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The 12-part Advancing Australia series puts major national issues under the spotlight, with each episode telling the story of innovators who are generating change and inspiring others to do the same.
Presenter Guy Pearce said the premise of the series struck a chord with him.
"When I read the brief I was impressed by the subject matter and the innovations - whatever they happened to be," Pearce says.
"They are all impressive, but it wasn't until I looked at the raw footage that I really thought this is driven by people's passion.
"I fell into this feeling of it being far more emotional."
In the first episode a marine biologist campaigned to get rid of plastic straws.
Advancing Australia: Saturdays, 6pm. TEN/WIN