Over the past 25 years Australian Story has travelled the country, and the world, to tell more than a thousand stories.
To mark our quarter century, the program asked fans to vote for the episode they most wanted us to revisit.
Plenty of politicians, actors and sport stars have opened up to our cameras over the years, but the episode fans always champion is a little love story from the bush.
With This Ring was the story of central Queensland horsewoman Gayle Shann, who survived a horrific farming accident in 2002, with the enduring love of her husband Mac.
Australian Story began filming Gayle and Mac just months after she left hospital as they grappled with a new way of living life on the land. Our cameras have been rolling ever since.
In this heartwarming next chapter, we’re thrilled to discover the Shanns are thriving. Proving love really does conquer all.
Australian Story executive producer, Caitlin Shea, got out from behind her desk and travelled northwest to film with the popular couple.
“It’s an absolute honour to be voted as the most popular story. I can’t believe it, to be honest, but we just feel like a normal couple,” Gayle Shann says.
Gayle and Mac had watched their three previous Australian Stories the night before the crew arrived at Cantaur Park, near Moranbah.
“It’s an amazing diary to look back on and just see how tough the tough times were and how good the good times are. I’m just glad that the Australian public likes it. They always love a good love story,” Mac Shann says.
These days Gayle is no longer a frail and vulnerable twentysomething but runs a highly successful horse and cattle breeding business with Mac.
“We’ve been through some horrific years of drought and some tough, tough times, but we have worked and managed through those years together and come out the other side and having beautiful green waving grass around us, beautiful fat, happy calves, cows, horses, foals and doing what we absolutely love. So this is where we are now,” Gayle Shann says.
Australian Story – Happy Days airs Monday 25th October at 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview
This episode will feature a group introduction by Australian Story fans to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary!