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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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Week commencing 24 November


Sunday 24 November

4:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: W-League: Round 2 - Canberra United v Melbourne City - Live all markets

7:40pm Spicks and Specks Ausmusic Special
8:40pm Mystify Michael Hutchence
10:20pm TBA
11:30pm Gruen

Monday 25 November
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Silent No More: Shining A Light Season Premiere
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:30pm Love On The Spectrum

Tuesday 26 November
8:00pm Dream Gardens: Balwyn North, VIC
8:30pm Love On The Spectrum
9:30pm TBA
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:20pm Q&A

Wednesday 27 November
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Bill Oddie
8:30pm Gruen Season Final
9:05 pm Recovery: The Music And Mayhem
10:05pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Business
11:35pm Silent No More: Shining A Light

Thursday 28 November
8:00pm Grand Designs Australia: Foxground Pavilion House
8:50pm Shetland: Dead Water (Part 2)
9:55pm Killing Eve: Sorry Baby
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:25pm TBA
11:25pm Call The Midwife

Friday 29 November
7:30pm Death In Paradise
8:30pm Endeavour: Game
10:00pm QI: The Occult
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:20pm Gruen
11:55pm Planet America

Saturday 30 November
5:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: A-League: Round 8 - Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners - live to all states

7:30pm Vera: Poster Child
9:00pm Doc Martin: Mysterious Ways
9:50pm Midsomer Murders: The Dark Rider
11:20pm Father Brown: The Angel Of Mercy

Gardening Australia - Christmas Special

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Friday 20 December at 7:30pm

In this Christmas episode, Costa and Sophie set to work planting summer shade to protect Sophie’s new summer retreat.

Josh joins his children with a fun garden project- making drip painted pots.Costa meets a Sydney couple who have carved out a tropical garden oasis-in more ways than one.Millie is on a mistletoe mission and hits the streets of Melbourne in search of this festive favourite.

We catch up with Gardening Australia’s former Top End presenter, Leonie Norrington at her home and garden near Darwin.

Jane visits a small country-style garden that holds the most complete collection of Alister Clark roses, a pioneer of rose breeding for Australia’s tough climate.

Tino plants a patch with all you need for a tasty, nutritious and colourful summer salad and Jerry shows us how to organically keep a lawn healthy and weed free.

We learn about a Christmas classic, the poinsettia.

Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip

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Monday 16 December at 8:30pm 4 parts

British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones is packing his bags, pulling on his hiking boots, and heading out into the wilds to explore New Zealand. Journey with him as he drives, flies, cycles, sails and jetboats his way from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island - all the while avoiding the well-trodden path of State Highway 1. On this adventure, Griff explores the paths less travelled and asks the questions never asked, to reveal a side of New Zealand rarely seen.

The adventure takes Griff from the sandy northern tip of the North Island, through the largest city Auckland and in to the volcanic hotspots of the Central Plateau. Down to the shaky capital city of Wellington and across the Cook Strait to the stunning South Island. Down the wild West Coast and across the Southern Alps mountain spine. In to (and high above) the southern lakes and fiords, finishing on the wind-swept beach where the mainland ends.

A challenge is thrown down at the beginning of each episode that helps Griff discover the heart of the Kiwi way, as he holds up a mirror to New Zealanders and asks “what does it mean to be Kiwi today?” With each challenge Griff investigates iconic aspects of life in New Zealand - meeting interesting people, throwing himself into activities, and revealing layers of history and culture in each region.

Following on from his many previous successful on-screen adventures, ranging from “Three Men in a Boat” and “Greatest Cities of the World” through to the more recent “Griff’s Great Britain” and “Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip”, Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip is fun and fascinating, turning everyday events into adventures, and mixing it with the locals to find the best of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Australia Talks

Question about smacking

The ABC has received queries about the inclusion of a question about smacking children in the Australia Talks national survey.

Australia Talks is designed to find out what Australians think about important issues and start discussions about them. The questions do not endorse any particular answer or behaviour.

The question about smacking children was included in the survey in order to examine Australians’ views on this deeply divisive issue. It has provided an insight into our behaviours and created an opportunity to discuss the serious issues it raises.

There is no value in ignoring practices and opinions that are widespread in the community. Our coverage has made clear the harms associated with smacking children, and included personal experiences, for example in this story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-19/is-it-ok-to-smack-your-child-australians-are-divided/11646028

Research methodology

Some of the reporting on the research behind Australia Talks has misstated its methodology, and claimed the survey was of ABC audiences only. Asserting that the results of the Australia Talks national survey are somehow not representative of the population overlooks the rigorous scientific work that was undertaken to ensure the validity of the conclusions drawn from the survey.

These inaccuracies are based on claims that the respondents to the survey were drawn from the panel of the ABC’s research partner, Vox Pop Labs, which is also our partner on the Vote Compass project run during election campaigns.

Vox Pop Labs maintains an online respondent panel comprised of millions of people worldwide, including several hundred thousand Australians. A majority of these people opted-in to the Vox Pop Labs panel by way of Vote Compass, but to suggest that these are exclusively ABC audience members is categorically false.

Though hosted and promoted by the ABC during election campaigns, Vote Compass is used by a broad cross-section of Australians, a significant share of whom are not ABC audience. Moreover, Vox Pop Labs applies a statistical treatment to the survey data which controls for potential selection effects in the sample.

This is an industry standard practice among polling firms, the only difference being that the size and richness of the Australia Talks sample permit for much more rigorous controls than are otherwise possible with conventional samples of public opinion.

Christmas Sounds Better This Year!

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Tuesday 17 December at 9.30pm

It’s that time of year again! The time of year when Christmas songs take over the airways in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. The only thing is, we’ve heard them all before – too many times before! They’re always the same old songs, year in and year out, and it’s time for something new.
This year the ABC asked some very talented people to compose a bunch of brand-new Christmas songs. Christmas Sounds Better This Year! features five exceptionally talented musical groups and artists who set out to create something special.

Join host Kumi Taguchi for a heart-warming musical adventure that celebrates Australian Christmas spirit at its very best. Watch as Luke O’Shea, Phoenix Voices of Youth, The Soldiers Wife, Moorambilla Voices and Keys of Life make Christmas music history.

Week commencing 1 December


Sunday 1 December

4:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: W-League: Round 3 - Perth Glory v Sydney FC - Live all markets

7:40pm Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Sydney 2019
9:40pm The Coronation
10:40pm Gruen
11:20pm Recovery: The Music And Mayhem

Monday 2 December
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Silent No More
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:30pm Love On The Spectrum

Tuesday 3 December
8:00pm Dream Gardens: Alexandria, NSW
8:30pm Love On The Spectrum
9:30pm Christmas At St Paul’s
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Q&A

Wednesday 4 December
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Shane Gould
8:30pm Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala
10:30pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
11:10pm ABC Late News
11:40pm The Business

Thursday 5 December
8:00pm Grand Designs Australia: Port Melbourne Urban Greenhouse
8:50pm Shetland: Blue Lightning (Part 1)
9:50pm Killing Eve: I Have A Thing About Bathrooms
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Call The Midwife

Friday 6 December
7:30pm Death In Paradise
8:30pm Endeavour: Canticle
10:00pm QI: Omnishambles
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Tick F***ing Tock

Saturday 7 December
5:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: A-League: Round 9 - Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers - live to all states

7:30pm Vera: Young Gods
9:00pm Doc Martin: Sons and Lovers
9:50pm Midsomer Murders: Murder Of Innocence
11:20pm Father Brown: The Face Of The Enemy

Update

Tuesday 26 November
9:30pm The Prince and the Paedophile

The questionable friendship between Prince Andrew and multi-millionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. An investigation into the British connections to this tawdry tale.

Channel 4 production from October.

Week commencing 8 December


Sunday 8 December

4:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: W-League: Round 4 - Sydney FC v Melbourne City - Live all markets

7:40pm Grand Designs: House Of The Year Series Premiere
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: Drawing Dead Season Premiere
10:00pm Howards End
10:55pm World’s Busiest Cities: Hong Kong
11:55pm Silent Witness: Identity (Part 1)

Monday 9 December
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Silent No More
9:20pm Media Watch Season Final
9:35pm Q&A Season Final
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:30pm Love On The Spectrum

Tuesday 10 December
8:00pm Dream Gardens: Mount Eliza, VIC
8:30pm Love On The Spectrum Season Final
9:30pm TBA
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:20pm Q&A

Wednesday 11 December
8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Adam Liaw Season Final
8:30pm Would I Lie To You At Christmas?
9:00pm QI: Pubs
9:35pm Insert Name Here: Xmas
10:05pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:15pm The Business
11:30pm Silent No More

Thursday 12 December
8:00pm Grand Designs Australia: Toowoomba English Farmhouse
8:50pm Shetland: Blue Lightning (Part 2) Season Final
9:50pm Killing Eve: Take Me To The Hole!
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Call The Midwife

Friday 13 December
7:30pm Death In Paradise
8:30pm Endeavour: Lazaretto
10:00pm QI: Oddballs
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business Season Final
11:20pm Tick F***ing Tock

Saturday 14 December
5:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: A-League: Round 10 - Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix - live to all states

7:30pm Vera: Prodigal Son
9:00pm Doc Martin: Farewell My Lovely
9:50pm Midsomer Murders: The Christmas Haunting
11:20pm Father Brown: The Devil You Know

It has been replaced by a special Clive James: A Tribute.

Friends and colleagues remember Clive James. Featuring Michael Parkinson, Martin Amis, Eric Idle, Simon Schama, Barry Humphries, Tom Keneally, Howard Jacobson, Phillip Adams and Tim Minchin. Presented by Kerry O’Brien.

The rest of the line-up is
8:00pm Endeavour
9:30pm QI: The Occult
10:00pm Would I Lie to You?
10:30pm ABC Late News
Then as scheduled.

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Friday 29 November-Schedule update

8:00pm - Clive James: The Kid From Kogarah
Kerry O’Brien’s 2013 interview with Clive.
9:00pm- Endeavour
10:30pm- ABC Late News

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Wednesday 1 January at 7:30pm

The 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo features colourful talent from around the world on the magnificent esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. The international cast delivers ever-changing colourful entertainment in this programme of highlights from the popular annual event, narrated by Bill Paterson.

Amongst the highlights are the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra, bringing the sounds and sights of the sparkling Caribbean to Edinburgh, and making their Edinburgh Tattoo debut the Beijing Marching Wind Band and Cultural Display Team perform with elegance and style in an act representing prosperity, good luck and harmony. From New Zealand, the Lochiel Marching Drill Team brings precision in synchronised movement, whilst the New Zealand Army Band entertains with a varied display filled with a fine mix of cultural andcontemporary sights and sounds from the antipodes.

The Heeresmusikkorps Kassel from central Germany go on a hunt in the dark forest, accompanied by traditional hunting music. The Lyon-based Musique de l’Artillerie, the French Artillery Band, bathe the esplanade in an act reminiscent of La Moulin Rouge. Tattoo Dance Company provides an outstanding display with the usual high standard of massed Highland dancing.

The much-loved Shetland fiddlers Hjaltibinhoga transport the audience to their islands home with music reminiscent of the colourful seas around Shetland. Red Tunics and Black Bearskins from the two bands of the Household Division mark this as very much a British Army year. The Band of the Scots Guards, the Band of the Irish Guards and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland combine for a fine display of the best of British military music. The cast combine to bring familiar tunes in the Tattoo style, accompanied by fireworks, choreography and projections that light up the castle.

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