60 Minutes is doing a lot of strategic cross promotion lately, recently profiling Lego ahead of Lego Masters and this weekend with a story on John McEnroe who just happens to be part of Nine’s Australian Open commentary team in January.
Anyone for Menace?
On the tennis court, John McEnroe was as famous for his foul-mouthed temper-tantrums as he was for his mesmerising play. His nickname, “Superbrat”, could not have been more appropriate. Today, at 59, the former ace claims he has mellowed, but having just spent some time with him in New York, Liam Bartlett isn’t so sure. He found the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion to be as feisty as ever, with a scathing assessment of the current state of tennis. In McEnroe-speak, if the sport is to survive it needs an urgent injection of aggro. It’s a view sure to be welcomed by Australia’s very own pin-up of petulance, Nick Kyrgios.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Grace Tobin
Arthur Greer is a very unlikeable man. He has a criminal record best described as disgraceful; he’s violent; and he has convictions for sexually abusing two of his daughters. And it gets worse. Greer has spent the last 25 years in prison for murdering a 14-year-old schoolgirl. Most people would think good riddance to bad rubbish, but as Tara Brown discovers, this is where his story takes a turn. Arthur Greer says he didn’t murder anyone – and there seems to be evidence to suggest that, for once, he might be telling the truth.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Gareth Harvey, Michael Muntz
Nights of White Saturn
When Trevor Barry dropped out of school he looked down. And why wouldn’t he? Like many young men in Broken Hill back in the 1960s, working in the local mines was an obvious career choice. For 34 years that’s exactly what Trevor did. Then one day, instead of looking down he looked up, and what he saw changed his life forever. Today 67-year-old Trevor is an amateur astronomer, but not just any backyard stargazer. His work – especially making discoveries about the planet Saturn – is so impressive that he has NASA, the biggest space agency in the world, knocking on his door.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producers: Ali Smith, Grace Tobin
7pm Sunday on Nine.