About the Show

An exciting collision of reportage and experience, Hamish explores the worlds of war, politics and pop culture in this three-part series. Each episode will cover two very different and surprising stories with one thing in common: they are all very human.

Travelling all over the world, from the sweltering heat of the Arizona desert, to the snow-covered streets of Russia, Hamish is on the search for extraordinary people and the unexpected truths behind stories we thought we already knew.

Over two million Americans, Australians and other Allied forces have served in Iraq and Afghanistan – that’s a generation who have lived through the horror of war. One in six return home with post-traumatic stress syndrome: they don’t sleep, they can’t hold down jobs and they can’t maintain relationships. This year, for the first time, suicides eclipsed war deaths for Allied troops. Hamish travels to Arizona, meeting some returning soldiers to find out if they are coping with life back home. The journey is as surprising as it is raw.

You may think the Ukraine’s Chernobyl reactor meltdown over 25 years ago was and still is a huge threat to human life. But something we live with and take for granted every single day, urban air pollution, is a much bigger threat to human life. Hamish takes a summer holiday in the Ukraine and goes in search of families living illegally around the old reactor.

Most people think wars are fought by professional soldiers in national armies, but in today’s modern society, they are not. Do all mercenaries look like the A-team? Hamish enrols in a private security training academy and meets some unlikely characters.

A journalist’s job is to unearth the facts. While the truth is certainly always out there, it’s also surprising, alarming and often stranger than fiction.