ABC TV - Programs and Schedules

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

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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.

Australia Calling: 80 Years Of ABC Abroad

Monday 16 December at 9:20 PM

On Dec 20, 1939 PM Robert Menzies announced Australia’s first international broadcast service. From radio, to TV, digital, mobile, social and streaming we have taken an Australian voice to the Asia Pacific and the world.

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Week commencing 15 December


Sunday 15 December

4:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: W-League: Round 5 – Newcastle Jets V Sydney FC - Live all markets

7:40pm Grand Designs: House Of The Year
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: The Lions Of Causton
10:00pm Howards End
10:55pm World’s Busiest Cities: Mexico City
11:55pm Mary Berry’s Christmas Favourites

Monday 16 December
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip Series Premiere
9:20pm Employable Me Australia
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:50pm Love On The Spectrum
11:55pm Midsomer Murders: The Lions Of Causton

Tuesday 17 December
8:00pm Dream Gardens: Strath Creek, VIC Season Final
8:30pm TBA
9:30pm Christmas Sounds Better This Year
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Simply Nigella: Christmas Special

Wednesday 18 December
8:00pm Hard Quiz Celebrity Special Special
8:30pm The Yearly With Charlie Pickering 2019 Special
9:30pm Would I Lie To You? At Christmas
10:00pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm Tinsel, Tears And Turkeys: An Aussie Christmas Unwrapped

Thursday 19 December
7:30pm 7.30: 2019 Year In Review Season Final In the final 7.30 for 2019 Leigh Sales and the team look back on the incredible stories and extraordinary people who have made it a memorable year.
8:00pm Grand Designs Australia: Williamstown Bluestone House
8:50pm Call The Midwife: Christmas Special
10:10pm Killing Eve: I Don’t Want To Be Free
10:55pm ABC Late News
11:25pm Call The Midwife

Friday 20 December
7:30pm Gardening Australia Christmas Special Special
8:30pm Endeavour: Harvest Season Final
10:05pm QI: Occupations And Offices
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Yearly With Charlie Pickering 2019

Saturday 21 December
5:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: A-League: Round 11 - Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC - live to all states

7:30pm Vera: On Harbour Street
9:00pm Doc Martin: Faith
9:50pm Victoria Christmas Special
11:20pm Father Brown: The Dance Of Death

The ABC has pulled two promos for the new travel show Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip, which premieres next Monday.


The White Island episode is scheduled to air on December 23.

Nigella: At My Table

From Tuesday 7 January 8.30pm

Nigella: At My Table is a delicious celebration of home cooking, the food that makes
people feel happy and welcome as they sit around your table.

In her latest series, Nigella Lawson shares the food she cooks for family and friends. Whether offering up her fresh take on familiar classics, or creating new dishes inspired by different cuisines, Nigella ensures that everyday eating is always pleasurable, with a minimum of fuss. Recipes include Emergency Brownies, Butternut and Sweet Potato Curry and Beef and Aubergine Fatteh.
Creating dishes as mouth-watering and inventive as ever, Nigella shows us those special shortcuts that make life easier without sacrificing taste, ensuring that you can spend precious time with family and friends - at your table.

Nigella decamps to the countryside for her cosiest Christmas yet. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in a converted barn in the middle of a remote and rural landscape, Nigella and friends celebrate the beauty of nature, the quaintness of village life, and the true warmth of the season. Against a backdrop of crackling log fires and sparkling lights, Nigella cooks up a seasonal feast, and gives tips for easy entertaining, bringing some new and festive flavours to familiar and traditional fare.

In the first edition, she shares new discoveries like her Turkish-inspired eggs, old- fashioned favourites including the aptly named Queen of Puddings, as well as her emergency brownies. Nigella rustles up a simple chicken and pea tray-bake for a relaxed get-together around the table, and she finds a new use for a spiraliser.

Week commencing 22 December


Sunday 22 December
7:40pm Grand Designs: House Of The Year
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: Till Death Do Us Part
10:00pm Howards End
11:00pm World’s Busiest Cities: Moscow

Monday 23 December
7:30pm Hard Quiz Celebrity Special Rpt
8:00pm Back Roads: Snow Journey, VIC + NSW
8:30pm Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip: Don’t Fall in a Volcano
9:20pm Employable Me Australia
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:50pm Louis Theroux’s Weird Christmas
11:55pm Call The Midwife: Christmas Special

Tuesday 24 December
7:30pm Spicks And Specks Reunion Special Rpt
8:30pm A Berry Royal Christmas
9:35pm 300 Years Of French And Saunders
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Christmas Sounds Better This Year

Wednesday 25 December :christmas_tree:
7:30pm The Queen’s Christmas Message
7:40pm Royal Variety Performance 2019
9:40pm Insert Name Here: Christmas Special
10:15pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Season Final
10:55pm 300 Years Of French And Saunders
11:45pm Outnumbered Christmas Special

Thursday 26 December
7:30pm Spicks and Specks AUSMUSIC Special Rpt
8:30pm TBA
10:00pm Killing Eve: God, I’m Tired Season Final
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:15pm Call The Midwife

Friday 27 December
7:30pm Death In Paradise
8:30pm Endeavour: Muse
10:00pm QI: Overseas
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Janis: Little Girl Blue
11:55pm rage

Saturday 28 December
5:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: A-League: Round 12 - Western United FC v Wellington Phoenix - live to all states

7:30pm Vera: Protected
9:00pm Doc Martin: From The Mouths Of Babes
9:50pm Agatha Raisin: The Wizard of Evesham (Part 1)
10:35pm Father Brown: The Cat Of Mastigatus
11:25pm rage Guest Programmer: Nick Cave Special

Monday 23 December
8:30pm Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip: Don’t Fall in a Volcano

Despite the title that is in the published schedule, it appears that ABC has withdrawn episode 2 that has this title from the series and will only broadcast three of the four original episodes.

The ABC must think that re-editing episode 2 is too hard. Hope it will be screened in future repeats.

Australian of the Year 2020

Saturday 25 January at 7:30pm

Who will be Australian of the Year in 2020?

ABC proudly presents the 60th anniversary of the Australian Of The Year Awards live from Canberra’s National Arboretum from 7.30pm AEDT on ABC TV, ABC iview, ABC NEWS channel, ABC social and ABC Radio.

The Australian of the Year Awards celebrates the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians throughout the last year. There are 32 people in contention for four award categories:

  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year
  • Young Australian of the Year
  • Australia’s Local Hero

The evening’s celebrations willbehosted by Kumi Taguchi and Jeremy Fernandez, with the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison presenting the four category awards as they are announced, culminating in the announcement of the Australian of the Year 2020.

The event will include performances by The Deep Blue Orchestra and interviews with a stellar cast of previous Australian of the Year alumni from the past 60 years.

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

On January 26, at 9.30am local time in each state, the first feature length interview (30 minutes) with the recipient of the Australian of the Year will air on ABC Radio local stations.

Week commencing 29 December


Sunday 29 December
4:00pm AEDT Football: W-League: Round 7 - Sydney FC v Adelaide United Live all markets

7:40pm Grand Designs: House Of The Year Season Final
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: Send In The Clowns Season Final
10:00pm Howards End Season Final
11:00pm World’s Busiest Cities: Delhi Season Final

Monday 30 December
7:30pm Y2k: The Bug That Didn’t Bite
8:00pm Back Roads: Bulloo Shire, QLD
8:30pm Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip E03 Series Final
9:20pm Employable Me Australia
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm Waltzing The Dragon With Benjamin Law: Part One: Homecoming
11:55pm Strike A Pose

Tuesday 31 December
7:30pm The Yearly With Charlie Pickering 2019 Rpt
8:30pm New Year’s Eve 2019: House Party
9:00pm New Year’s Eve 2019: Family Fireworks
9:10pm New Year’s Eve 2019: NYE With Charlie Pickering
9:30pm New Year’s Eve 2019: Party Of The Decades
11:45pm New Year’s Eve 2019: Countdown To Midnight
12:00am New Year’s Eve 2019: Midnight Fireworks
12:20am rage New Year’s Special

Wednesday 1 January 2020
7:30pm The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
9:05pm Movie: A Royal Night Out
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm Bucket
11:35pm Midsomer Murders: Send In The Clowns

Thursday 2 January
7:30pm Doctor Who Season Premiere
The Thirteenth Doctor is back for a thrilling 10-part series. The Doctor will be joined by her friends Ryan, Yaz and Graham, and welcomes famous faces Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Robert Glenister & Goran Visnjic.
8:35pm Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala Rpt
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Call The Midwife Season Final

Friday 3 January
7:30pm Death In Paradise
8:30pm Endeavour: Cartouche
10:00pm QI: Overseas
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Back x 2
11:55pm rage

Saturday 4 January
5:00pm AEDT :soccer: Football: A-League: Round 13 - Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners - live to all states

7:30pm Vera: The Deer Hunters
9:00pm Doc Martin: Accidental Hero
9:50pm Agatha Raisin: The Wizard of Evesham (Part 2)
10:40pm Father Brown: The Flower Of The Fairway
11:30pm rage Guest Programmer

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