Adam Shand at Large

Adam Shand at Large

Adam Shand At Large. takes you into the curious mind of Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist and author Adam Shand. Adam brings an independent and forthright view of our world fashioned from 35 years of journalism. This is a searc

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Season 1


The Real Chopper - Trailer

The name Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is a by-word for crime and violence in Australian society. The foul deeds he confessed to appalled and fascinated us but how much of it was true? In The Real Chopper, we meet the man behind the cartoon thug. The character he dreamed up in a jailhouse book became an Australian icon after Eric Bana played Chopper in the hit movie. In this two-part series, Adam Shand meets the people closest to Chopper Read and reveals his greatest heist.

The Real Chopper - Trailer

The name Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is a by-word for crime and violence in Australian society. The foul deeds he confessed to appalled and fascinated us but how much of it was true? In The Real Chopper, we meet the man behind the cartoon thug. The character he dreamed up in a jailhouse book became an Australian icon after Eric Bana played Chopper in the hit movie. In this two-part series, Adam Shand meets the people closest to Chopper Read and reveals his greatest heist.

01:05

EP01 - S1

14 Mar 18

The Real Chopper - pt 2

The name Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is a by-word for crime and violence in Australian society. The foul deeds he confessed to appalled and fascinated us but how much of it was true? In The Real Chopper, we meet the man behind the cartoon thug. The character he dreamed up in a jailhouse book became an Australian icon after Eric Bana played Chopper in the hit movie. In this two-part series, Adam Shand meets the people closest to Chopper Read and reveals his greatest heist.

The Real Chopper - pt 2

The name Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is a by-word for crime and violence in Australian society. The foul deeds he confessed to appalled and fascinated us but how much of it was true? In The Real Chopper, we meet the man behind the cartoon thug. The character he dreamed up in a jailhouse book became an Australian icon after Eric Bana played Chopper in the hit movie. In this two-part series, Adam Shand meets the people closest to Chopper Read and reveals his greatest heist.

26:25

EP01 - S1

21 Mar 18

The Real Chopper - pt 1

The name Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is a by-word for crime and violence in Australian society. The foul deeds he confessed to appalled and fascinated us but how much of it was true? In The Real Chopper, we meet the man behind the cartoon thug. The character he dreamed up in a jailhouse book became an Australian icon after Eric Bana played Chopper in the hit movie. In this two-part series, Adam Shand meets the people closest to Chopper Read and reveals his greatest heist.

The Real Chopper - pt 1

The name Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read is a by-word for crime and violence in Australian society. The foul deeds he confessed to appalled and fascinated us but how much of it was true? In The Real Chopper, we meet the man behind the cartoon thug. The character he dreamed up in a jailhouse book became an Australian icon after Eric Bana played Chopper in the hit movie. In this two-part series, Adam Shand meets the people closest to Chopper Read and reveals his greatest heist.

24:19

EP01 - S1

21 Mar 18

ATM boy - Trailer

A bank error offers you a multi-million dollar fantasy lifestyle. And the bank and the police aren't chasing you. What would you do? In 2011, a portal to illicit riches opened for a country barman. It was an easy way to rob a bank, almost a victimless crime. Or so he thought, until he pondered the question of conscience. - Adam Shand, ATM boy. 

ATM boy - Trailer

A bank error offers you a multi-million dollar fantasy lifestyle. And the bank and the police aren't chasing you. What would you do? In 2011, a portal to illicit riches opened for a country barman. It was an easy way to rob a bank, almost a victimless crime. Or so he thought, until he pondered the question of conscience. - Adam Shand, ATM boy. 

00:59

EP02 - S1

2 Oct 18

ATM boy - pt 2

A bank error offers you a multi-million dollar fantasy lifestyle. And the bank and the police aren't chasing you. What would you do? In 2011, a portal to illicit riches opened for Dan Saunders, a country barman. It was an easy way to rob a bank, almost a victimless crime. Or so he thought, until he pondered the question of conscience. Part Two of Adam Shand at large - ATM boy. Dan is on the horns of a dilemma. He can steal enough from the bank to last a lifetime. Life in a tropical hideout awaits but he must summon the courage to abandon everything for a life of lies and deceit.

ATM boy - pt 2

A bank error offers you a multi-million dollar fantasy lifestyle. And the bank and the police aren't chasing you. What would you do? In 2011, a portal to illicit riches opened for Dan Saunders, a country barman. It was an easy way to rob a bank, almost a victimless crime. Or so he thought, until he pondered the question of conscience. Part Two of Adam Shand at large - ATM boy. Dan is on the horns of a dilemma. He can steal enough from the bank to last a lifetime. Life in a tropical hideout awaits but he must summon the courage to abandon everything for a life of lies and deceit.

27:59

EP02 - S1

11 Oct 18

ATM boy - pt 1

A bank error offers you a multi-million dollar fantasy lifestyle. And the bank and the police aren't chasing you. What would you do? In 2011, a portal to illicit riches opened for Dan Saunders, a country barman. It was an easy way to rob a bank, almost a victimless crime. Or so he thought, until he pondered the question of conscience. Part One. A barman-turned-bank robber contacts Adam Shand as he tries to understand why no-one is chasing him. He has found a hole in the ATM network of a bank and has morphed into a big spending high roller but ATM Boy wants his old life back.

ATM boy - pt 1

A bank error offers you a multi-million dollar fantasy lifestyle. And the bank and the police aren't chasing you. What would you do? In 2011, a portal to illicit riches opened for Dan Saunders, a country barman. It was an easy way to rob a bank, almost a victimless crime. Or so he thought, until he pondered the question of conscience. Part One. A barman-turned-bank robber contacts Adam Shand as he tries to understand why no-one is chasing him. He has found a hole in the ATM network of a bank and has morphed into a big spending high roller but ATM Boy wants his old life back.

27:01

EP02 - S1

11 Oct 18

Meth destruction - Trailer

Methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, is a scourge facing Australians of all ages and walks of life. It’s highly addictive and readily available. Adam Shand tells the story of Tom de Souza and his journey from middle class scholarship boy in Perth to chronic ice user and budding criminal. Adam learns how Tom came back from the brink to beat ice and rediscover his joy of life. This is a harrowing story that should resonate with every family but it also offers a message of hope that ice can be defeated.

Meth destruction - Trailer

Methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, is a scourge facing Australians of all ages and walks of life. It’s highly addictive and readily available. Adam Shand tells the story of Tom de Souza and his journey from middle class scholarship boy in Perth to chronic ice user and budding criminal. Adam learns how Tom came back from the brink to beat ice and rediscover his joy of life. This is a harrowing story that should resonate with every family but it also offers a message of hope that ice can be defeated.

01:23

EP03 - S1

10 Dec 18

Meth Destruction - pt 2

Struggling to cope with their son’s downward spiral, Tom’s parents’ marriage disintegrates. Tom de Souza tells Journalist Adam Shand how he falls into the seedy sub-culture of drugs and turns to crime to feed his drug habit. He becomes estranged from his family and sees no future in life. He finds a place on the fringe of society with other misfits where he is not judged. As jail or death beckons, Tom finds the strength to deal with his demons. Luckily for Tom, his family never gives up on him and they find the strength to help Tom turn his life around.

Meth Destruction - pt 2

Struggling to cope with their son’s downward spiral, Tom’s parents’ marriage disintegrates. Tom de Souza tells Journalist Adam Shand how he falls into the seedy sub-culture of drugs and turns to crime to feed his drug habit. He becomes estranged from his family and sees no future in life. He finds a place on the fringe of society with other misfits where he is not judged. As jail or death beckons, Tom finds the strength to deal with his demons. Luckily for Tom, his family never gives up on him and they find the strength to help Tom turn his life around.

24:51

EP03 - S1

13 Dec 18

Meth Destruction - pt 1

Adam Shand tells the story of Tom de Souza and his journey from middle class scholarship boy in Perth to chronic ice user and budding criminal. Tom de Souza is a gifted child born into an affluent Australian family in London. He is a scholarship boy who had unlimited potential but then his father loses his job as a stockbroker. The family returns home to Perth where eight- year old Tom struggles to fit in. As a young teenager struggles with self-esteem and low confidence, he discovers methamphetamine which seems to be a panacea for his troubles. Soon he finds himself in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. 

Meth Destruction - pt 1

Adam Shand tells the story of Tom de Souza and his journey from middle class scholarship boy in Perth to chronic ice user and budding criminal. Tom de Souza is a gifted child born into an affluent Australian family in London. He is a scholarship boy who had unlimited potential but then his father loses his job as a stockbroker. The family returns home to Perth where eight- year old Tom struggles to fit in. As a young teenager struggles with self-esteem and low confidence, he discovers methamphetamine which seems to be a panacea for his troubles. Soon he finds himself in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. 

33:23

EP03 - S1

13 Dec 18

Jailhouse Lawyer - Trailer

An ex-criminal who walked the line between warring gangs before being wrongly imprisoned talks openly to Adam Shand He reveals how he survived in and out of jail and why helping others fight for freedom was so important even though Carl Williams was framing him for murder.

Jailhouse Lawyer - Trailer

An ex-criminal who walked the line between warring gangs before being wrongly imprisoned talks openly to Adam Shand He reveals how he survived in and out of jail and why helping others fight for freedom was so important even though Carl Williams was framing him for murder.

00:52

EP04 - S1

7 Feb 19

Jailhouse Lawyer - pt 3. A Test of Character

As the Jail House Lawyer prepares to give evidence of police corruption, an old adversary moves to silence him. David McCulloch is arrested, handcuffed and put on a aeroplane bound for a land he left 50 years ago.

Jailhouse Lawyer - pt 3. A Test of Character

As the Jail House Lawyer prepares to give evidence of police corruption, an old adversary moves to silence him. David McCulloch is arrested, handcuffed and put on a aeroplane bound for a land he left 50 years ago.

24:01

EP04 - S1

16 Feb 19

Jailhouse Lawyer - pt 2. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

An ex-criminal who walked the line between warring gangs before being wrongly imprisoned talks openly to Adam Shand He reveals how he survived in and out of jail and why helping others fight for freedom was so important even though Carl Williams was framing him for murder. Part 2. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - The jailhouse lawyer brings peace and harmony to the jail but an old friend betrays him and he faces another 10 years inside.

Jailhouse Lawyer - pt 2. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

An ex-criminal who walked the line between warring gangs before being wrongly imprisoned talks openly to Adam Shand He reveals how he survived in and out of jail and why helping others fight for freedom was so important even though Carl Williams was framing him for murder. Part 2. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - The jailhouse lawyer brings peace and harmony to the jail but an old friend betrays him and he faces another 10 years inside.

50:19

EP04 - S1

17 Feb 19

Jailhouse Lawyer - pt 1. Framed

An ex-criminal who walked the line between warring gangs before being wrongly imprisoned talks openly to Adam Shand He reveals how he survived in and out of jail and why helping others fight for freedom was so important even though Carl Williams was framing him for murder. Part 1. Framed - An underworld figure gets 13 years jail for a crime he says he didn’t commit. He uses the time to help others fight for justice.

Jailhouse Lawyer - pt 1. Framed

An ex-criminal who walked the line between warring gangs before being wrongly imprisoned talks openly to Adam Shand He reveals how he survived in and out of jail and why helping others fight for freedom was so important even though Carl Williams was framing him for murder. Part 1. Framed - An underworld figure gets 13 years jail for a crime he says he didn’t commit. He uses the time to help others fight for justice.

43:32

EP04 - S1

17 Feb 19

Packer's Gold - Trailer

In April 1995, 285 kilos in gold was stolen from the Sydney office of Australia’s richest man Kerry Packer. No-one was ever charged but police have long suspected that the culprit was a master safe cracker. But how did the thief get into Packer’s office and make off with the gold without leaving a trace?  Adam follows the investigation and brings new facts to light.   

Packer's Gold - Trailer

In April 1995, 285 kilos in gold was stolen from the Sydney office of Australia’s richest man Kerry Packer. No-one was ever charged but police have long suspected that the culprit was a master safe cracker. But how did the thief get into Packer’s office and make off with the gold without leaving a trace?  Adam follows the investigation and brings new facts to light.   

01:27

EP05 - S1

12 Sep 19

Packer's Gold - pt 2. No Trace

Twenty-five years later, Adam’s review of the case reveals strange new evidence that raises the possibility of an elaborate inside job. How much did Kerry Packer know about this theft and the people who pulled it off?    

Packer's Gold - pt 2. No Trace

Twenty-five years later, Adam’s review of the case reveals strange new evidence that raises the possibility of an elaborate inside job. How much did Kerry Packer know about this theft and the people who pulled it off?    

28:41

EP05 - S1

2 Oct 19

Packer's Gold - pt 1. Loyalty, Betrayal and Revenge

In 1995, a fortune in gold is stolen from Australia’s then richest man Kerry Packer. Police uncover links between Packer’s former secretary and the red-hot suspect in the crime. After nine months, the investigation goes cold.  

Packer's Gold - pt 1. Loyalty, Betrayal and Revenge

In 1995, a fortune in gold is stolen from Australia’s then richest man Kerry Packer. Police uncover links between Packer’s former secretary and the red-hot suspect in the crime. After nine months, the investigation goes cold.  

27:46

EP05 - S1

3 Oct 19

The Great Qantas Hoax - pt 2. Landing the Wreck

Retired A380 captain James Nixon explains how today’s pilots handle bomb threats and why flying is the second safest mode of transport.

The Great Qantas Hoax - pt 2. Landing the Wreck

Retired A380 captain James Nixon explains how today’s pilots handle bomb threats and why flying is the second safest mode of transport.

33:15

EP06 - S1

4 Jan 21

The Great Qantas Hoax - pt 1. Pressure

A barometric bomb is set to explode at 20,000 feet on a Qantas Boeing 707, unless a ransom of $500,000 is paid. For Italian migrants on vacation, their Roman Holiday has become The Doomsday Flight.

The Great Qantas Hoax - pt 1. Pressure

A barometric bomb is set to explode at 20,000 feet on a Qantas Boeing 707, unless a ransom of $500,000 is paid. For Italian migrants on vacation, their Roman Holiday has become The Doomsday Flight.

26:36

EP06 - S1

4 Jan 21

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