ABC TV - Programs and Schedules

Week commencing 29 September


Sunday 29 September
7:40pm The Pool Final
8:40pm Les Norton: Misery at the Sebel
9:30pm Glitch Series Final
10:25pm Gruen
10:55pm The Detectives: Manhunt
11:55pm Silent Witness: Life Licence (Part 2)

Monday 30 September
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
11:30pm Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds

Tuesday 1 October
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent
8:30pm How Australia Got Its Mojo
9:35pm TBA
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:20pm Q&A

Wednesday 2 October
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm Gruen
9:00 pm Utopia: Levers Of Power
9:30pm The Set: Northeast Party House, Polish Club and Alex Astronaut
10:00pm QI: Noodles
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:20pm Four Corners

Thursday 3 October
8:00pm Escape From The City: Kingscliff NSW: The Riggs
9:00pm Vera: Ghost Position
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm The City And The City: Breach

Friday 4 October
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Keeping Faith
9:30pm Innocent
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business
11:05pm Gruen
11:35pm Planet America

Saturday 5 October
7:30pm Deep Water Series Final
8:20pm Poldark Series Final
9:20pm Les Norton: Misery at the Sebel
10:10pm Victoria: Entente Cordiale
11:00pm The Good Karma Hospital
11:50pm rage Guest Programmer

:clock2: Daylight Saving commences at 2am Sunday morning in some states.

Grantchester - Season 4

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From Friday 18 October at 8.30pm

Grantchester starring Robson Green and James Norton, and new cast member Tom Brittney, returns to ABC for a fourth series. James Norton, who plays the charismatic, jazz-loving clergyman, Sidney Chambers, will make his final appearance during the series. Clergyman Will Davenport, played by Tom Brittney, becomes DI Geordie Keating’s new crime-solving partner in 1950s Grantchester.

It’s 1956 – a year since Amanda left and Mrs Maguire (now Mrs Chapman) married Jack. Change truly is in the Grantchester air… The post-war rulebook is being torn up – it’s the birth of the teenager, the era of Elvis. Teddy Boys are on the streets of Cambridge. Even science fiction’s becoming reality with a new ‘computer’ up and running at the university.

There’s change at the vicarage too. Sidney Chambers is feeling adrift, a man without a cause – until American civil rights activist Violet Todd arrives and fires up his need for social justice. But with a cause this dangerous, Sidney might not be around forever… And soon there’s a new Vicar of Grantchester, firebrand Will Davenport, stepping up to take his place at the pulpit.

Idealistic and energetic, Will is a man of the people. As he grapples with his new role he’ll embrace the change that’s sweeping the nation and make the parish his own. He’ll find himself drawn into Geordie’s world; of murderous plots and crimes of passion, that’ll stir his soul and unearth his own troubled past…

And whilst Will embraces the future, Inspector Geordie Keating’s left entirely baffled by it. Navigating a world without Sidney, where does he fit? Cathy’s suddenly cold and distant, the boys at the new police station all think he’s a throwback, and unfortunately Leonard’s just no good at backgammon…

Vanity Fair

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From Saturday 12 October at 7.30pm

International actress Olivia Cooke leads a stellar cast in the new ITV adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

Olivia, who plays Becky Sharp, is joined by a star-studded cast including musician and actor Johnny Flynn (Genius) as Dobbin, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) as Sir Pitt Crawley, Frances de la Tour (The History Boys) as Miss Matilda Crawley, Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) as Miss Pinkerton and Michael Palin as Thackeray himself.

Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows modern heroine Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society.

Another British drama on the ABC that has previously been on BBC First.

Just witnessed at 8:00pm in Newcastle that the ABC was having technical issues after ad break

Dream Gardens - Season 2

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From Tuesday 29 October at 8:00pm

Dream Gardens hosted by Michael McCoy, one of Australia’s leading landscape designers, is back in a stunning new eight-part series.

“We all recognise good design, we’re surrounded by it but when it comes to the outdoors most of us falter. Yet exceptional garden design can deliver spaces that reward again and again allowing us to embrace the natural world, transforming our lives and empowering a deeper connection with the restorative and regenerating power of nature. An effective antidote to our hyper speed, plugged in, urbanised lives,” says Michael.

In each episode Michael charts the evolution of a garden from design plan through construction to the spectacular end result.

From tiny inner-city plots to suburban backyards and generous country holdings, everyday Aussies share the hard work, challenges, and adventure of making their dream a reality.

And every dream is different. Designers are challenged to produce spaces inspired by gritty urban industrial style, relaxed coastal charm, retro mid-century modern influences, contemporary sculptural design and the evocative Australian bush.

There are owners that partner with internationally recognized designers like Fiona Brockhoff, Peta Donaldson and Paul Bangay and others who embrace the work of up and coming young designers while some prefer to keep it in the family!

Throughout, Michael is there to share his extensive landscape design and plant knowledge. With an ‘access all areas’ pass, he also tours private gardens created by the who’s who of the design world including Rick Eckersley’s breathtaking coastal garden, Will Dangar’s urban rooftop oasis, Phillip Johnson’s magnificent bush haven and Richard Unsworth’s city courtyard retreats, discovering techniques we can use in our own space.

Follow these incredible journeys from concept to creation and witness the breathtaking results in a series created to celebrate the best of Australian design, inspire a love of the natural, and share ideas to enhance the quality of our outdoor living spaces.

Grand Designs: The Street

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From Sunday 6 October at 7:40pm

Grand Designs: The Street, a six-part series presented by Kevin McCloud, follows the first ten pioneering households on the UK’s largest self-build project as they create a street like no other.

It’s a great opportunity, but not without risk. In the process, these pioneers will suffer injury, structural disaster and physical and financial exhaustion. The pressure of self- building causes friendships to fail, and even relationships to break down. However, those who see the projects through to completion will be rewarded with beautiful homes, tailored to their needs in a ready-made community.

The pioneers, whose ages range from 24–72 and with budgets of between £160k to £500k, each have different motivations for self-building. Over the course of the series, cameras witness these intrepid self-builders constructing their unique homes – turning a field into an extraordinary self-built street.

Nigel Slater’s Middle East

From Tuesday 22 October 9.30pm

Nigel Slater embarks on a Middle Eastern food adventure to explore some of the oldest and grandest cuisines in the world. His first stop, Lebanon, exemplifies Levantine cuisine but is also influenced by its position on the Mediterranean. The flavours, colours and fragrances of the region have travelled the globe but Nigel sets out to eat and cook with the people who make the dishes every day - home cooks. Nigel also explores the landscapes and ingredients, which define the recipes and dishes that have been passed on through generations. Nigel starts his journey in the capital, Beirut, at the end of Ramadan, where he is invited to celebrate Eid with a local family, before travelling south to Nabatieh near Israel and east to the Beqaa Valley close to the Syrian border. On his journey, Nigel explores the resilience of the country and its people, their survival and preservation through decades of war, and sees how this is reflected in their pride in their culture, and most importantly, in their food.

Week commencing 6 October


Sunday 6 October
7:40pm Grand Designs: The Street
8:30pm Les Norton: Day of the Gecko Series Final
9:20pm Patrick Melrose: Bad News Series Premiere
10:20pm Gruen
10:50pm The Detectives: Interrogation
11:50pm Silent Witness: In Plain Sight (Part 1)

Monday 7 October
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
11:30pm How Australia Got Its Mojo

Tuesday 8 October
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent
8:30pm Catalyst: Should I Risk It? Series Return
9:35pm The Show Must Go On
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 9 October
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Costa Georgiadis Season 7 Premiere
8:30pm Gruen
9:00 pm Utopia: Utopia: The Ghost Of Christmas Future Season Final
9:30pm The Set: Boy and Bear, Marlon Williams and Montaigne Season Final
10:00pm QI: Naval Navigation
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Four Corners

Thursday 10 October
8:00pm Escape From The City: Macedon Ranges Vic: The Topfers
9:00pm Vera: Sandancers
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Thirteen

Friday 11 October
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Keeping Faith Season Final
9:30pm Innocent Season Final
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business
11:05pm Gruen
11:35pm Planet America

Saturday 12 October
7:30pm Vanity Fair Series Premiere
8:20pm The Good Karma Hospital Season Premiere
9:10pm Les Norton: Day of the Gecko
9:55pm Marcella
10:45pm Victoria: Faith, Hope and Charity
11:30pm rage Guest Programmer

Russel Howcroft talks about How Australia Got Its Mojo

Week commencing 13 October


Sunday 13 October
7:40pm Grand Designs: The Street
8:30pm Total Control Series Premiere


9:25pm Patrick Melrose: Nevermind
10:25pm Gruen
10:55pm The Detectives: Judgement Day Season Final
11:55pm Silent Witness: In Plain Sight (Part 2)

Monday 14 October
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
11:30pm Catalyst: Should I Risk It?

Tuesday 15 October
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent: Insectageddon
8:30pm Catalyst: Face Surgeons: Inside the Craniofacial Unit
9:30pm Kumi’s Japan
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 16 October
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Magda Szubanksi
8:30pm Gruen
9:00 pm Frayed Series Premiere


9:55pm QI: Numbers
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Four Corners

Thursday 17 October
8:00pm Escape From The City: Port Douglas QLD: The Salters
9:00pm Vera: Silent Voices
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Thirteen

Friday 18 October
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Grantchester Season Premiere
9:20pm TBA
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business
10:55pm Gruen
11:30pm Planet America

Saturday 19 October
7:30pm Vanity Fair
8:20pm The Good Karma Hospital
9:10pm Total Control
10:00pm Marcella
10:50pm Victoria: The King Over The Water
11:35pm rage Guest Programmer

Wednesday 16 October
9:00 pm Frayed Series Premiere

Mark your diaries. This deserves a look. Extremely good IMO with great performances all around especially the supporting cast including Matt Passmore, with his presumably original Australian accent, Kerry Armstrong whose charater couldn’t be more different from the cartoonish wife she plays in Seachange and Trystan Go fresh from playing Benjamin Law, The recreation on late 1980s Australia is flawless, though Novocastrians might not like the depiction of their home town.

Thursday 10 October
8:00pm Men’s World Cup Qualifier
10:00pm TBA
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Thirteen

Week commencing 20 October


Sunday 20 October
7:40pm Grand Designs: The Street
8:30pm Total Control
9:20pm Patrick Melrose: Some Hope
10:20pm Gruen
10:55pm Frayed
11:45pm Silent Witness: River’s Edge (Part 1)

Monday 21 October
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
11:30pm Catalyst: Face Surgeons: Inside the Craniofacial Unit

Tuesday 22 October
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent: Insectageddon
8:30pm Catalyst: Broken Mirror Season Final
9:30pm Nigel Slater’s Middle East Series Premiere
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 23 October
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Nakkiah Lui
8:30pm Gruen
9:00 pm Frayed
9:55pm QI: Next
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Four Corners

Thursday 24 October
8:00pm Escape From The City: Cairns QLD: The Clearys Season Final
9:00pm Vera: A Certain Samaritan Season Final
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Thirteen

Friday 25 October
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Grantchester
9:20pm Unforgotten
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business
10:55pm Gruen
11:30pm Planet America

Saturday 26 October
7:30pm Vanity Fair
8:20pm The Good Karma Hospital
9:10pm Total Control
10:00pm Marcella
10:45pm Victoria: The Luxury Of Conscience
11:35pm rage Guest Programmer

Kumi has written an article recounting her trip to Japan to film for this special ahead of its debut tonight.

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Week commencing 27 October


Sunday 27 October
7:40pm Grand Designs: The Street
8:30pm Total Control
9:20pm Patrick Melrose: Mother’s Milk
10:20pm Gruen Rpt
11:00pm Frayed Rpt
11:45pm Silent Witness: River’s Edge (Part 2) Rpt

Monday 28 October
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
11:30pm Catalyst: Broken Mirror

Tuesday 29 October
8:00pm Dream GardensSeason 2 Premiere
8:30pm TBA
9:35pm Nigel Slater’s Middle East
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 30 October
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Bill Bryson
8:30pm Gruen
9:00 pm Frayed
9:55pm TBA
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:25pm Four Corners

Thursday 31 October
8:00pm Grand Designs Australia
8:50pm Killing Eve: Nice Face
9:35pm TBA
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Thirteen

Friday 1 November
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Grantchester
9:20pm Unforgotten
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business
10:55pm Gruen
11:30pm Planet America

Saturday 2 November
7:30pm Vanity Fair
8:20pm The Good Karma Hospital
9:10pm Total Control
10:00pm Marcella
10:45pm TBA
11:45pm rage Guest Programmer

Due to the extended edition of 7.30, which had a special investigation on the horse racing industry, tonight’s programs from 8pm onwards were/are delayed by 20 minutes.

Australia Talks

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Monday 18 November at 8.30pm local time on ABC TV, or live across the country on ABC iview and ABC NEWS at 8.30pm AEDT, 8.00pm SA, 7.30pm QLD, 7.00pm NT and 5.30pm in WA.

As part of Australia Talks the ABC has been sharing some interesting findings over the past couple of weeks, but we’ve been saving the best bits for this one-off TV special.

On 18 November, join host Annabel Crabb, with co-host The Project’s Waleed Aly , as they uncover some unexpected and surprising insights into the issues big and small that get Australia talking.

Annabel Crabb , ABC political journalist and commentator, and Waleed Aly, co-presenter of ABC RN’s The Minefield , will be joined on the night by Kitty Flanagan, Craig Reucassel, Anne Edmonds, Wyatt Roy, Adam Liaw, Rosie Batty and Steph Tisdell .

The live 90-minute TV special will take you right across Australia to reveal the issues Aussies are actually talking about. Who is struggling hardest to make ends meet? Where do people care most and least about climate change? Which part of the country is the most patriotic, loved, and lonely and who is having the most and least sex?

Think you’ve got a good grasp on the issues facing Australia at the moment? Prepare to have your assumptions challenged by social researcher Rebecca Huntley and writer Benjamin Law as they get to the bottom of the key issues.

Before you watch, see where you fit at abc.net.au/australiatalks
The online tool allows you to answer a selection of the questions, and is also available in simplified Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic.

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Week commencing 3 November


Sunday 3 November
7:40pm Grand Designs: The Street
8:30pm Total Control
9:20pm Patrick Melrose: At Last Season Final
10:20pm Gruen Rpt
11:00pm Frayed Rpt
11:45pm Friday On My Mind Ausmusic Month

Monday 4 November
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
11:30pm Prince Charles: Inside Duchy of Cornwall Ep1

Tuesday 5 November
8:00pm Dream Gardens
8:30pm Prince Charles: Inside Duchy of Cornwall Ep2
9:35pm Nigel Slater’s Middle East Season Final
10:15pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business
11:05pm Q&A

Wednesday 6 November
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Judith Lucy
8:30pm Gruen
9:00 pm Frayed
9:55pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:25pm Four Corners

Thursday 7 November
8:00pm Grand Designs Australia Season Premiere
8:50pm Shetland
9:50pm Killing Eve: Nice Face
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:25pm Thirteen

Friday 8 November
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Grantchester
9:20pm Unforgotten
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:35pm The Business
10:55pm Gruen
11:30pm Planet America

Saturday 9 November
Football: A-League: Round 5 - Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
05:00 pm NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT, 04:00 pm QLD, 04:30 pm SA, 02:00 pm WA

7:30pm Vanity Fair
8:20pm The Good Karma Hospital
9:10pm Total Control
10:00pm Marcella
10:45pm TBA
11:45pm rage Guest Programmer

Hilltop Hoods Live

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Sunday 17 November 9.30 pm

As part of the ABC’s massive Ausmusic Month celebrations this November, we bring you Hilltop Hoods Live, a one-hour TV special on the multi-platinum, multi-award-winning hip hop pioneers. It’ll include live music and behind the scenes footage from triple j’s One Night Stand and their recent The Great Expanse World tour. Catch it from 9:30pm Sunday 17 November on ABC and iview.

Quilty: Painting The Shadows

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Tuesday 19 November 9.30pm

Quilty: Painting the Shadows documents the most recent shift in the work of one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Ben Quilty; a growing interest in our national history and the dark corners of our past.

With the permission of the Gamilaraay Elders, Quilty travels to Myall Creek, Northern NSW. On the afternoon of Sunday 10 June 1838, 12 stockmen brutally slaughtered a group of 28 Aboriginal men, women and children camped peacefully at the station of Myall Creek. The massacre has special significance, marking the only time in the colonial period that white men were arrested, charged and hung for the massacre. The film follows Quilty’s exploration of the subject over many months.

An artist with profound commitment to social activism fuelled by a boundless curiosity about the human condition, Quilty won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2009) and the Archibald Portrait Prize (2011) with his remarkable portrait of Margaret Olley. Later that year, he went to Afghanistan as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial. What followed was a remarkable series of portraits of soldiers that addressed the emotional and psychological impact of their service.

Quilty’s career to date has been kaleidoscopic – while people are aware of certain facets of his life and causes, there has been little attempt to understand him as a painter.

Director Catherine Hunter, who first filmed Quilty more than 10 years ago has been granted unprecedented access to his process and seeks to bring the fractured portrait of the man and the painter into sharper view.

Silent No More

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Monday 25 November 8.30pm

Veteran journalist, turned accidental advocate, Tracey Spicer AM presents a revelatory series Silent No More on the ABC and iview on Mondays at 8:30pm from 25 November.

Over three episodes, Tracey explores how #MeToo is changing Australia, tackling the confusion and backlash caused by the movement. She speaks to ordinary Australians who bravely share their experiences, looks at how the system must be reformed, and explores how #MeToo can be the catalyst for positive change for everyone, regardless of gender.

More than a decade after Tarana Burke started the Me Too movement in the United States, the hashtag went viral in response to sexual abuse allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Following this, Tracey sent a tweet asking Australians if they had experienced their own #MeToo moments. She was inundated by women, and some men, from all kinds of workplaces, sharing horrifying stories of sexual harassment and assault. As the number of messages grew from hundreds to thousands, Tracey became committed to amplifying their stories, and agitating for change.

Throughout Silent No More, Tracey travels across the country, hearing accounts from women in a variety of industries including mining, real estate, the postal sector and farming, who have spoken publicly for the first time. As Gretta, Mandy, Summer, ‘Mariam’ and Abby share their stories, we see firsthand the toll workplace sexual harassment has taken on them.

We’re with Tracey as the Australian government responds to #MeToo, announcing a world-first National Inquiry, and as she supports those who are tackling the system. Unfortunately, as the momentum for change grows, so too does the backlash, and it becomes more apparent than ever that men and women need to unite to drive reform. 18 months into her journey, Tracey reflects on changes she has seen at both a grassroots and top level and examines how we can eliminate sexual harassment for the next generation.

Throughout the series we hear from the founder of Rites of Passage Dr Arne Rubinstein, who is helping young Australians navigate their formative adolescent years, and Executive Director of Belong Ben Burge, a staunch advocate for promoting healthy corporate workplace culture, who believes psychological safety is the key to improving productivity.

We meet a bar worker, Nikki, who pioneered Melbourne’s Respect is the Rule campaign, and a migrant fruit packer, ‘Mariam’, who stood up to her assaulter. Other contributors include one of Australia’s leading employment lawyers, Josh Bornstein, who provides insight into the complex legal process victims may face against often highly resourced defendants; and human resources strategist, Dr Rebecca Michalak, who says sexual harassment should be seen squarely as a Work Health and Safety issue.

Silent No More is an engrossing series, taking us through the confusion, anger and catharsis created by #MeToo, encouraging conversation in our homes, schools and workplaces. The series demonstrates we are at a crossroads, with the opportunity for Australia to lead the way in finding solutions to make our workplaces, and society, safer for all.

Silent No More is a Southern Pictures production for the ABC, made with funding from Create NSW and Screen Australia.

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