ABC TV - Programs and Schedules

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Sunday 22 May
7:00pm ABC News 1 hour special
8:00pm Hard Quiz

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New episode of Hard Quiz, or just a filler until Barons starts at 8.30pm?

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Repeat episode - S06 E26. form Oct 2021.

Is Hard Quiz the Mortal Kombat of quiz shows? Find out when an Mortal Kombat expert faces off against fans of Ace Ventura, the Kray Twins and the Airbus A320. Who will be left standing?

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Two spectacular blue chip natural history offerings to screen this winter on ABC TV & ABC iview

Southern Ocean Live airs Tuesday 21 June, 8.30pm, ABC TV and ABC iview. #SouthernOceanLive

Meet The Penguins airs Tuesday 28 June, 8.30pm, ABC TV and ABC iview. #MeetThePenguinsAU

ABC and Screen Australia are pleased to announce two remarkable, prime-time factual shows from the award-winning Northern Pictures, airing on ABC TV and ABC iview this June.

Southern Ocean Live (1x90mins) screening on winter solstice, Tuesday 21 June, 8.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview, is must see live television at its best. Made by the same team that brought Reef Live to ABC screens, we head this time to the wintry Southern Ocean to experience big creatures, big science, and big thrills that will take the audience on a live adventure that’s as wild as it gets.

Broadcasting from the Southern Ocean Live HQ located at Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade, hosts Hamish Macdonald and Dr Ann Jones will be crossing live to special guests, and telling the stories of incredible creatures, including the resident fairy penguins who raucously return at dusk each night in their thousands.

Not far away, marine scientists Sheree Marris, Lucas Handley and Dr Dean Miller will be reporting, from under the water, the remarkable stories of giant spider crabs, giant cuttlefish and the other sea creatures who also appear in the extraordinary chain of reefs that make up the coastline of Southern Australia including whales, dolphins, seals, albatross, and great white sharks.

And the wonder of nature continues the following week with the ABC’s Dr Ann Jones back with Meet the Penguins (1x60mins), screening Tuesday 28 June, 8.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview, for a delightful look at the world’s smallest penguins, living on the southern coastline of Australia.

From the famous penguin parade on Phillip Island to the penguins living in the city suburb of St Kilda, we meet key characters who over the next six months attempt to complete their mission: to stake their territory, partner up and raise their chicks.

Inside the colony are both tales of domestic bliss and neighbourhood dramas. While out at sea, the little penguins are forced to face trials of tempestuous weather, strong currents and migrating fish stocks.

Warm, surprising, revelatory, and uplifting , Meet the Penguins , shows us that whilst the Little Penguins may be the world’s smallest penguin, they might just be the toughest too!

Southern Ocean Live production credit:

A Northern Pictures production with principal production funding from the ABC in association with Screen Australia. Financed with the assistance of Screen NSW, and VicScreen. Series Director and Executive Producer Karina Holden, Live Director Greg Clarke, Line Producer Rebecca Sinclair, Live Producer Angela Rampal, Production Executive Kate Bailey. ABC Manager of Documentary Stephen Oliver. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.

Meet The Penguins production credit:

A Northern Pictures production with principal production funding from the ABC in association with Screen Australia. Financed with the assistance of Screen NSW and VicScreen. Executive Producer Karina Holden, Line Producer Anna Mantzoros, Senior Production Executive Kate Bailey. ABC Manager of Documentary Stephen Oliver. Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.

Your ABC…helping shape Australia for 90 years

As we celebrate ABC’s 90th anniversary, our commitment to provide distinctive, diverse and world class Australian programs remains unrivalled. ABC is thrilled to announce a new slate of shows set to entertain, engage and inspire audiences, throughout the year and into 2023.

New program highlights include:

  • A live two-hour special celebrating ABC’s 90th anniversary, ABC 90 Celebrate!
  • Magda’s Big Health Check Magda Szubanski takes a deep dive into the state of our health while reflecting on her own.
  • A magical eight-part drama series The Messenger based on the best-selling book by Marcus Zusak.
  • Limbo, a comedy series about grief, ghosts and how hard it is to let go of those we love, especially when they’re taken too soon.
  • Six famous Australians revisit their pasts through moments drawn from the ABC archives in The ABC Of …. hosted by David Wenham.
  • A reflective special celebrating Foreign Correspondent’s 30th Anniversary.
  • The ABC’s history of Indigenous programming is examined in a special one-off show Looking Black.
  • Highly anticipated new series of the smash hit drama The Newsreader.
  • The screen adaptation of the award-winning podcast Take 5 with Zan Rowe.
  • It’s a Jungle Out Here. A seven-part live action and wildlife series for ABC ME.
  • Delightful new ABC Kids series Reef School, narrated by Emma Watkins.
  • Hands on buzzers, get ready to play Spicks and Specks! with ten new episodes.

ABC Chair Ita Buttrose, AC OBE, said: “For 90 years the ABC has been a vibrant and crucial part of the Australian way of life. We are not just celebrating 90 years since our first broadcast, but 90 years serving the people of Australia as their national broadcaster.

“This is an opportunity for Australians everywhere to celebrate an institution they rely on and love.”

ABC Director of Entertainment and Specialist Michael Carrington said: “With the increasing amount of global content available to audiences, ABC’s role as the home of Australian stories has never been more vital.

“Our commitment to supporting the local screen industry, nurturing new talent both on and behind the camera and connecting with all Australians through quality content continues to be our priority. The new programs highlighted today, showcase an impressive breadth of Australian storytelling, of which I’m immensely proud.”

The ABC Of… Tuesday 28 June at 8pm

A six-part interview series, hosted by actor David Wenham, in which a range of prominent Australians, icons of one field or more, revisit their pasts through moments drawn from the vast ABC Archives. Guests include lta Buttrose, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Garry McDonald, Wil Anderson,John Howard and Sarah Ferguson.

ABC 90 Celebrate! Thursday, 30 June at 8pm

The ABC turns 90 this year and is inviting all Australians to celebrate the milestone with a special live two-hour television event. Hosts Zan Rowe, Tony Armstrong and Craig Reucassel will lead a night filled with festivities, entertainment, and fun. With cast reunions, special guests, and performances from some of Australia’s biggest acts, it is set to be an incredible night.

Looking Black Tuesday July 5 at 8.30pm

High profile First Nations Australians including Deborah Mailman, Leah Purcell, Bjorn Stewart, Miriam Corowa and Nakkiah Lui, reflect and examine ABC’s history of Indigenous programming.

Magda’s Big Health Check

Over three episodes, national treasure Magda Szubanski embarks on an immersive and personal journey to discover what health looks like in Australia today. She is determined to find the answers she needs about how we can improve our chances of a healthy life in the lucky country. In her inimitable style what she discovers is astounding, meeting everyday Australians and experts who offer real hope for us all to take action!

The Messenger

Based on the best-selling book written by Marcus Zusak, eight-part series The Messenger follows the story of Ed Kennedy who becomes an accidental hero when he stops an armed robbery. The next day he receives four playing cards, each with their own set of tasks. Who is sending them and why has he been chosen to receive them?

The Newsreader Series 2

The critically acclaimed, multi award-winning drama is back. It’s 1987, and newsreaders Helen Norville and Dale Jennings are back on screen delivering the biggest stories of the day. Off screen they’re contending with rising public profiles, intensifying office politics, and a ruthless new CEO.

Limbo

Six-part comedy series about grief, ghosts and how hard it is to let go of those we love, especially when they’re taken too soon. When Charlie’s best friend dies at just 38, he is rudderless and alone… until thewise-cracking ghost of his dead friend begins ‘haunting’ him.

It’s a Jungle Out Here

A hybrid scripted-documentary series for ABC Kids, that weaves a funny live action narrative with quirky wildlife footage. The series follows aspiring filmmakers, 14-year-olds Su and Pharrell behind the scenes of their fictional documentary series Australian Wild, as they try to find the best wildlife in Australia.

Reef School

Welcome to Reef School where every day is an underwater adventure! Join the little Reefies and their teacher Mr Flip as they discover the extraordinary wonders of an imaginary Australian coral reef. Featuring the voices of Emma Watkins, Courtney Act and Tony Armstrong, Reef School is a 20xll min series for ABC Kids.

Take 5 with Zan Rowe

Based on the award-winning podcast of the same name, lifelong music nerd Zan Rowe, presents Take 5 with Zan Rowe -an interview show using music to delve deep into the lives of her guests. Across five episodes, icons in music and screen will share five songs they love and explore their connection to this curated soundtrack of their lives.

Soundtrack to Our Teenage Zombie Apocalypse

What do you do when you get trapped in the ABC building during a zombie apocalypse? Write a song about it, of course. Four music obsessed teens are on a mission to win triple j Unearthed High - so the end of the world will have to wait. Soundtrack To Our Teenage Zombie Apocalypse is a 10x30 min ABC ME series offering action-packed, cranked-to-11, zombie-fueled fun.

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Week commencing 5 June 2022

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Sunday 5 June
7:40pm Grand Designs Revisited: Lewes
8:30pm Barons
9:25pm Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? Series Premiere
10:25pm Harrow: Sola Dosis Facit Venenum Rpt
11:20pm Agatha Raisin: Love From Hell (Part 1) Rpt

Monday 6 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm India Now
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Q+A Rpt
11:40pm Keeping Faith Rpt

Tuesday 7 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Space 22
8:30pm Ithaka: A Fight To Free Julian Assange Series Premiere
9:30pm Our Brain
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:05pm Four Corners Rpt
11:45pm Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 8 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Gruen Season Premiere
8:40pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:10pm You Can’t Ask That: Gay Men
9:40pm Would I Lie To You? Rpt
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:25pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? Rpt
11:45pm Parkinson In Australia Rpt

Thursday 9 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent Rpt
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Courtney Act’s One Plus One
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:35pm Ithaka: A Fight To Free Julian Assange Rpt
11:35pm Parkinson In Australia Rpt

Friday 10 June
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Keeping Faith
9:30pm Agatha Raisin: Love From Hell (Part 2)
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:10pm You Can’t Ask That: Gay Men Rpt
11:40pm rage

Saturday 11 June
7:30pm The Good Karma Hospital Season 4 Premiere
8:20pm Call The Midwife
9:20pm Barons Rpt
10:15pm The Trial Of Christine Keeler Rpt
11:15pm High Fidelity: Track 2 Rpt
11:50pm rage Guest Programmer

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Is this “Gruen” with Wil Anderson or something else?

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The Good Karma Hospital Season 4

From Saturday June 11 7:30pm

THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL series four finds our tropical Indian hospital busy as ever. The fierce and passionate Dr Lydia Fonseca is forced to confront her complex past and has to handle some home truths in order to save Greg (McConnell) from deportation and perhaps even their future together.

With Ruby still reeling following Gabriel’s shock departure, she struggles to see in to an uncertain future, makes rash decisions and tries to find ways to vent her fury. Two new doctors arrive at The Good Karma Hospital. Charismatic British Asian Dr Samir Ha-san and Dr Nikita ‘Niki’ Sharma, the epitome of a young, privileged Indian woman who is getting a taste of medicine at the sharp end.

The series opens with a chance encounter between Ruby and Samir. Encouraged by Samir, Ruby breaks protocol when visiting a sick girl who has a deadly virus. Ruby and Samir take the girl (Karishma) to The Good Karma Hospital where Lydia recognises the Nipah virus but ignores Ram’s advice to refuse the child hospitalisation. It’s a move that makes local politician Hira Grover a powerful enemy.

Greg encounters Frankie Martin and her neurodiverse son Bobby, who are visiting India so Bobby can observe the nations birds. Frankie, who is struggling to allow Bobby any freedom, suffers a health scare. New headstrong trainee doctor Niki Sharma intervenes to support Frankie in order to allow Bobby to stand on his own two feet.

As with all families, this medical family has their ups and downs, yet they are bound by duty to their patients - and love for one another. Escape with us to Kerala in South India, with all of its contrasts and to this beloved community hospital.

Production credits: Writer & Creator, Dan Sefton. Writers: Nyla Levy, Jess W, Rabiah Hussein, Sumerah Srivastav, Matt Evans. Executive Producers for Tiger Aspect: Lucy Bedford, Dan Sefton, Erika Hossington. Executive Producer for ITV: Chloe Tucker. Executive Producers for Acorn Media Enterprises: Catherine Mackin and Don Kees. Producers: Rosemary McGowan and Trevor Ingham.

What other Gruens are there?

It says Guen without the R.

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:joy:. No comment.

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When will it be on?

It’s a 4-part science series hosted by comedian Lawrence Leung.

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

Sunday 5 June 9:25 PM

Based on the 1934 Agatha Christie novel, follow the local vicar’s son, Bobby Jones and his friend, socialite Lady Frances Derwent on their crime-solving adventure after they discover the crumpled body of a dying man who, with his last breath, gasps the cryptic question of the title.

Week commencing 12 June 2022

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Sunday 12 June
7:40pm Grand Designs Revisited
8:30pm Barons Series Final
9:25pm Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?
10:25pm Harrow: Alea Iacta Est Rpt
11:20pm Agatha Raisin: Love From Hell (Part 2) Rpt

Monday 13 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm India Now
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Q+A Rpt
11:45pm Keeping Faith Rpt

Tuesday 14 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Space 22
8:30pm Ithaka: A Fight To Free Julian Assange Series Final
9:30pm Our Brain
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:00pm Four Corners Rpt
11:45pm Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 15 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Gruen
8:40pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:10pm You Can’t Ask That: Models
9:40pm Would I Lie To You? Rpt
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:25pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? Rpt
11:40pm Parkinson In Australia x 2 Rpt

Thursday 16 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent Rpt
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Courtney Act’s One Plus One: Renee McBryde
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:35pm Ithaka: A Fight To Free Julian Assange Rpt
11:35pm Parkinson In Australia x 2 Rpt

Friday 17 June
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm The Royal Jubilee Pudding
9:30pm Keeping Faith
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm Agatha Raisin As The Pig Turns (Part 1) Rpt
11:35pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt

Saturday 18 June
7:30pm The Good Karma Hospital
8:20pm Call The Midwife Season Final
9:20pm Barons Rpt
10:15pm The Trial Of Christine Keeler Rpt
11:15pm High Fidelity: What F***ing Lily Girl? Rpt
11:45pm rage Guest Programmer

Updated 14/06/2022

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ABC 90 Celebrate!

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Thursday 30 June 8.00pm

The ABC turns 90 this year and is inviting all Australians to celebrate the milestone with ABC 90 Celebrate! a special live 2-hour entertainment television event airing Thursday, 30 June at 8.00pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.

Zan Rowe, Tony Armstrong and Craig Reucassel will host from the ABC’s Sydney studios and lead a night filled with festivities, entertainment, and fun. With cast reunions, special guests and performances from some of Australia’s biggest acts, it’s set to be an incredible night.

Throughout the evening, the hosts and other ABC favourites, will connect with performers and presenters in other capital cities and in regional locations across the country.

Digging deep into the ABC archive, get ready to take a nostalgic look back at the programmes and the people that have made an impact on the nation for 90 years and be inspired by the ABC’s vision for the future.

From comedy, sport, drama, news, factual, science, natural history, entertainment, music, education, and children’s programming there’s something for everyone.

The Australian Soul with Geraldine Doogue – A Compass Special

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Tuesday 28 June 9.30pm

Geraldine Doogue explores the changing face of religious belief in Australia in the last 30 years during a unique conversation with Senator Patrick Dodson, Louise Adler, Frank Brennan and Tasneem Chopra.

A unique conversation about what sort of Australia we live in now. With Senator Patrick Dodson, Louise Adler, Frank Brennan and Tasneem Chopra.

As part of the ABC’s 90th celebration, Geraldine Doogue explores the changing face of religious belief in Australia in the last 30 years. Drawing on rich ABC archive, and a lively studio panel, Geraldine’s wealth of knowledge anchors this powerful and entertaining discussion. Encompassing all major faiths, the rise of secularism, the role of women and individual spirituality. A journey of the Australian soul.

Joining Geraldine in the studio:
Patrick Dodson- WA Senator and former Catholic priest
Louise Adler- Publisher and Director, Adelaide Writers’ Week
Frank Brennan- Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer
Tasneem Chopra- Cross cultural consultant and author

The Australian Soul with Geraldine Doogue – A Compass Special will be recorded in front of a live studio audience on Friday 10th June and broadcast on ABC TV and ABC iview on Tuesday 28th at 9.30pm.

Agatha Raisin - Season 4

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Friday 1 July 8.00pm

Agatha is hired to protect a woman from her ghosts of Christmas past, but when she’s found dead, Agatha has a murder investigation on her hands, with everyone in the village a would-be suspect - including the woman’s children.

It’s the week before Christmas and Agatha is hoping this will be a good one, but when Roy questions her commitment to the cause, she decides to give him the role of making it the best Christmas ever.

Whilst Roy is off making plans in full PR mode, Agatha receives a letter from the residence of Lower Tapor Manor, asking for protection against some ghosts of Christmas past that may be coming home to roost. Roy is reluctant to help, but Agatha thinks there’s no harm in taking a look at the job as it will probably be a quick one.

After a horrendous evening at Lower Tapor Manor, Agatha and Roy spend the night in the guest bedroom, hoping for it all to be over in the morning - until the protection detail turns into a murder investigation.

Agatha brings the gang together to solve the whodunnit and, with the whole of Lower Tapor village a suspect, the Agatha Raisin Detective Agency have their work cut out to find the culprit.

Production credit: Acorn TV.