Building our nation
TV provider Foxtel has commissioned Building Australia, a colourful series that explores the history of the Australian house in all of its incarnations, from the terrace to the Queenslander, homestead, Federation, the weekender and the classic suburban house. The six-parter, hosted by actor, comedian and screenwriter John Doyle (pictured) debuts on the The History Channel in July. It explores how Australia has shaped the Australian house and in turn, how the Australian house has shaped lives and cultures. Doyle charts the journey of the Australian house so far, through observations and conversations with experts, enthusiasts and home owners. ‘‘What I really like about Building Australia is that rather than exploring history through monumental buildings, it tells us who we were and who we are through the hidden history of houses,’’ says Doyle. ‘‘The series will reflect how people live, and have lived, in many parts of the country. ‘‘This is the story of how we have built so much more than just a roof over our heads – we’ve built Australia.’’ Building Australia is produced by Michael Tear and Harriet Pike at Bearcage, in association with Screen Australia with the support of the Australian Council of National Trusts. Coming in July, The History Channel.