ABC TV - Programs and Schedules

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.

Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall

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Tuesday 29 October and 5 November at 8:30pm

Two-part landmark observational documentary with privileged access to Prince Charles and his private domain, the Duchy of Cornwall, the ancient Royal estate which he has built up over the last 50 years into a billion pound business to support himself, his immediate family and his charities.

Narrated by Amanda Redman; Produced by BBC Studios for ITV.

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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

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Sunday 24 November at 8:30pm

MYSTIFY Michael Hutchence is a powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man. For an all too brief time, we revel in Michael’s Dionysian beauty and sensuality on stage and off. We listen to the range of his extraordinary voice and witness the charmed way he travels through life as he is propelled to world acclaim.

But Michael struggled with the idea of success, the creative limits of pop stardom and how to express his integrity; a longing that shaped his life and music and gave birth to a desire to go far beyond the constraints of pop.

A violent event strikes Michael and changes his life forever, fracturing his sense of self and robbing him of his connection to life. Made vulnerable, he is unable to navigate the complex challenges he faces moving forward and he has little defence against the onslaught of tabloid press that descends upon his world. Amidst the encroaching darkness, Michael’s new-born daughter, Tiger, becomes his one bright light.

Richard Lowenstein directed the majority of both INXS and Michael’s music videos and the 1986 feature film, Dogs in Space, in which Michael played the lead.

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Spicks and Specks Music Special

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Sunday 24 November at 7:30pm

Adam, Myf and Alan are back for a Spicks and Specks special celebrating Ausmusic month. Joining them are panellists Missy Higgins, Brian Mannix, and comedians Rove and Nina Oyama.

Rove, Missy Higgins and Alan Brough


Myf, Brian and Nina

Recovery: The Music and The Mayhem

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Saturday 23 November at 9am and Wednesday 27 November at 9pm (uncut version).

Get set for a dose of pure nineties nostalgia this Ausmusic month with a one hour specialRecovery: The Music and The Mayhem.

Celebrating the Legendary ABC music show Recovery, host Dylan Lewis will take you on a blissfully chaotic ride through the show’s best performances, interviews and moments. Joining Dylan are some of his Recovery co-hosts including Jane Gazzo, film reviewer turned Hollywood director Leigh Whannell and the ever-mysterious The Enforcer. Also along for the ride are the musicians who were there, re-Living their Recovery experiences and sharing their insights on the 90s and what the beloved show meant to them.

Dishing the dirt are Bernard Fanning, Tim Rogers, Killing Heidi, members of Silverchair, Spiderbait, Regurgitator, Something for Kate, Magic Dirt, Jebediah, The Living End, The Superjesus, amongst many more.

From 1996 to 2000, Recovery was compulsory viewing for a generation of Australians who tuned in every Saturday morning at 9am for three hours of anarchic television. Local and international artists performed Live, Hollywood stars dropped by to spruik their Latest film and the audience was never quite sure what they’d just witnessed and what mayhem was up next.

Relive the original Recovery experience on a Saturday morning when Dylan takes over the Rage couch to reclaim his 9 o’clock timeslot with a special age-appropriate presentation of Recovery: The Music and the Mayhem. The one hour romp through all that was right (and so wrong) about Recovery, will be followed with Dylan’s pick of some of the most revered and regaled live performances from the vault by the likes of You Am I, TISM, Regurgitator, Magic Dirt, Powderfinger and Silverchair.

For those who grew up with Recovery but now find their Saturday mornings devoted to adulting: the ruder, louder, uncut version will screen on Wednesday 27 November at 9.00pm.

For fans wanting more, additional Recovery content will appear on iview and YouTube immediately following the broadcast on 27 November including full performances and extended interviews.

Week commencing 10 November


Sunday 10 November
7:40pm Grand Designs: The Street Season Final
8:30pm Total Control
9:20pm Will Australia Ever Have A Black Prime Minister?
10:15pm Gruen
10:50pm Frayed
11:40pm Friday On My Mind Ausmusic Month
1:10am Missy Higgins & Friends Live Ausmusic Month
2:40am The Set: Ball Park Music, Angie McMahon and Tia Gostelow Ausmusic Month

Monday 11 November
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners Season Final
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:30pm TBA
12:20am triple j’s One Night Stand, St Helens Ausmusic Month
2:00am The Set: Amy Shark, Thelma Plum and The Teskey Brothers Ausmusic Month

Tuesday 12 November
8:00pm :soccer: Football: Women’s International - Australia v Chile (Game 2) - live to AEDT states
10:00pm Dream Gardens
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A
12:25am rage 30: The Story Of rage Ausmusic Month
1:20am The Set: Cosmo’s Midnight, Genesis Owusu and Press Club Ausmusic Month

Wednesday 13 November
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Gillian Triggs
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
12:25am rage 30: Stories From The Red Couch Ausmusic Month
1:25am The Set: Illy, Dune Rats and Thandi Phoenix Ausmusic Month

Thursday 14 November
8:00pm Grand Designs Australia
8:50pm Sherlock: The Lying Detective
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:10pm TBA

Friday 15 November
7:30pm Gardening Australia Season Final
8:30pm Grantchester
9:20pm Unforgotten
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:35pm The Business
10:55pm Gruen
11:30pm Planet America

Saturday 16 November
5:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: A-League: Round 6 - Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory - live to all states

7:30pm Vanity Fair
8:20pm The Good Karma Hospital Season Final
9:05pm Total Control
9:55pm Marcella
10:40pm Father Brown: The Kembleford Dragon
11:30pm rage Guest Programmer

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - Sydney

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Sunday 1 December at 7:40pm

Filmed in Sydney, set against a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the renowned Scottish spectacular features a cast of more than 1500 making it the largest Tattoo ever in its 69-year history. Unrivalled in its pageantry, this historic Tattoo is hosted by ABC’s Jeremy Fernandez and Kumi Taguchi, with exclusive backstage interviews by ABC Classics presenter Russell Torrance.

Fourteen nations from around the world are represented, including the UK, Switzerland, France, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia as well as for the first time ever, acts from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Sydney 2019 features all the hallmark elements of this world-famous military and cultural event, including traditional crowd favourite songs Auld Lang Syne and Scotland The Brave and contemporary favourites, as well as a special performance by John Paul Young, singing his much-loved classic, Love Is In The Air, joined by the entire cast of the Sydney 2019 Tattoo. The event features world-class pipes and drums, military marching, traditional and colourful costumes, and breath-taking special effects.

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Week commencing 17 November


Sunday 17 November

4:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: W-League: Round 1 - Live all markets

7:40pm Attenborough’s Wonder of Eggs
8:35pm Total Control Season Final
9:30pm Hilltop Hoods Live
10:30pm Gruen
11:10pm Frayed
11:55pm Stranded Ausmusic Month

Monday 18 November
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Australia Talks
10:00pm Q&A
11:05pm ABC Late News
11:35pm The Business
11:50pm Louis Theroux: Return to The Most Hated Family

Tuesday 19 November
8:00pm Dream Gardens: Portsea, VIC
8:30pm Love On The Spectrum Season Premiere
9:30pm Quilty: Painting The Shadows
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Q&A

Wednesday 20 November
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Ian Chappell
8:30pm Gruen
9:05 pm Frayed
9:55pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:25pm Would I Lie To You? At Christmas
11:55pm Media Watch

Thursday 21 November
8:00pm Grand Designs Australia: Claremont Origami House
8:50pm Shetland: Dead Water (Part 1)
9:55pm Killing Eve: Don’t I Know You?
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:25pm TBA

Friday 22 November
7:30pm Gardening Australia: 30 Year Special
9:00pm Grantchester Season Final
9:50pm Unforgotten Season Final
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:25pm Gruen

Saturday 23 November
5:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: A-League: Round 7 - Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar - live to all states

7:30pm Vanity Fair: Endings and Beginnings
8:20pm Vera: Ghost Position Season Final
9:50pm Total Control
10:40pm Marcella x 2

If I remember correctly, last time the tattoo was held in Sydney, it was shown on Seven and hosted by Kochie and Sam from Sunrise.

Grand Designs: House of the Year

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Sunday 8 December at 7:40pm

Kevin McCloud embarks on a nationwide journey to examine some of the most contemporary and cutting-edge homes in the runnin for the 2018 Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year. Each week, he’ll exclusively reveal which houses the RIBA judge have put through to the shortlist, and, in the final programme, announce the winner of this prestigious prize.

Prepare yourself for a visual treat as Kevin and his co-presenters architect Damion Burrows, and design expert Michelle Ogundehi visit five extraordinary homes battling it out for a place on the shortlist, all of which dare to be different.

They include a magnificent monolithic dark-rendered block in London commissioned by a local café owner; a controversial cuttin edge glass and rusty modernist building in traditional Henley; a glorious north London townhouse filled with Nicaraguan mahogan a beautiful bright red end-of-terrace in London – which aims to respect its Victorian neighbours, while standing out and a smart sem detached home in Newcastle built by two neighbours working together.

Find out at the end of the episode which house has secured a coveted place on the shortlist.

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Charlie Pickering and Tom Gleeson keep the laughs coming in 2019

Next month, join ABC favourites Charlie Pickering and Tom Gleeson as they say goodbye to 2019 with two very special shows. Charlie and the team return with a hilarious wrap up of the year’s events on The Yearly with Charlie Pickering , while Tom puts some of Australia’s most famous faces celebrities and their special subjects under the spotlight in Celebrity Hard Quiz .

Waleed Aly, Lucy Durack, Celia Pacquola and Hamish Blake already have enough trophies to sink a ship. But now they face off to win the ultimate prize: The Big Brass Mug™. See Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson put these four famous faces under the pump in an ALL-STAR episode for the ages. Expert topics include; Batman, LEGO, Stephen King novels and Sleepless in Seattle.

“Nothing says the spirit of Christmas more than hanging shit on 4 hapless celebrities. Christmas is a time of peace, giving and shit-stirring. Let’s Christmas…HARD!’ said Gleeson.

In The Yearly with Charlie Pickering , Charlie, Judith Lucy, Tom Gleeson, Adam Briggs and a galaxy of guest stars wrap up 2019 - The Year Everything Went According to Plan! From the shock of the federal election to Donald Trump trying to buy Greenland to Tom Gleeson winning the Gold Logie, this was a year of big surprises. Relive another ridiculous year with The Weekly team.

“With the world coming to the boil, wars in the Middle East and measles making a comeback, there are no guarantees we will still be here to reminisce about a year ever again…so why not tune in whilst you still can!’ said Pickering.

Celebrity Hard Quiz airs on Wednesday 18 December at 8:00pm on ABC and iview.

The Yearly with Charlie Pickering airs immediately after at 8:30pm on ABC and iview.

Production Credit for Celebrity Hard Quiz : A Thinkative TV production. Executive Producer Chris Walker. Producers: Kevin Whyte, Charlie Pickering, Tom Gleeson. Series Producer John Tabbagh. ABC Executive Producer Tarni James.

Production Credit for The Yearly with Charlie Pickering : A Thinkative Television production in association with ABC TV. Executive Producers: Chris Walker, Charlie Pickering and Kevin Whyte. ABC Executive Producer: Tarni James.

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