ABC TV - Programs and Schedules

Week commencing 24 March


Sunday 24 March
7:40pm Restoration Australia: Hunting Ground
8:40pm Vera: The Blanket Mire Season Final
10:10pm TBA
11:10pm Death In Paradise Season Final

Monday 25 March
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 Restoration Australia

Tuesday 26 March
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent
8:30pm The Cult Of The Family Season Final
9:30pm Louis Theroux: Dark States - Trafficking Sex
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 27 March
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:00pm Get Krack!n Season Final
9:30pm QI
10:05pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:15pm The Business

Thursday 28 March
8:00pm Escape From The City: Mission Beach QLD: The Capeses
9:00pm Informer: Ruby Tuesday
10:00pm The Tunnel: Vengeance
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Business
11:40pm Wentworth: First Blood

Friday 29 March
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30 pm The Heights x 2
9:25pm The Split
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:15pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
11:45pm Planet America

Saturday 30 March
7:30pm The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco Season Premiere
8:15pm Delicious Season Final
9:05pm Unforgotten
9:50pm Prime Suspect 1973
10:40pm National Treasure Season Final
11:30pm rage Guest Programmer

Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala

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Sunday 31 March at 8:40pm

As part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Tom Gleeson will host Australia’s comedy night of nights The Gala in support of Oxfam.

The Gala is the most anticipated night on the comedy calendar with wall-to-wall laughs from a huge lineup of local and international stars, including, Nazeem Hussain, Tommy Little, Paul Foot, DeAnne Smith, Becky Lucas and Rhys Nicholson.

Host Tom Gleeson is one of the sharpest minds in Australian comedy. His stand-up shows are relentlessly hilarious and masterful. Despite his ruthless grillings, he’s still got a lot of love to give!
Tom says “I can’t wait to show ABC viewers the funniest comedians from Australia and the world. It has been a dream of mine to host the Gala ever since I was asked to last week.”

This one-off spectacular is not just a great night out, it’s a chance to do some good. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Oxfam’s ongoing partnership with the Festival has made a difference to the lives of thousands of people, tackling poverty head-on by providing clean water, decent toilets and practical, life-changing solutions for people in need.

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The Gala will be held at Palais Theatre at St Kilda in Melbourne next Wednesday week (March 20) at 7.30pm and is already sold out.

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Vera - Season 8

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Sunday 14 April at 8:40pm

Led by BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope, the crime drama returns for an eighth series. Based on the bestselling Inspector Stanhope novels by Ann Cleeves, Vera and her team are drawn into four more compelling cases; the body of a police officer discovered in an abattoir incinerator, a mysterious car crash, a suburban back-garden murder and the circumstances that led to the death of a teenage boy. Set around Newcastle and the stunning Northumberland countryside Vera features complex and intriguing cases, atmospherically-shot landscapes and captivating performances.

Brenda is joined by co-stars Kenny Doughty, Jon Morrison, Ibinabo Jack, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Riley Jones. Other actors joining them across four new stand-alone films include Ben Batt, Vincent Regan, Ben Crompton, Ian Puleston-Davies, Steve Evets and Rita Tushingham. Series eight is produced by Letitia Knight and directed by Paul Gay, David Leon, Chris Baugh and Lee Haven-Jones. Phil Hunter returns as Executive Producer for his second series.

Killing Eve - Season 2

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Fast Tracked from the US…Killing Eve season two premieres next month on ABC.

The wait is nearly over. ABC is thrilled to announce that the new season of Killing Eve will be fast-tracked from the US, with episode one launching Monday 8th April on ABC iview.

Undoubtably one of the most talked about shows of 2018, Killing Eve was embraced by audiences around the world and now, finally, Jodie Comer and Golden Globe award-winner Sandra Oh reprise their roles as psychotic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and MI5 intelligence agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), reigniting their deadly game of cat and mouse.

With new episode dropping every Monday on iview from 8th April, and the series broadcast weekly on ABC from Friday 19th April, the new season of Killing Eve picks up where series one ended…literally 30 seconds later to be precise!

Audiences will discover the fate of Villanelle as she stumbles through Paris nursing the stab wound inflicted by Eve. While Eve heads back to the UK to face her husband and potentially the wrath of MI6’s Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw). But just whose side is Carolyn on? and can Eve trust her?

Killing Eve is written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge ( Fleabag ) and is based on the four-part novella series Codename Villanelle, written by Luke Jennings.

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Week commencing 31 March


Sunday 31 March
7:40pm Restoration Australia: Jack Clarke
8:40pm Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala
11:40pm Unforgotten

Monday 1 April
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 Restoration Australia: Jack Clarke

Tuesday 2 April
8:00pm Budget 2019: An ABC News Special
9:00pm Louis Theroux: Dark States - Heroin Town
10:00pm ABC Late News
10:30pm The Business: Budget Special
11:00pm Q&A

Wednesday 3 April
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:00pm You Can’t Ask That: Domestic and Family Violence Season Premiere
9:35pm QI
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Business
11:35pm Four Corners

Thursday 4 April
7:30pm Budget 2019: Opposition Reply
8:30pm Escape From The City: Orange NSW: The Wilsons
9:30pm Informer: November Has Come
10:30pm The Tunnel: Vengeance
11:20pm ABC Late News
11:50pm The Business

Friday 5 April
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30 pm The Heights x 2
9:25pm The Split Season Final
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
11:45pm Planet America

Saturday 6 April
7:30pm The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco
8:15pm Call The Midwife
9:20pm Unforgotten
10:05pm Prime Suspect 1973
10:55pm TBA
11:55pm rage Guest Programmer

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Week commencing 7 April

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Sunday 7 April
7:40pm Restoration Australia: Rosenthal
8:40pm Melbourne Comedy Festival: Allstars Comedy Supershow
10:40pm TBA
11:40pm Unforgotten

Monday 8 April
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 Restoration Australia: Rosenthal

Tuesday 9 April
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent
8:30pm Employable Me Season Premiere
9:30pm Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 10 April
8:00pm Hard Quiz Tonight’s expert topics: Bill Clinton, the planet Neptune, Taylor Swift and cult kids’ TV series Press Gang.
8:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:00pm You Can’t Ask That: African Australians
9:30pm QI
10:00pm Mum: January
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Four Corners

Thursday 11 April
8:00pm Escape From The City: Southern Tablelands NSW: The Grestes
9:00pm Informer: The Masterplan Season Final
10:00pm The Tunnel: Vengeance Season Final
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Business
11:40pm Wentworth: Prisoner

Friday 12 April
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30 pm The Heights x 2 Mid-Season Final
9:25pm Silent Witness: Moment of Surrender (Part 1)
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:15pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
11:45pm Planet America

Saturday 13 April
7:30pm The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco
8:15pm Call The Midwife
9:15pm Unforgotten Season Final
10:05pm Prime Suspect 1973 Season Final
10:50pm TBA

ABC will air the Al Jazeera documentary How to Sell A Massacre tonight and Thursday at 8pm.

That means Escape From The City will not air this Thursday. It will return the following Thursday at 8:30pm (due to the Budget’s Opposition Right of Reply) before returning to its normal timeslot of 8pm on Thursday 11th April.

One Nation and the NRA: An explosive investigation

The explosive new documentary How to Sell A Massacre reveals Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party planned to lobby the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) for up to $US20 million ($A28 million) in funding to roll back Australia’s gun control laws.

The two-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera, acquired for broadcast by the ABC, shows One Nation representatives discussed changing Australian laws banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons with members of the powerful US gun lobby and sought funding to help the party “own” Australia’s Federal Parliament.

The meetings by One Nation’s Queensland leader Steve Dickson and One Nation Chief of Staff James Ashby with officials from the NRA and other pro-gun groups in the US were covertly recorded by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.

During a visit to Washington, DC, in September 2018, Mr Dickson told NRA members: “If we don’t change things, people are going to be looking at Australia and go ‘Well, it’s OK for them to go down the path of not having guns, it’s OK for them to go down that politically-correct path.’ And it’s like a poison – it will poison us all unless we stop it.”

Mr Ashby is recorded saying that securing $US20 million in donations to One Nation from pro-gun groups in the US would give the party greater parliamentary power in Australia: “If you had 20 [$US20 million], you would own the Lower House and the Upper House.”

One Nation and the NRA declined to respond to Al Jazeera about the findings in its documentary.

Al Jazeera documentary How To Sell A Massacre is on ABC TV on Tuesday 26 March and Thursday 28 March at 8pm

Schedule Update

Tuesday 26 March
8:00pm One Nation and the NRA Pt 1
8:50pm The Cult Of The Family Season Final
9:50pm Louis Theroux: Dark States - Trafficking Sex
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Business
11:35pm Q&A

Thursday 28 March
8:00pm One Nation and the NRA Pt 2
8:50pm Informer: Ruby Tuesday
9:50pm The Tunnel: Vengeance
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:15pm The Business
11:30pm Wentworth: First Blood

According to TV Tonight, this week’s episode of Foreign Correspondent will be shown in two weeks’ time due to the Federal Budget coverage next Tuesday.

Week commencing 14 April


Sunday 14 April
7:40pm Restoration Australia: Tatachilla Stables
8:40pm Vera: Blood And Bone Season Premiere
10:10pm The Bikes Of Wrath
11:40pm Unforgotten

Monday 15 April
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 Restoration Australia: Tatachilla Stables

Tuesday 16 April
8:00pm The Recording Studio Season Premiere
8:30pm Employable Me Australia
9:30pm Jesus: Countdown To Calvary
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 17 April
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Michael Clarke Season Premiere
8:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:00pm You Can’t Ask That: Intersex
9:30pm QI
10:00pm Mum: February
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Four Corners

Thursday 18 April
8:00pm Escape From The City: Lake Macquarie NSW: The Chapmans
9:00pm Doctor Foster Season Premiere
10:00 pm TBA
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Wentworth: Screw Lover

Good Friday 19 April
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30 pm Killing Eve x 2Season 2 Premiere
10:00pm ABC News On Good Friday
10:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
11:00pm rage

Easter Saturday 20 April
7:30pm The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco
8:15pm Call The Midwife
9:15pm Fearless
10:05pm TBA
11:30pm rage Guest Programmer

How To Sell A Massacre: Part Two

Part two of Al Jazeera investigation on ABC TV tonight Thiursday 28 March at 8pm

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party workshopped plans with the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) to target women and “vulnerable people” in its pitch to undermine Australia’s gun control laws.

The second instalment of Al Jazeera documentary How To Sell A Massacre shows One Nation Chief of Staff James Ashby discussing how to sell a pro-gun message to Australians.

“It’s like Vegemite. You don’t put a f***ing bundle of the s*** on your toast. A light smear at first, get them used to the flavour,” he said. “Part of it will be let’s start looking at women’s shooting range programs, self-defence programs, whatever those things might be. Start re-empowering women or vulnerable people.”

It follows revelations in part one of the undercover investigation that One Nation planned to lobby the NRA and other pro-gun groups for millions of dollars to help it win the balance of power in parliament and roll back Australia’s gun control laws. There is no evidence to suggest it received any such donations.

Tonight’s footage also reveals that One Nation’s Queensland leader Steve Dickson likened winning the balance of power in parliament to holding a gun to the government’s head.

“The thing you need to understand about the balance of power is the headlock and the 9mm [handgun] to the back of the head, that’s where it sits,” Mr Dickson said. “Once you say ‘We want something’, we will get it. Without it, they don’t get any legislation through.”

Tonight’s program shows NRA officials advising One Nation how to undermine Australia’s National Firearms Agreement, including co-opting journalists to write pro-gun stories and targeting sections of the population with messages “that will get people outraged” about gun controls.

Responding to part one of How To Sell A Massacre, One Nation said its members “have always complied with the law” and it had referred the matter to ASIO and Australian Federal Police.

Ashby doesn’t know how Vegemite is spread on toast and sandwiches. It is always only a smear. Clueless in every area of his life.

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Update - iView premiere now set for Saturday 6 April.

No change to main channel broadcast.

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ABC has acquired British murder drama London Kills from American streaming service Acorn.

ABC has also bought documentary Heal Me in the Name of Jesus from UK distributor Orange Smarty.

The Variety and C21 articles don’t state that the ABC has purchased London Kills. They instead state that the ABC has bought rights to Finding Joy and Keeping Faith. Is there another source?

TV Tonight based the article on the Variety report. Did David mix it up? :thinking:

The Recording Studio

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From Tuesday 16 April at 8:00pm

The Recording Studio gives Australians a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record in a world class studio with industry professionals. They must overcome their fears and realise their dreams so they can give the gift of a song that tells their story to someone special.

On The Recording Studio, everyday Australians are offered the chance of a lifetime, to help them professionally record the one song that means more to them than any other. It’s a place where stories can be told and captured forever.

Across 10 episodes the audience intimately get to know each person and the reason behind their recording. This behind the scenes look at what it takes to record a song is at times humorous, at times heartbreaking, but always moving, with the talent of these normal Aussies awe inspiring.

The Recording Studio will showcase many musical genres, from opera to rap, and country to contemporary music. Featuring original compositions and timeless classics, these lucky Australians will not only record their keepsake, they will also take a sneak peek behind the veil of the music industry.

The Recording Studio will be filmed at the iconic ABC precinct in the heart of Sydney which is being opened to the public for the very first time. The series takes a step inside Studio 227 – home of Triple J’s Like A Version and Live at The Wireless - where world class acts like the Foo Fighters, Paul Kelly, The Strokes, Silverchair and Missy Higgins have walked the halls, played and recorded.

The Recording Studio will also access The Eugene Goossens Hall, a huge, purpose built 400 square metre orchestral recording studio, and the home of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Each contributor is mentored by a team of the music industry’s most acclaimed and talented producers. All experts in their genres, with a bucket load of Australian and International hits under their belts, the producers use their skilful hands to bring out the power and the story of each recording. Working with acclaimed recording engineer Anna Laverty, who’s worked with everyone from Florence and The Machine to Nick Cave, and respected Music Director and accomplished pianist, Scott Aplin, the team bring the recordings to life with the technical know-how only usually afforded to professionals. With such unique industry talents on hand to offer advice and industry know-how, each recording is a special and powerful lasting memory in song.

People of all ages and from all walks of life reveal their songs, their talents and most importantly, their stories. From the hardship of life in the Australian bush to celebrating the preservation of Indigenous language. We hear songs to walk down the aisle to, songs celebrating family and cultural diversity. Each song and story is unique and is performed as a gift to someone very special.

Voiced by music industry heavyweight Megan Washington, The Recording Studio celebrates the power of music to heal… inspire… and to transform!

Production details: Produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation © 2018 FremantleMedia Australia Pty Ltd and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Based on the format The Recording Studio. Created by Boundless, part of Fremantle, UK