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The presenters in the main photo above:
back row (left to right): Abby Butler, Courtney Act, Mel Buttle
front row (left to right): Louis Hanson, Latifa Tee, Tyrone Pynor, Mon Schafter

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024

Saturday 2 March 7.30pm

ABC announces G Flip and Remy Hii in the lineup of hosts for this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

The world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will once again be broadcast live on ABC TV and ABC iview, Saturday 2 March at 7.30pm.

Drag icon Courtney Act and ABCQueer’s Mon Schafter will be at the helm of the hosting desk, and joined throughout the broadcast by chart-topper, G Flip, and award-winning actor, Remy Hii.

Soaking up the atmosphere on Oxford Street will be a host of roving reporters – comedian Mel Buttle, ABC NEWS presenter Jeremy Fernandez and TikTok creator Louis Hanson – who will be getting the inside track on the Parade route.

triple j Drive’s Abby and Tyrone will also be getting amongst the action, while Latifa Tee will be bringing you an electric edition of triple j House Party.

This year will be the ABC’s third Parade broadcast, with more than 12,000 participants expected to march, dance and parade up Oxford Street in a colourful and sparkling celebration of diversity.

ABC’s Head of Arts, Music and Events, Kath Earle, said: “The ABC has a long history of supporting LGBTQIA+ Australians and we are proud to be the broadcast partner for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, connecting queer communities across the country. This year’s Parade is sure to be a fabulous day as we come together to celebrate Australia’s diverse queer community.”

Stream the broadcast and discover a whole range of LGBTQIA+ programs currently available on ABC iview and ABC listen.

46th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade Production Credits: An ABC Production. Executive Producers: Nikita Agzarian and Rowdie Walden. Manager Events & Content Partnerships: Cathie Scott. Head of Arts, Music and Events: Kath Earle.

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Grand Designs New Zealand - Season 8

From Thursday 29 February 8.30pm

New Zealander Mark Ahearn and his Australian wife Liz are taking time out from their hectic lives in Perth to build a family holiday home in Abel Tasman, however as soon as they set their plans in motion, the universe systematically attempts to unravel them.

Ever since he was a child, Mark Ahearn has loved holidaying in the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand. Now based in Perth, Western Australia, he and his Australian wife Liz have decided to take a year out from their hectic lives to build their own family home for themselves and their toddler Winter, overlooking Ligar Bay.
After a few false starts, they’ve put the reins of their specialised concrete business and their two busy cafes into the hands of others and made the move to New Zealand so Mark can embark on building their legacy family home.

Their Christchurch based architect Greg Young has designed a home for their steep site that is a modernist take on the Kiwi bach, comprising of four interconnected glass boxes angled to take in the breath-taking views of Abel Tasman.

While Greg is confident in Mark’s ability to pull his build off, he’s also under no illusion that there is the risk that it could all go catastrophically wrong.

Ominously, it’s almost like the universe reads his mind…

Production credit: Hosted by Tom Webster. Based on the format “Grand Designs” devised by Talkback Thames, a FremantleMedia company.

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Week commencing 18 February 2024


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Sunday 18 February
7:30pm Death In Paradise Season 12 Premiere
8:30pm Total Control Series Final
9:30pm Silent Witness: History Part Two Rpt
10:30pm Mystery Road: What You Do Now Rpt
11:25pm Harrow: Ne Puero Gladium Rpt
12:15am The Trial Of Christine Keeler Rpt

Monday 19 February
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Australian Story Season Premiere
8:30pm Four Corners Season Premiere
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q+A Season Premiere
10:35pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business Rpt
11:10pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:40pm Planet America Rpt
12:10am Love Your Garden Rpt

Tuesday 20 February
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Back Roads: Gemfields, QLD
8:30pm Better Date Than Never Season 2 Premiere


9:05pm Earth: Human Series Final
10:05pm You Can’t Ask That: Prescription Drug Addiction Rpt
10:35pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business Rpt
11:05pm Four Corners Rpt
11:55pm Q+A Rpt
12:55am Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 21 February
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:00pm This Is Going To Hurt
9:50pm Planet America
10:20pm Best Interests Rpt
11:05pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Business Rpt
11:35pm Rosehaven Rpt
12:00am Rosehaven Rpt

Thursday 22 February
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Grand Designs Transformations: Blackburn Season Final
9:00pm Martin Clunes: Islands Of America Series Final
9:50pm Fake Or Fortune?: Flemish Old Master Rpt
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business Rpt
11:20pm This Is Going To Hurt Rpt
12:10am Grand Designs: South Yorkshire Rpt

Friday 23 February
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: Book of the Dead
10:00pm Hard Quiz Rpt
10:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:00pm ABC Late News
11:20pm Grand Designs: North London Rpt
12:10am Tenable Rpt

Saturday 27 February
7:30pm Darby And Joan Season Final
8:15pm Endeavour: Scherzo Rpt
9:45pm Total Control Rpt
10:45pm Midsomer Murders: Book of the Dead Rpt
12:15am rage Guest Programmer

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Compass Returns for 2024

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Sunday 3 March 6.30pm

Rewilders With Gina Chick

Wilderness queen Gina Chick , winner of ALONE, takes us deep into the world of rewilding, a growing movement in Australia.

Wilderness queen Gina Chick , winner of ALONE, takes us deep into the world of rewilding, a growing movement in Australia. We follow a network of rewilders in Melbourne who discover ways to reconnect to nature and find their wild hearts and nourish their souls while living in the city. They call it “sacred activism”.

Production credit: Amanda Collinge – Executive Producer. Kim Akhurst – Series Producer. Ian Walker – Producer.

Life After Life

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From Saturday 9 March 7.30pm

The story of Ursula Todd, a woman in the first half of the 20th century, who experiences an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.

Based on the best selling novel by Kate Atkinson, Life After Life follows Ursula Todd (Thomasin McKenzie) as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.

During a snowstorm in 1910, Ursula’s birth sparks a thrilling journey as she dies and is reborn time and time again; in a country on the brink of change, she navigates through childhood in rural England.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact, an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Production credit: BBC Studios.

Week commencing 25 February 2024


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Sunday 25 February
7:30pm Death In Paradise
8:30pm House Of Gods: Dining With The Wolves Series Premiere
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9:25pm Silent Witness: History Part Three Rpt
10:25pm The War Of The Worlds Rpt
11:20pm Harrow: Sola Dosis Facit Venenum Rpt
12:15am Significant Others Rpt

Monday 26 February
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q+A
10:35pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business Rpt
11:10pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:40pm Planet America Rpt
12:10am Grand Designs: York Rpt

Tuesday 27 February
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Back Roads: Eugowra Recovery, NSW
8:30pm Better Date Than Never
9:05pm Whale With Steve Backshall: Whales and Us Series Premiere
9:55pm You Can’t Ask That: Porn Stars Rpt
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:00pm Four Corners Rpt
11:50pm Q+A Rpt
12:50am Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 28 February
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:00pm This Is Going To Hurt
9:50pm Planet America
10:20pm Best Interests Rpt
11:00pm ABC Late News
11:15pm The Business Rpt
11:35pm Rosehaven Rpt
12:00am Rosehaven Rpt

Thursday 29 February
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent Season Premiere
8:30pm Grand Designs New Zealand Season Premiere
9:20pm Antiques Roadshow: Ham House 1 Rpt
10:20pm Dream Gardens Rpt
10:50pm ABC Late News
11:05pm The Business Rpt
11:25pm This Is Going To Hurt Rpt
12:10am Grand Designs: Monmouthshire Rpt

Friday 1 March
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:35pm Midsomer Murders: Claws Out
10:05pm Hard Quiz Rpt
10:35pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:05pm ABC Late News
11:20pm Grand Designs: South London Rpt
12:10am Tenable Rpt

*Tasmania 5 minutes later

Saturday 2 Mach
7:30pm Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024 Special Event
10:30pm House Of Gods: Dining With The Wolves Rpt
11:20pm Midsomer Murders: Claws Out Rpt
12:50am rage Guest Programmer

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Happy Valley - Season 3

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From Friday 15 March 8.30pm

When Catherine discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir, it sparks a chain of events that bizarrely leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce. Cast Sarah Lancashire.

Sally Wainwright’s multi-award-winning police drama returns for an unmissable final series.

When Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) discovers the remains of a gangland murder victim in a drained reservoir, it sparks a chain of events that bizarrely leads her straight back to Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton).

Her grandson, Ryan (Rhys Connah), is now sixteen and has ideas of his own about the kind of relationship he wants to have with the man Catherine refuses to acknowledge as his father, leaving Catherine’s sister Clare (Siobhan Finneran) caught in the middle.

In another part of the valley, a local pharmacist and small-time drug dealer gets in over his head when a woman he is embroiled with gets arrested, and her relationship with her husband begins to spiral out of control.

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TBI has done a Q&A with ABC chief content officer Chris Oliver-Taylor on program pitches, commissioning and acquisitions wishlist.

https://tbivision.com/2024/02/20/buyers-profile-chris-oliver-taylor-chief-content-officer-australian-broadcasting-corporation/

Week commencing 3 March 2024


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Sunday 3 March
7:30pm Death In Paradise
8:30pm House Of Gods: Family Blood
9:30pm Silent Witness: History Part Four Rpt
10:30pm The War Of The Worlds Rpt
11:30pm Harrow: Alea Iacta Est Rpt
12:20am Significant Others Rpt

Monday 4 March
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Australian Story
8:30pm Four Corners
9:15pm Media Watch
9:35pm Q+A
10:35pm ABC Late News
10:50pm The Business Rpt
11:10pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:40pm Planet America Rpt
12:10am Grand Designs: East Devon Rpt

Tuesday 5 March
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Back Roads: East Arnhem Land, NT (Part 1)
8:30pm Better Date Than Never
9:05pm Whale With Steve Backshall: Ocean Hunters
9:55pm You Can’t Ask That: Dementia Rpt
10:30pm ABC Late News
10:45pm The Business Rpt
11:00pm Four Corners Rpt
11:45pm Q+A Rpt
12:50am Media Watch Rpt

Wednesday 6 March
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Hard Quiz
8:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering
9:00pm This Is Going To Hurt
9:50pm Planet America
10:20pm Adam Hills: The Last Leg Rpt
11:05pm ABC Late News
11:20pm The Business Rpt
11:35pm Rosehaven Rpt
12:05am Rosehaven Rpt

Thursday 7 March
7:30pm 7.30
8:00pm Foreign Correspondent
8:30pm Grand Designs New Zealand
9:20pm Antiques Roadshow: Dyffryn Gardens 1 Rpt
10:20pm Dream Gardens: Essendon, VIC Rpt
10:55pm ABC Late News
11:10pm The Business Rpt
11:25pm This Is Going To Hurt Rpt
12:15am Grand Designs: North Cornwall Rpt

Friday 8 March
7:30pm Gardening Australia
8:30pm Midsomer Murders: A Climate of Death Season Final
10:00pm Hard Quiz Rpt
10:30pm The Weekly With Charlie Pickering Rpt
11:05pm ABC Late News
11:20pm Joanna Lumley’s Great Cities of the World: Berlin Rpt
12:05am Grand Designs: Milton Keynes Rpt

*Tasmania 5 minutes later

Saturday 9 Mach
7:30pm Life After Life Series Premiere
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8:30pm Endeavour: Terminus Rpt
10:00pm House Of Gods: Family Blood Rpt
11:00pm Midsomer Murders: A Climate of Death Rpt
12:30am rage Guest Programmer

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

With only four weeks until the red carpet is rolled out for the biggest night of Australia’s comedy calendar, the hosts for both The Gala and Opening Night events have been announced.

With a rapidly growing fan-base, Festival favourite Lizzy Hoo will host The Gala, proudly supporting Oxfam. And just one week later and to officially open the Festival, New Zealand’s Guy Montgomery will take charge of the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow.

Lizzy Hoo said of the announcement:
‘When I performed at my first ever Melbourne Comedy Festival I arrived in the city and saw the flags, posters, spruikers, and thousands of people lining up for shows all over the city – I was blown away by just how big it is. I never imagined then that I would I get to host one of its biggest nights.’

With a huge cast of the Festival’s brightest stars taking to the stage at St Kilda’s iconic Palais Theatre – Lizzy will host the comedy extravaganza which supports Oxfam’s mission to eliminate poverty and tackle global inequality.

On Wednesday 27 March, Guy hosts the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow – the ultimate kick-off to nearly four weeks of uninterrupted comedy.

Guy Montgomery said of the announcement:
‘It is a sad indictment on the state of Australian comedy when they have to ask a New Zealander to host one of their most prestigious shows. In truth, I am unbelievably flattered and excited. I hope I don’t bomb.’

Both The Gala and the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow are sold out. Limited final release tickets may be available closer to the events. Both will be recorded live at the Palais Theatre and screen later on ABC TV and ABC iview.

The Gala airs on ABC TV & ABC iview on Wednesday 27 March at 9pm. Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow airs on ABC TV & ABC iview on Wednesday 3 April at 9pm. Both specials will remain available to stream on ABC iview.

It will be available on iView in Australia this Friday at 11pm AEDT, and will air on ABC TV next Thursday (March 7) at 11am.