Media Week: Luke Warm Sex: The need for originality and variety in TV production

Media Week: Luke Warm Sex: The need for originality and variety in TV production

Cognisant of the rapid changes in the broadcast environment these days, Northern Pictures head of factual Karina Holden believes one should never rest on one’s laurels. Rather than just use the phrase as an empty sentiment to describe an upcoming production slate, she practises what she preaches as evident by her own 2013 jump from a comfortable job as a commissioning editor at the ABC.

SMH: Luke McGregor's Luke Warm Sex probes everything you wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask

SMH: Luke McGregor's Luke Warm Sex probes everything you wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask

A Q&A with Karl Quinn. 

"You present yourself as incredibly naive about sex, having been a virgin until age 25 and having "done it" just twice since then. Is this a character you've created for the show or is it really you?"

IF.com: Northern Pictures head of factual Karina Holden on ABC show Luke Warm Sex

IF.com: Northern Pictures head of factual Karina Holden on ABC show Luke Warm Sex

Karina Holden is the head of factual entertainment at Northern Pictures.

Her list of credits include Go Back To Where You Came From for SBS, and Changing Minds for the ABC. 

Her new show is Luke Warm Sex, a six-part series which follows comedian Luke McGregor as he tries to get better at sex with help from sexperts, therapists, scientists, tantric practitioners and sexual empowerment coaches.

News.com: Utopia and It’s a Date star Luke McGregor: ‘I’m 33 and I’ve only had sex twice’

News.com: Utopia and It’s a Date star Luke McGregor: ‘I’m 33 and I’ve only had sex twice’

WITH his prominent teeth, orange hair and freckles, comedian Luke McGregor certainly doesn’t look like the world’s suavest man. But few would have guessed the extent of his troubles in the bedroom.

"I was a virgin til I was 25": Luke McGregor stripped bare in sex ed documentary

"I was a virgin til I was 25": Luke McGregor stripped bare in sex ed documentary

Luke McGregor is an unlikely sex educator.

He lost his virginity at 25. By his early 30s he'd had just two sexual experiences.

But the Melbourne-based comedian has been on a steep learning curve.

Luke McGregor's Sex Education

Luke McGregor's Sex Education

You wouldn’t think that the solution to overcoming sexual inexperience and anxiety would be to make a television show about it. But that’s what Luke McGregor has done, and Luke Warm Sex is the result. In this new ABC TV series the Tasmanian-born, Melbourne-based comedian tries to improve his lovemaking by consulting various “sexperts” and bemused members of the public. For all of its cringe-inducing moments (including a chat with McGregor’s parents about their sex lives), Luke Warm Sex is adorably awkward and quite informative.

Sex Will Never Be The Same Again

Sex Will Never Be The Same Again

There's something to be said about getting your education on all things sex from a complete stranger. No emotional attachment, less embarrassment, the opportunity to ask questions and even if judged know you may never see them again.

Then there's the chance to challenge your anxieties about intimacy, touch and all things sex on national TV. If that's not confronting then I'll walk naked through the Bourke Street Mall.

Welcome to LUKE WARM SEX.

Podcast: TV series Changing Minds returns to fight the taboo

The harmful stigma surrounding mental health may still remain in some areas, but an ambitious television series is tackling that head on. The second season of Changing Minds will begin on ABC tomorrow night, to fight the taboo that often shroudes mental health.

The three-part series follows 11 patients in the locked mental health units of Sydney's Campbelltown Hospital and in the homes of patients cared for by community mental health teams.

We were joined by Dr Mark Cross, psychiatrist at Campbelltown Hospital, to chat more about this ground-breaking series and the issue of mental health.

Listen to the radio interview here

Podcast: Behind the Scenes

Changing Minds, series two, follows a group of ten young Australians facing mental health issues and we see how our mental health system copes with caring for them. The first series picked up an Australian Director’s Guild Award for Best Directing in a Documentary Series for director Cian O’Clery. He joined us on the phone today to talk about the new series and how they went about filming people in the most vulnerable point in their life.“Changing Minds” will broadcast on ABC on 6, 7, 8 October for Mental Health Week.

Visit the Radio Adelaide link to listen to the podcast episode with Cian O'Clery

Switched On review of Changing Minds

OUT OF THE BOXANNA BRAIN ★★★★

Joel, 18, has a problem. "This may sound crazy, but I can speak to spirits and that," he tells Dr Mark Cross. The shrink is ready for him. "Look, I'm a psychiatrist, I can cope with crazy."

Joel is in society's most at-risk group for mental illness, 17-24, one of the patients at Campbelltown Hospital's Mental Health Unit who have agreed to be filmed for the second season of this riveting series. Dr Cross and team can help in different ways, starting with the simple stuff. Joel, who lives in a bush cave, needs a pair of shoes.

Switched On - CM review - 30.09.15

Sydney Morning Herald's 4 Star Review of Changing Minds

This Week: Melinda Houston's TV sides Melinda Houston – SMH - October 4, 2015

CHANGING MINDS Series return ★★★★ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.30pm, ABC

Changing Minds tackles mental health issues faced by young people.

This fabulous observational documentary returns for a second season, this time focusing on the mental health problems besetting our teens and twentysomethings. It doesn't sound like a great night's entertainment but the frankness and generosity with which the subject is treated, and the beautiful characters that emerge – diverse, funny, clever, sweet, often challenging but extraordinarily brave – make this completely engaging. Yes, hopefully it will change your mind about mental illness – but you will also by thoroughly engaged along the way.

Steve Barnes sees through the illness and gives young people hope

Steve Barnes is often the last hope for many young people who suffer with mental health problems. As a clinical nurse consultant, the Austral mother of three has spent 30 years working in drug, health and mental illness.

She is one of the faces on ABC’s Changing Minds: The Inside Story, which is run over three episodes. Episode one is on tonight.