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Freeman

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From Sunday 13 September at 7:40pm

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To mark the 20th anniversary of her iconic win, Cathy Freeman shares her full story for the first time and exclusively in FREEMAN on Sunday, 13 September, 7.40pm on ABC and ABC iview.

In 49.11 seconds, Cathy Freeman’s win at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 brought Australia together as a nation. Watched by billions of people worldwide, the 400-metre sprint on the evening of September 25 had the country glued to the TV. Everyone remembers where they were on that spring night in 2000 when Cathy, wearing a futuristic green and white bodysuit, cemented her place in sporting history.

“Nothing can prepare you for that kind of pressure – or responsibility… I am 47 years old and I have to take that responsibility seriously. By that, I mean give myself permission to share the story in its entirety.” Cathy Freeman

Twenty years later, Cathy Freeman remains one of Australia’s most popular sporting figures, held in tremendous affection by the public for the role she played in shaping our national identity.

FREEMAN is a cinematic portrait of the 49.11 second race that is still etched in our hearts and minds. Drawing on archival footage and a series of intimate conversations with Cathy Freeman, the film takes viewers on a journey through Cathy’s remarkable sporting career and the frenzied build-up to September 2000. Cathy’s fast-paced climb to the top of the world is mirrored by the rise of a people’s movement supporting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Her story became the symbol of a much larger struggle for equality.

Cathy’s experience is brought to life by stunning performances from Lillian Banks of Bangarra Dance Theatre, as choregraphed by Stephen Page, creating an emotionally-charged insight into Cathy’s spirit and mindset as she prepared to compete on the greatest stage on earth.

Cathy Freeman shares her most intimate thoughts, revisiting her past through montages of projected images, and reveals what it felt like to be at the centre of such a unique and significant event.

With insights from Freeman’s mother, insiders and media commentators, the film gives previously unseen glimpses into a moment of rare intensity.

FREEMAN is the story of the nation coming together around an Indigenous Australian female athlete who delivered when it mattered, on the greatest stage on earth. The film sheds light on one of Australia’s proudest moment and explores why, 20 years on, it still means so much to so many of us.

FREEMAN is a General Strike and Matchbox Pictures production in association with ABC and Film Victoria. A film by Laurence Billiet, in collaboration with Stephen Page & Bangarra Dance Theatre. ABC Commissioning Editor, Jo Chichester. International sales are being handled by NBCU Distribution.

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Grantchester - Season 5

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Update: Sunday 20 September at 8:35pm

It’s 1957, the year that Prime Minister Harold MacMillan told the British people that they’d “never had it so good”, and for many in Grantchester, that’s just how it feels!

Will Davenport has settled into his role as the vicar of Grantchester, preaching to a packed church. His best friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, has come to accept his wife Cathy’s commitment to her job - just about. Mrs C happily juggles her roles as the vicarage housekeeper and being a well-to-do married woman, and after a trip to Marrakech, even Leonard has managed to carve out some happiness with Daniel.

It’s as if the world of Grantchester has returned to an idyllic state - a metaphorical Garden of Eden. And Will believes that everyone can get close to their own Eden through good works and a proactive attitude. But- as Geordie knows -trouble always finds a way: every Eden has its snakes…

From a student’s misadventure at one of the female-only colleges, a hit-and-run that Leads them to a secret garden, a murder in a cinema, a death at a drug trial to a dangerously oppressive convent- Will’s faith will bethoroughly tested as he and Geordie are reminded once more that there’s darkness Lurking in their Little corner of Cambridgeshire…

I’m really looking forward to watching this special on Cathy.

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Week commencing 30 August 2020

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Sunday 30 August
6:00 pm Australia Remastered: Kangaroo Tales Series Premierel
7:00pm ABC News Sunday
7:40pm Shetland
8:40pm Vera: The Escape Ten Season Final
10:10pm Mrs Wilson Rpt
11:10pm The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco: In for a P Rpt
11:55pm Wentworth: A Higher Court Rpt

Monday 31 August
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q+A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm Fight For Planet A: Our Climate Challenge Rpt

Tuesday 1 September
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Jack Thompson
8:30pm Further Back In Time For Dinner Season Premiere
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9:30pm The Great Acceleration: Energy Revolutions
10:25pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Q+A Rpt

Wednesday 2 September
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Utopia: The Law’s The Law
9:30pm Planet America
10:00pm QI: Quarrels
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Four Corners Rpt
11:50pm Media Watch Rpt

Thursday 3 September
8:00pm The Heights
8:30pm Escape From The City: Sunshine Coast QLD: The Moylans
9:30pm Kurt Fearnley’s One Plus One
10:00pm Would I Lie To You? Rpt
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Louis Theroux: Law And Disorder in Lagos Rpt

Friday 4 September
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm MotherFatherSon
9:30pm The Accident Season Premiere
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:35pm The Virus Rpt
10:55pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt
11:25pm rage

Saturday 5 September
7:30pm Father Brown
8:20pm Last Tango In Halifax Season Final
9:20pm Endeavour: Rocket
10:50pm Death In Paradise
11:50pm rage Guest Programmer

Screen Australia has announced funding for the following ABC projects

Preppers

A six-part series for the ABC from writers Nakkiah Lui ( Kiki and Kitty ) and Gabe Dowrick ( Skin Trade). This comedy follows young Aboriginal woman Charlie (played by Lui), who experiences her own personal cataclysmic event when her life crumbles around her. Escaping the fallout, Charlie finds herself at the centre of a hilariously mismatched community of doomsday preppers. Preppers will be produced by Sylvia Warmer ( Kiki and Kitty ) and executive produced by Liz Watts ( Kiki and Kitty , The King ). A Porchlight Films production, this project was funded through Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and has received major production investment from the ABC. It is financed with assistance from Screen NSW and international sales will be managed by About Premium Content.

6 x 30 mins
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd
Writers Nakkiah Lui, Gabe Dowrick
Producer Sylvia Warmer
Executive Producer Liz Watts

Itch - Series 2

Popular children’s live action-adventure show Itch will return to ABC ME with a 10-part second series from Komixx Entertainment. The series follows science-obsessed teenager Itchingham Lofte who finds something strange is happening in his town of Seaburgh after a boat explosion and dead fish wash up on the shore. When he discovers Greencorp are operating a secret lab, it’s up to Itch and his friends to uncover the truth before it’s too late. Returning for season two are producer Amanda Morrison, writer/producer Melanie Halsall, writers Heather Wilson and Jessica Brookman and director Nicholas Verso. They are joined by director Tenika Smith ( The Heights ) and writers Craig Irvin ( Nowhere Boys ), Rhys Graham, Ceinwen Langley ( Neighbours ) and Dan Berlinka. The series was financed with support from the ABC, Screenwest and the West Australian Regional Film Fund. Worldwide distribution by ABC Commercial.

10 x 24 mins
Komixx Entertainment Pty Ltd
Directors Nicholas Verso, Tenika Smith
Writers Heather Wilson, Jessica Brookman, Craig Irvin, Rhys Graham, Ceinwen Langley, Melanie Halsall, Dan Berlinka
Producers Amanda Morrison, Melanie Halsall

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So was last Sunday the last new episode of Compass for 2020? There was no mention of it on ABC website or social media.
Australia Remastered has been scheduled at 6pm Sundays until December 6.

It was labelled “final”.

Week commencing 6 September 2020

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Sunday 6 September
6:00 pm Australia Remastered: Parrot Paradise
7:00pm ABC News Sunday
7:40pm Shetland Season Final
8:40pm Midsomer Murders: The Sting of Death
10:10pm Mrs Wilson Rpt
11:10pm Friday On My Mind Rpt

Monday 7 September
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q+A
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:10pm Further Back In Time For Dinner Rpt

Tuesday 8 September
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Layne Beachley
8:30pm Further Back In Time For Dinner: 1910s
9:30pm The Great Acceleration: Food, Water, Waste
10:25pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Q+A Rpt

Wednesday 9 September
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Utopia: Working With Children Rpt
9:30pm Planet America
10:00pm QI: Queasy Quacks
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Four Corners Rpt
11:50pm Media Watch Rpt

Thursday 10 September
8:00pm The Heights
8:30pm Escape From The City: Stanthorpe QLD: The Georges
9:30pm Kurt Fearnley’s One Plus One Season Final
10:00pm Would I Lie To You? Rpt Season Final
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Louis Theroux: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth Rpt

Friday 11 September
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm MotherFatherSon Season Final
9:30pm The Accident
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Virus Rpt
11:25pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt
11:55pm rage

Saturday 12 September
7:30pm Father Brown
8:20pm The Split Series Premiere
9:20pm Endeavour: Home
10:55pm Death In Paradise
11:55pm rage Guest Programmer

The Trip to Greece

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From Tuesday 15 September at 9:20pm

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s final gastronomic expedition.

In their fourth and final gastronomic expedition, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon set out from the ruins of Troy in modern-day Turkey as they head to Greece to retrace the steps of legendary king Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. They visit Lesvos, where Sappho wrote her love poetry; Macedonia, where Aristotle was born and tutored Alexander the Great; Athens, home of Plato and Socrates; the Peloponnese, the land of Mycenae, Argos, Sparta and the entrance to the underworld, before finally arriving at Ithaca, home to Odysseus. Steve and Rob’s semi-fictional alter- egos seek out culture, history, breath-taking vistas and, of course, some of the finest food in Europe.

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Week commencing 13 September 2020

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Sunday 13 September
6:00 pm Australia Remastered: Platypus and Echidna
7:00pm ABC News Sunday
7:40pm Freeman


8:35pm Midsomer Murders: With Baited Breath Season Final
10:05pm Mrs Wilson Season Final Rpt
11:00pm Friday On My Mind Season FinalRpt

Monday 14 September
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q+A
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:10pm Further Back In Time For Dinner Rpt

Tuesday 15 September
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Father Bob
8:30pm Further Back In Time For Dinner: 1920s
9:30pm The Great Acceleration: Blue Marble
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm Q+A Rpt

Wednesday 16 September
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Utopia: Pipe Dreams
9:30pm Planet America
10:00pm QI: Questions and Qualifications
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Four Corners Rpt

Thursday 17 September
8:00pm The Heights
8:30pm Escape From The City: Coffs Harbour NSW: The Dormans
9:30pm Secrets of the Museum Series Premiere
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:50pm Louis Theroux: The Ultra Zionists Rpt
11:50pm Louis Theroux: Return to The Most Hated Family Rpt

Friday 18 September
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Vera Rpt
9:20pm The Accident
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Virus Rpt
10:45pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt
11:15pm rage

Saturday 19 September
7:30pm Father Brown
8:20pm The Split
9:20pm Endeavour: Trove
10:50pm Death In Paradise
11:50pm rage Guest Programmer

Updated 10/06/2020

A 6-part BBC series which ventures behind the scenes at London’s iconic Victoria and Albert Museum, giving a firsthand look at some of the museum’s world-famous art, design and performance collections.
Apparently the whole series, which aired in UK in February and March this year, has been available on iView since two months ago.

Louis Theroux: The Night in Question

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From Tuesday 6 October at 9:30pm

At a time of increased scrutiny about what constitutes sexual assault, award-winning documentary-maker Louis Theroux heads to American college campuses and comes face-to-face with students whose universities are accusing them of sexual assault.

As reports of sexual violence have dramatically increased in recent years, the government has urged US colleges to enforce a stricter code of sexual conduct amongst students. Employing specialist administrators to carry out investigations into alleged misdemeanours, they now have the power to permanently exclude those they deem ‘responsible’. For the victims of sexual assault these new processes, which require less stringent levels of proof than criminal cases, have allowed accusations that might have never been heard in a court of law to be vindicated. But alleged perpetrators believe the attempt to be more vigilant about rape and assault has turned into an overreaction that tramples on due process, and harms innocent people.

At the start of this journey, Louis meets a neuroscience major called Saif Khan, who has been accused of raping a fellow student. His University is investigating the claims separately even though Saif has been found not guilty in a court of law. Though Saif continuously pleads his innocence, Louis is drawn into an increasingly complex world, where separating fact from fiction becomes increasingly challenging. He also meets young women whose claims of sexual assault have previously fallen on deaf ears, who believe that a new approach to handling allegations of sex crimes is not only necessary but long overdue. One such student is Mollie Johnson; whose experience is a powerful reminder that there is now a broader understanding of what sexual assault looks like.

Week commencing 20 September 2020

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Sunday 20 September
6:00 pm Australia Remastered: Wombat Kingdom
7:00pm ABC News Sunday
7:40pm The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty Series Premiere
8:35pm Grantchester - Season 5 Season Premiere
9:20pm Doc Martin Rpt
10:10pm Killing Eve: Nice Face Rpt
10:55pm Wentworth: Smitten Rpt
11:40pm Endeavour: Trove Rpt

Monday 21 September
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q+A
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:10pm Further Back In Time For Dinner Rpt

Tuesday 22 September
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Todd Sampson
8:30pm Further Back In Time For Dinner: 1930s
9:30pm The Great Acceleration: Life Series Final
10:25pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Q+A Rpt

Wednesday 23 September
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Utopia: Mission Creeps Rpt
9:30pm Planet America
10:05pm QI: Quests: Part 1
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Four Corners Rpt
11:55pm Media Watch Rpt

Thursday 24 September
8:00pm The Heights
8:30pm Escape From The City: Coffs Harbour NSW: The Englishes
9:30pm Secrets of the Museum
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:50pm Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail Rpt
11:55pm Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail Rpt

Friday 25 September
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Vera Rpt
10:00pm The Accident Series Final
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Virus Rpt
11:40pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt

Saturday 26 September
7:30pm Father Brown
8:20pm The Split
9:20pm Endeavour: Nocturne
10:50pm Death In Paradise
11:50pm rage Guest Programmer

Victoria - Season 3

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From Saturday 17 October at 7:30pm

Produced by leading drama indie Mammoth Screen as a co-production with MASTERPIECE, and created by writer andproducer Daisy Goodwin, the brand new series sees critically-acclaimed actress Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who)reprise her role as the young Queen, alongside Tom Hughes (Paula) as Prince Albert.

Joining the leads, Laurence Fox (Lewis) plays charismatic and wayward Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston, whilst Tony and Olivier Award nominee Kate Fleetwood (Harlots)takes the role of Victoria’s mysterious sister Feodora, who makes an unexpected return into the Queen’s life.

In addition, actor and comedian John Sessions (The Loch) stars as Prime Minister John Russell, whilst Lily Travers (Kingsman) plays the Duchess of Monmouth. Nicholas Audsley (The White Princess), David Burnett (The Mummy) and Sabrina Bartlett (Versailles) also join the cast as new characters.

Starting in 1848, the third instalment of the lavish drama depicts a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy. With revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety.

Creator Daisy Goodwin says: “Victoria and Albert are the most famous couple of the nineteenth century, but underneath the united facade, their relationship is at breaking point and it is a struggle for mastery that neither side can win.”

Praised for its opulent production values, Victoria is one of ITV’s most successful dramas, with the first series being the highest rating drama of 2016 on the channel.

The eight-part series was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill. It has been executive produced by Damien Timmer, Kate McKerrell and Daisy Goodwin for Mammoth Screen, and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece. Victoria is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

No Time For Quiet

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Tuesday 13 October at 9:30pm

During a long hot summer, 40 girls and gender diverse youth aged 10 to 17 converge in Brunswick for the inaugural week-long GIRLS ROCK! MELBOURNE Camp. Greeting them are a host of dedicated volunteers- local female rock legends and punked up teachers, all keen to empower each of the participants through rock ‘n’ roll.

Born out of frustration in Portland, USA, in 2001, the GIRLS ROCK! movement has become something of a DIV legend. Fed up with experiencing inequality in the music industry, local female musicians sought to establish a grassroots program to facilitate the empowerment of the next generation of female and gender non-conforming musicians. From this seed grew a global movement which eventually made its way to Melbourne, Australia in 2017.

Over the course of the week, and the months after camp, we follow LUCY, ZEIRO, PHOEBE & DAKOTA and
their band-mates and coaches, as they struggle to find their sense of belonging and identity through music. As the camp progresses- and in its aftermath -the importance of this rare community becomes increasingly apparent. For female and gender diverse youth trying to find their voice, there clearly is NO TIME FOR QUIET.

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Shouldn’t it be Quiet?

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Lockdown Stories

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29 September at 9.30pm

When Australia started talking about going into isolation, ABC Religion & Ethics put out a call to film schools and emerging filmmakers.

‘Are you in lockdown with a great story happening around you and thinking to yourself, this would make a fabulous documentary?’

Seven participants with the strongest pitches from all over the country were chosen to document their lives for Lockdown Stories.

Mentored remotely by ABC producers they filmed their own stories, often in challenging circumstances.The result is a mix of intimate, moving, funny and heart-warming short stories of their personal experience in lockdown.

Bernie, from North Fitzroy, tells of his favourite Melbourne restaurant cooking meals for frontline medical workers.

International student Anna lives in a one room apartment in Brisbane. Her family are in the COVID- 19 epicentre in Northern Italy, and her beloved Nonna and mother have tested positive.

Eighteen-year-old Yolngu woman Siena from North Eastern Arnhem Land tells how her community of Yirrkala closed its borders to protect their precious elders.

Neve returns to Launceston where her mother has called the family home to isolate together. Every family member is a frontline health worker except for Neve, and she wants to find a way to thank them.

Extrovert Tyla experiences a very different Passover this year, as her colourful Jewish family try to embrace domestic isolation in Melbourne.

Lou lives alone in tropical Cairns. Her work planting trees continues throughout the pandemic, but every day she must confront the mental and emotional fear of isolating alone in paradise.

Eric’s family flew to Perth from Brazil for his wedding in March, then got stuck there. The only thing they can do to keep themselves sane is to laugh, sing and dance.

These stories from our next generation of filmmakers offer a unique insight into how Australia lived through these times, from the inside.

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