NITV best option for Christmas Night–in my opinion

Why?

  1. 7:30pm Jimmy Little Tribute Concert

    To celebrate Jimmy Little’s life Australian musicians from around the country will gather and sing. Family and friends will come together to honour the contribution of this extraordinary Australian. News (TBC)

  2. 9:00pm Women of the Sun

    As the seal-hunters discovered the rich bounty off the southern coasts, they supplemented their isolated lives by kidnapping Aboriginal women. Drama (M)

  3. 10:00pm Bush Bands Bash Bush Bands Bash is the biggest concert on the Alice Springs calendar and one of the most vibrant Indigenous events in Australia.

Last night ABC News 24 repeated an Australian Story from April 2012.

This is a story of rags-to-riches and back again, introduced by actor Heather Graham.

From a working class upbringing in Adelaide, Scott Neeson built a career as a top Hollywood movie executive, promoting blockbusters such as Titanic, Braveheart, Independence Day, and X-Men. It was a glamorous lifestyle, walking red carpets, partying with celebrities and dating models.

But after a holiday in Cambodia, Neeson made a deliberate choice to give it all up. Gone are the slick designer suits, traded instead for the cargo pants and hiking boots required to navigate the rubbish dumps of Phnom Penh.

He now owns ‘nothing’ but says he couldn’t be happier as he works to help some of Cambodia’s poorest children.

The spirit of Jesus of Nazareth – and the compassion of the Buddha – is alive sometimes inside and just as often outside the community of believers.

SEVERSON: Neeson says he doesn’t belong to an organized religion but leans toward Buddhism, in part because it accepts suffering as part of life and has helped the kids endure their own suffering.

Mr. NEESON: And the one thing it’s really taught me, even more than, I think, spirituality, is the resilience of the human spirit. What these kids have been through is remarkable, and they come here, and they have a sense of real happiness.

And on a smaller scale, witness the kindness of the lovely Helen and the staff at the Yum Yum Cafe.  Here is what I scored this morning.

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