The second last episode airs tonight, and then we meet then end of Hungry Beast. For this season, at least. We’ve been served very well by the team that Zapruder’s cooked up, and it’s with great expectation we can hope to hear of the show being ressurected once more. If nothing else we need to keep Dan Ilic out of Centrelink. From the press release:

In this season finale, Hungry Beast ends with a bang and theme that just couldn’t be any more of a full stop: Death. Here are just two of the stories you’ll see:

Our police are routinely exposed to more death and trauma than troops at war. They see firsthand the carnage on our roads. They witness the results of all kinds of murders. They routinely investigate suicides, accidents, and disasters. They also work under the constant threat of being killed or injured themselves. And there are very real psychological consequences. Rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst police are currently estimated by some to be as high as 18%. In this story, a former forensic investigator and undercover cop give first-hand accounts of the trauma resulting from their work, and the negligence within the police department that saw them finally win compensation after years in court. Hungry Beast’s Ali Russell reveals that despite formal recommendations dating as far back as the 1980s, Australia’s Police Services have not implemented basic measures that would ensure the psychological safety of officers who put themselves on the line every day.

This week, The Beast File examines a company you may never have heard of, one which has an enormous impact on the lives of millions around the world. Switzerland-based Glencore International makes money by speculating on the price of commodities such as oil, copper and wheat, buying up large proportions of the world’s output and controlling its release back to the market to maximise prices. What’s good for Glencore’s profits is not always so good for the rest of us, especially when raising the global price of wheat means more people die of starvation in poor countries because they can’t afford increased food costs.

Plus regular Hungry Beast segments: Vox Pops, Follow The Money and Stuff Said. Hungry Beast is presented by Monique Schafter, Dan Ilic, Kirsten Drysdale and Nick Hayden.
Repeats Thursdays, 10.15pm ABC2. Available on ABC iview.
HUNGRY BEAST: The World Remixed.


Hungry Beast – Wed 8 June 9.30pm, ABC1.