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Anthony

Sunday 19 December 8.40pm FTA Premiere

From BAFTA Award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, this powerful one-off feature examines the impact of the murder of black teenager Anthony Walker by exploring what may have happened had he not been murdered.

From BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, this powerful one-off feature examines the impact of the murder of black teenager Anthony Walker by exploring what may have happened had he lived.The racist murder of Anthony in Liverpool in 2005 was a hate crime that shocked the nation. One innocent life snatched away, and so many others ruined by an act of hatred. What hopes would Anthony have had? What dreams would he have chased? What loves would he have lost? What lives would he have changed? What man would Anthony have become?

The story begins with Anthony accepting an award for helping his friend Mick turn his life around by overcoming his alcohol addiction. Anthony’s surrounded by his family, including his wife Katherine and his young daughter. As we go back in time, we witness the love story of Anthony and his wife Katherine told in reverse order. We also see how Anthony managed to help his friend Mick overcome his problems while also finding out how Mick, father to a young daughter himself, ended up homeless on the streets of Liverpool.
Told in reverse chronology, this distinctive drama presents a unique perspective on this devastating crime and the life it took away.

Production credits: Executive Producers: Colin McKeown, Jimmy McGovern, Terry McDonough. BBC Executive Producer Lucy Richer.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Celebrating 70 Years

Monday 20 December 8.30pm

A special look back at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s rich 70-year history revisiting many of the standout moments.

Every August, thousands of visitors from all over the world come to marvel at the spectacular sights and sounds of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

In place of this year’s event, sadly cancelled due to Covid-19, this new program looks back at the Tattoo’s rich 70-year history and revisits many of the standout moments.

Featuring massed pipes and drums, and an international array of marching bands, military displays and dynamic dances, the show always draws to a poignant close with a lone piper on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

Production credits: Narrated by Kirsty Wark; Producer: Samantha Peters; Executive Producer: Guy Freeman; Produced by Livewire Pictures for REMT in association with the BBC.

Christmas In Australia With Christine Anu

Tuesday 21 December 8.30pm

Celebrate Christmas with Christine Anu as she explores how Australia’s melting pot of traditions, cultures and faiths not only sparks festive joy, but rejoices in the kindness and resilience of Australians.

From hot, sunny summer days and motorbike riding Santas to the vibrant mix of cultures that have contributed their own flair to the annual tradition, join Christine Anu as she uncovers what makes Christmas in Australia like nowhere else in the world.

Christine shares memories from her childhood in the Torres Strait and shows how Christmas songs first inspired her to sing. She also joins children from around Australia in a special performance of her iconic song ‘Island Christmas’.

Celebrating the resilience of Australians, Christine visits families around Australia. She learns how migrant families use Christmas to connect with their community and recreate traditions from home. In the Adelaide Hills, Christine hears how a community rallied together when the 2019 Summer Bushfires cancelled a decades-long Christmas light tradition. Before reconnecting with her own family as they sing the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’.

Heading back in time, Christine shows us how to make a traditional Christmas Pudding recipe from the 1800s, while food historian Jacqui Newling tells us the history of our edible traditions. And we discover the earliest example of an Aussie Christmas carol, our very own ‘Australian Christmas Song’ from 1863.

Get in the Christmas spirit with Christine Anu this December as she explores the reason for the season.

Production Credits: Producers: Louise Heywood. Editors: Deb Prince, Philippa Byers. Researchers: Mary Tran, Wendy Boynton. Executive Producer: Jessica Douglas-Henry.

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

Friday 24 December 6.30pm

Shaun’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the Flock inadvertently leads to Timmy going missing.

It’s Christmas Eve at Mossy Bottom Farm and Shaun’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings inadvertently leads to Timmy heading off to a Christmas market in the back of the Farmer’s truck.

Shaun mounts a rescue mission to the local town where the Farmer is trying to make a quick buck from selling his homemade festive fizz, and Farmer Ben, a local celebrity and influencer, is turning on the Christmas lights. Shaun’s mission becomes critical when a gift box containing Timmy is given to Farmer Ben’s feisty daughter, Ella.

A high-speed snow chase ensues as the Ben family head home in their 4x4, oblivious to the sleigh full of sheep that’s following them, which itself is being pursued by Bitzer on make-shift skis.A quick-thinking Timmy manages to convince Ella that he’s just a toy, but he can’t escape the clutches of the cute tearaway. Shaun urgently needs to gain entry into Ella’s high-tech house, avoid her parents and get her to give up her new favourite possession.

Can Shaun save the day and get Timmy home in time to open his stocking? Or has Shaun finally met his match in pocket rocket Ella? Prepare for an explosive high-wire ending as everyone learns the true value of Christmas!

Production credits: Produced by Aardman Animation.

Week commencing 5 December

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Sunday 5 December
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Frappe Death Day Rpt
8:40pm Total Control
9:40pm Noughts And Crosses
10:35pm Harrow: Actus Reus Rpt
11:30pm Talking Heads: Nights In The Garden Of Spain Rpt

Monday 6 December
8:00pm Australian Story Summer Series Rpt
8:30pm Universe With Brian Cox Black Holes
9:30pm Media Watch
9:50pm Hunting The Essex Lorry Killers The story of one of the biggest manslaughter inquiries the UK has ever seen. Spanning Britain, Europe and Vietnam, it cracked open a multi-million pound people smuggling ring.
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:20pm Books That Made Us: Place Rpt

Tuesday 7 December
8:05pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Sophie Delezio Rpt
8:30pm Books That Made Us Season Final
9:30pm Australia Remastered: Nature’s Great Divide Series Premiere
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm Q+A Rpt

Wednesday 8 December
8:00pm Hard Quiz: Battle of the Duds
8:30pm Gruen
9:10pm Preppers
9:40pm QI: Pain and Punishment Rpt
10:10pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Rpt
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business Rpt
11:20pm Universe with Brian Cox Rpt

Thursday 9 December
8:00pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One: Jane Barnes
8:30pm Designing A Legacy Rpt
9:35pm Doctor Who Rpt
10:30pm You Can’t Ask That: Terminally Ill Rpt
11:00pm ABC Late News
11:30pm Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome Rpt

Friday 10 December
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Endeavour: Terminus Season Final
10:00pm Talking Heads: The Hand Of God
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Vaccine Rpt
11:15pm Gruen Rpt
11:50pm Preppers: The First Annual, Semi-inaugural Eden 2 Rpt

Saturday 11 December
7:30pm The Larkins
8:20pm Us Series Premiere
9:20pm Total Control Rpt
10:20pm Call The Midwife Rpt
11:20pm Father Brown: The Blood Of The Anarchists Rpt

Australian production FIRESTARTER – The Story of Bangarra won in the Arts category, tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned a newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. Crossing the globe, I’m Not A Monster , a joint venture between the UK’s BBC Panorama and US’s FRONTLINE PBS, took home the Audio Entertainment award – for one journalist’s work over four years, telling the story of an American family who ended up in the heart of the ISIS caliphate.

ABC documentary Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra wins Rose d’Or Award

ABC TV arts documentary Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra has won a prestigious international prize for its portrayal of Australia’s leading First Nations dance company.

Firestarter, which is available to watch on ABC iview, was named best arts program at the Rose d’Or Awards, which honour excellence and achievement in international television and audio programs.

The stirring documentary, produced by In Films and directed by Nel Minchin and Wayne Blair and distributed internationally by ABC Commercial and theatrically by Icon Film Distribution, tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – turned a new dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. The program also won the 2020 AACTA Award for Best Documentary.

Jennifer Collins, ABC Head of Factual & Culture, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in Firestarter at In Films and the ABC, particularly ABC Commissioning Editor Kalita Corrigan, and our funding partners, for such an important story about First Nations culture and creativity.

“The ABC is the place that Australians come to for the best arts content and coverage and we are proud to share this remarkable documentary about the power of art as a force for inspiration, healing and resilience.”

In Films producer Ivan O’Mahoney said he was “absolutely delighted” to win the Rose d’Or Award. “The stated mission of Bangarra Dance Theatre is to create inspiring theatrical experiences that promote and help raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

“Bangarra has been at the forefront of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia for over 30 years and are a vital part in our cultural landscape, and this is where the value in winning the Rose d’Or lies for us. The kudos that comes with an award like this will hopefully help us and allow us to spread Bangarra’s word even further and wider around the world.

“Thank you to all of the people who believed in the project and invested in it – the ABC, Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Icon Film distribution, as well as a whole range of philanthropic organisations that stood with us.”

The ABC received four nominations for the 60th annual Rose d’Ors, including the insightful Australia Talks for the Best Studio Entertainment Award and empowering Love on the Spectrum and You Can’t Ask That, which were both nominated for the Best Reality and Factual Entertainment Award.

This year’s award for Firestarter continues a stellar run for the ABC at the Rose d’Ors, including wins in 2020 for ABC Children’s First Day and vertical-viewing drama Content.

Click here for the full list of the 2021 Rose D’Or award winners.

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ABC TV programming has changed tonight for a special showing of David Dalaithngu documentary 9.30pm .

09:30 pm David Dalaithngu documentary

In his final film, the great Australian actor David Dalaithngu faces his extraordinary, dizzying past and, staring down death, his own, mortal future.

11:10 pm ABC Late News
11:25 pm The Business Rpt
11:40 pm Q+A Rpt

Week commencing 12 December

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Sunday 12 December
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Beyond The Shining Sea (Part One) Rpt
8:40pm Total Control Season 2 Final
9:40pm Noughts And Crosses Season Final
10:40pm Harrow: Ex Animo Rpt
11:30pm Talking Heads: The Hand Of God Rpt

Monday 13 December
8:00pm Australian Story Summer Series Rpt
8:30pm Universe With Brian Cox The Big Bang Series Final
9:35pm Catching a Predator The inside story of the investigation into serial male rapist Reynhard Sinaga, the biggest rape case in British legal history. Sexual violence against men remains one of the most under-reported crimes.
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Books That Made Us Rpt

Tuesday 14 December
8:05pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Jack Thompson Rpt
8:30pm Secrets of Althorp with Charles Spencer
9:20pm Australia Remastered: Nature’s Great Divide
10:15pm You Can’t Ask That: Chinese Australians Rpt
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:15pm Designing A Legacy Rpt

Wednesday 15 December
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Gruen Season 13 Final
9:10pm Preppers
9:40pm QI: Potpourri Rpt
10:10pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Rpt
10:55pm ABC Late News
11:25pm Universe With Brian Cox: Before the Dawn: The Big Bang Rpt

Thursday 16 December
8:00pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One
8:30pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures Rpt
9:20pm Nigella’s Christmas Table Rpt
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Christmas At St Paul’s Rpt

Friday 17 December
7:30pm Gardening Australia: Christmas Special Season Final
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: The Ghost Of Causton Abbey Rpt
10:00pm Talking Heads: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet Rpt
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:40pm Gruen Rpt

Saturday 18 December
7:30pm The Larkins
8:20pm Us
9:20pm Total Control Rpt
10:20pm Call The Midwife Christmas Special Rpt
11:50pm Father Brown: The Skylark Scandal Rpt

The War of the Worlds

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From Friday 7 January 9.00pm

When a mysterious capsule lands in Surrey, George and Amy are caught in a Martian invasion, fighting for their love and their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension. CAST: Rafe Spall, Eleanor Tomlinson.

A three-part sci-fi series, The War of the Worlds is a new adaptation of HG Wells’s classic space odyssey of the same name.

England 1905. When a mysterious capsule lands on Earth at Horsell Common, George (Rafe Spall) and Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) are among the first to examine it. However, this is no inanimate object but a transport for a living organism from outer space. As more people gather to study it, its movements kills scores of people. Martians have arrived.

And so begins a terrifying ordeal as more capsules land in Britain and release murderous Martian tripods, which stalk England exterminating and consuming everything in their wake.

Episode One – Friday 7th January at 9pm on ABC TV and ABC iview

  1. George and Amy are new to Woking and short of friends except for Ogilvy, a scientist and fellow outcast. When a mysterious capsule lands on Horsell Common the trio are the first to examine it. But a terrifying menace lurking in the capsule is unleashed.

Amy and George survive the slaughter, but as they prepare to flee to George’s brother Frederick in London, the Martian invader takes its full form and unleashes further destruction. Amy and George become separated in the chaos and are faced with a fight not just to find each other but for their very survival.

I think this version of The War of the Worlds has aired on pay TV before.

That’s already been broadcast by ABC, final was on Saturday.

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The Larkins Christmas Special

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Saturday 15 January 7.30pm

World Premiere

The Larkins are preparing for Christmas, but there’s been burglaries in the village. Pop and Ma are overjoyed to have Mariette and Charley back for Christmas, but when Charley’s parents arrive chaos descends on the farm.

It’s Christmas and the decorations are going up, but the Larkin family are sad at not having Mariette at home for Christmas. Until Mariette and Charley suddenly return, back for good from France.

There has been a spate of burglaries in the village and determined to get to the bottom of things, Pop enlists lifelong underachiever PC Harness. Miss Pilchester is struggling to direct the village’s nativity-panto combo, not helped by a disastrous power cut. Will the villagers get their precious stolen knickknacks back? Will the power be back in time for Christmas, and the pantivity go ahead? And can Charley’s strict parents be won over by the Larkins?

As usual the Larkins rally and entertain the whole village with food, booze and warmth and allow the play to go ahead in their barn. To top it all snow is on the horizon… Will it be a Merry Christmas in Larkins Land?

Production credits: Writer and Executive Producer Simon Nye. An Objective Fiction, Genial Productions and Objective Media Group Scotland in Association with All3Media International. Starring Bradley Walsh, Joanna Scanlan, Sabrina Bartlett, Tok Stephen, Peter Davison and Amelia Bullmore.

Royal Variety Performance 2021

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Saturday 25 December at 7.40pm

Presenter and one of the UK’s best loved comics, Alan Carr, hosts this year’s The Royal Variety Performance from the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London. Filmed on Thursday 18th November, the spectacular show features exceptional performers, world class theatre, outstanding singers and top notch British comedy.

Stars lined up to appear include multi award-winner Ed Sheeran, international sensation Sir Rod Stewart, the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s phenomenal Matilda The Musical who are celebrating an incredible 10 years in the West End, chart topper Anne-Marie and music from Years and Years.

Also returning to the RVP stage with a mesmerizing performance of their latest show Luzia are Cirque du Soleil. Brit Award winner James Blunt will play some of his greatest hits, following its Tony award winning success the sensational Moulin Rouge The Musical joins for an exclusive performance, plus Germany’s The Messoudi Brothers will showcase their breathtaking hand to hand act.

The evening will also feature performances from respected musicians and Grammy Award winners Gregory Porter and Elvis Costello. A special collaboration from actress Keala Settle and the Some Voices choir with the amazing, award-winning song ‘This is Me’ and comedy from Judi Love, Bill Bailey, Chris McCausland and Josh Widdicombe.

The world’s longest running entertainment show, 2021 marks the 109th event and this year, the Royal Variety Charity is celebrating 100 years of our reigning Monarch being their Patron, commencing with His Majesty King George V in 1921. Once again, the event will be held in the presence of senior members of the Royal Family

Production credits: Produced by Lifted Entertainment part of ITV Studios.

Week commencing 19 December

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Sunday 19 December
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Beyond The Shining Sea (Part Two) Rpt
8:40pm Anthony
10:10pm Doc Martin: Mysterious Ways Rpt
10:55pm Harrow: Hic Sunt Dracones Rpt
11:50pm Talking Heads: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet Rpt

Monday 20 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Australian Story Summer Series Rpt
8:30pm The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Celebrating 70 Years
9:45pm Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas Special Rpt
10:45pm Secrets of Althorp with Charles Spencer Rpt
11:35pm Call The Midwife: Christmas Special Rpt

Tuesday 21 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Layne Beachley Rpt
8:30pm Christmas In Australia With Christine Anu
9:30pm The Day Will And Kate Got Married Rpt
10:35pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures Rpt
11:25pm Christmas Sounds Better This Year Rpt

Wednesday 22 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Hard Quiz Battle of The Has Beens
8:30pm The Yearly With Charlie Pickering 2021
9:30pm QI: Rejoice! Rpt
10:05pm Would I Lie To You At Christmas Rpt
10:35pm A Berry Royal Christmas Rpt
11:35pm Father Brown: The Skylark Scandal Rpt

Thursday 23 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One Melissa Leong
8:30pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures Rpt
9:20pm That Christmas Rpt
10:20pm Lucy Worsley’s Christmas Carol Odyssey Rpt
11:20pm Call The Midwife: Christmas Special Rpt

Friday 24 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Would I Lie To You?: At Christmas Rpt
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: Death Of The Small Coppers Rpt
10:00pm Talking Heads: The Shrine Season Final
10:30pm QI: Quizmas Rpt
11:00pm Sammy J: Full Credit to Christmas Rpt

:christmas_tree: Saturday 25 December

9:00am ABC News Summer
9:30am The Pope’s Christmas Mass 2021
11:30am Maggie Beer’s Christmas Feast Rpt
12:00pm ABC News Summer
12:30pm A Berry Royal Christmas Rpt
1:30pm Lucy Worsley’s Christmas Carol Odyssey Rpt
2:30pm Would I Lie To You?: At Christmas Rpt
3:00pm Hard Quiz Battle of The Has Beens Rpt
3:30pm Christmas In Australia With Christine Anu Rpt
4:30pm Midsomer Murders: The Christmas Haunting Rpt
6:00pm The Penguin King With David Attenborough Rpt
7:00pm ABC News on Christmas Day
7:40pm Royal Variety Performance 2021


9:40pm Call The Midwife Rpt
10:40pm Father Brown: The Honourable Thief Rpt
11:25pm rage Guest Programmer

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Firestarter will air on BBC Four next year.

Good seeing the first Christmas Week schedule out there. Very efficient from the ABC.

I assume 7.30 is airing on Monday 20 December? And Outback Ringer starts on the Tuesday? Does 7.30 usually take a break over the Christmas period? I can’t remember.

Nice seeing that the ABC News is airing a 40 minute edition on Christmas night (Saturday).

We have received up to week 3 of ABC Schedules so they are well ahead in their planning.

Outback Ringer starts Monday

The Queen’s Christmas Message will probably start at 7:30pm - it’s TBA at the moment though so not included in schedule.

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Costa Georgiadis mentioned Peter Cundall’s death at the start of this week’s episode of Gardening Australia. Costa said that in accordance with Peter’s final wishes, they would not show any tributes or images of the former host on air, however Costa urged the show’s fans to make their own tributes by growing plants, fruits etc in their backyard.

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Miriam & Alan: Lost in Scotland

From Thursday 20 January 8.30pm

Actors Miriam Margolyes and Alan Cumming roll back the decades and return to their Scottish roots. Part rediscovery, part revelation and always a total riot.

Starting in Glasgow, Miriam and Alan visit the street where Miriam’s Jewish family first lived in Scotland, then journey north into the Highlands. Alan learns about his ancestral past at Cawdor Castle, then they meet up with fellow actor Bill Paterson and stop off in Carnoustie, where things take a somber turn as Alan remembers his abusive childhood.

Death in Paradise - Season 10

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From Saturday 22 January 7.30pm

The popular British whodunit series Death in Paradise is back for its tenth anniversary series as D.I. Neville Parker (Ralf Little) attempts to solve a slew of mysterious murders in the sun-soaked Caribbean.

When a TV news presenter is found strangled in her pool, D. I. Neville is sure that her popular co-
host is guilty. But given that the suspect was live on air at the time of the murder, how could he have done it? Meanwhile, the team welcomes back an old colleague.

Stars: Ralf Little, Joséphine Jobert, Don Warrington, Tobi Bakare, Elizabeth Bourgine, Tahj Miles.

All Creatures Great and Small

FTA Premiere from Saturday 22 January 8.30pm

A new adaptation of best-selling author James Herriot’s cherished collection of stories. Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, James follows his dream to become a vet in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales.

Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) follows his dream to become a vet in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. He soon discovers that treating the animals is as much about treating their owners, and the Dales’ farmers are a tough crowd to please.

At Skeldale House, James gets to know his newly formed dysfunctional family; his chaotic and erratic boss Siegfried Farnon (Samuel West), Siegfried’s wayward brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse) and the shrewd Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley) who is endlessly steering the ship.

When local beauty Helen Alderson attracts James’s attention, he finds another, more enduring reason to stay in the Dales.

Production credits: Executive Producer Ben Vanstone, Producer Richard Burrell. A Playground, Masterpiece, ALL3Media International and Screen Yorkshire production.

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Call The Midwife Christmas Special

Sunday 26 December at 8.30pm

It’s December 1965 and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations with all the trimmings, but nothing goes quite to plan.

Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) is rushed to hospital, and Trixie (Helen George) is incensed to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift.

Meanwhile, a surprise reunion for Shelagh (Laura Main) involves her in a deeply moving birth, and the Circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences, and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett).

The Golden Guitar Awards

Sunday 23 January 12.30pm

The annual celebration of Australia’s incredible Country Music The Golden Guitar Awards is turning 50!

This night of nights of country music will feature the top artists and their songs from 2021 and also special performances of many of Australia’s most beloved country hits by our biggest stars.

The 50ᵗʰ Annual Golden Guitar Awards is produced by Tamworth City Council and is usually the culmination of the Country Music Festival, an event that attracts tens of thousands of people from around the country to Tamworth.

The three-hour star studded gala concert will be simulcast on ABC Country which will provide the legion of hardcore country fans the opportunity to watch the full event. A 90-minute, edited highlights program will be broadcast the next day on ABC TV.

Beccy Cole (host of ABC’s Saturday Country) and Adam Harvey will host the highlights program.

Production Credits: Presented by Tamworth Regional Council and the Country Music Association of Australia.

Australian of the Year 2022

Tuesday 25 January 7.30pm

From Canberra’s National Arboretum, hosted by Hamish Macdonald and Susie Youssef, the Australian of the Year Awards recognise the achievements of extraordinary Australians.

ABC proudly presents the Australian of the Year Awards on Tuesday, January 25, live from Canberra’s National Arboretum from 7.30pm AEDT on ABC TV, ABC iview, ABC NEWS channel, ABC social and ABC Radio.

The Australian of the Year Awards celebrates the achievements and contributions of outstanding Australians throughout the last year. There are 33 people in contention for four prestigious award categories:
• Australian of the Year
• Senior Australian of the Year
• Young Australian of the Year
• Australia’s Local Hero

The evening’s celebrations will be hosted by Hamish Macdonald and Susie Youssef with the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison presenting the four category awards as they are announced, culminating in the announcement of the Australian of the Year 2022.

The event will include performances by Marcia Hines.

ABC Canberra’s Dan Bourchier will broadcast live on ABC Radio from 7.00pm-10.00pm AEDT, bringing you the behind-the-scenes colour of the event.

On January 26, at 8.30am local time in each state and territory, the first feature length interview
(30 minutes) with the recipient of the Australian of the Year will air on ABC Radio local stations.

Australia Day Live 2022

Wednesday 26 January 7.30pm

Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House and spanning Circular Quay showcases our nation’s best musical stars with tributes to our country, combined with a fireworks and maritime show.

As the sun sets on our national day, Australia Day Live from the Sydney Opera House forecourt and spanning Circular Quay is just getting started with an inspiring and uplifting finale to our national day featuring powerful storytelling, moving tributes and sensational entertainment on both land and water.

Australia Day Live showcases musical performances from our nation’s best talent complemented by a dazzling watercraft extravaganza of yachts, jet skis, fly boarders, and parachutists dropping in to join the fun. All this along with Sydney’s iconic landmarks and harbour create an incredible backdrop for a brilliant fireworks and light show.

Australia Day Live will be hosted by John Foreman, Casey Donovan and Jeremy Fernandez. Further information about the talent line-up will be available in January 2022.

The two-hour spectacular is produced by the NSW Government and Australia Day Council of NSW with creative direction led by music maestro and Creative Director John Foreman OAM together with composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist William Barton.Australia Day Live will be hosted by John Foreman, Casey Donovan and Jeremy Fernandez. Further information about the talent line-up will be available in January 2022.

Since it began in 2016, Australia Day Live at Sydney Opera House has proven much more than a concert; it reflects a nation with a complex past coming together to recognise our history, embrace our diversity and celebrate community, the Australian spirit and our many great achievements.

Monty Don’s American Gardens

From Friday 28 January 7.30pm

Monty Don visits some of the most famous and interesting gardens in America.

Monty Don O.B.E. is the UK’s leading garden writer and broadcaster. He has been making television programs for over thirty years on a range of topics, spanning travel, craft, outdoor living and, principally, gardening.

What is an American garden? Is there such a thing and if so, what does it look like? In this three- part series, Monty visits community gardens in New York and historical gardens in the South before exploring the Arizona desert and vast West Coast.

Ep 1 – The East:

This episode Monty visits the east; from Missouri to Chicago, then across to New York and Philadelphia.

In this first episode Monty begins his journey in a prairie, the original American flowering wilderness. Much of the prairie has disappeared but he meets a couple who have revived the tradition and enjoy showing it to him in full bloom.

In New York he explores vegetables being grown on the city’s rooftops, he rolls up his sleeves to help an enthusiastic community in the Bronx plant up their allotment and he learns about the history of America’s most famous public green space, Central Park.

He also travels to the garden city of America, Philadelphia where he visits one of the country’s most famous gardens and enjoys a modern version of a prairie garden.

As he travels across the country, he learns about the history and culture of American people and their gardens and marvels at the enthusiasm and energy that makes the country so special.

ABC could show Killing Eve in late February/early March 2022 by the looks of it?

Week commencing 26 December

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Sunday 26 December
7:40pm Death In Paradise: Murder on the Airwaves Rpt
8:40pm Call the Midwife Christmas Special
10:00pm Doc Martin: Sons and Lovers Rpt
10:50pm Harrow: Finis Vitae Sed Non Amoris Rpt
11:40pm Silent Witness: Death Maker (Part Two) Rpt

Monday 27 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Australian Story Summer Series Rpt Season Final
8:35pm The Queen’s Green Planet Rpt
9:25pm London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year Rpt
10:10pm Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure Rpt
11:05pm The Day Will And Kate Got Married Rpt
11:50pm EXPOSED: The Case Of Keli Lane: A Fair Trial Rpt

Tuesday 28 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Father Bob Rpt
8:30pm Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds Rpt
9:30pm Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip: Perth to Kalgoorlie Find a Sandgroper Rpt
10:20pm QI: Procrastination Rpt
10:55pm Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes: Origin Of The Ideal Rpt
11:25pm Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes: The Male Gaze Rpt
11:55pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures Rpt

Wednesday 29 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Hard Quiz Celebrity Special Rpt
8:35pm Spicks and Specks: 1990s Special Rpt
9:30pm Fisk: Portrait of a Lady Rpt
10:00pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Rpt
10:45pm The Queen’s Green Planet Rpt
11:30pm Father Brown: The Honourable Thief Rpt

Thursday 30 December
7:30pm Outback Ringer Rpt
8:00pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One Sharon Lewin Season Final
8:30pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures Rpt
9:20pm Firestarter: The Story Of Bangarra Rpt
10:55pm Aussie Inventions That Changed the World: Home Life Rpt
11:50pm Call The Midwife Rpt

Friday 31 December
7:30pm The Yearly With Charlie Pickering 2021 Rpt
8:30pm New Year’s Eve
12:15am rage: New Year’s Special

:fireworks: : Saturday 1 January 2022
7:30pm The Larkins
8:20pm Us
9:20pm Call The Midwife Rpt
10:20pm Father Brown: The Celestial Choir Rpt
11:05pm Finding Alice Rpt
11:55pm rage Guest Programmer