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#503

Thanks again @TV.Cynic, let’s hope it doesn’t get bumped a second time. I might hunt it down online as it is when I feel like some comedy watching.


#504

Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise

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Wednesday 2 May at 9:40pm

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All the world’s problems will be solved by comedian Corey White when his show hits screens on ABC in May

Screening as part of the ABC’s Wednesday entertainment line-up, Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise is a 10-part series, premiering on Wednesday 2 May at 9.40pm on ABC & ABC iview, or viewers can watch the complete series on iview after episode one airs.

The world’s got some crushing problems; some overwhelming, terrifying, civilisation crushing problems. The best and brightest have been trying to solve them for decades, even centuries. The entire hive mind of humanity has failed to solve its most vexing challenges so maybe it’s time to turn to the next least best option and ask a three-time university dropout and ex-ice addict what he’s got kicking around in his solution box. The ABC did just that, and the result is Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise.

Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise is a brand-new series like no other, which will see comedian Corey White try to solve the biggest problems facing everyday Australians. Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise will set Corey on a collision course with conventional wisdom as he takes on an urgent structural issue in each of the series’ ten episodes. At the end of this series, Corey will have had a shot at fixing Democracy, Australia Day, Environmentalism, Capitalism, Gambling, Domestic Violence, War on Drugs, Foster Care, Terrorism, and Housing.

This series unites an array of voices that you rarely hear on TV and lives in a unique genre of its own combining expert interviews, comedy sketches and Corey’s raw monologues. Corey is spectacularly unqualified to propose how to fix the world’s most urgent problems, but that’s not going to stop him from having a go (plus he has his own Australian Story episode which he figures counts for something).


#505

ABC has bought the rights to BBC comedy-drama Shakespeare and Hathaway - Private Investigators, starring Mark Benton and Jo Joyner. The show has been renewed for a second season.


#506

Week commencing 15 April


Sunday 15 April
7:40pm Grand Designs: East London
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: The Incident At Cooper Hill
10:00pm Would I Lie To You?
10:30pm Harrow: Aarum Potestas Est
11:25pm Silent Witness: Remembrance (Part 2)

Monday 16 April
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business

Tuesday 17 April
8:00pm The Checkout
8:30pm Employable Me Final
9:30pm Louis Theroux: Drinking To Oblivion
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 18 April
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Sando
9:30pm Insert Name Here
10:00pm Tonightly With Tom Ballard Rpt
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Four Corners

Thursday 19 April
8:00pm Kiri
8:50pm Wentworth
9:35pm QI
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business
10:55pm Employable Me
11:55pm Doctor Who: The Time Of The Doctor

Friday 20 April
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Harrow
9:25pm Silent Witness
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business
11:10pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
11:40pm Planet America

Saturday 21 April
7:30pm Father Brown
8:15pm The Good Karma Hospital
9:05pm Prime Suspect 1973
9:50pm The Level
10:40pm Wentworth
11:25pm rage


#507

Week commencing 22 April


Sunday 22 April
7:40pm Grand Designs: Herefordshire II
8:30pm TBA
9:30pm National Treasure
10:20pm Harrow
11:15pm Silent Witness

Monday 23 April
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:25pm Golf: PGA TOUR Highlights

Tuesday 24 April
8:00pm The Checkout
8:30pm General Monash And Me 2-Part Series Premiere
9:30pm Guilty Premiere
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 25 April
8:00pm Hard Quiz Final
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Sando
9:30pm You Can’t Ask That
10:00pm Tonightly With Tom Ballard Rpt
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Four Corners

Thursday 26 April
8:00pm Kiri
8:50pm Wentworth
9:35pm QI
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business
10:55pm The Honourable Woman
11:55pm Doctor Who

Friday 27 April
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Harrow
9:25pm Silent Witness
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business
11:10pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
11:40pm Planet America

Saturday 28 April
7:30pm Father Brown
8:15pm The Good Karma Hospital
9:05pm Prime Suspect 1973
9:50pm The Level
10:40pm Wentworth
11:25pm rage


#508

Week commencing 29 April


Sunday 29 April
7:40pm Grand Designs: Herefordshire II
8:30pm TBA
9:30pm National Treasure
10:20pm Harrow
11:15pm Silent Witness

Monday 30 April
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:25pm Golf: PGA TOUR Highlights

Tuesday 1 May
8:00pm The Checkout
8:30pm General Monash And Me Final
9:30pm Judi Dench: My Passion For Trees Premiere
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 2 May
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Season Premiere
8:30pm Gruen Season Premiere
9:10pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Season Premiere
9:40pm Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise Series Premiere
9:55pm Tonightly With Tom Ballard Rpt
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:10pm Four Corners

Thursday 3 May
8:00pm Kiri
8:50pm Wentworth
9:35pm QI
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business
10:55pm The Honourable Woman
11:55pm Doctor Who

Friday 4 May
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Harrow
9:25pm Silent Witness
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:15pm Planet America

Saturday 5 May
7:30pm Father Brown
8:15pm The Good Karma Hospital
9:05pm Inspector George Gently Rpt
10:35pm The Level
11:25pm Wentworth: The Things We Do


#509

Why are they persisting with this repeat once a week?


#510

According to The Australian, last month’s deal between Foxtel and ABC allows the public broadcaster to broadcast the first five seasons of Wentworth. Assuming ABC airs one season each year, that means the fifth season will be on FTA by 2022.


#511

I don’t see why they would be limited to one season per year.


#512

#513

This is so disappointing. They spend so much on being up to date with technology but are forgetting that without content, there is no use having the technology.


#514

Wentworth starts tonight at the weird time of 8:50pm


#515

It’s because they have started screening drama series from 8pm on Thursdays now.

The mini series Kiri was on Channel 4, which with adverts would have run 60 minutes in the UK. Hence the 8.50pm start for Wentworth.


#516

Brian Cox: The 21st Century Race For Space

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Tuesday 15 May at 8:30pm

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A new age of space exploration, and exploitation, is dawning. Some of the boldest efforts at putting humans into space are now those of private companies started by maverick billionaire businessmen. In this program, Brian Cox gains exclusive access behind the scenes at Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Spaceport America, exploring what is really happening in privately financed space flight.

From space tourism to asteroid mining, and even dreams of colonies on Mars, these new masters of the universe refuse to limit their imaginations. But are private companies led by Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk really going to be able to pull this off? How will they overcome the technical challenges to achieve it? Is it a good idea, or just a fool’s errand?

Cox meets key players in the story – Bezos (Blue Origin, Amazon) and Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic). He wants to find out how entrepreneurs plan to overcome the daunting challenges of human space travel.

16 years since Dennis Tito became the first civilian in space, Cox explores the companies that are aiming to make daily tourist flights to space. Beyond mass space travel, and even space mining and manufacturing, the dream of Musk and others is true space exploration.

His company, SpaceX, already delivers supplies to the International Space Station, and their next step is to deliver astronauts. But their true ambition is to ensure the survival of the human race by colonizing Mars. Could commercial spaceflight eventually make us a space-faring civilization?


#517

Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence

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From Sunday 13 May at 8:30pm

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A star-studded cast led by award-winning actor Bill Nighy presents Agatha Christies Ordeal by Innocence.

Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll (Anna Chancellor) is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll (Anthony Boyle), a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder, but vehemently protests his innocence.

Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary (Luke Treadaway), a mysterious scientist, walks onto the velvety lawns of Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic. Even more extraordinary is his claim to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past.

Rachel’s widower Leo (Bill Nighy) is about to marry his secretary Gwenda (Alice Eve) and none of Rachel’s other adopted children Mary (Eleanor Tomlinson), Mickey (Christian Cooke), Tina (Crystal Clarke) or Hester (Ella Purnell), nor longstanding housekeeper Kirsten (Morven Christie), is willing to reopen that most horrendous chapter of their lives. However, the shattering implications of Calgary’s story are too big to avoid; if he is telling the truth, then the wrong person was arrested for Rachel’s murder. And if Jack is innocent, then it must have been somebody else at Sunny Point. Somebody still out there…


#518

Sunday Arts Up Late - The First Monday in May

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Sunday 20 May at 9:10pm

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An unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of New York’s premier cultural events, The First Monday in May follows the creation of “China: Through The Looking Glass,” the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 2015 Met Gala, the star-studded fundraiser that celebrates the opening of the exhibition. Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) follows Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and longtime chair of the Met Gala, and Andrew Bolton, the iconoclastic curator who conceived the groundbreaking show, for eight months as they prepare for an evening they hope will take the worlds of art and fashion by storm.

Documenting one of the most exclusive parties in the world side-by-side with an exhibition that drew more than three-quarters of a million visitors during its four-month run, The First Monday in May is a captivating portrait of the private side of a pair of high-profile public events. The blockbuster exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions provides inspiration for the Met Gala’s annual collision of haute couture and celebrity, where Hollywood stars including Kate Hudson, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, and Lady Gaga rub shoulders with Alicia Keyes, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Michael Bloomberg and contemporary pop icon Rihanna, who brings down the house with a stunning live performance.

The First Monday in May also reignites the debate over whether fashion can and should be viewed as art. Rossi speaks with renowned creators including filmmakers Wong Kar-Wai, Artistic Director of the exhibition, and Baz Luhrmann, as well preeminent fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Guo Pei and John Galliano. Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Former Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute Harold Koda offer unexpected insights on the relationship between art, craft and commerce.

Directed by Andrew Rossi. Directed by Andrew Rossi. Produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett, Dawn Ostroff. Produced in association with Farfetch.


#519

Week commencing 6 May


Sunday 6 May
7:40pm Joanna and Jennifer: Absolutely Champers
8:45pm Midsomer Murders: Saints And Sinners Rpt
10:15pm National Treasure
11:05pm Harrow

Monday 7 May
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:25pm Golf: PGA TOUR Highlights

Tuesday 8 May
7:30pm Budget 2018: The Treasurer’s Speech
8:00pm Budget 2018: An ABC News Special
9:00pm TBA
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business: Budget Special
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 9 May
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery
8:30pm Gruen
9:05pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:35pm Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise: Capitalism
9:55pm TBA
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:10pm Four Corners

Thursday 10 May
7:30pm Budget 2018: Opposition Reply
8:00pm 7.30
8:30pm TBA
9:00pm Wentworth: The Velvet Curtain
9:45pm QI: Making A Meal
10:15pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business
11:05pm The Honourable Woman: The Killing Call

Friday 11 May
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Harrow Final
9:25pm Silent Witness
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:15pm Planet America

Saturday 12 May
7:30pm Father Brown
8:15pm TBA
9:05pm Inspector George Gently Rpt
10:35pm The Level Rpt
11:25pm Wentworth: The Velvet Curtain Rpt


#520

Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings

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Sunday 13 May at 7:40pm

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From a childhood touched by grief to his upcoming wedding as Prince Charming to the girl of his dreams, new insights into why and how Prince Harry has come to be held in such affection by so many people all over the world.


#521

Grand Designs Australia - Season 1

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Thursday 31 May at 8:00pm

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Based on the award-winning UK series and hosted by leading Australian architect Peter Maddison, Grand Designs Australia charts the in-depth process of elaborate design projects undertaken by self-builders – from the initial details of blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning the designs into a practical living space.

No design is too ambitious when it comes to creating a dream home. But discovering the hard realities that complicate plans can often be too much to bear.

From rebuilding a labour of love in the Victorian bush after it was burnt to the ground in the Black Saturday bushfires; to transforming a tiny corner car park into a five-level home in the urban jungle; and a cyclone proof, tropical tree house that is windowless and based on the shape of a 50-cent piece; Grand Designs Australia follows not only the growth of these homes, but the personal journeys of those building them.

First seen on Foxtel in 2010.


#522

Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants

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Sunday 27 May at 7:40pm

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The impressive mountains of the Swiss Jura are the stage for a natural drama: a tale of two cities - the North and the South. On the surface, they appear almost identical, but over the next year, these cities will
experience dramatically different fortunes.

Like any city, they’re made up of vast social networks and transport infrastructures to keep the inhabitants informed and fed. But unlike our urban jungles, these cities are made and run by wood ants. In a story that plays out almost like a medieval saga, Sir David Attenborough is our guide through the mysterious realm of ants, presenting a cast of queens and workers, scouts and soldiers.

The South is a gigantic super-city with more than a thousand nest mounds. By suppressing internal conflicts, it has grown into what may be the largest animal society on Earth with a population as high as 1.2 billion! It has become a city of peace. The North is a single mound city, always at war with another single city nearby, where tens of thousands of ants are killed each year. Their fierce and dramatic battles highlight a fundamental difference between them and the peaceful ants in the super colony of the South. The existence of these very different cities of the same species of wood ants so close together puzzles scientists. It challenges everything we thought we knew about ants.

’Ant Mountain’ sheds light on the mysterious origins of these extraordinary cities. Over the course of a year, we experience an ant’s eye view of the unbelievable drama, tenderness and aggression of life in the colonies.

We meet a cast characters that lead us into their secret lives. We delve into the remarkable mechanisms that have evolved within the South super-city and challenge theories about ants’ evolutionary social behaviour.

Filming ants has always been a challenge, but renowned producer and inventive cameraman Martin Dohrn is used to shooting things that are a challenge. For ’Ant Mountain’ he has developed unique cameras with high sensitivity and resolution, which allow him to film ants in a way that has not been previously possible.

With the help of 4K capable endoscopes and specially designed miniature 4K lens systems, we dive deep
into the cities of ’Ant Mountain’ to reveal behaviour that has never been observed. From dramatic interactions between individual ants, to sweeping moves across battle scenes and supply lines, ’Ant Mountain’ promises to put the viewer into the thick of the action like never before.