Big on TV3

7:30pm – Thursday, July 14 on TV 3

Bonnie, the youngest person in the Big series, tries to turn her life around in the series season finale, screening on Thursday, July 14 th at 7:30pm on 3. Twenty-two-year-old Bonnie is the youngest person in the Big series. But even at that tender age she’s managed to weigh in at 144 kilos. She lives in Adelaide with her very thin best friend Laura. They are very close and have a history of partying and drinking, but now this lifestyle has caught up with Bonnie and she wants to change her life. She’s sick of being the butt of people’s fat jokes and the one at the night club that no-ones asks for her number. Bonnie is addicted to junk food and has never exercised. After her initial weigh-in with trainer Lee Campbell she is focused and ready to go. No more late nights, no more snacking on kebabs. But it’s not long before this creates great friction in her relationship with Laura who still wants to party and eat takeaway pizza at home.

Lee has set her a simple exercise target of running around her local football field in a specified time, a goal she fails. After a tearful confession that she’s not been trying hard enough, Bonnie decides to make a radical change in her life.

She doesn’t feel that Laura is supporting her so she leaves home and heads for Sydney to be closer to Lee. Away from home she’s still finding it very tough to lose the weight. As part of her new life, Lee organises Bonnie to try out for the local rugby team as a way of making sure she has at least one weekly training session. Despite a slow weight loss, Bonnie still needs a stronger influence on her life so Lee organises a month-long stay at On Track, a weight loss clinic in the picturesque Blue Mountains, outside Sydney. But will this stint in a specialist clinic finally do the trick? Find out in the Big season finale, screening on Thursday, July 14 th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Thursday, June 9 on TV 3

Premiering on Thursday, June 9 th at 7:30pm on 3, Big seeks to improve the lives of six clinically obese and overweight people who have lost the confidence of their former selves. Hosted by Deborah Hutton, and featuring fitness trainer Lee Campbell, Big offers “no contests, no prize money, and no hiding from the temptations of everyday life.” “Big gives six morbidly obese people a second-chance at life,” explain series producers in a statement. “From day one, a weight-loss expert and trainer will take over their lives and stay with them for 12 months, 24/7.” “There will be no escape or backing out in the mission to turn around the lives of these people and their families forever.”

In this radical approach, Campbell will take over each home and turn it into a total weight-loss environment – “the home becomes a laboratory that facilitates weight loss.” From a self-imposed prison to an inspiring, light and hope-filled world, their homes will now be sanctuaries where their dreams of weight-loss can be realised.

Each episode will see Campbell move in with a 130 – 180kg individual desperately in need of help. Over the course of the episode, the ten month journey will be revealed step by incredible step. This epic transformation not only will totally reshape the physical appearance of the person but will also completely alter their inner perceptions, their relationships and most importantly, their entire outlook on life.

Make sure not to miss the beginning of this incredible journey when Big premieres on Thursday, June 9 th at 7:30pm on 3.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 07 October, 10:30pm

The tallest man-made structure on Earth towering nearly half a mile into the sky is the Burj Dubai Skyscraper in the Persian Gulf. Find out how seven ingenious technological breakthroughs enabled engineers to build this super-structure. From its double-decker elevators and fire-proof evacuation rooms to its unique wind-cheating design, these innovations changed skyscraper design forever and enabled them to grow in size and scale… from BIG to BIGGER into the Burj Dubai, the world’s BIGGEST.