Produced by Shine Australia for SBS, each episode explores a different subject currently dividing Australian opinion by asking people to live 24/7 with others whose lifestyles and beliefs directly contradict their own.
Each pairing has never met each other before they spend ten days together – five days in one world, then five days in the other. The hotly debated issues explored include same sex marriage; immigration; detention centres; hunting and animal rights; decriminalisation of marijuana; and Islam.
“Living with the Enemy confronts major issues by bringing together a provocative clash of beliefs, ideologies and personalities that will have audiences shouting at the television,” says Tony Iffland, SBS Director of Television.
“It’s a series that reflects the passion and drama SBS programs are renowned for, by provoking intense public debate on topics that impact all Australians.“
The first episode in the series looks at same sex marriage. The road to acceptance hasn’t been easy for the Australian gay community but despite strong opposition to their cause, gay Australians have fought for and won the same rights as everyone else, except for one … the right to get married.
Recent studies show up top 72% (Crosby Textor poll) of Australians support marriage equality – but it remains illegal in Australia. Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett are gay activists and passionate atheists who are engaged to be married. David Ould is a conservative Anglican minister and father of three who believes gay people should not be married.
They’ll spend a rollercoaster ten days immersed in each other’s worlds, knocking heads and challenging each other’s beliefs. There will be fights, tantrums, heated debates and some unexpected twists, revealing much about the diverse individuals that make up Australia and the often fragile society we live in.
Whose side are you on? And will you think the same by the end of the episode? Find out when Living with the Enemy premieres on SBS One at 8.30pm Wednesday 3 September.
For more information, visit: www.sbs.com.au for details.
Image: Michael Barnett, Gregory Storer and David Ould