ABC TV - Programs and Schedules

Week commencing 30 June


Sunday 30 June
7:40pm Shetland Season Final
8:40pm Harrow
9:35pm The Bikes Of Wrath
11:00pm David Stratton’s Stories Of Australian Cinema: Outsiders

Monday 1 July
8:00pm Back Roads: Woolgoolga, NSW
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:30pm Blue Water Empire

Tuesday 2 July
8:00pm Ask The Doctor: Food (Part 2)
8:30pm Blue Water Empire
9:20pm Stephen Fry In Central America: Costa Rica To Panama Series Final
10:10pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business
11:00pm Q&A

Wednesday 3 July
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Gordian Fulde
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00 pm The Letdown Series Final
9:30pm Insert Name Here: Lou
10:00pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:15pm The Business
11:30pm Four Corners

Thursday 4 July
8:00pm Escape From The City: Gold Coast Hinterland QLD: The Kennedys
9:00pm No Offence
9:50pm Humans Season 3 Premiere
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:25pm Wentworth

Friday 5 July
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm The Heights x 2 Series Return
9:25pm Silent Witness: Family (Part 2) Season Final
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:15pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
11:45pm Planet America

Saturday 6 July
7:30pm Shakespeare And Hathaway: The Offered Fallacy
8:15pm Father Brown: The Darkest Noon
9:05pm Harrow
9:55pm Happy Valley Season Final
11:00pm Poldark

Wednesday 26 June
12:30pm National Press Club Address
Press Freedom: On the Line

The Planets

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From Sunday 7 July at 7:40pm

Professor Brian Cox (Forces of Nature, Wonders of the Universe) narrates this jaw-dropping look at the past, present and future of the space we call home.

The first episode traces the development of the four rocky worlds closest to the Sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Born together, they battled the unbelievable violence of the early solar system to become stable planets. For a while each had a moment of hope when they enjoyed almost Earth-like conditions. Yet today Mercury is a scorched barren world, Venus is a runaway greenhouse world with a scorching atmosphere and Mars is a frozen desert. Only on Earth do oceans - and life - survive.

Why has Earth thrived whilst the others have faded away? The most advanced space missions ever mounted allow us to reveal the moments when the fate of each world turned. Mercury was flung across the solar system in a collision of unimaginable ferocity. A young Venus, resplendent with oceans, was locked in a battle with the Sun. And an early wet Mars was robbed of the material it would need to survive.

Only Earth found itself far enough away from the Sun for life to hold on. But it can’t last forever. Billions of years from now our world will follow the fate of its sister planets, as the Sun expands to become a red giant. But as it does other oases may awaken on the faraway moons of the gas giants - like Saturn’s moon Titan. In the far future, it too may enjoy its moment in the Sun.

Midsomer Murders - Season 20

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From Sunday 21 July at 8:40pm

Causton is buzzing at the opening of a new brewery on the site of a famously cursed Abbey. But excitement turns to fear when a man is found boiled to death in one of the vats. DCI Barnaby and DS Winter are puzzled; could this really be about beer?

Apologies if this isn’t the most appropriate place to ask, but does the Broken Hill area receive the Sydney versions of the ABC channels (as opposed to the Adelaide versions of the commercial channels) and therefore programs on ABC appear 30 minutes earlier than advertised?

A look at online guides suggest Broken Hill receives ABC Adelaide as the city follows Central Standard Time.

Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law

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Tuesdays at 8:30pm from 30 July

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From the gold rush to Crazy Rich Asians, the ABC examines the Chinese-Australian relationship with Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law

Journalist, author and broadcaster Benjamin Law presents the two-part documentary Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law, starting on ABC and ABC iview on Tuesdays at 8:30pm from 30 July. The series takes a fresh eye to the “sweet and sour” of the China-Australia relationship, digging deep into the overlapping histories of the two countries, unpacking the present and looking to the future of Australia’s waltz with the dragon.

Benjamin, a Queensland born and bred, self-described “ABC” (Australian born Chinese) who speaks “yum-cha Cantonese” investigates his own Chinese-Australian heritage and asks how his family’s journey fits in with those of the other 1.2 million Chinese Australians – a question that is not just relevant to him, but to all Australians as the nation’s ties with China continue to deepen.

Over two episodes, Benjamin first goes road-tripping with his wonderfully hilarious mother Jenny, and then his ambitious entrepreneur father Danny. They embark on a fascinating journey to trace the Chinese-Australian history, from long before the days of the gold rush, to Bob Hawke’s post-Tiananmen Square Massacre immigration intake, to Crazy Rich Asians. As Benjamin gains more of an understanding of how the two countries are entangled and China’s increasing sway over Australia’s fortune, so too will the viewer through his insightful and often witty narration.

So many Australians think of the Chinese in Australia as a side-note to Australian history ,” Law says. “ That included me, before working on Waltzing the Dragon. To fully understand how the Chinese engineered Australia’s first global trade – centuries before the First Fleet – and that we’ve been here well before the Gold Rush, was revelatory to me .”

Australia’s economic past, present and future has always been married to China’s, and we can’t begin to understand how to grapple with Australia’s future with China unless we understand our past. On a personal level, to travel with my parents across Australia and China to trace our roots was equal parts emotional and hilarious. As much as it’s a homecoming for me and my family, this show will resonate with Australians who have at least one parent born overseas .”

In episode one, ‘Homecoming’, Benjamin and mum Jenny look for the ties of blood that bind China and Australia today and that have kept its people at odds in the past. They travel from Caloundra to Canton in search of her mysterious family roots. Above their former Chinese restaurant, they recall a tough, but iconic Australian family life which, for Benjamin, was shattered by Pauline Hanson’s election in 1996. In rural Queensland they bust myths surrounding colonial Australia, discovering Chinese shearers and farmers who transformed the state, as well as Chinese miners who beat discriminatory laws to marry and start proud Australian dynasties. During their time in China, Jenny and Benjamin discover their ‘Australian-ness’ and uncover their place in a vast family lineage previously unknown to them.

In episode two, ‘Fortune’, we meet Benjamin’s workaholic Dad. Entrepreneur Danny, who is part of a more than 300-year-old tradition of Chinese seeking their fortunes in Australia, recalls his early business and property development days in Queensland during the post-White Australia Policy Whitlam era. Father and son explore their connections to the tradition of Chinese market gardeners in Australia, the banana trade and the economic forces that shaped Australia’s antipathy to Chinese people for most of the 20th Century.

Benjamin travels to Arnhem land to learn more about the pre-colonial Australian-Chinese trading between Indigenous Australians of the North Coast and Indonesian and Chinese merchants, and heads to the NSW town of Young, a place now keen to attract Chinese tourists, but that until recently commemorated its history of Anglo Celtic rioting against Chinese miners in the gold rush era.

Finally, Danny and Benjamin travel to booming southern China where Danny is closing a deal that Benjamin knows little about. It’s in the village of Danny’s birth that Benjamin sees his father in a new light and finds a nexus between China’s and his own family’s pursuit of wealth, the call of duty and love.

Production Credits: Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law is a Headland Media and WildBear Entertainment Production for the ABC.

Thanks. Wikipedia advises the feed is from Sydney but I know that’s not reliable info. Many of the info on the regional television wiki pages is out of date at best, total fiction at worst.

I can see the advantages of NSW news and other content being taken by ABC in Broken Hill during state elections, etc - perhaps they do switch to a Sydney feed in such circumstances?

Week commencing 7 July


Sunday 7 July
7:40pm The Planets Series Premiere
8:40pm Harrow
9:35pm Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards
11:00pm David Stratton’s Stories Of Australian Cinema: Family

Monday 8 July
8:00pm Back Roads: Burketown, QLD
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:30pm Blue Water Empire

Tuesday 9 July
8:00pm Ask The Doctor: Loneliness
8:30pm Blue Water Empire Series Final
9:25pm Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Dementia
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 10 July
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Archie Roach
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00 pm Squinters: On The Road Again Season 2 Premiere


9:25pm Insert Name Here: Anne
9:55pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:25pm Four Corners

Thursday 11 July
8:00pm Escape From The City: Port Douglas QLD: The Grays
9:00pm No Offence
9:45pm Humans
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Wentworth

Friday 12 July
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm The Heights x 2
9:25pm TBA
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
11:45pm Planet America

Saturday 13 July
7:30pm Shakespeare And Hathaway: Nothing Will Come of Nothing
8:15pm Father Brown: The Sacrifice Of Tantalus
9:05pm Harrow
10:00pm Inspector George Gently: Gently Liberated
11:30pm Poldark

Stargazing: Moon and Beyond

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Tuesday 16 July at 8.00pm

Stargazing returns for a very special edition on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing mission. Professor Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro will be back with a lively, funpacked hour of television.

Brian meets Apollo legend General Charlie Duke to hear first-hand how he guided Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the lunar surface from mission control and what it felt like to ride on the most powerful rocket ever built. Stargazing’s ‘Space Gandalf’ Greg Quicke explores one of the world’s largest tides to discover why we need the moon. And Professor Tamara Davis investigates what it takes to escape earth’s gravity.

We find out about the pivotal role Australia played in bringing Neil Armstrong’s giant leap to television screens across the globe and meet one of the men who made it happen – engineer Mike Dinn. And the head of Australia’s brand new space agency, Dr Megan Clark, is in the studio to tell us what the future holds for the Australian space race.

And could the first person on Mars be an Australian? Dr Paul Scully-Power, the first Australian in space, talks about his own experiences as we explore the qualities needed to become an astronaut of the future. A group of young Australians who all want to step foot on the red planet demonstrate how mental acuity, dexterity and leadership are crucial skills for survival in the harsh vacuum of space

Fly Me to The Moon

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Tuesday 16 July at 9.00pm

Narrated by John Barron, Fly Me to the Moon features interviews with prominent Australians as they reflect on this triumph of human achievement, and also examine the role played by scientists down under as they helped with the landing and broadcast of the historic occasion.

Tapping into the treasure trove of the ABC’s archives, the documentary will broadcast footage not seen since that momentous day, and document the aftermath as the famed Apollo 11 astronauts made their way around our nation on a victory tour.

Australia’s only three astronauts, Dr Philip Chapman, Dr Paul Scully-Power, and Dr Andy Thomas, will be brought together for the first time to describe how their lives have been inspired and defined by this historic moment in time, and what it was like to work for NASA during the Apollo missions and in the decades since.

More than 500 million TV viewers around the world watched the spacecraft touchdown on the lunar surface, a moment that remains the most watched TV event in history - but it almost didn’t happen. Former scientists from the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station will describe the pressure they felt as the world’s eyes turned to them for the first images of this magnificent achievement.

The space race not only came at a time of significant cultural change in Australian life, but also as new battle lines were being drawn in the cold war. Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard will recount this turbulent time in our political history, and how the space race became a proxy for international tensions.

The documentary will examine the legacy of the space exploration, and the impact it had on Australian culture. With the recent launch of the Australian Space Agency, the program will also look ahead to the future, to speculate when mankind might make that giant leap once again.

Good to see an Australian perspective on the 50th anniversary.

Ah yes, when I think of comedy - I naturally think of the Helpmann Awards…

Bobby was the funniest.

ABC is among several overseas broadcasters to have acquired four-part BBC mini-series Dark Money, which premieres in UK next Monday (July 8).

Week commencing 14 July


Sunday 14 July
7:40pm The Planets The Two Sisters Earth and Mars
8:40pm Harrow Series Final
9:35pm The Scribe
10:35pm Shetland
11:35pm Tanna

Monday 15 July
8:00pm Back Roads: Kulin WA
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:30pm Blue Water Empire

Tuesday 16 July
8:00pm Stargazing: Moon and Beyond
9:00pm Fly Me To The Moon
10:00 pm Ask The Doctor: Modern Life
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 17 July
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Kylie Kwong
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00 pm Squinters: A Winding Road
9:25pm Insert Name Here: Paul
9:55pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:25pm Four Corners

Thursday 18 July
8:00pm Escape From The City: Southern Highlands NSW: The Di Pietros
9:00pm No Offence
9:50pm Humans
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:25pm Wentworth

Friday 19 July
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm The Heights x 2
9:25pm Loch Ness
10:15pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business
11:00pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
11:30pm Planet America

Saturday 20 July
7:30pm Shakespeare And Hathaway: In My Memory Lock’d
8:15pm Father Brown: The House Of God
9:05pm Harrow
9:55pm Inspector George Gently: Gently And The New Age
11:25pm Poldark

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None

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Premieres Saturday 10 August at 7:30pm 3 episodes

Set in 1939 while Europe teeters on the brink of war, And Then There Were None follows ten strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England. Cut off from the mainland, with their hosts mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime, and when members of the party start to mysteriously die, they all realize they may be harboring a murderer among their number. Who will survive? And who is the killer?

Featuring a critically-acclaimed, international cast that includes Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Aidan Turner (Poldark), Miranda Richardson (Girlfriends), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Noah Taylor (Shine).

ABC to screen Attenborough documentary

… the rights to David Attenborough’s landmark documentary Climate Change: The Facts have been secured by the ABC and will be broadcast next month.

It’s been described as TV’s most comprehensive guide to the climate emergency yet, and given that Attenborough just this week highlighted Australia as an “extraordinary” example of a country where people in power remained climate change deniers, we can imagine it may have quite an impact locally.

Week commencing 21 July


Sunday 21 July
7:40pm The Planets The Godfather Jupiter
8:40pm Midsomer Murders: The Ghost Of Causton AbbeySeries Premiere
10:10pm Helpmann Awards 2019 Rpt
11:55pm Shetland

Monday 22 July
8:00pm Back Roads: Fish Creek, VIC
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q&A
10:40pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business
11:30pm Stargazing: Moon and Beyond

Tuesday 23 July
8:00pm Ask The Doctor: Antibiotics
8:30pm TBA
9:30pm Brian Cox: The 21st Century Race For Space
10:30pm ABC Late News
11:00pm The Business
11:15pm Q&A

Wednesday 24 July
8:00pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: David Wenham Season Final
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00 pm Squinters: Roadhouse Blues
9:25pm Insert Name Here: Xmas
9:55pm QI: Night
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business
11:15pm Four Corners

Thursday 25 July
8:00pm Escape From The City: Byron Bay NSW: The Ryans
9:00pm No Offence
9:45pm Humans
10:35pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business
11:20pm Wentworth

Friday 26 July
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm The Heights x 2
9:25pm Loch Ness
10:15pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business
11:00pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
11:30pm Planet America

Saturday 27 July
7:30pm Shakespeare And Hathaway: The Envious Court
8:15pm Father Brown: The Blood Of The Anarchists
9:05pm Friday On My Mind
10:35pm Pine Gap
11:35pm Poldark

ABC currently replaying last week’s episode of Mad as Hell accidentally.