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AUSTRALIAN SERIES IN 2012

THE STRAITS
DRAMA (10 x 60’)
Set among the turquoise waters and lethal wildlife of Australia’s Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, THE STRAITS is an exotic, darkly humorous crime drama series. The Montebellos are not your average Australian family. Modern day smugglers, their family business is transporting drugs into Australia, and guns and exotic wildlife out, making use of ties of blood and loyalty in the Torres Strait Islands. When Harry (Brian Cox - The Bourne Supremacy, Troy, Braveheart), the head of the family, starts to plan his succession he sparks a vicious family power struggle. However, under attack from ambitious bikies and mercurial Papua New Guinea raskols, the family must hold together through torture, assassination and imprisonment. Also stars Rena Owen, Aaron Fa’aoso, Firass Dirani, Jimi Bani and Susannah Bayes-Morton. Support roles from Rachael Blake, Emma Lung, Dan Wyllie, Kim Gyngell. Produced by Penny Chapman and Helen Panckhurst. A Matchbox Pictures production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Screen NSW and Screen Tasmania.

JACK IRISH
DRAMA (2 x 90’)
Rain. Wind. Pubs. Beer. Sex. Corruption. Murder. It’s Melbourne in winter and life couldn’t be richer. Emmy Award-winner Guy Pearce stars as Jack Irish - former criminal lawyer, part-time investigator, debt collector, cabinetmaker, mug punter, and sometime lover. The complete man, really. Jack is an expert at finding people who don’t want to be found - dead or alive – and stirs up a hornet’s nest in the process. The JACK IRISH telemovies are adapted from the celebrated novels Bad Debts and Black Tide by Peter Temple (winner of the prestigious UK Crime Writers award in 2007 for The Broken Shore and Miles Franklin award in 2010 for Truth), with scripts by Andrew Knight (Rake, Seachange) and Matt Cameron (Crashburn, Seachange). Produced by Ian Collie. An Essential Media and Entertainment Production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

REDFERN NOW(WORKING TITLE)
DRAMA/INDIGENOUS (6 x 60’)
Nestled in the heart of Australia’s most glamorous city lies Australia’s most infamous suburb. Aboriginal icon, centre of black struggle and pride, urban slum or real estate goldmine? Depending on your point of view, Redfern and The Block signify many different things and inspire both fear and affection. Think Redfern, think a black ghetto full of junkies and criminals, right? Think again. REDFERN NOW is a kaleidoscopic drama that explores this inner city suburb and the people who inhabit it. Over six episodes we join the households of six ordinary families whose lives are changed by a seemingly insignificant incident – an accident, a weakness, a lie. Produced by Darren Dale and Miranda Dear with Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker) as Story Producer. A Blackfella Films production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

MABO
DRAMA/INDIGENOUS (1 x 117’)
MABO tells the story of Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at fifteen, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that once and for all overthrew the notion of terra nullius. Hand in hand with this David and Goliath legal battle is the tender love story of Koiki and Bonita, the woman he met as a teenager, and loved through thirty years of marriage and the raising of ten children. It tells of the deep love and partnership that fuelled their fight for Australian law to recognise traditional land rights. Although Koiki never lived to hear the High Court’s decision that returned his land to him, the name Mabo has become known nationwide. This telemovie stars Jimi Bani (The Straits, RAN) as Koiki, and Deborah Mailman as Bonita, alongside Colin Friels, Miranda Otto, Rob Carlton, Ewen Leslie and Tom Budge. Directed by Rachel Perkins, written by Sue Smith and produced by Darren Dale and Miranda Dear. A Blackfella Films production in association with ABC TV, Screen Queensland and Screen NSW.

RAKE SERIES 2
DRAMA (8 x 60’)
In the second season of RAKE the bar gets even lower. Sadly that epicentre of chaos, Cleaver Greene, (Richard Roxburgh) has learned nothing from disaster. He is in the midst of a wild affair with a woman whose position makes her a very dangerous liaison. A powerful enraged husband joins Harry-Sorry-David (Matt Day) and the still furious Scarlett (Danielle Cormack) on the list of sworn enemies of Cleaver. His deepening debts require an onerous payment plan with another dangerous woman. Not entirely convenient, as ex-wife Wendy (Carolyn Brazier) may be warming romantically. And then there’s Missy (Adrienne Pickering) – gone, but with an undiminished capacity for surprise. Cleaver pushes the loyalty of Barney (Russell Dykstra) and Nicole (Kate Box) as he defends suicide bombers, psychotic schoolgirls, a pedantic chameleon, an international pariah and a serial bobbitter – allegedly. Produced by Ian Collie, Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh. Written by Peter Duncan and Andrew Knight. An Essential Media and Entertainment production in association with ABC TV and Screen NSW.
Guy Pearce - Jack Irish
Jimi Bani & Deborah Mailman - Mabo

MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES
DRAMA (13 x 60’)
Get ready to immerse yourself in the opulent, exciting world of Australia’s leading lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) in MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES. Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) is a glamorous and thoroughly modern woman of the 1920s. Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit. Leaving a trail of admirers in her wake, our heroine makes sure she enjoys every moment of her lucky life. But behind the façade of elegance and charm are the scars of the past which drive Phryne to find justice for those who can’t help themselves and to pursue the truth of her own dark history. Also stars Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings and Miriam Margolyes. Based on the novels of Australian author Kerry Greenwood. Produced by Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox. An Everycloud Production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.
Essie Davis - Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

RANDLING
ENTERTAINMENT (27 x 30’)
For the last decade, TV has specialised in game shows where the points mean nothing. Not anymore. From Jon Casimir and Andrew Denton, creators of The Gruen Transfer, comes RANDLING - a show where every point is fought over tooth and claw. Where viewers will be asked to pick a team and cheer them on as they tackle the Toughest Non-Sporting Competition In The Whole World.* Over 27 weeks, culminating in a grand final, ten teams of two (the names will surprise you) will slug it out on the greatest battleground of all: words. The tool which gives life meaning. The very thing that sets us apart from the animals.** A fierce and funny half hour, RANDLING is whitewater rafting for the brain. Returning to TV after spending four years in a Laotian monastery coming to terms with his failure to win the Gold Logie, host Andrew Denton promises only this: “We guarantee that every viewer will leave each episode of Randling at least 1.7% smarter and over 100% happier”.****May not actually be true.
**Does not include spelling bees.
***Proven by nine out of ten experts.
Zapruder’s Other Films in association with ABC TV.

AGONY UNCLES
ENTERTAINMENT (6 x 30’)
Confessional, illuminating, inappropriate, wrong! Welcome to AGONY UNCLES, a series where some of Australia’s funniest and wisest celebrity gents including Tim Ross, Waleed Aly, John Eliot, Brett Tucker, Josh Lawson and Lawrence Mooney, put their reputations on the line to tell you what it’s really like to be single, to cohabitate, marry, divorce and then be single again in the 21st century. Narrator Adam Zwar is also the uncles’ trusted confidant. They share with him the do’s and don’ts of picking-up, falling in love, getting your heart broken and losing a house. For male viewers, the Agony Uncles will guide you through the cycle of love and beyond, while ladies get the chance to hear firsthand what men really think about love and all that goes along with it. High Wire Films in association with ABC TV.

AGONY AUNTS
ENTERTAINMENT (6 x 30’)
With the camera trained on some of Australia’s wisest and funniest women including Judith Lucy, Mirka Mora, Denise Scott, Sarah Wilson, Sam Lane and Julia Zemiro, these Agony Aunts will help men, as well as their fellow women, navigate the difficult terrain of the modern relationship. Narrator and confidant, Adam Zwar (Lowdown, Wilfred) will head further down the river in his hilarious search for answers on dating, cohabitation, marriage, divorce and getting back on the horse. Will he find the answers he seeks or return more confused than ever?That’sifhereturnsatall. AGONYAUNTSpromisestobeeverybitaswrong,insightful, inappropriate, confessional, and funny as its brother, AGONY UNCLES. High Wire Films in association with ABC TV.

MYF WARHURST’S NICE
ARTS (6 x 30’)
Myf Warhurst is digging out the bedazzler, and putting on her oversized koala wool knit jumper to take viewers on a nostalgic journey to find out what our popular taste says about us as a nation. MYF WARHURST’S NICE is a show that embraces past cultural icons and takes a closer look at what surrounds us - the stuff you find in your own living room rather than in a gallery or museum. It’s a celebration of all the things that are just, well... ‘nice’. Along the way Myf will ask whether these ‘nice’ things tell us more about who we are than we are prepared to admit, and in order to fully appreciate what’s ‘great’, do we also need to embrace the ‘nice’? From spiral perms to the humble dim sim, Copperart to cheesy love duets, the fabric of Myf’s youth has gone on to influence her tastes today - and she’s not alone. That’s Nice Productions in association with ABC TV.

NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD
ARTS (6 x 30’)
Lights! Camera! Action! Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington, Toni Collette, Hugh Jackman, Rachel Griffiths, Anthony LaPaglia. Every year another home-grown actor makes it big on American screens. But who will be next? NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD follows six aspiring young actors from Australia as they try to make their mark during pilot season - the frenzied period in LA when network television pilot shows get the go-ahead and casting begins. Some of these characters have already made names for themselves at home. Others are relatively unknown, wanting to find their big break in Hollywood. All are ambitious and talented, but who will make it in the cutthroat US system? Who will be given a chance of becoming a star and who will head home to re-group and try again another time? Produced by Matchbox Pictures in association with ABC TV, Screen NSW and Screen Australia.

PHOTO FINISH
ARTS (8 x 30’)
Hosted by keen photographer Andrew Günsberg (Australian Idol), PHOTO FINISH is a unique series where, each week, three amateur photographers compete head-to-head in themed photographic challenges. Equipped with the same camera, the time-based assignments are designed to test the photographers’ creativity and skills. A marriage celebrant, a prison officer, an actor and a stay at home mum are amongst the 24 amateur photographers who take on a range of assignments including portraiture, fashion, street, landscape, plastic camera, photojournalism, or wedding photography, each assignment is designed to test the photographer’s skill and imagination. Andrew Günsberg, Anne Loxley, a curator at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and expert judges from each genre will be on hand to decide the weekly winner. A Southern Star Entertainment production in association with ABC TV.

I’M NOT DEAD YET
ARTS (1 X 60’)
This unplugged documentary road trip, follows country music legend Chad Morgan and his wife Joanie as they travel and perform throughout regional and outback Australia, blending observational footage with interviews and rare archival footage. I’M NOT DEAD YET is an intimate portrait of an artist as an old man—living out the final days of his career. At the heart of the narrative is an enduring love story of the last standing grand old man of Australian country music. An iKandy Production in association with ABC TV, Screen NSW, Screen Australia.
Myf Warhurst - Myf Warhurst’s Nice
Andrew Günsberg - Photo Finish

ARTSCAPE: ANATOMY
ARTS (3 x 30’)
The third instalment of the ANATOMY series presents three unusual and compelling stories which explore how sexuality and the body work together as driving forces in the creative process. HAIR is the story of cabaret singer and actor Paul Capsis, whose roles have been defined by his long hair. Paul dramatically cut off his defining locks, and a year and a half later people still find it hard to comprehend that his straggly signature hair has gone. TISSUE examines the work of Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, who are globally recognised for their eerily subversive, semi-living artworks. And NERVE introduces us to the latest project from photographer Paul Knight, whose award-winning work features images of couples at various stages of sexual encounter. Produced by Matchbox Pictures in association with ABC TV, Film Victoria and Screen Australia.

BEN LEE: CATCH MY DISEASE
ARTS (1 x 60’)
One of Australia’s self-styled icons, Ben Lee has always been a unique artist. From his angst-ridden days as a punk-fuelled 13 year old to his starring role in a feature film and the recording of his fifth album in the United States, BEN LEE: CATCH MY DISEASE is an incisive and revealing portrait of an indie pop star who grew up too quickly. Produced by Ghost Pictures in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia, Film Victoria.

CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY
ARTS (1 x 82’)
Said to be cursed, for over 80 years the immense ‘Gothic Symphony’ has remained unperformed in its entirety. At over two hours long and requiring two orchestras, two brass bands and five full choirs, this is perhaps unsurprising. Officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records (1974) as one of the largest, longest and most technically difficult symphonies ever composed, it is widely regarded as the ‘Mt Everest’ of classical music. Filmed over five years, CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY is a colourful and quirky documentary which follows the journey of a brave and committed group of musicians who attempt to break the curse and stage this epic event. Produced by Wild Fury in Association with ABC TV, Screen Australia, Melbourne Film Festival Premiere Fund and Screen Queensland.

25 YEARS OF RAGE
ARTS
rage is the longest running and most prestigious video clip show in Australia. rage’s 25th birthday is in April 2012 and to mark this special occasion we are digging back through our vast archives and putting together a special featuring classic rage guest programmers, favourite music videos and bloopers. Viewers will have a chance to get involved as we do a national call out for the best ‘rage scream’, with the most blood curdling featuring in the show during the month of April. An ABC TV production.
Paul Capsis - Artscape: Anatomy
Curse of The Gothic Symphony

PLEASE LIKE ME
COMEDY (6 x 30’)
Life is just kicking off for Josh. He’s living in a share house. He’s doing adult things like drinking wine and eating asparagus. And he’s heading rapidly - if reluctantly - towards his twenty-first birthday. But the events of one day throw his world spinning off its axis, and Josh is forced to move back into the family home to keep an eye on his divorced mother. Inspired by the award-winning stand-up comedy of Josh Thomas, PLEASE LIKE ME is a six- part series about growing up quickly, and about realising that your parents are not heroes, but dopes with no idea what’s going on - just like you. Written by and starring Josh Thomas. Produced by Todd Abbott (Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey). A Pigeon Fancier production in association with ABC TV.

THIS CHRISTMAS
COMEDY (6 x 30’)
From the creators of the AFI award-winning comedy Review with Myles Barlow comes THIS CHRISTMAS a narrative comedy series centred on the Moody family. Every Christmas, with 12 months passing between each episode, we visit the Moodys as they come together to share this universally celebrated holiday, stuffed full of all the fun, fights, bad gifts, boring uncles, overbearing in-laws, shocking family secrets and bizarre eccentricities that any family who has experienced the melting pot of Christmas Day will relate to. Because, while in theory Christmas is a time for family to share and celebrate, in practice it’s often a day spent with relatives you hardly know, where dirty laundry is aired, family rifts resurface, strangers are forced to act like family, and celebratory drinks can disintegrate into drunken rows - as often happens at the Moodys. Produced by Jungleboys FTV in association with ABC TV.

OUTLAND
COMEDY (6 x 30’)
In the closet, no one can hear you squeal. Starring Christine Anu, Adam Richard, Ben Gerrard, Paul Ireland and Toby Truslove, OUTLAND is a comedy series about the lives, loves, passions, and never-ending dramas of the members of a gay science fiction fan club. Orbiting around their shambolic meetings at each other’s apartments, this is a series about how you cope if you’re gay and a geek. Can science fiction save them all? Mostly it’s about belonging - no matter who you are - and how everyone searches to find a place to fit in. Created by John Richard and Adam Richards. Produced by Princess Pictures in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

LOWDOWN SERIES 2
COMEDY (8 x 30’)
You had better change the pin number on your phone because the Sunday Sun’s star entertainment reporter Alex Burchill (Adam Zwar) is back in a second series of LOWDOWN. Driven by their editor (Kim Gyngell), Alex and his photographer mate, Bob (Paul Denny), continue to risk life, limb and moral compass to uncover the private misdoings of celebrities, and repackage them for public consumption. From exposing political sex scandals and violent actors, to outing gay sportsmen and setting up cheating TV-chefs, Alex knows he’s probably not contributing to a better society, but he hasn’t got time to worry about that now. The Sunday Sun’s circulation is in free-fall and the only thing that will save it is a story about a woman marrying her cat. Guest stars Matt Preston, Brett Tucker, Jess Harris, Colin Lane and Kimberley Davies. Produced by High Wire Films in association with ABC TV and Film Victoria.
Josh Thomas - Please Like Me
Outland

WOODLEY
COMEDY (8 x 30’)
One of Australia’s most loved comedians, Frank Woodley stars in his own series as WOODLEY, the chaotic and accident-prone father of eight-year-old Ollie (Alexandra Cashmere). Recently divorced, his ex-wife Em (Justine Clarke) couldn’t live amongst the chaos, but Woodley secretly hopes that one day he’ll win her back, and there is nothing he won’t do to get his family together again. But with Em’s new boyfriend Greg (Tom Long) on the scene, it’s not going to be easy. Inspired by Frank’s silent film heroes, WOODLEY is an unashamedly romantic comedy filled with virtuosic physical mayhem. Produced by Bucket Tree Productions in association with ABC TV and Film Victoria.

LAID
COMEDY (6 x 30’)
The comical motifs of sex and death return in series two of LAID. Roo’s (Alison Bell) world is turned upside down when she meets Marcus (Damon Herriman), somebody stricken with a vaguely similar set of mysterious circumstances to the ones plaguing her – although Marcus is a little different from Roo. In fact, he is her opposite. Everybody he has sex with is healed. With EJ (Celia Pacquola) as her somewhat reluctant co-pilot, Roo embarks upon a journey to wipe the slate clean - emotionally, physically, spiritually. Along the way the two will encounter halitosis, port wine stains, funerals, trial separations, couples boot camp and one particularly appalling conversation about semen – all in the name of preserving true love. Also stars Toby Truslove, Graeme Blundell, Tracy Mann and Shaun Micallef. Written and co- produced by Marieke Hardy and Kirsty Fisher. Produced by Porchlight Films in association with ABC TV and Film Victoria.

ADAM HILLS IN GORDON ST TONIGHT
SERIES 2
ENTERTAINMENT (12 x 60’)
World class stand up comedian Adam Hills returns to Gordon Street in 2012 with his unique take on the traditional tonight show; monologue, interviews and top musical acts plus the added excitement of spontaneous and unpredictable interactions with his 150 extra guests - the audience. Often the real highlights come from ordinary people and their unexpected, surprising and hilarious stories. Layer on great music, the twitter-verse, Facebook, Skyping A-list celebrities and comedians from around the world and you have the hit that is ADAM HILLS IN GORDON ST TONIGHT. A Gordon St Telepictures production with ABC TV.

GREAT SOUTHERN LAND
DOCUMENTARY (4 x 60’)
GREAT SOUTHERN LAND witnesses the world’s largest island continent, its people, its workings, its unique wildlife and its dramatic landscape from a breathtaking perspective - the sky. This epic series will lift viewers from their living rooms into the heavens for a fascinating look at the patterns of Australian life. It reveals a remarkable story of survival and triumph, often against the odds, on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. Hosted by multi-award winning biologist Professor Steve Simpson, the series will reveal how our remoteness and our tenuous relationship with Mother Nature are fundamental to the pulse of life here. Harnessing the latest CGI technology, satellite imagery and GPS tracking devices, this documentary series will forever change the way we see Australia, and our place in it. Produced by Cordell Jigsaw Productions.

AUSTRALIA: A TIME TRAVELLER’S GUIDE
DOCUMENTARY (4 x 60’)
From the director of the acclaimed Crude: The Incredible Story Of Oil comes a story as old as time itself. Of all continents, none preserve the story of how the earth was formed, and how life evolved, as well as Australia. Our geography and geology unlock secrets that speak of the very origins of life. Join Richard Smith, scientist and award-winning filmmaker as AUSTRALIA: A TIME TRAVELLER’S GUIDE takes viewers on the ultimate road trip through 4.6 billion years to find out how geology, climate and biological evolution shaped the land we call home; why it’s so flat, so red, so old, and why our minerals flow like there’s no tomorrow. Stunning CGI brings to life the dramatic moments in our continent’s history, seas that come and go, mountains that riseandfall,andgiantreptilesthattriumphthendisappear. ProducedbyEssentialMediaand Entertainment.

SPORTING NATION
DOCUMENTARY (3 x 60’)
Australia is a sporting nation, which means, in order to be a properly accredited member of society, with human rights and so on, you’ve got to either play sport or watch sport. SPORTING NATION sees John Clarke (Clarke & Dawe, The Games), arguably one of Australia’s greatest natural athletes, examine why Australia takes its sport so seriously. John meets legendary sporting heroes, sports fans, sporting sages and sporting cynics and asks them why sport matters so much. He discovers that the story of Australian sport has all the elements of great drama: a rich golden age, a crisis that threatens its very existence and a re-emergence against colossal odds. And it’s based largely on fact. Produced by Princess Pictures.

CAN I CHANGE YOUR MIND...ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?
DOCUMENTARY (1 x 60’)
Takeafreshlookatthemostdivisiveissueofourtimes-climatechange. TwoAustralianswith completely opposite opinions on global warming attempt to change each other’s views on the science and politics of climate change. CAN I CHANGE YOUR MIND... sees former Liberal cabinet minister, Nick Minchin, and founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Anna Rose, embark on an intensely personal journey around Australia and across the globe. They meet some of the best minds investigating climate science and its impacts. They aim to see if they can reach a new consensus on the issues that divide them and the nation, and to understand just why we believe what we do about both the science and the politics. Produced by Smith & Nasht.

CROKER ISLAND EXODUS
DOCUMENTARY/INDIGENOUS (1 x 60’)
April 1942. All the women and children of Darwin have been evacuated. 3000 citizens are flown south. Japanese fighter planes are mounting bombing raids on essential services - water and electricity suppliers are damaged or destroyed. On Croker Island, a remote Methodist mission in the Arafura Sea, 95 Aboriginal children are living under the care of three missionary women, the Superintendent and his wife. Through the long wet they wait for government evacuation. It doesn’t come, so they are forced to make their own 44-day expedition by boat, foot, canoe, truck and train to safety. This little party travels across Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Darwin, The Alice, Adelaide, Melbourne and then finally to a Methodist farm in Otford on the edge of Sydney. They travel 5000 kilometres across the continent, and this is their story, in their own words - one of Australia’s truly heroic and untold journeys. Produced by Anna Grieve and Danielle Maclean and directed by Steven McGregor. A Tamarind Tree Pictures Production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and the NT Film Office.

FIRST FOOTPRINTS
DOCUMENTARY (3 x 60’)
50,000 years in the making, FIRST FOOTSTEPS is the incredible story of how people arrived and thrived on our continent. With startling new archaeological discoveries and art sites never before seen on television, this ground breaking series reveals how the First Australians adapted, migrated, fought, created and innovated in dramatically changing environments, including the last ice age. Australia’s original pioneers laid some of the cornerstones of humanity: the first open ocean crossing, revolutionary technologies like the hafted stone axe and boomerang, the earliest depiction of the human face, the world’s first maps and the earliest narrative paintings. All in response to the formidable challenges of living in the world’s harshest habitable continent. Produced by the team behind the award-winning film Contact, Contact Films.

LIFE AT 7
DOCUMENTARY (2 x 60’)
The Life Series is a penetrating, observational documentary series that chronicles the lives of 11 Australian children as they grow from infancy to adolescence. Combining real life stories with cutting edge science, it offers a refreshing insight into contemporary family life. Every two years, the filmmakers revisit these children and their families to gain an in-depth snapshot of their lives, examining what it takes to give a child the best chance in life. Now, with our children having reached the critical age of seven, and in the midst of profound life changes, this two-part series explores their first tentative steps towards independence and self-identity. In LIFE AT 7 we hear directly from the children as they speak about who they are, and how they see themselves in their ever-expanding world. Produced by Heiress Films.

CONISTON
DOCUMENTARY/INDIGENOUS (1 x 60’)
In 1928 Central Australia would witness the last known massacre of its Indigenous people. Known in the history books as the Coniston Massacre of 1928, this was in fact a series of reprisal killings that stretched over vast tracts of the central desert in country belonging to the Warlpiri, Anmajerre, Kaytitj, and Allyawarre peoples. Eighty years later only a handful of the direct survivors remain. Johnny Nelson, Henry Cook and Dinny Nolan were all little boys when they witnessed the massacre of around 100 members of their families. Now in their 80s, they tell their story for the first time. Directors Frances Jupurrulla Kelly and David Batty (Bush Mechanics) re-unite to tell this heartfelt first-person story. Produced by Susan Locke and Jeni McMahon. A PAW Media and Rebel Films Production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and NT Film Office.

COMPASS:
HOSPITAL CHAPLAINS
FACTUAL (6 x 30’)
Every day in Australia over 40,000 patients are in hospital. While medicine tends their bodies, hospital chaplains tend their souls. HOSPITAL CHAPLAINS follows the chaplains’ journeys alongside the patients and families at two major hospitals. Our chaplains are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist. Regardless of their faith they all meet the same challenges - to help makesenseofthemysteryofillness,pain,sufferinganddespairthroughtheprismofbelief. This series will offer a unique and never-before-seen religious perspective on the daily life and death drama of hospital life through our chaplains’ eyes. An ABC TV production.

AUSTRALIA ON TRIAL
DOCUMENTARY (3 x 60’)
In three separate criminal cases the emerging democracies of 19th Century Australia effectively put themselves on trial. This courtroom drama-documentary series takes us to the heart of the debate about what it meant – and means - to be Australian. Based on detailed court reports of the time, each episode tell us the story of people on trial for their lives. The charges are sedition at Eureka Stockade, rape at Mt Rennie and mass murder at Myall Creek. The court room stories are dramatic and surprising. At stake is the Australian interpretation of right and wrong, crime and punishment and just when, and how, justice should be served. Produced by December Films and Essential Media and Entertainment.

COUNTRY TOWN RESCUE
FACTUAL (6 x 30’)
Like many small towns in regional Australia today, Trundle, in Central Western NSW, is in crisis. Once it was a proud, bustling community that rode on the back of sheep and wheat; now, as long-standing farming dynasties slowly drain away, so too does the economic lifeblood of the town. But the people of Trundle – all 485 of them – refuse to give up, and they’ve come up with a uniquely Australian plan that gives families the chance to begin a new life in the country by living in an abandoned local home for just one dollar a week. COUNTRY TOWN RESCUE is about challenges and new beginnings, and the inspiring story of how everyday families come together to save a community on the brink. Produced by Zapruder’s Other Films.

AUCTION ROOM
FACTUAL (10 x 30’)
Join William McInnes (Blue Heelers, Curtin) as he presents the new series AUCTION ROOM. Satisfying his lifelong curiosity for the history of objects, each week William follows individuals who are selling a prized possession at auction – from antiques and collectables to family heirlooms and, for some, their entire house and contents. Travelling the country, he’ll visit a diverse range of auction houses - from highbrow to homespun - meeting the people behind the scenes along the way – the valuers, proprietors and auctioneers. William will uncover the fascinating history of the objects, find out the motivation for selling and finally, witness the drama and emotional impact of the sale at auction. He’ll also be on hand to celebrate, or commiserate as required. An ABC TV production.

MAKING COUPLES HAPPY
FACTUAL (4 x 60’)
Making Australia Happy proved that science can make individuals happy in just eight weeks. Now we’re raising the stakes. Can the latest science help four couples whose relationships are in trouble? MAKING COUPLES HAPPY will attempt to revitalise struggling relationships using challenges, interventions and powerful scientifically proven techniques to change the couples’ arguing styles, reduce their stress levels, rekindle their attraction, and improve their sex lives. At the end of the series the couples will be faced with one of the most important decisions of their lives – should they ‘break up or make up’? The series is accompanied by a website where viewers can determine the health of their own relationship and learn how to improve it. Produced by Heiress Films.

CROC COLLEGE
FACTUAL (6 x 30’)
CROC COLLEGE follows six people as they embark on one of the most nail-biting training courses this country has to offer – the management of the world’s largest living reptile – the saltwater crocodile. Led by Queensland croc legend John Lever, six ordinary Australians will gain enough experience to secure jobs in the crocodile industry. They will learn how to interpret crocodile behaviour; the skills behind restraining these modern day dinosaurs; how to safely remove eggs from nests and treat the sick and injured. Two of them will also travel to the wilds of the NT to help in a world first conservation initiative being run by the University of Queensland. The students will have to catch wild male crocodiles and collect their sperm for John’s captive breeding program. Trouble is there are no fences to jump behind in Kakadu! Produced by Travelling Tale Productions.

OLYMPIC DREAMS
FACTUAL (6 x 30’)
OLYMPIC DREAMS is a compelling insight to what it takes to be an Olympic hero. Follow seven athletes as they prepare for selection for what is arguably the greatest sporting event in the world – the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. With unprecedented access, the series reveals the hopes and aspirations, as well as the personal sacrifices and gruelling training regime of athletes whose number one ambition is to be selected for the Australian team. Features the personal stories of swimmers Libby Trickett and Michael Klim; rower Drew Ginn; sprinter John Steffensen; Paralympian swimmer Ahmed Kelly; wheelchair Rugby player Ryley Batt and equestrian Grace Bowman. A product of the ABC TV/SAFC Factory Initiative. Produced by Dream TV.

2012 LONDON PARALYMPIC GAMES
SPORT AND EVENTS
ABC TV will again present exclusive coverage of the 2012 LONDON PARALYMPIC GAMES. With coverage spread over ABC1 and ABC2, the excitement starts with the spectacular Opening Ceremony broadcast live from London on August 30. We’ll then give you front row seats to more than 100 hours of competition and ceremonies over the 12-day duration of the games. ABC1 viewers will follow Australia’s elite Paralympic athletes, along with their international competitors, as they go for gold in swimming, athletics, cycling, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby - plus a few events you may be less familiar with. Australians Kurt Fearnley, Matt Cowdrey and Kellie Cartwright are just some of the Australian athletes viewers will be able to follow on ABC1’s live event and daily highlight programs.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES IN 2012

SILK – SERIES 1 & 2
DRAMA (12 x 60’)
Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) is 30-something, single, and a defence barrister applying for the rank of Queen’s Counsel. ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ are four words she lives by. But how does this fundamental principle stand up to examination by clients who are sometimes good, sometimes bad and sometimes evil? Also stars Rupert Penry-Jones.

THE EYE OF THE STORM
DRAMA (1 x 90’)
After critical acclaim and box office success, Fred Schepisi’s THE EYE OF THE STORM will screen on ABC TV in 2012. Schepisi’s first Australian film since Evil Angels, it features stunning performances by three of the finest actors in international cinema – Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling. Adapted by Judy Morris from the novel by Nobel Prize- winner Patrick White, THE EYE OF THE STORM is an intense family saga centred on dying matriarch Elizabeth Hunter, who maintains a destructive iron grip on those who come to farewell her, up to and beyond her dying breath. Produced by Jonathan Shteinman and Antony Waddington. A Paper Bark Films production with investment from ABC TV.

DEATH IN PARADISE
DRAMA (8 x 50’)
A warm, light-hearted detective series which takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Ben Miller (Primeval) stars as Richard Poole - a detective inspector who is assigned to investigate a murder on the paradise island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean, despite his hatred of sun, sea and sand.

RICK STEIN’S SPAIN
FACTUAL (4 x 60’)
Using his friend’s old camper van, Rick Stein climbs aboard to travel the length and breadth of Spain in search of a culinary ‘duende’ - a flamenco term implying a sense of soul, expression and authenticity. Along the way Rick savours the delights and atmosphere of the region.

THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
FACTUAL (12 x 60’)
Filmmaker Oliver Stone offers a compelling re-examination of crucial, yet perhaps under-reported events in American history. The series examines historical dramas that have played central roles in some of Stone’s biggest movies, and offers new detailed insights into events that have shaped the America of today.
Geoffrey Rush - The Eye Of The Storm

STEPHEN FRY’S GADGETS
FACTUAL (2 x 60’)
Stephen Fry takes a risqué look at his favourite devices - gadgets that have revolutionised our lives, from hi-tech to historical, the domestic to the downright dumb. From curling tongs to the corkscrew, the typewriter to the trouser press, the iron to the iPod, the show is an entertaining mix of cutting-edge technology, misty-eyed nostalgia and fascinating insights.

FRY’S PLANET WORD
FACTUAL (5 x 60’)
Stephen Fry explores linguistic achievements and how our skills for the spoken word have developed. From the time when man first mastered speech to the cyber world of modern times, FRY’S PLANET WORD takes viewers on a journey across the globe to discover just how far humans have come when it comes to the written and spoken word.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS
COMEDY (3 x 30’)
20 years ago the world was introduced to Edina and Patsy, and things have never quite been the same since. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprise their celebrated roles in three highly anticipated specials, set in the present day. There will be a life changing experience for one, Eddy sets her sights on changing the career of a very big fish indeed, and Eddy and Patsy will play their own very special part in the London 2012 Olympics. 20 years on the ladies are a tiny bit older, none the wiser, but definitely still absolutely fabulous.

RETURNING IN 2012

AUSTRALIAN

ABC NEWS BREAKFAST
ARTSCAPE

AT THE MOVIES
AUSTRALIAN STORY
CATALYST
COMPASS

FAMILY CONFIDENTIAL
FIRST TUESDAY BOOK CLUB
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
FOUR CORNERS
GARDENING AUSTRALIA
GRUEN

INSIDERS

JENNIFER BYRNE PRESENTS
LATELINE

LATELINE BUSINESS

MEDIA WATCH

MESSAGE STICK

OFFSIDERS

POH’S KITCHEN

Q&A

7.30

INTERNATIONAL

CASE SENSITIVE (2 X 45’)
GRANDDESIGNS/REVISITED (12X45’)
KINGDOM – SERIES 3 (6 X 60’)

LUTHER – SERIES 2 (4 X 60’)

MIDSOMER MURDERS - SERIES 14 (4 X 90’)
NEW TRICKS SERIES 8 (10 X 60’)

QI – SERIES 10 (16 X 30’)

SILENT WITNESS – SERIES 15 (12 X 60’)
SPOOKS – SERIES 10 (6 X 60’)

THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW (10 X 45’)
WAKING THE DEAD – SERIES 9 (10 X 60’)
WHITECHAPEL – SERIES 3 (6 X 60’)

ABC2

AUSTRALIAN SERIES IN 2012

2012 LONDON PARALYMPIC GAMES
SPORT AND EVENTS
Coverage of the 2012 LONDON PARALYMPIC GAMES continues on ABC2 with four hours of prime-time live event coverage every night of competition. Share the hopes and dreams of Australia’s Paralympic squad when our ABC presenting team brings you all the action from more than 20 Paralympic sports, plus in-depth athlete profiles and live interviews, exclusively for ABC2.

LOVE.SICK
COMEDY (6 X 30’)
Move over heart throbs, it is time to meet the desperate, the dateless and the downright delusional as we celebrate the greatest love stories never told. From gay Thai boys, to the morbidly obese, and a brother and sister in love, LOVE.SICK follows the hilarious and provocative love stories of a collection of bizarre characters. From the creators and stars of the controversial 2011 Tropfest Finalist A Family Affair, Stevo and Melinda, along with Producer Craig Anderson (Double the Fist). Produced by CraigFX in association with ABC TV.

THE STRANGE CALLS
COMEDY (6 x 30’)
Hapless city cop Toby Banks has been demoted to night duty in the sleepy beachside town of Coolum. Working out of a rundown caravan on the outskirts of town, he meets Gregor, Coolum’s night security man, board game collector and paranormal authority. They team up to investigate ‘The Strange Calls’ - bizarre late night phone calls that expose the paranormal mysteries haunting the town. It’s a place where men turn into chickens, mermaids fall in love with locals and cats return from the grave. THE STRANGE CALLS also offers a multi-platform experience that invites the audience to interact with its colourful characters via Twitter, share their own paranormal stories on the companion website, and uncover more of this rich and bizarre story world online. Created and written by Daley Pearson. Produced by Hoodlum in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.

KITCHEN CABINET
ENTERTAINMENT (6 x 30’)
It’s Martha Stewart meets Jon Stewart. KITCHEN CABINET serves up a delectable combination of political discussion and good food. Each week, respected political commentator Annabel Crabb takes us into the homes and hearts of some of our most notable politicians to talk food, recipes and carbon tax. Food and politics are never separated for long. After all, the best plots are hatched over lunch, and the best stories are told over dinner. And the easiest way to get to know a politician is to break bread with one. Featuring politicians such as Amanda Vanstone, Christopher Pyne, Penny Wong and Nigel Scullion. An ABC TV production.
SERIES IN

NICK CAVE: TRIPLE J'S TRIBUTE
ARTS (1 x 120’)
NICK CAVE: triple j’s TRIBUTE is an all-Australian, all-star tribute concert to the brilliant career and music of Nick Cave. Nick has been a major figure in Australian independent music for more than 30 years, and this special program will traverse material from his career with The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds and Grinderman. A house band will back 12 guest singers, including Dan Sultan, Bertie Blackman, Adalita (Magic Dirt), Jae Laffer (The Panics) and Kram (Spiderbait), who will each cover a couple of Nick Cave songs. An ABC TV and triple j production.

AUTOLUMINESCENT: ROWLAND S. HOWARD
ARTS (1 x 110’)
From myth to legend, Rowland S. Howard appeared on the early Melbourne punk scene like a phantom out of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A beautifully gaunt and gothic aristocrat with a distinctive guitar style that shot him directly into the imagination of a generation. Despite the trials and tribulations of his career, in an age of makeover and reinvention, Rowland S Howard never ‘sold out’. AUTOLUMINESCENT sheds light on his mysterious story. A Ghost production in association with ABC TV, Melbourne Film Festival Premiere Fund and Film Victoria.

DUMB, RACIST AND DRUNK
FACTUAL (6 x 30’)
Indian call centre trainers give Australians a bad rap. They warn their new recruits we’re essentially dumb, racist and drunk. Oh, and that we’re touchy about our pets. Could it really be true? In an ambitious plan, DUMB, RACIST AND DRUNK invites a group of call centre workers, and other influential Indians, on a trip around Australia to try and find out. This brave and provocative series drills deep below the surface of Australian stereotypes and asks some very uncomfortable questions. Just how bad will Australia’s report card on racism read? Will the Indian call centre trainers rewrite the manual? Or will they go away still believing that we’re dumb, racist and drunk? Produced by Cordell Jigsaw Productions in association with ABC TV.

DO OR DIE
FACTUAL (4 x 60’)
Friction. Deceit. Gossip. Rivalry. It’s the stuff of every office. DO OR DIE is a unique and compelling series that sees unsuspecting teams of everyday office workers ambushed and thrown into survival adventures beyond their wildest dreams. Each week, a different workplace will be taken through some of the most gruelling challenges in the harshest Australian environments. These colleagues will be pushed to their physical and psychological limits – all in the name of team building. Can office politics be put aside when the boss is dangling off a cliff? Would you put your life in the hands of the office bully? An Essential Media Entertainment/Zinc Finger Films production.
Nick Cave: triple j’s Tribute

SUNDAY BEST HIGHLIGHTS
DOCUMENTARY
Sunday nights on ABC2 is the home of SUNDAY BEST, an outstanding collection of game-changing and thought-provoking feature length documentaries. In 2012, host Kristy Best will continue to bring you the best must-see intelligent docos that are just too good to miss. Titles will include:

AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER
AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE

COCAINE COWBOYS

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD
METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER
RATS IN THE RANKS
RELIGULOUS

THE BATTLE OF MARJAH THE COVE
THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS
THE THIN BLUE LINE

TOUCHING THE VOID

INTERNATIONAL SERIES IN 2012

LILY ALLEN: FROM RICHES TO RAGS
DOCUMENTARY (3 x 60’)
What happens when an international singing sensation trades a career in music to embark on a career in fashion retailing? From Lily Allen pop superstar to Lily Allen small business owner, this fascinating series follows her every step of the way. Still only in her mid-20s, it turns out that Lily’s lifelong ambition has been to run a vintage clothing store. Working with her sister Sarah we see her turn that dream into reality. This isn’t just another celebrity looking to play shopkeeper, Lily is genuinely looking to take her life in a different direction. As such, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

THE MODEL AGENCY
DOCUMENTARY (7 x 60’)
Using hidden cameras fixed within one of the world’s leading agencies, THE MODEL AGENCY reveals what really goes on behind the scenes in this glamorous industry. The series follows the working lives of the team – from the bookers, scouts and office assistants to the models on the books - during the adrenaline- fuelled weeks of the Show Season. The beating heart of the agency is the ‘booking table’ and the crucial ‘new faces‘ team whose job it is to find and groom emerging modelling talent. The team are charming, likable and talented - and they need to be. An agency stands or falls on how well they do their jobs. THE MODEL AGENCY is an intimate and revealing look at a very private world where youth, beauty and money rule.

WHY POVERTY?
FACTUAL (5 x 60’)
WHY POVERTY? is a ground breaking global cross media event that reframes the question of why, in the 21st Century, one billion people still live in poverty. Over a week in November 2012, international broadcasters will present a kaleidoscopic series of films from world-class filmmakers that tackle one of the greatest problems of our time. Amongst these are Brian Hill’s Welcome To The World which joins new mothers in very different parts of the world on the day their babies are born; Alex Gibney’s Upstairs Downstairs which gets up close and personal with NY’s elite and underclass in one of the city’s most famous apartment buildings; and Bosse Lindquist’s How To Do Good which looks at the combined efforts of glitzy celebrities, leftist revolutionaries and conservative Congressmen, to ask an age-old question. ABC2 joins over forty broadcasters from across the globe to bring these exciting, surprising and controversial films to Australian audiences.

SEVEN DWARVES
FACTUAL (7 x 60’)
Each year during pantomime season, theatres across the UK employ dwarf actors to play the parts of the Seven Dwarves in Snow White. SEVEN DWARVES follows the lives, both on and off stage, of seven dwarves cast in one production. It provides a fascinating insight into their personal and professional lives as they rehearse, perform and live together. The series explores what it’s like to be a person of short stature in a big world, showing all aspects of their lives. It breaks through stereotypes and presumptions to show how this intelligent, honest and outgoing group face the challenges of life head-on with an infectious sense of humour.

DIRK GENTLY
COMEDY/DRAMA (4 x 60’)
Based on the cult novel by Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Stephen Mangan (Green Wing) stars as DIRK GENTLY - the eccentric private detective with a unique take on the world. Gently believes in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, and he applies this philosophy to his investigations into everyday mysteries, which explains how a missing cat, hypnotism, and a plate of biscuits leads Gently to uncover a double murder. Perpetually broke and utterly infuriating, Dirk is nothing but a cheap con man to most people... and they might be right. Nevertheless his methods, though unusual, do often produce surprising results. Also stars Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Friends).

LOUIE
COMEDY (13 x 30’)
LOUIE is a sitcom filtered through the unique observational humour of Emmy Award-winning comedian Louis C.K. Loosely based on his own life as a successful stand-up comedian and a newly single father raising two daughters in New York City, each episode puts a spotlight on his everyday ordeals, his quest to find love and his pursuit of humour. This hilarious and groundbreaking single camera comedy mixes snippets of C.K. performing stand-up with narrative segments.

ARCHER SERIES 1 & 2
COMEDY (23 x 30’)
ARCHER is a critically acclaimed animation set within the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS), where global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other. The series features the voices of Emmy Award-winning Jon Benjamin as suave master spy Sterling Archer, whose less-than- masculine code name is ‘Duchess’; Jessica Walter as his domineering mother and boss, Malory; Aisha Tyler as his ex-girlfriend, Agent Lana Kane; Chris Parnell as ISIS comptroller and Lane’s new love interest, Cyril Figgis; and Judy Greer as Malory’s lovesick secretary, Cheryl.

RETURNING SERIES

GOOD GAME - Series 8 (42 x 30’ + 1 x 60’)
BEING HUMAN - Series 4 (8 x 60’)
BREAKING BAD – Series 4 (13 x 60’)
MISFITS – Series 3 (8 x 60’)
PEEP SHOW – Series 8 (6 x 30’)
SANCTUARY – Series 4 (13 x 60’)
THE TUDORS – Series 4 (10 x 60’)

ABC4KIDS


Guess How Much I Love You : The Adventures Of Little Nutbrown Hare
(52 x 12’)
Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU follows the tales of Little Nutbrown Hare who loves to explore the world he lives in – the meadows, forests and streams - along with his friends and his father, Big Nutbrown Hare.
Mike The Knight
(52 x 12’)
Ten-year-old Mike is the son of the King and Queen of Glendragon and he’s determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a brave and noble knight. When his father is away exploring distant lands, Mike becomes the young guardian of his kingdom with the triumphant motto ‘Be a knight, do it right’.

Giggle And Hoot
In2012bestfriendsJimmyGiggleandHootwill be joined by their new owl pal, HOOTABELLE! She’ll be voiced and operated by popular Australian actress, Abi Tucker (The Secret Life of Us, McLeod’s Daughters). Get ready for a hootabellicious time on GIGGLE AND HOOT.

Mouk’s World Tour
(62 x 11’)
Mouk is an inquisitive seven-year-old bear who has big dreams of exotic adventures around the world. Each episode of MOUK’S WORLD TOUR sees Mouk embark on a new adventure to a different part of the world, where he finds answers to questions in a treasure hunt, as well as learning about the inhabitants of each country and their environment.

Gruffalo’s Child
(1 x 27 mins)
From the producer of the popular award- winning animated special, The Gruffalo, comes GRUFFALO’S CHILD. The story follows Gruffalo’s daughter, who despite her father’s warnings, tiptoes off into the deep dark woods in search of the ‘big bad mouse’, which doesn’t really exist, does it?

Bananas In Pyjamas
(52 x 11’)
The ever-popular BANANAS IN PYJAMAS are back with brand new episodes. Follow B1 and B2 on their hilarious adventures in Cuddlestown. They’ll be joined again by their best friends, the Teddies - Lulu, Amy and Morgan - and Rat in a Hat.

ABC3

DANCING DOWN UNDER
(10 x 20’)
Catch the new dance craze sweeping the nation in DANCING DOWN UNDER. Six passionate young ‘Irish Dancers’ from all over Australia perform at the National Championships before taking the ultimate trip
to Ireland to compete against the best at the World Irish Dancing championships. Narrated by Josh Thomas.

STAR WARS SERIES 4
(22 x 25’)
The action-packed adventures continue
in this new series of STAR WARS, as the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order, but their efforts continue to be met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army.

BINDI’S BOOT CAMP
(25 x 25’)
Bindi Irwin is back hosting a thrilling new wildlife game show, BINDI’S BOOT CAMP. In each episode contestants will compete in daring, messy and exciting wildlife-themed challenges with one winner ultimately named Bindi’s ‘Wildlife Warrior’.

DANCE ACADEMY SERIES 2
(26 x 30’)
It’s second year at the National Academy of Dance; the stakes are high and allowances will no longer be made. With the addition of two new lead characters to DANCE ACADEMY, expect more drama, blood, sweat and blisters!

BUSHWHACKED!
(13 x 30’)
Child actor Brandon Walters (Australia)
takes city-slicker Kayne Tremills (Studio 3) on the adventure of a lifetime. Together they visit remote areas of Australia where Brandon shows Kayne the rites and rituals of the Indigenous culture, and sets him some adrenalin-pumping wildlife challenges.

MY GREAT BIG ADVENTURE
(10 x 30’)

Hosted by Studio 3’s Kayne Tremills, MY GREAT BIG ADVENTURE tackles some of the most pressing issues kids face today, such as bullying, family conflict and everyday stress. The series covers real stories from everyday kids to celebrities, and aims to show that, no matter how difficult the challenge, with the right tools there’s always a way to make your own big adventure better.

RETURNING PROGRAMS

BTN
GOOD GAME SP
NEWS ON 3
PRANK PATROL
STUDIO 3

ABC NEWS 24

WEEKEND BREAKFAST
Hosted by Andrew Geoghegan and Miriam Corowa, WEEKEND BREAKFAST sets you up for the weekend with the latest news from around the country and from overseas. A mix of live breaking news and discussion, interviews with newsmakers, and all the latest weekend sport and weather. The best start to the day on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

PLANET AMERICA
In the lead-up to the 2012 US Presidential Election, ABC News Radio’s John Barron teams up with Chas Licciardello, to present a lively weekly discussion program PLANET AMERICA. They’ll follow and analyse the race to the White House, through the Republican primaries, the debates and the election campaign.

NEWS EXCHANGE
A unique take on the week’s news from the first genuine multiplatform news program. Online and television news merge in this innovative presentation.

FUTURE FORUMS
The continuing series bringing together leading thinkers, commentators and community leaders to debate the big questions facing Australia’s future. Produced in partnership with the ANU.

GRANDSTAND
ABC News 24 commits to dedicated sports news and issues programs five nights a week as Peter Wilkins presents GRANDSTAND joining Paul Kennedy’s Contact Sport. Both feature the latest sports news, features and discussion and include contributions from the ABC’s popular radio and television sporting commentators from radio and television and leading sports figures.

TONIC
Hosted by Dr Norman Swan, TONIC returns for another myth- busting series to teach you things you don’t know about staying healthy and becoming fitter, and to reveal the truth about our bodies and the things we pay people to do to them. This series, Tonic, goes to the home of the Nobel Prizes – the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, to learn about a unique treatment program for people with eating disorders. Discover the benefits of chewing for your brain as well as your nutrition. And the popular ‘Minus the Meat’ segment continues with chef Nikki Heyder and comedian Jimmy James Eaton.

RETURNING PROGRAMS

ABC News Breakfast
Afternoon Live
Business Today
Capital Hill
Contact Sport
Mornings Newsline

One Plus One
State to State
The Drum
The Quarters

The World

The World This Week

OFFLINE   J Bar #2

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 01:34 PM

Randling, the Andrew Denton game show sounds interesting.

Over 27 weeks, culminating in a grand final, ten teams of two (the names will surprise you) will slug it out on the greatest battleground of all


So, do the teams consist of celebrities?
J Bar

OFFLINE   TJ. #3

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:01 PM

I'd say so based on "the names will surprise you".

OFFLINE   kevizz #4

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:13 PM

What would we do without the ABC? Sounds fantastic.

OFFLINE   Racer25 #5

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:34 PM

Unlike the commercials, there appears to be a substantial plan for the multichannel's. Great to see the ABC really pushing ahead with their strategy and targeting its audience. Not totally sold on all the programs though.

Doesn't look like twentysomething is making a return either though.

OFFLINE   TJ. #6

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:42 PM

Very impressive slate, local drama especially. Particularly looking forward to Micallef's show.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 03:41 PM

Any word on Crownies getting a second season? i love the show.

Edited by ryno, 24 November 2011 - 03:42 PM.

life throws you curve balls its how u deal with it that matters

OFFLINE   TJ. #8

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 03:44 PM

Any word on Crownies getting a second season? i love the show.

According to TV Tonight, they're in discussions about Crownies but it looks doubtful.

OFFLINE   Reuder7 #9

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 04:18 PM

Unlike the commercials, there appears to be a substantial plan for the multichannel's.


Totally agree. If Foxtel can commission Australia's Next Top Model with an audience of less than 100,000 I don't see why the commercial networks can't do the same with even cheaper MTV style reality content on their 200, 300k plus multichannels.

OFFLINE   J Bar #10

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 07:30 PM

I don't see why the commercial networks can't do the same with even cheaper MTV style reality content on their 200, 300k plus multichannels.

No thanks. We have enough visual pollution already. :tongue:
J Bar

OFFLINE   Reuder7 #11

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 07:45 PM

No thanks. We have enough visual pollution already. :tongue:


It was just an example. Anything half decent on the multichannels would be a start, even MTV style reality. Apart from Neighbours there's no real original Australian content (advertorial type shows don't count).

OFFLINE   NewsKing #12

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:40 AM

The librarians series 4? No?

OFFLINE   J Bar #13

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 10:42 AM

The librarians series 4? No?

Apparently Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope are working on a new comedy series.
J Bar

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:15 PM

Mike The Knight and Mouk’s World Tour were announced for the ABC2 two years ago, but at least they are finally been shown.

The list for the ABC3 is shocking, the channel is far too focused on Australian content. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4 is the only TV series from overseas listed, and isn't a good series either. The ABC still have not shown Jolly Rabbit or The Little Prince (New CGI series), which were announced two years ago too.

Edited by Kirben, 25 November 2011 - 01:15 PM.


OFFLINE   J Bar #15

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 02:06 PM

The list for the ABC3 is shocking, the channel is far too focused on Australian content. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4 is the only TV series from overseas listed, and isn't a good series either. The ABC still have not shown Jolly Rabbit or The Little Prince (New CGI series), which were announced two years ago too.

ABC3 is funded by Australians, so it should be focussed on Australian content. The channel actually shows plenty of overseas content anyway. Just because it isn't listed, doesn't mean they don't have any. All of the networks focus on their new Aussie programming when these lists are released. Considering that the local stuff also rates higher, the overseas stuff is always less important.
J Bar

OFFLINE   Kirben #16

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 02:27 PM

ABC3 is funded by Australians, so it should be focussed on Australian content. The channel actually shows plenty of overseas content anyway. Just because it isn't listed, doesn't mean they don't have any. All of the networks focus on their new Aussie programming when these lists are released. Considering that the local stuff also rates higher, the overseas stuff is always less important.

Yes, but the ABC3 is going overboard with the Australian content, instead of more of a balance between the two, like their other channels. There is much more Australian content on the ABC3 already, due to the ABC frequently buying older Australian series, previously shown by the commercial TV networks.

The lists for the ABC1/2 have plenty of overseas content listed though. Even the list for ABC4KIDS list is half Australian content and half overseas content.

OFFLINE   J Bar #17

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 03:33 PM

That's the way it should be with all networks. I applaud them for having so much Aussie content. Why the cultural cringe?
J Bar

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 03:41 PM

The librarians series 4? No?


I'd rather a 4th Librarians than a 2nd Laid or Lowdown. I thought they were shockers & based upon their ratings so did most viewers.

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 04:31 PM

Looking forward to Season 2 of Lowdown. Held around 700,000. Respectable for a new comedy.

OFFLINE   underarm #20

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 09:42 AM

It averaged 530,000, which is not good for a new comedy. Laid's average was even lower.

Edited by underarm, 26 November 2011 - 10:06 AM.