and book 'Touching the Void', the now legendary story of Joe Simpson, a mountain climber who shattered his leg on the descent of one of the world's toughest peaks.
    • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
      Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark share their story with Andrew.
    • Tim Winton, Aaron Ralston
      Tim Winton, Aaron Ralston
      Season 2 - Episode 34
      On tonight's show: Tim Winton is consistently voted Australia's most beloved novelist. In books such as 'Cloudstreet', 'Dirt Music' and his new collection of short stories, 'The Turning', he's shown an exquisite feel for the language, the smell, the very pulse of Australia. A little under two years ago, Aron Ralston set out on a solo wilderness adventure in Utah, USA. Disaster struck when a boulder fell on his arm, pinning him to the spot. His only hope of survival, to cut his arm off. The world now knows that he did. But what he went through to reach that moment and what's happened since is a remarkable story.moreless
    • Geoffrey Rush, Irshad Manji
      Geoffrey Rush, Irshad Manji
      Season 2 - Episode 26
      Tonight on Enough Rope: Irshad Manji has been called Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare. She is an articulate and outspoken critic of his brand of fundamentalism. A practising Muslim, she believes her religion should embrace, as it has before, and still does in many places, tolerance, compassion and inquiry. She has written a book, 'The Trouble with Islam' which calls for a different kind of Islamic revolution, one in which Osama bin Laden is seen not as the leader but as the exception. Geoffrey Rush is a Queensland country boy, theatre-lover, mime artist, stage performer, company owner, husband, father, movie star, Oscar-winner and arguably one of Australia's greatest living actors.moreless
    • Matt Damon, Tim and Neil Finn
      Matt Damon, Tim and Neil Finn
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      Matt Damon talks about his rise to Hollywood's A list. Tim and Neil Finn chat about their creative forces and brotherly connection.
    • Neil Diamond
      Neil Diamond
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      Neil Diamond, who once had an album that stayed in the Australian music charts for 239 consecutive weeks, stops by to reflect on his life and career.
      Also featured are three political cartoonists.
    • Dawn Fraser, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
      Dawn Fraser, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      Andrew chats to Aussie swimming legend Dawn Fraser as well as scientist, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.
    • K.D. Lang
      K.D. Lang
      Season 2 - Episode 27
      Andrew chats with singer K.D. Lang, audience member, Sam Sharpe about coming to terms with suicide and a couple of deep sea divers give the audience a peak into their world.
    • Professor Susan Greenfield, Greg Welch
      Guests include Professor Susan Greenfield and Greg Welch.
    • Phillip Noyce
      Phillip Noyce
      Season 2 - Episode 30
      Joining Andrew on the couch is Aussie director, Phillip Noyce. Also on the show are the author and subject of the hit book, "The Dice Man", George Cockcroft and Luke Rhinehart.
    • Olivia Newton-John, Arundhati Roy
      Olivia Newton-John, Arundhati Roy
      Season 2 - Episode 33
      Andrew chats with singer, Olivia Newton-John and author, Arundhati Roy.
    • Professor Peter Singer
      Professor Peter Singer
      Season 2 - Episode 31
      Andrew chats with Professor Peter Singer and some real life 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'.
    • Jimmy Barnes
      Jimmy Barnes
      Season 2 - Episode 32
      Tonight's show features Australia singer, Jimmy Barnes and some of the countries hard working miners.
    • Pauline Hanson, Dave Hughes
      Pauline Hanson, Dave Hughes
      Season 2 - Episode 29
      Andrew chats with Australia politician, Pauline Hanson and comedian Dave Hughes.
    • Ted Egan
      Ted Egan
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      Tonights episode features Australian bush legend, Ted Egan and also delves into the subject of Missing Persons in Australia.
    • James Morrison
      James Morrison
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      Andrew chats with trumpet player, James Morrison about his career, his collection of luxury cars, yacht-sailing and flying. Also on the show is war correspondent, Michael Ware. Show and Tell focuses on Bryan Seymour who has managed to track down his natural father, Mark Matthews after a 14 year search.
    • Derryn Hinch
      Derryn Hinch
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      Andrew chats with the man Australia calls, The Human Headline, Derryn Hinch about the ups and downs in person and professional life. Andrews also talks with Louise Anike and Josie Jackson, two members of the Older Women's Network Theatre Group.
    • Rose Porteous, John Safran
      Rose Porteous, John Safran
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      Andrew chats with socialite and millionare widow, Rose Porteous.

      Also on the show, John Safran shares stories of his adventures in the media.

      Hugh Carey, Sandra Pankhurst and Carl Scully, stop by to share their experience in the cleaning business with Andrew and his audience.
    • The Wiggles, Dr Helen Caldicott
      The Wiggles, Dr Helen Caldicott
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Andrew introduces Australia's biggest entertainment team, Murray Cook Jeff Fatt, Greg Page and Anthony Field - otherwise known as, The Wiggles.

      Also on the show is Australia's best-known voice of protest, taking the case for nuclear disarmament to the world stage, Dr Helen Caldicott.
    • Jim Carrey
      Jim Carrey
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      Andrew chats with Hollywood heavy-weight Jim Carrey about the man behind the mask.
    • Sigrid Thornton, Dr Tim Flannery
      Sigrid Thornton, Dr Tim Flannery
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      Appearing on the show are beloved Australian actress, Sigrid Thornton; scientist, explorer and best-selling author, Dr Tim Flannery and Canadian medical activist, John Davidson.
    • Annie Lennox, Natasha Stott-Despoja
      Andrew talks with the former leader of the Australian Domocrats, Natasha Stott-Despoja.

      Also on the show, Andrew chats with lead singer of the Eurythmics, Annie Lennox.

      Finally, Andrew explores the miracles of IVF and chats with Geraldine Hewitt a 19 year old who is on a determined search to find her biological father and Peter Browne, a 53-year-old who donated sperm several times in his early 30s, who has no children of his own and is desperate to meet any children he may have fathered.moreless
    • Jane Turner, Gina Riley and Mark Latham
      Joining Andrew on Enough Rope are then, Shadow Treasurer, Mark Latham; talented actresses and comedians Jane Turner and Gina Riley (without their alter egos, Kath and Kim) and author of the controversial book 'The Bride Stripped Bare', Nikki Gemmell.
    • Guy Pearce, Tex Perkins
      Guy Pearce, Tex Perkins
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      Andrew chats with actor, Guy Pearce; rock singer, Tex Perkins and Real estate agents Bill Bridges, Lindsey Murphy and Len Pretti.
    • Deborah Harry, Rudy Giuliani, Adam Gilchrist
      In a jammed filled hour, Andrew chats with former NYC Mayor, Rudy Giuliani about his experience of September 11 and his upcoming visit to Australia for Mission Australia.

      Also on the show are Australian national cricket team vice-captain, Adam Gilchrist and the ultimate punk act, Blondie herself, Deborah Harry.
    • Russell Crowe
      Russell Crowe
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      Andrew talks to actor Russell Crowe.
    • Mark 'Chopper' Read, Kate Ceberano
      Mark 'Chopper' Read, Kate Ceberano
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      Andrew chats with infamous Australian criminal turned top selling author, Mark 'Chopper' Read.

      Also stopping by for a chat is singer, Kate Ceberano.

      Finally, Andrew talks with Jill Hellyer and her son Allan Stephan about living with schizophrenia.
    • Rove McManus
      Rove McManus
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      Andrew talks to fellow talk show host, Rove McManus.

      Also joining Andrew via satellite is mountaineer Joe Simpson who shares his remarkable story of survival after being left for dead on the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes.
    • Pete Postlethwaite, Rene Rivkin
      Pete Postlethwaite, Rene Rivkin
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Andrew speaks again to disgraced stockbroker Rene Rivkin on his $30,000 fine and nine months periodic detention for insider trading.

      British actor Pete Postlethwaite stops by for a chat.

    • Barry Humphries
      Barry Humphries
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Australian acting and comedic legend, Barry Humphries, drops by to talk to Andrew about his life in and out of pantyhose.

      Also on the show, Andrews talks to one of Australia's best know athletes, Skier, cyclist, adventurer, world and Australian record holder, Paralympian - Michael Milton.
    • Nova Peris
      Nova Peris
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Andrew chats with Australian sports star, Nova Peris about her childhood, her Olympic experiences and her new book, Nova: My Story.

      Andrew also talks to a group of teachers to discover a little more about their jobs and to Lieutenant Colonel Dale Storr who was an Iraqi POW for 33 days in the 1991 Gulf War.moreless
    • Heath Ledger
      Heath Ledger
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Andrew interviews actor Heath Ledger who is back in Australia promoting his new film, Ned Kelly.

      Also featuring on this episode are five-times world-champion surfer, Layne Beachley; Truck drivers, Rod Hannifey (Dubbo), Keren Wilkin (Quilpie) and former long-haul driver Shane Kent.
    • Claudia Karvan
      Claudia Karvan
      Season 1 - Episode 1

      Claudia Karvan - Claudia is a well known and accomplished Australian actress, whose most recent work inclues 'The Secret Life of Us'.

      Intensive Care Nurses - Narelle Nielson from the Westmead Children's Hospital ICU; Sandy Thompson from the Randwick Children's Hospital ICU and Sarah Woolley from Royal North Shore neurosurgery ICU.

      Guzin Najim - Guzin has lived most of her life as an Iraqi civilian, living through the death and destruction that clouds the country.

      Audience Show & Tell - Rob Alberts has the same skin condition as Michael Jackson; John Turner was run over by a bloody Volvo drver and Sophie Greenfield sent an inappropriate office email.moreless
    • 28 July 2003
      28 July 2003
      Season 0 - Episode 2
    • John Elliott
      John Elliott
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Andrew speaks with legendary business man, John Elliott. Famous for his catchphrase, "Pigs arse!" the chain-smoking media favourite once, in the '80s, simultaneously held the fate of Australia's two biggest companies in his hands at the same time as being federal president of the Liberal Party.

      Also featured are conversations with three of Australia's finest jockeys, comedian Richard Herring and audience show and tell.moreless
    • Molly Meldrum
      Molly Meldrum
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Andrew interviews one of Australia's music industry icons, Molly Meldrum.

      Other guests include Spearhead lead singer, Michael Franti and Professor Roger Short who believes he may hold the secret to stopping the spread of AIDS.

      Also on the show, Andrew goes inside the minds of three psychiatrists to learn more about the profession.moreless
    • Richard Roxburgh
      Richard Roxburgh
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Actor Richard Roxburgh drops by to talk to give Andrew a few Shakesperean acting lessons.

      Other guests include shipoffools.com founders Steven Goddard and Simon Jenkins; former ANC leader and current South African constitutional judge, Albie Sachs and Show and Tell with audience member, Dave Thomas.
    • Paul Hogan
      Paul Hogan
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Andrew talks to laconic Aussie icon , Paul Hogan.

      Also on the show, Andrew chats with current Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona Stanley.
    • Rebecca Gibney
      Rebecca Gibney
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Andrew chats with one of Australia's most beloved actresses, Rebecca Gibney.

      Also on the show, Andrew speaks with diseases expert Dr Peter Collignon; removalists Jason Cheney and Bill Atlis and show and tell audience member, Brendan Wakeham who has brought along a letter written to his grandfather in 1947 Japanese prisoner of war guard at camp.moreless
    • Rob Hirst , Rene Rivkin
      Rob Hirst , Rene Rivkin
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Flamboyant stockbroker, Rene Rivkin, dropped by to talk to Andrew, just two days before he was found guilty of insider-trading.

      Andrew's second guest was Midnight Oil songwriter, medicine man and drummer, Rob Hirst.
    • Dennis Lillee
      Dennis Lillee
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Andrew chats to Australia's most consistent fast bowler during the 1970s and early 1980s, cricket star, Dennis Lillee.

      Other guests include: Fisherfolk, Jim Mendolia, a man who's been fishing all his life, Rhonda Marriage, who with her husband Russell, fishes the estuaries for everything, from barramundi to bream, king salmon to sharks and Hans Jusseit, who sails the ocean blue hunting tuna; author Naomi Wolf and Show and Tell with audience members Lee Perrine, Peter Koshnitsky and Belinda Groves.moreless
    • 'Topic of Cancer' Re-union
      'Topic of Cancer' Re-union
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      A decade ago, Andrew made a documentary for the ABC called 'The Topic of Cancer'. It was made with and about a group of 13 teenagers from the cancer support organisation CanTeen. Of the 13, 12 had suffered from cancer and some were still being treated for it. The 13th, Alex, was a sibling whose life had been affected in its own way by his brother's illness.

      Andrew dedicates this episode to reuniting nine of the original 13 participants to discuss what life, death and living with cancer has taught them. Of the original 13, 10 are still alive and mostly in very good health.

      Appearing on the show are Claire Williams, Katrina Douglas, Mason Roy, Georgina Josey, Alex McWilliam, Kim Davis, Brett Finneran, Robbie Kite, Belinda Walsh.

    • Rachel Ward
      Rachel Ward
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      Appearing on the show are model, author, actress and director, Rachel Ward; and Washington political journalist Helen Thomas.
    • Kasey Chambers
      Kasey Chambers
      Season 2 - Episode 13

      Country singer Kasey Chambers joins Andrew for a chat. Also appearing on this episode is US Ambassador to Australia, Mr Tom Schieffer and England's PR king and scandal broker, Max Clifford.

    • Morgan Spurlock, Amanda Vanstone, Glenn McGrath

      Appearing on this episode is documentary film-maker, Morgan Spurlock; Australian Federal Minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone and cricketer Glenn McGrath, who with his wife, Jane discuss how cancer has touched their lives.

    • John Travolta, Salam Pax
      John Travolta, Salam Pax
      Season 2 - Episode 11

      Hollywood actor, John Travolta talks to Andrew about flying, family and film-making. Also on the show, Iraqi student, Salam Pax, whose online diary has provided the world with an insight into life in Baghdad before and during the invasion of the coalition of the willing.

    • Hugh Jackman, Jose Ramos-Horta
      Hugh Jackman, Jose Ramos-Horta
      Season 2 - Episode 10

      Andrew chats via satellite to actor Hugh Jackman. The recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and Foreign Minister of East Timor Jose Ramos-Horta joins Andrew in the studio.

    • Sam Neill, Daniel Johns
      Sam Neill, Daniel Johns
      Season 2 - Episode 14

      Andrew chats with New Zealand actor, Sam Neill and Silverchair frontman, Daniel Johns.

    • Antonio Banderas, Dr Fiona Wood
      Antonio Banderas, Dr Fiona Wood
      Season 2 - Episode 15

      Andrew talks with actor, Antonio Banderas and burns expert and Australian of the Year, Dr Fiona Wood.

    • John Marsden, Ita Buttrose
      John Marsden, Ita Buttrose
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Andrew chats with one of Australia's most influential authors, John Marsden. Also joining Andrew for a chat is Australian magazine Queen, Ita Buttrose.
    • Bill Clinton
      Bill Clinton
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      In a slightly different format, Denton introduces a pre-recorded interview with former US President, Bill Clinton.
    • Rachel Griffiths, Jeff Kennett
      Rachel Griffiths, Jeff Kennett
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Andrew chats with politician Jeff Kennett and actress Rachel Griffiths.
    • Paul Kelly, Joe Simpson
      Paul Kelly, Joe Simpson
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      Appearing in this episode is Australian poet laureate, singer, songwriter, Paul Kelly; and the man whose story of bravery and survival features in the film "Touching the Void", climber Joe Simpson.
    • Jacki Weaver, Ted Koppel
      Jacki Weaver, Ted Koppel
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      Andrew talks with one of America's most respected journalists, Ted Koppel as well as beloved Aussie actress, Jacki Weaver.
    • John Laws, Deborah Mailman
      John Laws, Deborah Mailman
      Season 2 - Episode 9

      Andrew speaks with Australia's most successful and influential radio presenter, talk-back king, John Laws.

      Talented, award-winning actress, Deborah Mailman drops by for a chat.

    • Anzac Day Special
      Anzac Day Special
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      War changes everything and everyone. On the 25th of April, thousands of Australian men and women commemorated Anzac Day, each carrying with them memories as vivid now as the day they happened. In this episode Andrew speaks to six of those Australians - a reminder that behind every image of a marching Anzac in the papers or on TV there stretches a life unimaginably altered by the course of war.

      Appearing on the show are: Ian 'Robbie' Robertson, Olwyn Green, Paul Murphy, Rowley Richards, Austin Hanna and Paul Kimlin.moreless
    • Mel Brooks
      Mel Brooks
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Mel Brooks, a man who is responsible for many of the funniest moments of the last 40 years sits down to chat with Andrew about life, laughs and his musical, 'The Producers', which has just opened in Australia.
    • Steve Irwin
      Steve Irwin
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      Andrew talks to Australian wildlife crusader, Steve Irwin.

      A replay of the May interview with Australian of the Year, Fiona Stanley is played.
    • Steve Waugh
      Steve Waugh
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      Andrew talks to Australian cricket captain, Steve Waugh. Other than his role with the Australian Cricket team, Steve is a charity worker for young sufferers of leprosy in India, is known the world over for his photography and is Australia's most successful sports author.

      One year on from the horrific Bali bombing, Andrew talks with survivors, Peter and Leigh Hughes.moreless
    • Toni Collette, Sir David Attenborough
      Andrew speaks with Aussie actress, Toni Collette; broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough; and teenagers, Julian Dibley-Hall and Ya El Stone.
    • Billy Bragg, Germaine Greer
      Billy Bragg, Germaine Greer
      Season 1 - Episode 27
      Appearing on Enough Rope are singer/songwriter Billy Bragg; and outspoken feminist, Germaine Greer.
    • Alan Bond
      Alan Bond
      Season 1 - Episode 31
      In the last 20 years, Alan Bond has gone from being an America's Cup hero, billionaire tycoon and Australian of the Year, to being bankrupt, put in jail and disgraced. He joins Andrew on this episode to speak openly about his extraordinary life for the first time.

    • Michael Parkinson
      Michael Parkinson
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Andrew chats with legendary talk show host, Michael Parkinson and Melbourne-based, Adam Elliot, who's film 'Harvie Krumpet' beat Hollywood giants Pixar and Disney to the Best Animation Oscar.
    • Lisa Marie Presley
      Lisa Marie Presley
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Andrew chats with Lisa Marie Presley, who has often been described as the world's most famous daughter. Also on the episode is Matt Laffan a lawyer, who has overcome the odds and lives with the debilitating condition, Diastrophic Dysplasia.
    • Garry McDonald
      Garry McDonald
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Andrew chats with Australian actor and comic legend, Garry McDonald.

      Also on the show, Andrew shines a spotlight on homelessness, speaking to Damo, Eleanor and Peachie, all homeless people dealt tough hands by life and playing them as best they can. They talk about their experiences, and offer a glimpse into a world within our world, a life that many of us quite literally walk over in the street.moreless
    • Steve Earle
      Steve Earle
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Andrew talks with Steve Earle, a man who is considered one of America's most important songwriters. Songwriting and recording aside, Steve has written plays, a book of short stories, started a theatre company, taught songwriting, been politically active for more than 30 years, been arrested many times, worn the orange overalls of a state penitentiary, had three kids and six marriages. All this while doing everything possible to kill himself with drugs.

      Scheduled guest Peter Foster was unable to appear due to legal reasons.moreless
    • Deborra-Lee Furness, Shane Gould
      Deborra-Lee Furness, Shane Gould
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Andrew chats with Olympic swimming legend, Shane Gould; popular politician, Don Chipp; and Aussie actress, Deborra-Lee Furness.
    • Steve & Terri Irwin
      Steve & Terri Irwin
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      A chat with Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's leading television and newspaper journalists and the only journalist to have met or spoken with Osama bin Laden since September 11, offers a rare glimpse inside the life and mind of this century's most wanted man.

      Steve and Terri Irwin introduce Andrew's audience to baby Bob and explain their feelings about the 'baby dangling' incident.moreless