Specially moved aside for the Logies, this week’s 60 Minutes graciously fails to fawn over “TV’s night of nights”. For now. Peter Harvey will likely throw in some Richard Reid-esque outlandish statement, and the mailbag will fill for the following week. The stories do look great, though (and there had to be a story about the royal wedding). From the press release:

A Helping Hand
This story starts out as a tragedy, but it ends in triumph. Just over four years ago, Victorian plumber Peter Walsh was struck down with the dreaded pneumococcal bug. The bacteria attacked his body with such savagery doctors had to amputate his hands and feet just to keep him alive. In an instant, Peter became completely reliant on his friends and family. That is, until an extraordinary micro-surgeon decided to give him a helping hand, literally. Now, Peter Walsh has made history as Australia’s first hand transplant recipient.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producers: Stephen Taylor, Kirsty Thomson

The Fairytale Begins
Prince William and Kate Middleton are finally getting hitched. The world will have a glamorous new princess to obsess over and the British monarchy will be given a new lease of life. It’s going to be a big couple of days in London and Michael Usher is in the thick of it.
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Danny Keens

Call of the Wild
You’d think we’d all be celebrating; after all, it’s one of the most successful reintroductions of a native species ever attempted. But we’re not talking cuddly bundles of fluff here. The animal that’s found its way home is the grey wolf. For the first time in eighty-odd years, wolves are once again roaming the wilds of North America. When you get close to these creatures – and we mean really close – you get a fair idea of just how powerful they are. They’re predators. Little wonder not everyone is glad to see them back.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Nick Greenaway


60 Minutes – Sun 01/05 6:30pm, Ch9.