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Indira’s Tree – A Compass Special

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Sunday 7 August 6.00pm

When broadcaster Indira Naidoo’s sister tragically took her own life, Indira sought solace in her daily walks. Discovering a grand old Moreton Bay fig tree, she finds moments of beauty, calm and joy while under its canopy.

While grief can be a traumatic time for most people, there is lightness, and reward, to be found if we are able to grieve well. When broadcaster and author Indira Naidoo suffered an immense loss when her youngest sister took her own life at the beginning of Melbourne’s first lockdown in 2020, she

Indira, the eldest of three sisters, explored her grief by turning to the natural world she had access to around her urban home in the middle of a lockdown – the clouds, the stars, the weeds, the ants, and the trees. On her daily walks, she found a wise old sage in the form of 150-year-old Morton Bay figtree in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and visited it regularly as part of her journey to reconnect with nature’s cycles of growth and renewal.

With the help of a series of “nature guides” she learnt how to find the beauty and healing properties of nature in her immediate environment. This notion that the natural world – even if it is just a city park or plants growing between the cracks in our pavement – can aid our mental as well as physical wellbeing is known as Biophilia. This reconnection with nature and the journey she took in writing her book The Space Between The Stars, enabled her to find moments of joy and warmth within the grief for her lost sister Stargirl.

Production credit: Indira’s Tree – A Compass Special is an ABC Production. Executive Producer: Amanda Collinge

Here Out West

Sunday 14 August at 8.30pm

ABC is set to screen critically acclaimed feature film Here Out West

The film follows eight interconnected stories set in the buzzing and ever-changing melting pot of Western Sydney.

When a baby is kidnapped from a hospital by a desperate grandmother, her flight sets off a chain of events that bring together complete strangers over the course of one dramatic day.

The film features an exceptional ensemble cast including Genevieve Lemon (Top of the Lake, The Power Of The Dog) , Leah Vandenberg (The Hunting, The Letdown), Arka Das (Lion, Mulan), Gabrielle Chan (Hungry Ghosts, Jasper Jones), Jing-Xuan Chan (Harrow, The Family Law), Thuso Lekwape (The Principal, Pulse), Rahel Romahn (The Principal, Mr Inbetween), De Lovan Zandy Mia-Lore Bayeh, Christian Ravello, Khoi Trinh, Christine Milo and Brandon Nguyen.

Here Out West is written by eight of the country’s brightest new writers, Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag & Tien Tran. Directed by Fadia Abboud (Barons, Australian Gangster), Lucy Gaffy (Irreverant, Amazing Grace), Julie Kalceff (First Day, Starting From Now), Ana Kokkinos (Fires, The Hunting, Blessed) & Leah Purcell (The Drover’s Wife, Cleverman). Produced by Annabel Davis, Sheila Jayadev (Stateless, Ali’s Wedding) & Bree-Anne Sykes (Wellmania, The Heights).

8 Nights Out West

Inspired by the eight distinct chapters and writers from the feature film, a short form documentary series titled, 8 Nights Out West also premieres on ABC TV and ABC iview.

Over eight nights, from Sunday, 7 August, actor and filmmaker Arka Das invites friends and collaborators from Here Out West to go out for a meal and uncover the delicious food shaping the myriad of cultures that make up Western Sydney.

From Bangladeshi street food and Chilean backyard barbecues to hand-crafted Lebanese sweets, the series unearths the spots serving up honest, authentic and mouth-watering meals from many corners of the globe.

The episodes are a lively mix of light-hearted banter and deeper reflections with guests, as the food reignites fond memories of how their cultural backgrounds have helped shape them as creatives.

Here Out West Production Credits:

A Co-Curious and Emerald co-production. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Spectrum Films. Produced by Annabel Davis, Sheila Jayadev and Bree-Anne Sykes. Executive Produced by Blake Ayshford, S. Shakthidharan and Lyn Norfor. ABC Executive Producers Sally Riley and Clare Atkins. ABC Head Of Drama, Entertainment & Indigenous Alex Baldwin.

8 Nights Out West Production Credits:

A Co-Curious and Emerald co-production. Developed and produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Presented by Arka Das. Created & Directed by Matias Bolla & Arka Das. Produced by Kali Reid and Executive Produced by Annabel Davis and Sheila Jayadev. ABC Executive Producers Frances O’Riordan & Clare Atkins. ABC Head Of Drama, Entertainment & Indigenous Alex Baldwin.

Week commencing 24 July 2022

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Sunday 24 July
7:40pm Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World: Rome
8:30pm Mystery Road: Origin
9:25pm Small Axe: Alex Wheatle
10:35pm Fires Rpt
11:30pm Diary Of An Uber Driver x 6 Rpt

Monday 25 July
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Back Roads: Hebel, QLD
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm China Tonight
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Catching A Predator Rpt
11:40pm Jack Irish x 2 Rpt

Tuesday 26 July
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm The ABC Of Sarah Ferguson
8:30pm Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked
9:30pm The Human Revolution: Rise Series Premiere Trace the human story back through deep time to discover who our ancient cousins really were, and what they can tell us about our own story.
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:00pm Four Corners Rpt
11:45pm Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 27 July
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Gruen Season Final
8:40pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:10pm Aftertaste
9:35pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:35pm The Business Rpt
10:50pm Small Axe: Alex Wheatle Rpt

Thursday 28 July
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent 30th Anniversary Special
9:00pm Louis Theroux’s Altered States: Love Without Limits Rpt
10:00pm ABC Late News
10:15pm The Business Rpt
10:35pm Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked Rpt
11:35pm Parliament Question Time: House of Representatives

Friday 29 July
7:30pm Movin’ To The Country: Western Australia
8:00pm Joanna Lumley’s Britain Rpt
8:50pm Time Series Premiere
9:50pm Baptiste: Vertrouwen Rpt
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:05pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt
11:35pm Aftertaste Rpt

Saturday 30 July
7:30pm Grantchester
8:20pm The Split Series Final
9:20pm Mystery Road: Origin Rpt
10:15pm Capital Rpt
11:00pm rage: Splendour in the Grass Special

Week commencing 31 July 2022

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Sunday 31 July
7:40pm Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World: Berlin Series Final
8:30pm Mystery Road: Origin
9:25pm Small Axe: Education Series Final
10:30pm Fires Rpt
11:25pm Squinters: On The Road Again Rpt

Monday 1 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Back Roads: Tumut, NSW
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q+A Garma Special
10:40pm ABC Late News
10:55pm The Business Rpt
11:10pm Louis Theroux’s Altered States: Love Without Limits Rpt

Tuesday 2 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm The ABC Of John Howard Series Final
8:30pm Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked Series Final
9:30pm The Human Revolution: Horizons Series Final
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:00pm Four Corners Rpt
11:50pm Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 3 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Win The Week Season Premiere
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Aftertaste
9:30pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:15pm ABC Late News
10:30pm The Business Rpt
10:45pm Small Axe: Education Rpt
11:50pm Parliament Question Time: Senate Rpt

Thursday 4 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent Season Premiere
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Courtney Act’s One Plus One: Jay Laga’aia Season Premiere
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked Rpt
11:35pm Parliament Question Time: Senate

Friday 5 August
7:30pm Movin’ To The Country: Western Australia
8:00pm Joanna Lumley’s Britain Rpt
8:45pm Time
9:45pm Baptiste: Vertrouwen Rpt
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:00pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt
11:35pm Aftertaste Rpt

Saturday 6 August
7:30pm Grantchester
8:20pm Endeavour Season 7 Premiere
9:20pm Mystery Road: Origin Rpt
10:15pm Capital Rpt
11:00pm High Fidelity: Fun Rob Rpt
11:30pm High Fidelity: The Other Side of the Rock Rpt
11:55pm rage Guest Programmer Rpt

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Science of Drugs with Richard Roxburgh

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Tuesday 16 August 9.30pm

Science of Drugs with Richard Roxburgh unpacks the history, harms and surprising benefits of our most common recreational drugs.

Presented by Richard Roxburgh this four-part series is drug science without the politics. Featuring fascinating interviews with the top international researchers, this is an entertaining, irreverent and in-depth examination of our most common licit and illicit substances.

Episode one, Legal and Lethal, unpacks the science of our two most deadly and commonly used legal drugs – tobacco and alcohol. Together they take around ten million lives each year. But smoking wasn’t always as deadly; as science historian Professor Robert Proctor reveals, the modern cigarette has a fascinating history – which is key to understanding how our nicotine habit transformed into such a lethal addiction.

In the UK, government drug advisor Professor David Nutt was famously fired for claiming that ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol. In this episode we discover why he considers alcohol to be the most harmful drug in society today.

Production credit: Presented by Richard Roxburgh. Series Writer/Director: Anja Taylor. Executive Producers: Kate Pappas and Alan Erson. Produced by WildBear Entertainment in association with Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC Head of Factual and Culture: Jennifer Collins. ABC Executive Producer: Leo Faber.

Gardening Australia

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Returns Friday 19 August 7.30pm

Costa visits a laneway transformed by love and plants; Tammy meets home hydroponic growers; Tino resets the vegie garden for spring; Sophie dives into soil science; Millie visits guitar makers transforming salvaged timber.

Gardening Australia is back, just in time to get ready for spring! As the weather warms up so does action in the garden, and we have all the tips and ideas you need to transform your patch into the garden of your dreams. From practical know-how to inspiring community projects, the freshest home-grown produce and the most beautiful of all Australian gardens, join us as we dig into spring!

Costa Georgiadis meets a couple who have transformed a once disused urban laneway into a green oasis brightening the doorsteps of their neighbours, and connections with the wider community.

Guest Presenter Tammy Huynh meets a couple who have turned their home into a high-tech hydroponic jungle, where they combine their horticultural passions to create stunning new Anthurium hybrids. Tino Carnevale shares his tips to prepare the vegie patch for a bumper spring and summer; with some simple tasks that will prevent pests, minimise weeds, and enrich the soil for harvests ahead.

Sophie Thomson heads to the home of a soil scientist who advocates for understanding this critical foundation of any garden; and brings some of her own garden soil to put it to the test!

Millie Ross gets a behind-the-scenes tour of a guitar factory that turns salvaged urban trees into beautiful high-end instruments, ensuring this unique timber gets another chance to sing.

Production credit: Executive Producer, Gill Lomas. Manager - Screen, Jo Chichester. Head - Screen, Sport & Events, Kath Earle.

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Baptiste - Season 2

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Friday 19 August 8:30 PM

Julien Baptiste travels to Hungary to help the British Ambassador, Emma Chambers, find her missing family. When a body is found, the pressure is on to save Emma’s two sons.

Vera - Season 11 return

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Sunday 21 August 8.30pm

Episode 5:

DCI Vera Stanhope is called out to the grim scene of a body found in the back of a burned out car. When identified as a popular local GP we enter a world of intrigue, betrayal and lust learning that our Doctor’s relationships with those that knew her were anything but healthy.

The charred remains of local GP, Doctor Lucy Yo, are found in the back of a burned out car that’s been abandoned in a deserted quarry. Her husband states that she was called out to a patient on the evening in question but we soon discover from her colleagues at the surgery that there is no record of any patient. So who lured Doctor Yo out that night and who would want her dead?

As Vera probes further into Doctor Yo’s life she uncovers a web of intrigue, betrayal and deadly secrets. An elaborate affair, accusations of malpractice and an investigation into prescription fraud are just the tip of the iceberg with this case. As Vera seeks out the truth amongst the bed of lies the real Doctor Lucy Yo is revealed.

Production credit: Produced by Silverprint Pictures, part of ITV Studios, for ITV. Producer Will Nicholson, Executive Producer Phil Hunter, Director Paul Gay.

There is little information on this show. It was not mentioned on the ABC’s 2022 upfronts. I only know it is narrated by Mark Coles Smith (Mystery Road: Origin).

Week commencing 7 August 2022

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Sunday 7 August
7:40pm Spicks And Specks Season Premiere
8:30pm Mystery Road: Origin Season Final
9:30pm Movie: Suffragette Rpt
11:15pm 8 Nights Out West: Bangladeshi Series Premiere

Monday 8 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Back Roads: French Island, VIC
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm China Tonight
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm 8 Nights Out West: Kurdish
10:50pm Q+A Rpt
11:55pm Time Rpt

Tuesday 9 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Great Southern LandscapesSeries Premiere
8:30pm The Science of Relationships: A Catalyst Special Premiere
9:25pm Art Works
9:55pm Anh’s Brush With Fame: Jack Thompson Rpt
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business Rpt
10:55pm 8 Nights Out West: Vietnamese
11:05pm Four Corners Rpt
11:55pm Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 10 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Win The Week
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Aftertaste
9:30pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:15pm ABC Late News
10:30pm The Business Rpt
10:45pm 8 Nights Out West: Indian
10:55pm Spicks And Specks Rpt
11:45pm Midsomer Murders: Death Of The Small Coppers Rpt

Thursday 11 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Courtney Act’s One Plus One: Josh Cavallo
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:35pm 8 Nights Out West: Burmese
10:45pm The Science of Relationships: A Catalyst Special Rpt
11:40pm Baptiste: Lucy Rpt

Friday 12 August
7:30pm Movin’ To The Country: South Australia
8:00pm Joanna Lumley’s Britain Rpt
8:45pm Time
9:50pm Baptiste: Into the Sand Rpt
10:45pm ABC Late News
11:00pm 8 Nights Out West: Chilean
11:10pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt
11:45pm Aftertaste Rpt

Saturday 13 August
7:30pm Grantchester
8:20pm Endeavour
9:50pm Mystery Road: Origin Rpt
10:45pm 8 Nights Out West: Lebanese
11:00pm Movie: Suffragette (2014)
12:40pm rage Guest Programmer

Gardening Australia Spring Special

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Friday 2 September 7.30pm

Costa learns about horticulture at the Zoo; Jane meets a flower- loving doctor; Tammy teaches care for fussy foliage plants; Josh learns about Lechenaultia; Tino pest-proofs his patch; Millie goes down her own garden path.

Welcome to Spring! This is an exciting season for gardeners, as we focus on flowers, fragrance, food, and fun! This week, we are sharing stories of inspiring gardeners, beloved plants, and iconic landscapes.

Costa Georgiadis visits Taronga Zoo to meet the team of volunteers who care for the historic foreshore site; and learn how removing unwanted weeds can provide feed for the animals. Jane Edmanson meets a doctor who has transformed her front garden into a thriving flower farm, growing beautiful blooms for her own floral arranging practice.

Guest Presenter Tammy Huynh looks at some of the most challenging foliage plants to grow indoors and offers some tips on cultivating them to perfection.

Josh Byrne learns about showy West Australian flowers with a horticulturalist at Kings Park who is brilliant at breeding them.

We head down the garden path with Millie Ross, to learn how a lifetime connecting with the natural landscape has inspired a career in horticulture, and creative approach to gardening.

Production credit: Executive Producer, Gill Lomas.

Week commencing 14 August 2022

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Sunday 14 August
7:40pm Spicks And Specks
8:30pm Here Out West Premiere
10:10pm 8 Nights Out West: Filipino
10:25pm The War Of The Worlds Rpt
11:20pm The Capture Rpt

Monday 15 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Back Roads: Leonora, WA
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm China Tonight
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Q+A Rpt
11:45pm Time Rpt

Tuesday 16 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Great Southern Landscapes
8:30pm Australia’s Favourite Tree Premiere
9:30pm Science Of Drugs With Richard Roxburgh: Legal And Lethal Series Premiere
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:00pm Four Corners Rpt
11:45pm Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 17 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Hard Quiz Rpt
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Aftertaste
9:30pm Win The Week
10:00pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:00pm Spicks And Specks Rpt
11:50pm Midsomer Murders: Drawing Dead Rpt

Thursday 18 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Courtney Act’s One Plus One: Pallavi Sharda
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Australia’s Favourite Tree Rpt
11:35pm Baptiste: Into the Sand Rpt

Friday 19 August
7:30pm Gardening Australia Series Return
8:30pm Baptiste Season Premiere
9:30pm Doc Martin Rpt
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:35pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt
11:05pm Aftertaste Rpt
11:35pm rage

Saturday 20 August
7:30pm Grantchester
8:20pm Endeavour: Zenana Rpt
9:50pm Here Out West Rpt
11:30pm Come Home Rpt
12:30am rage Guest Programmer

Other deals have been struck with HRT in Croatia, Cosmote in Greece, BritBox for South Africa and Australia, with the ABC taking second window rights in the latter country.

Updated premiere date:

Extraordinary Escapes - Season 2

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From Saturday 10 September 6.10pm

UK Broadcaster Sandi Toksvig takes us along with some of Britain’s most fascinating and funny women to awe inspiring locations in search of the nation’s most extraordinary escapes.

In this second series, broadcaster Sandi Toksvig will again make us laugh and lower our heart rates as she takes us along with some of Britain’s most fascinating and funny women to awe inspiring locations in search of the nation’s most extraordinary escapes.

Sandi has been given the keys to some of the very best stays for her and her guests – all properties built to make the most of the stunning landscape around them and offering surprising new adventures on their doorsteps. From a glorious, renovated off-grid home on a remote Scottish island to an astonishing cantilevered home over a river near the Brecon Beacons in Wales to a stunning architecturally extended millkeeper’s cottage, complete with windmill, deep in the Norfolk’s Broads National Park.

Every episode explores a different region and promises lots of adventures and hidden away places offering glorious sanctuary. And with plenty of quiet time along the way, Sandi will take the opportunity to get to know her guests a whole lot more.

Episode 1 - Comedian and author, Sarah Millican, takes a break from her tour to join Sandi in Devon where Sandi hopes to teach her friend the art of rest and relaxation.

Production credit: Produced by Tuesday’s Child Scotland.

Week commencing 21 August 2022

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Sunday 21 August
7:40pm Spicks And Specks
8:30pm Vera: Vital Signs New Episode
10:05pm The War Of The Worlds Rpt
11:00pm The Capture Rpt
11:55pm Fires

Monday 22 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Back Roads: Pinnaroo, SA
8:30pm Four Corners
9:20pm Media Watch
9:35pm China Tonight
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Q+A Rpt
11:45pm Vera: Vital Signs Rpt

Tuesday 23 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Great Southern Landscapes
8:30pm Australia’s Favourite Tree Final
9:30pm Science Of Drugs With Richard Roxburgh: Medicinal Mindbenders
10:25pm ABC Late News
10:40pm The Business Rpt
11:00pm Four Corners Rpt
11:45pm Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 24 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Hard Quiz Rpt
8:30pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
9:00pm Aftertaste
9:30pm Win The Week
10:00pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
10:45pm Spicks And Specks Rpt
11:35pm Baptiste Rpt

Thursday 25 August
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent
8:30pm Q+A
9:35pm Courtney Act’s One Plus One: Tom Nash Final
10:05pm ABC Late News
10:20pm The Business Rpt
10:40pm Australia’s Favourite Tree Rpt
11:35pm Doc Martin Rpt

Friday 26 August
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Baptiste
9:30pm Doc Martin Rpt
10:20pm ABC Late News
10:35pm Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL Rpt
11:05pm Aftertaste Rpt
11:35pm rage

Saturday 27 August
7:30pm Grantchester Season Final
8:20pm Movie: Philomena (2013)
9:55pm Midsomer Murders: Send In The Clowns
11:25pm Come Home
12:25am rage Guest Programmer