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Compass - We Come to Take You Home


Sunday 10 July 6.30pm

Kamilaroi elder Bob Weatherall has spent a lifetime working tirelessly to bring home sacred Indigenous ancestral remains that are stored in museums and universities all over the world.

Kamilaroi elder Bob Weatherall has spent a lifetime working tirelessly to bring home sacred Indigenous ancestral remains that are stored in museums and universities all over the world.We Come to Take You Home weaves musical performance and spoken word to tell the story of the long hard battle he and other Aboriginal warriors have fought to bring home their ancestors.

We join Bob and his family on a road trip back to visit the burial ground where the sacred remains of his people were repatriated a decade ago. But for Bob, returning to the resting place is bittersweet, knowing there is still so much more to do.

Production credit: Producer: Tracey Spring. Series Producer: Kim Akhurst. Executive Producer: Amanda Collinge.

Carbon: The Unauthorised Biography


Tuesday 12 July 8.30pm

Narrated in first person by Sarah Snook, & accompanied by celebrated scientists, and unique animations, this documentary tells the surprisingly intimate story of the element that made the Earth & everything in it.

In Carbon: The Unauthorised Biography, world-leading scientists tell the surprisingly intimate story of the element that made the Earth and everything in it. In a world-first, the atom itself gets to tell its own story, voiced by distinguished Australian actor Sarah Snook (Succession; Steve Jobs; Pieces of a Woman).

Carbon is part of the air and the ground, the plants and the animals. It makes coal and diamonds. It built the planet and, as its concentration swells in the atmosphere, it is now also cooking it.

This documentary – from Emmy Award-winning Australian company Genepool Productions and Sundance Award-winning Canadian filmmakers Handful of Films – tells the story of carbon, from its unlikely creation in superheated, violent cosmic forges, to its endless cycling through photosynthesis, minerals, plastics – and the very air we breathe.

Carbon’s remarkable history is told by several distinguished researchers, including: American astrophysicist, cosmologist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, Australian astrophysicist and dark matter expert Tamara Davis, American geologist and author of Symphony in C - Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything", Bob Hazen, British materials scientist, engineer, broadcaster Mark Miodownik, Canadian biologist and animal sexuality expert Carin Bondar, Australian award-winning climate scientist Joelle Gergis, Canadian climate scientist and Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy Katherine Hayhoe and Canadian forest ecologist and originator of the “mother tree hypothesis” Suzanne Simard.

The scientists are joined by others whose lives are intimately tied up with carbon, including Australian solar energy entrepreneur Andy McCarthy and Canadian Indigenous language activist and Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin.

Production credit: Carbon: the unauthorised biography is produced by Genepool Productions and Handful of Films.

Week commencing 26 June 2022


Sunday 26 June
7:40pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Marcia Hines
8:30pm Miss Fisher And The Crypt Of Tears: Part 2 Season Final
9:20pm Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen Rpt
10:40pm Harrow: Ab Initio Rpt
11:30pm Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns (Part 2) Rpt

Monday 27 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm India Now
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Q+A Rpt
11:45pm Keeping Faith Rpt

Tuesday 28 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm The ABC Of Ita Buttrose Series Premiere
8:30pm Meet The Penguins
9:35 pm The Australian Soul With Geraldine Doogue
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:05pm Four Corners Rpt
11:50pm Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 29 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Gruen
8:40pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:10pm You Can’t Ask That: Porn Stars
9:40pm Would I Lie To You? Rpt
10:15pm ABC Late News
10:30pm The Business Rpt
10:45pm Girl Like You Rpt
11:45pm Parkinson In Australia: 1983: Jack Newton, Jackie Newton, Ben Lexcen, Richard Stilgoe Rpt
12:45am Parkinson In Australia: Best of 82 and 83 Rpt

Thursday 30 June
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm ABC 90 Celebrate!

10:00pm ABC Late News
10:15pm The Business Rpt
10:35pm Meet The Penguins Rpt
11:35pm The Hunt For Gaddafi’s Billions Rpt

Friday 1 July
7:30pm Farewell to Leigh Sales – A 7.30 Special
8:00pm Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye Season Premiere
9:35pm The Child In Time Rpt
11:05pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:50pm You Can’t Ask That: Porn Stars Rpt

Saturday 2 July
7:30pm The Good Karma Hospital
8:20pm The Split
9:20pm Miss Fisher And The Crypt Of Tears: Part 2 Rpt
10:15pm The Trial Of Christine Keeler Rpt
11:15pm High Fidelity: Uptown Rpt
11:45pm rage Guest Programmer

This is a BBC special which premiered in Britain in May this year. It is narrated by actor Sir Jonathan Pryce.

EDIT 18/6: Jemma Melvin was declared the winner of the Platinum Jubilee dessert competition with her lemon swiss roll and amaretti trifle.


The Secret Garden

Saturday June 18 5:40pm

THE SECRET GARDEN tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx -Genius, The Little Stranger), a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents.

When they die suddenly, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Academy Award® and BAFTA-winner Colin Firth – A Single Man, The King’s Speech, Bridget Jones’s Baby) at Misselthwaite Manor, a remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors, under the watchful eye of Mrs. Medlock (BAFTA-winner Julie Walters – Mary Poppins Returns, Harry Potter, Mamma Mia) and with only the household maid, Martha (Isis Davis - Guilt, Electric Dreams) for company.

Mary begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after chancing upon her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst – Genius, There She Goes), who has been shut away in a wing of the house, and through her discovery of a wondrous garden, locked away and lost within the grounds of Misselthwaite.

While searching for Hector, a stray dog that led Mary to the garden walls, she befriends local boy Dickon (Amir Wilson – His Dark Materials, The Kid Who Would Be King) who, through the garden’s restorative powers, helps her to fix Hector’s injured leg.

Once brought together, these three damaged, slightly misfit children heal each other as they delve deeper into the mysteries of the garden – a magical place of adventure that will change their lives forever.

Production details: A Heyday Films Production

The ABC and six other broadcasters from around the world have launched a major global co-funding initiative for ambitious high-end science documentaries.

Week commencing 26 June 2022


Sunday 3 July
7:40pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Stephen Page
8:30pm Mystery Road: Origin Season Premiere
9:50pm Small Axe Series Premiere
11:35pm The Australian Dream

Monday 4 July
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Australian Story Mid- Season Final
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm India Now Season Final
8:30pm Four Corners
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm ABC 90 Celebrate! Rpt

Tuesday 5 July
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm The ABC Of Evonne Goolagong Cawley
8:30pm Looking Black
9:30 pm Firestarter: The Story Of Bangarra Rpt
11:10pm ABC Late News
11:25pm The Business Rpt
11:40pm Four Corners Rpt
12:25am Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 6 July
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Gruen
8:40pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:10pm You Can’t Ask That: Juvenile Detention
9:40pm Would I Lie To You?: The Best Bits Rpt
10:15pm ABC Late News
10:30pm The Business Rpt
10:45pm Small Axe Rpt

Thursday 7 July
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent Rpt
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One: Craig Foster Rpt
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:35pm Looking Black Rpt
11:35pm Will Australia Ever Have black PM? Rpt

Friday 8 July
7:30pm Movin’ To The Country: Victoria Season Premiere
8:00pm Agatha Raisin: Love, Lies and Liquor Rpt
9:45pm Baptiste: Shell Rpt
10:40pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:25pm You Can’t Ask That: Juvenile Detention Rpt
12:00am rage

Saturday 9 July
7:30pm The Good Karma Hospital
8:20pm The Split
9:20pm Mystery Road: Origin Rpt
10:10pm The Trial Of Christine Keeler Rpt
11:10pm High Fidelity: Weird…But Warm Rpt
11:45pm rage Guest Programmer

Small Axe

Sunday 3 July 9:25 PM

The real-life experiences of the West Indian community in London between 1969 and 1982 are celebrated in this powerful series of standalone films from Academy Award and BAFTA-winning writer/director Steve McQueen.

Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked

From Tuesday 19th July 8.30pm

Miriam Margolyes is back on the road, heading west along the bottom of Australia, to understand what the Fair Go means in Australia today and how it is playing out in the diverse lives of her fellow citizens.

Following the standout success of her last series, Miriam Margolyes Almost Australian, the celebrated actor and intrepid commentator is back on the road. This time, Miriam is heading west, beginning in Tasmania and travelling as far along the bottom of the continent, as her 80-year-old bones will take her.

Since her last Australian adventure, the world has changed irrevocably and so has Miriam. At eighty, she’s more aware of her vulnerabilities and she’s worried that the global pandemic has left many of us isolated and divided – and undermined our commitment to fairness, or what Australians, like her, call “the Fair Go”.

Despite her anxieties, Miriam is determined to rediscover Australia “behind the mask” and find out what the Fair Go means to her fellow citizens today. As she puts it: “I’m certainly not past my use by date, and I hope the Fair Go isn’t either.”

Over three episodes, Miriam’s quest will see her immerse herself in diverse lives and experiences very different from her own.

Her journey begins in Lutruwita, Tasmania, as she explores how this unique Australian ethos could have taken root in such a notoriously harsh convict settlement. Episode Two sees her arriving back on the mainland, to Melbourne Victoria, to investigate class – and the impact this has on the Fair Go. She then heads west, across the border to South Australia, to grapple with the future of the Fair Go, and what it means for the most vulnerable in society.

With her trademark humour, no-bullshit candour, honesty and insight, Miriam Margolyes takes us on an extraordinary and very personal adventure that unmasks life in Australia as we’ve never seen it before.

Production credit: A Southern Pictures Production with principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with ABC and the BBC. Financed with support from Screen NSW, Series Director Helen Barrow, Series Producer Bethan Arwel-Lewis. Executive Producer Laurie Critchley. ABC Executive Producer Leo Faber. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.

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Carbon: The Unauthorised Biography

Tuesday July 12 8:30pm

With Carbon in the news every day, you might think you know everything about her. But you’d be wrong. This spectacular and surprisingly unorthodox documentary reveals the paradoxical story of the element that builds all life, and yet may end it all. Narrated in first person by Sarah Snook (Succession), Carbon tells of her birth in the violent core of an exploding star and of turbulent sagas through the fabric of our evolving Earth. Accompanied by celebrated scientists, unique animations and a stunning orchestral score, Carbon reminds us of our humble participation in the most extraordinary story in the universe.

Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World


From Sunday 17 July 7.40pm

Everyone’s favourite travel companion, Dame Joanna Lumley, is on an adventure to three of the world’s greatest cities, Berlin, Paris and Rome, for this exciting new documentary series.

Joanna will be heading off the beaten track to explore and capture the secret delights of these magnificent destinations, to learn more about their history and cultural traditions and revel in the eclectic hustle and bustle of the people that give each city such a unique identity. From the quirky to the downright eccentric.

Joanna’s ambition is to get under the skin of these great capitals and to explore their lesser-known gems. From going behind the scenes at the Moulin Rouge to touring Berlin on the back of a motorbike with an all-girl Biker group, Joanna will immerse herself with the rich and powerful, the alternative and bizarre as well as the less fortunate.

Bringing her trademark curiosity, humour and genuine sense of wonder, Joanna will capture a side of these cities that she’s never encountered before, whilst also showing them in all their epic glory.

Episode 1 - Paris

Joanna sets out to discover the secret to the Parisian’s effortlessly cool exterior and passionate belief in freedom and individuality.

Her first glimpse of the city is from a hot air balloon before a visit to the most symbolic monument of the capital, Notre-Dame. Since a fire in 2019, the cathedral has been closed but Joanna is invited in by architect Phillipe Villeneuve to see its remarkable transformation.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Live Gala


Thursday 21 July 8.00pm

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra takes to the stage for the grand reopening of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Featuring Mahler’s Second Symphony with Chief Conductor Simone Young and a cast of Australia’s leading musicians.

After two years of renewal works, the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House is finally ready to reopen. This live broadcast sees the Sydney Symphony Orchestra return to its home for a gala performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony, under the direction of their new Chief Conductor, Australian-born, internationally acclaimed Simone Young.

In a spectacle not to be missed, Mahler’s symphony, known as The Resurrection, brings together the 100 musicians of the Sydney Symphony with 190 members of the Sydney Philharmonic Choirs and an all-star cast including Australian Nicole Car (soprano) and Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano, US). The performance also features a new work by renowned First Nations composer William Barton with the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the Sydney Children’s Choir.

This historical moment marks the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 90th anniversary and their return to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall – the iconic venue that it has called home since its opening in 1973.

The concert will also be broadcast live on ABC Classic and on the ABC listen app.

Production credit: ABC TV Executive Producer, Janet Gaeta. ABC Classic Executive Producer, Matthew Dewey.

The ABC will broadcast second of the five concerts (opening night is July 20). Tickets are now on sale.

Neighbours: End of the Road

Monday 11 Jul 9:35pm

As the doors are about to close on Ramsay Street after 37 years, a look at how Neighbours became a global TV icon, launching the careers of some of Australia’s biggest names and one of its biggest exports.