Each week, Inside Story profiles the courageous, the inspiring, the controversial … remarkable Australians with extraordinary stories: Australians at the centre of issues and events that touch us all.
They are the story tellers, telling their stories in their words. From the heart-warming to the heartbreaking – human dramas, adventures, mysteries, medical miracles and real-life crime – stories that shock, entertain, intrigue and challenge.
Host Leila McKinnon presents the program weekly at 7.30pm on a Thursday night, after A Current Affair.
Episode 3: Road to Happiness
Bessie Bardot was one of the hottest “It” girls around. She ran a successful Sydney modelling agency, was the go-to-girl for sex and relationship advice and was the queen of the red carpet.
But, then Bessie and her husband, former television Gladiator, Geoff Barker, decided to give it all away, literally. They got rid of their worldly possessions, then packed themselves and their baby daughter, Bluebelle, into a Winnebago and hit the road in search of a more fulfilling life.
It was a worldwide odyssey around Australia, through Europe and across America. And, naturally enough, they took their camera with them. More than anything, Bessie and Geoff wanted Bluebelle to be educated in a totally different way, untainted by the superficial world they had very much been a part of. On the road, there’s no tv, no classrooms and no rules.
Six years later, we catch up with Bessie, Geoff and six-year-old Bluebelle and we discover they truly are on the road to happiness.
Episode Three: Thursday, July 16 at 7.30pm on Nine
Episode Three is now on Access www.nineaccess.com.au