ABC Upfronts 2022

ABC Upfronts 2022

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ABC continues to connect Australians with the Arts in 2022

2022 will see a rich array of content from ABC Arts which offers audiences an exciting, diverse and accessible showcase of new titles on ABC TV, ABC TV Plus and ABC iview.

The exceptional programming announced this afternoon at ABC Upfronts, will connect Australians to the arts and culture they love to engage with and will continue to provide a home for the national conversation around visual and performance art, books, films, music, craft and more.

Jimmy Rees introduces the amazing artists who bring history to life in miniature in Tiny Oz ; Natalie Bassingthwaighte is out to discover if art can change lives in Space 22, in The Exhibitionists hosts Mandy McElhinney, Bridie Carter, Bessie Holland and Veronica Milsom, shine a spotlight on Australia’s feminist art history and Namila Benson returns in a new series of Art Works .

“No other Australian broadcaster comes anywhere near offering the depth and breadth of arts coverage that ABC does” said Jennifer Collins, The 2022 Arts slate demonstrates our commitment to the arts, whether it’s on ABC TV, ABC TV Plus or the extensive Arts & Culture collection on ABC iview, on the ABC listen app or through the daily arts offer on ABC RN, the nation comes to us for its Arts stories."

More on the 2022 ABC Arts content below:

Namila Benson returns in 2022 with Art Works – the ABC’s weekly half-hour arts show that makes the arts for, and about everyone. With interviews with creatives from all backgrounds, playful explainers, and in-depth stories about art and artists from across Australia, Art Works puts the spotlight on creativity as an inherent part of our lives, from galleries, theatres and cinemas, to our homes.

Tiny Oz ( Northern Pictures) Celebrating history and craft in equal measure, comedian Jimmy Rees and tiny artist JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick reveal tiny Australia, through the extraordinary craftspeople who are working against pressures of time and scale, to lovingly obsess over teensy details, as they re-create remarkable moments in our nation’s history, in glorious miniature. Take a first look here.

Space 22 (BBC Studios ANZ) Does creativity have the power to help reach into spaces that are beyond words? Recording artist Natalie Bassingthwaighte believes so. Natalie will bring together seven strangers, each with their own mental health struggles, in an ambitious experiment to test if the simple act of participating in art can help heal

invisible wounds. Joining them and sharing their skills are well known Australian artists Abdul Abdulla, Wendy Sharpe and Eddie Perfect.

In Palazzo di Cozzo, (FilmCamp) octogenarian patriarch Franco Cozzo holds court over an iconic Melbourne furniture empire. His furniture has gained a cult status, but what will Franco do when the world, and his clientele, begin to move on without him?

Walking Man (VAM Media) explores the compelling story of the enigmatic Perth artist Ross Seaton, whose home became a canvas for the mysterious motivations that formed his life of artistic obsession.

The Exhibitionists (Northern Pictures) is an utterly original fusion of art immersion and comedy which uncovers scandalous tales of sexism in Australian art history while righting the wrongs of the past. It marks the zenith of ABC Arts’ Know My Name campaign, a collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia, which celebrates and raises awareness of women artists and creators. Know My Name has a permanent home on ABC iview, a curated collection on the ABC listen app and a range of thought-provoking new content across TV, radio and digital platforms.

New for 2022


Mystery Road: Origin


It’s 1999, and Constable Jay Swan, a charismatic young officer arrives at his new station. Fresh from the city and tipped for big things, Jay might be the new copper, but he’s not new to this town. His estranged father Jack lives here, as does the woman who will change his life forever, Mary.

Mystery Road: Origin will explore how a tragic death, an epic love, and the brutal reality of life as a police officer straddling two worlds, form the indelible mould out of which will emerge, Detective Jay Swan.

Proud Nyikina man Mark Coles Smith plays Young Jay leading a stellar cast including Toby Leonard Moore, Daniel Henshall, Lisa Flanagan, Clarence Ryan, Steve Bisley, Caroline Brazier, Hayley McElhinney, Dubs Yunupingu, Kelton Pell, Leonie Whyman, Salme Geransar, Nina Young and rising stars Jayden Popik, Grace Chow and Tuuli Narkle as Jay’s first love Mary.

Produced by Bunya Productions for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia’s First Nations Department in association with Screenwest and the Western Australian Screen Fund supported through the State Government of WA’s Royalties for Regions program. Financed in association with Screen NSW, with All3Media International handling international sales.



Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast, dominated by Australia’s hottest young talent, including; Sean Keenan, Jillian Nguyen, Ben O’Toole, Hunter Page-Lochard, Sophia Forrest, George Pullar, Lincoln Younes and Vivenne Awosoga.

Barons tells the story of a surf-crazed group of hippy friends who turn their backs on the world in search of their ideal patch of surfing paradise.

Little do they know that their desire for ultimate freedom and the perfect wave will take them from the beach to the boardroom, creating billion-dollar empires. But in selling their surfing dream to the world, these best friends will become fierce rivals and the question for this found family is - once you sell paradise can you ever get it back again?
2 Jons, Micanical Media and Fremantle production for ABC with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Screen NSW. Created by Michael Lawrence, John Molloy, Liz Doran. Written by Liz Doran, Matt Cameron, Marieke Hardy. Produced by John Molloy, Michael Lawrence. Producer Justin Davies. Executive Producers: Chris Oliver-Taylor, Nick Cook, Taylor Steele, Liz Doran, Jon Adgemis, Michael Gudinski. ABC Executive Producers: Brett Sleigh and Rebecca Anderson. International distribution by Fremantle.

Savage River


Set in regional Victoria and starring Katherine Langford, the compelling six-part series Savage River is an intriguing murder mystery.

When Miki Anderson returns to her hometown in rural Victoria after 8 years in prison, she’s determined to finally move on with her life. But the close-knit community of Savage River is not about to let her forget the past that easily.

When a murder rocks the town, Miki immediately becomes the focus of everyone’s suspicion.

With the police closing in, she sets out to prove her innocence, uncovering long- buried secrets that will cast doubt on everything she thought she knew.
An Aquarius Films Production. Major principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Film Victoria. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Producers Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford. Executive Producer Miranda Culley. ABC Executive Producer Rebecca Anderson. Written by Giula Sandler, Belinda Bradley and Franz Docherty. International Distribution by Dynamic Television.

Significant Others


Catastrophe strikes on a morning swim. Sarah, the single mother of two teenagers, vanishes beneath the waves. The mystery of her

disappearance is the catalyst that hurls her fractured family back together.

At first her siblings, Ursula, Den and Claire, fear their shambolic sister’s vanishing could be her latest stunt. They arrive to discover she has bulldozed half the house. Problem is: it’s their house too.

A house full of childhood laughter and haunted memories that start to unravel as they embark on life in the rubble, attempting to parent two kids who are desperately hoping their mum will return.

The family rages against the purgatory of not knowing their loved-one’s fate. Was Sarah drawing up plans for a bright future – or trying to erase a troubled past? There are doors this family never opens but now they must.

A story as funny as it is tragic, Significant Others is a searing account

of how five disparate souls put the pieces back together after shock loss.

This electrifying six-part psychological drama is created by Tommy Murphy for the ABC.
A Fremantle Production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC and financed with support from Screen NSW. Created by Tommy Murphy. Produced by Matt Reeder. Executive Producers: Chris Oliver-Taylor and Justin Davies. ABC Executive Producers: Louise Smith and Sally Riley. Distribution by Fremantle International.



Set in the wilds of Far North Queensland, Troppo is the story of disgraced ex-cop Ted Conkaffey (Thomas Jane) who is begrudgingly recruited by Amanda Pharrell (Nicole Chamoun) - an eccentric private investigator with a disturbing criminal past - to investigate what emerges to be the murder of a brilliant tech pioneer.

As they battle to uncover the truth amid the tightly held secrets of Crimson Lake, their own traumatic pasts are dragged painfully into the present - tearing them apart, as each of them faces their own fight for sanity and indeed survival.

PRODUCTION CREDITS: Inspired by Candice Fox’s bestselling novel Crimson Lake, Troppo is an EQ Media Group, Beyond Entertainment and AGC Television production in association with Aperture Media Partners and Renegade Entertainment, with major production financing from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland and with support from the City of Gold Coast. Creator Yolanda Ramke. Producer Lisa Duff.

Series Producer Karl Zwicky. Executive Producers: Greg Quail, Lisa Duff, Simonne Overend (EQ Media Group); Mikael Borglund and David Ogilvy (Beyond Entertainment); Stuart Ford and Lourdes Diaz and co-EP Matt Bankston (AGC Studios); Thomas Jane and Courtney Lauren Penn (Renegade Entertainment) and Yolanda Ramke. ABC Executive Producers: Sally Riley and Andrew Gregory. ABC Deputy Head of Scripted Production Alex Baldwin. International distribution by AGC Television. In the U.S.A, Troppo will exclusively air on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service.

Here Out West

Feature Film (90 minutes)

A baby is kidnapped from a western Sydney hospital by a desperate grandmother. Her flight sets off a chain of events that brings together complete strangers over the course of one dramatic day.

Here Out West is set in the buzzing and ever-changing melting pot of

Western Sydney. It is an anthology feature film consisting of eight distinct yet interconnected stories, written by eight of Australia’s brightest new writers

  • Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Cao, Arka Das, Dee Dogan, Vonne Patiag, Tien Tran.

Here Out West is directed By Fadia Abboud, Lucy Gaffy, Julie Kalceff,

Ana Kokkinos and Leah Purcell and stars Geneviéve Lemon, De Lovan Zandy, Arka Das, Rahel Romahn, Leah Vandenberg, Christine Milo, Khoi Trinh, Christian Ravello and Jing-Xuan Chan.
A Co-Curious & Emerald Productions. Film. Major production investment from Screen Australia with Screen NSW and finance support from the ABC and Spectrum Films. Produced by Annabel Davis, Sheila Jayadev, Bree-Anne Sykes. Executive Producers: Blake Ayshford, Lyn Norfor and S. Shakthidharan.

Comedy & Entertainment

Summer Love


Summer Love is an anthology series which sees eight very different sets of people rent the same beachside holiday house. Eight different writing teams bring eight different stories to life, each connected through the house and through the theme of love.

Summer Love captures the collision between the dreamy enchantment of the beach and the clumsy reality of humans on holiday.

It explores the anonymity, the possibility, and the escape that we all feel, alongside the ever-present threat of sand in the sheets

A Gristmill Production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia and Kinetic Content in association with the ABC and financed with support from Film Victoria. Created and Produced by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope. Written by: Kodie Bedford & Bjorn Stewart; Alison Bell; Patrick Brammall & Harriet Dyer; Robyn Butler & Wayne Hope; Nazeem Hussain; Kate Mulvany; Miranda Tapsell & James Colley; Nath Valvo & Jayden Masciulli. Associate Producer Louisa Kors. Executive Producers: Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope and Greg Sitch. Kinetic Content Executive Producers: Chris Coelen and Melissa Myers. ABC Executive Producer Todd Abbott.

Stories from Oz


Stories From Oz is an irreverent comedy documentary series where six of Australia’s most defining stories are retold as musicals. Written by The Chaser’s Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, and performed by an ensemble cast of dazzling triple-threats, this 6-part extravaganza breathes new life into some of the country’s most colourful stories, by giving them the full musical treatment they’ve always deserved.

Produced by acclaimed comedy production house Princess Pictures, the series ingeniously swings between interviews with the real-life players and musical numbers that give Taylor and Hansen full rein to put their trademark satirical spin on the material.

The stories receiving the full razzle-dazzle makeover are: the saga of Schapelle Corby, the unlikely triumph of Steven Bradbury, the political showdown of the Tampa affair, Melbourne’s cursed Ferris wheel, the fairy- tale of the young Tasmanian woman Mary Donaldson, and the international meltdown caused by Barnaby Joyce when he threatened to euthanise Johnny Depp’s pet dogs, Pistol and Boo.

Billed as the world’s first documentary you can dance to, Stories From Oz is proof positive that some stories are so extraordinary that it’s not enough to simply tell them. You have to sing them as well.

A Princess Pictures production for the ABC in association with Film Victoria. Executive Producers Laura Waters and Emma Fitzsimons, Executive Producers and Writers Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, Producer Julie Eckersley, Director Max Miller, ABC Executive Producers Rachel Millar and Nicholas Hayden.



After throwing away his last chance at fame, Easton West (Erik Thomson) has settled into obscurity rather well. Telling himself he’s far happier away from the kitchen and a ‘PC’ world gone mad, he’s living a quiet life with his sister Denise (Susan Prior) and her far too forgiving partner Brett (Wayne Blair) on the old family property.

When Brett and Denise decide to make things official and tie the knot, however, it coaxes back the prodigal pastry chef Diana (Natalie Abbott) from her new life in London.

Still furious with her family’s secrets and lies, Diana’s desperate to prove to them how much better off she is without them. But old tensions rear their ugly heads, and soon Easton and Diana are bickering, wrestling, and wielding a shotgun.

As this family tries to negotiate its awkward reunion, the past will once again throw the West family into more chaos.

A Closer production in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and financed with support from the ABC. Producers: Rebecca Summerton and Erik Thomson. Co-producer Matthew Bate. Executive Producers: Julie De Fina and Rachel Griffiths. ABC Executive Producer Rebecca Anderson. International Distributor ABC Commercial.

Fisk S2


The lady in brown returns. Helen Tudor-Fisk (Kitty Flanagan) is back, along with solicitor siblings Roz & Ray Gruber (Julia Zemiro and Marty Sheargold) and, of course, everyone’s favourite probate clerk/webmaster, George (Aaron Chen).

With Roz stepping aside to start her own mediation business (within the Gruber offices) Helen is determined to take on a more senior role at Gruber & Associates.

However, Helen’s grand vision to become partner soon comes unstuck when she’s featured in a current affairs show hit piece, and her main focus becomes trying to repair her damaged reputation.

An Origma 45 production for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation with support from Film Victoria. Written by Kitty Flanagan and Penny Flanagan. Co-directed by Kitty Flanagan

and Tom Peterson. Produced by Vincent Sheehan. Executive Producer Greg Sitch. ABC Executive Producers: Todd Abbott and Brett Sleigh.



It’s the last spin around the block for Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, albeit in some classic marques. In this the ninth series, Julia will join her favourite people on a personal road trip that in turns are revealing, emotional, intimate, and joyous.

They’ll visit the places that shaped them, meet people that inspired them and discuss the major events in their lives. For over 70 episodes Julia has travelled the country, and the world, interviewing actors, comedians, politicians, CEO’s, music stars, sporting legends, public intellectuals, and authors.

This final round of guests will intrigue, delight and surprise to the end.

A CJZ production in association with ABC. Executive Producer/Director Damian Davis.

Co-Producer Julia Zemiro. Series Producer Asha Anderson. Executive Producer Nick Murray. ABC Executive Producer Frances O’Riordan.



Jan Fran and Wil Anderson return for another series of Question Everything (or will they?).

This comedy panel show unpacks all the misinformation, disinformation, half-truths, and rumours in what we see, hear and read.

Jan and Wil are joined each week by a revolving panel made up of up-and- coming and well-known comedians, who Question Everything by dissecting the news and media to separate fact from fiction.

Question Everything is an original format created by Wil Anderson. Produced by CJZ.
Series Producer Jess Cohen Cornelius. Executive Producers: Polly Connolly, Wil Anderson and Nick Murray. ABC Executive Producer Rachel Millar. ABC Head of Entertainment Nick Hayden.



Tomorrow Tonight is a truly unique panel show.

Notable Australians tackle hypothetical moral dilemmas to discover more about themselves, each other, and a future that is rapidly heading our way.

Hosted by Annabel Crabb, with Charlie Pickering and Adam Liaw by her side, the show will rediscover the true art of conversation and have fun doing it!

A Thinkative Television production in association with ABC TV. Executive Producers: Chris Walker and Kevin Whyte. Series Producer Michiko Smith. ABC Executive Producer Tarni James.




Dogs were the first animal ever domesticated and this long-shared history has intertwined their biology with our own in ways we are only just beginning to understand.

Join ABC’s Tony Armstrong, as he presents A Dog’s World, a three-part series that seeks to understand our ever-evolving relationship with dogs.

Through genetics, neuroscience, behavioural and physiological research we uncover the mounting evidence on what makes dogs unique among animals and an unparalleled companion for humans.

The series uncovers fresh insights into the human-dog relationship, that will have us looking at our pooches in new ways


A Wildbear Entertainment Production. Series Writer Roslyn Lawrence. Series Director

Emma Watts. Executive Producers: Kate Pappas, Alan Erson. ABC Executive Producer Leo Faber.



A League of Her Own follows the Queensland Maroons women’s team as they strive to achieve the extraordinary in one of the most physically demanding professional sports in Australia – rugby league.

But there is more to it than just the game – these elite athletes are also juggling family and careers as well as fighting for equal pay. And they have one chance to show they have something worth backing.

Featuring actuality, behind the scenes footage, intimate interviews and a rich array of archive, this documentary chronicles the team’s journey to the 2021 Women’s State of Origin. Stars Tahnee Norris, Karina Brown, Ali Brigginshaw.


A WildBear Entertainment production for the ABC, with Principal Development and Investment from Screen Queensland and financed with support from the ABC. Directed by Tani Crotty.

Producer Veronica Fury. ABC Commissioning Editor Rachel Robinson.



Hosted by Annabel Crabb this much-loved living-history series returns. This time with a twist, rewinding the beloved Ferrone family back in time to live through over 100 years of running a family-owned corner shop.

An institution for millions of Australians the humble corner shop was more than just a place to buy essential daily needs and tasty treats it was once at the heart of our community.

From meat pies to milkshakes, from salami to dim sims, from fads to frozen foods, this series will go beyond the family home into our neighbourhoods to tell the story of a changing Australia.


Produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production for the ABC. Warner Bros.

Head of Entertainment Caroline Swift. ABC Factual Manager Julie Hanna. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.



This is the ultimate story of Carbon, the most talked about but least understood element on earth. Carbon in nature, industry, culture, war and love. Carbon’s story is an epic journey from the death of a star to the birth of the modern world, towards an understanding of today’s most vital issues: energy, climate and survival.

Told through intimate testimonials from those who know Carbon deeply, we also hear Carbon’s story in her own words. As if unearthed from an ancient archive. Carbon finally has a voice.

Narrated in first person by Sarah Snook, Carbon tells of her birth in the violent core of an exploding star billions of years ago and of turbulent sagas through the fabric of our evolving Earth. With breathless exhilaration she uncovers that she is key to unlocking the evolution of all life forms, including us.

Carbon’s story reminds us that we are deeply connected with our planet. She reminds us of the profound beauty of the natural world and of our fleeting and humble participation in the most extraordinary story in the universe.


A Genepool Productions and Handful of Films Production with principal Australian production investment from the ABC and Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria, CBC, Arte France, Umbrella Entertainment and TVF. Executive Producers Sonya Pemberton, Niobe Thompson, Ari Harrison. Producers Sonya Pemberton, Lucy Maclaren, Niobe Thompson. Directors Daniella Ortega and Niobe Thompson. Writer Daniella Ortega. ABC Manager Documentaries Stephen Oliver. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.



Indigenous Australian figure skater Harley Windsor was the poster boy for the Australian Winter Olympic Team.

Paired with Russian skater Katya Alexandrovskaya, this unlikely duo achieved unprecedented success on the ice before meeting with great tragedy.

Now Harley is alone in Moscow, contemplating his future. We retrace his steps to uncover the dark side of elite sport.

How far are we willing to go in the pursuit of Olympic glory?


A feature documentary from Blayke Hoffman and Stranger Than Fiction for the ABC,

with principal production investment and development funding from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. Written and Directed by Selina Miles. Producers: Blayke Hoffman, Jo-anne McGowan, Aaliyah-Jade Bradbury. Executive Producer Jennifer Peedom.

ABC Commissioning Editor: Rachael Robinson



This documentary is about Australia’s most gifted and controversial athlete, and how a social media post landed him at the heart of our culture wars, derailing campaigns and careers in the process.

A homophobic bigot to some, a persecuted freedom warrior to others, this is the first time Israel Folau’s story is examined in all its multilayered complexity.


An In Films production for the ABC. Principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Developed with support from the Screen NSW Slate Development Fund. Director Nel Minchin. Producer Ivan O’Mahoney. ABC Commissioning Editor Jo Chichester.



Filmed over two years across the UK, Europe and the US, this documentary follows 76-year-old retired builder, John Shipton’s tireless campaign to save his son, Julian Assange.

The world’s most famous political prisoner, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become an emblem of an international arm wrestle over freedom of journalism, government corruption and unpunished war crimes.

Now facing a 175-year sentence if extradited to the US, the family are confronting the prospect of losing Julian forever to the US justice system.

This David-and-Goliath struggle is personal. With Julian’s health declining in a British maximum-security prison and American government prosecutors attempting to extradite him to face trial in the US, the clock is ticking.

Weaving historic archive and intimate behind-the-scenes footage, this story tracks John’s journey alongside Julian’s fiancée, Stella Moris as they join forces to advocate for Assange. We witness John embark on a European odyssey to rally a global network of supporters, advocate to politicians and cautiously step into the media’s glare - where he is forced to confront events that made Julian Assange a global flashpoint.


A Shipton House Production. Principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria. Written and Directed by Ben Lawrence. Produced by Gabriel Shipton and Adrian Devant. Executive Producer Roger Savage. Original Music by Brian Eno. ABC Manager

of Documentary Stephen Oliver. Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.



In this one-hour natural history film, Dr Ann Jones takes us to meet the world’s smallest penguins, living on the southern coastline of Australia.

From the world’s most famous penguin parade on Phillip Island to the penguins lives in the city suburb of St Kilda, we meet key characters who over the next six months will attempt to complete their mission: to stake their territory, partner up and raise their chicks.

Warm, surprising, revelatory and uplifting, Meet the Penguins shows us that whilst the Little Penguins may be the world’s smallest penguin, they might just be the toughest too!


A Northern Pictures production in association with the ABC. Financed with the assistance of Screen NSW, Film Victoria and Screen Australia. Executive Producer Karina Holden. Line Producer Anna Mantzoros. Senior Production Supervisor Kate Bailey. ABC Manager

of Documentary Stephen Oliver. Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.



The very funny, very naughty Miriam Margolyes is finally out of lockdown and heading back home to Australia

She’s once again packing up the campervan and striking out on the road in search of answers. Over three episodes, Miriam seeks to understand what the “fair go” means in Australia today, and how it is playing out in the diverse lives of her fellow citizens. Covid has exposed fault-lines – including in Miriam’s own understanding of her place in the world.

She was about to come home, when first bushfires and then the pandemic, turned everything on its head. Like thousands of fellow Australians stuck overseas, she’s been yearning to return.

But what is she returning to? From the outlaws to the Establishment, millennials to boomers, Miriam immerses herself in lives rarely seen on our screen. Now eighty, more fragile but more fearless, Miriam takes a deep dive into Australia behind the mask.


A Southern Pictures Production with principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with ABC. Financed with support from Screen NSW. Series Director Ash Davies. Series Producer Bethan Arwyn. Executive Producer Laurie Critchley. ABC Executive Producer Leo Faber.



Spanning the red earth of the Top End to the green pastures of regional Victoria, Muster Dogs is a 4x1 hour character-driven series featuring

five graziers from across Australia, each of whom has been given a Kelpie puppy from the same litter to train up to be a muster dog.

Checking in with the puppies at key milestones, our training gurus and mustering experts will set challenges and assess the pups’ progress.

Our journey to train these uniquely Australian dogs is an emotional ride into the farmers’ lives and a deeper understanding of the unique bond between human and dog.


An Ambience Entertainment production for the ABC with production investment from Screen Queensland and financed with support from the ABC. Original Concept by Michael Boughen. Series Director Monica O’Brien. Directors: Michael Boughen, Sally Browning and David Wallace. Producers: Monica O’Brien and Michael Boughen. Co-producer John Unwin. ABC Executive Producer Rachel Robinson. ABC Manager, Screen Jo Chichester. International Distributor

ABC Commercial.



Celebrated author Tim Winton takes us on a lyrical and passionate exploration of Ningaloo, on Australia’s North West Cape - a haven for unique and endangered species and one of the last pristine suite of ecosystems on the planet.

A remote and ‘living ark’ of biodiversity where the forces of nature are still the most powerful shaping influence.

Ningaloo has been a long-time inspiration for Tim’s life and his work, and on this very personal journey he seeks to learn more about how this unique place came to be, how its local and global connections combine to create such a rare island of biodiversity as well as what such a place might tell us about our future.

For Tim, it’s a place that enriches humanity - and his exploration of it will astonish, inspire, and delight.


An Artemis Media Production in association with Matter of Factual with major production funding from Screenwest, Lotterywest and the Western Australia Screen Fund in association with Screen Australia. Financed with support from the ABC and Love Nature. Writer Tim Winton. Director/Co-producer/Co-writer Peter Rees. Line Producer Karen Williams. Executive Producer Celia Tait. ABC Manager, Documentaries Stephen Oliver. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.



The success of Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds has paved the way for a bunch of bigger kids to join a bold ground-breaking experiment as Old People’s Home For Teenagers debuts.

Presumed polar-opposites, older people and teens in fact have much in common. Both can experience loneliness and isolation impacting their health and wellbeing.

Having seen how intergenerational care can impact the health and happiness of older Australians, we will witness a new perspective, and test if casting aside pre-conceived notions and spending quality time together can help both teenagers and older Australians live more fulfilling lives.

Can sharing seemingly everyday tasks from cooking to technology build the connection needed to improve the overall wellbeing, confidence and mood of both age groups?

There will be frustrations and short fuses. Will the teens gain tools for resilience? Will self-esteem rise as feelings of loneliness fall?

This incredible social experiment is not to be missed.


An Endemol Shine Australia production made in association with the ABC.

Series Producer Brooke Hulsman. Executive Producer Debbie Cuell. ABC Manager of Factual Julie Hanna. Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.


Working title


After a bushfire almost wiped them off the face of the earth, can a ragtag band of citizens from a deeply divided community overcome their differences and seize control of their own destiny to come back from the brink?

Rebuilding Mallacoota (w/t) is an intimate character-led observational documentary series that chronicles a real-life experiment in self- determination taking place in the bushfire-ravaged Victorian coastal community of Mallacoota.

Inspired by the fleeting unity its residents felt while fighting the fires side by side, Mallacoota’s citizens aren’t waiting around for bureaucrats and outsiders to save their community - they’re putting aside their differences and coming together to rebuild themselves before it’s too late.

But in a small town that’s long been riven by feuds and deep divisions, will this turn out to be a shining example of grassroots democracy in action or a one-way ticket to a world of pain and anguish?


Produced by Renegade Films with principal production investment from ABC and Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria. Produced by Joe Connor, Lucy Maclaren and Ken Connor. Series Director Tony Jackson. ABC Manager of Documentaries Stephen Oliver. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins


1x90 (Live Broadcast)

Australia’s Southern Ocean is a wild and dramatic place - full of charismatic creatures and the perfect place for the ABC’s next live adventure. Southern Ocean Live will be a blockbuster night of natural history, broadcast live, from the icy depths of our winter seas.

Our hosts Hamish Macdonald and Dr Ann Jones, will be located at Penguin Parade, on Phillip Island in Victoria. During this extraordinary night of broadcast, we will witness stories about whales, great white sharks, cuttlefish, albatross along our great southern coastline.

We will learn how the southern coastline of Australia is warming and changing four times faster than anywhere in the world, and what this means for scientists trying to protect fragile ecosystems.

Southern Ocean Live promises big creatures, big science and big thrills, as we take the audience on a live adventure that’s as wild as it gets.


A Northern Pictures production in association with the ABC. Financed with the assistance of Screen NSW, Film Victoria and Screen Australia. Series Director and Executive Producer Karina Holden. Live Producer Kirsty Bradmore. Senior Production Supervisor Kate Bailey.

ABC Manager of Documentary Stephen Oliver. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins



Does creativity have the power to help reach into spaces that are beyond words?

Recording artist Natalie Bassingthwaighte believes so. Natalie will bring together seven strangers, each with their own mental health struggles, in an ambitious experiment to test if the simple act of participating in art can help heal invisible wounds.

Joining them in a unique workspace, Space 22, across three different art disciplines will be well known Australian artists Abdul Abdulla, Wendy Sharpe and Eddie Perfect.

Every year 1 in 5 Australians experience symptoms of mental illness, with roughly 60% of us not seeking help. Working with the Black Dog Institute, Professor Kathryn Boydell will be measuring the results. Supported by psychotherapist Noula Diamantopoulos, many in the group will be experiencing visual and performing arts for the first time.

The hope is that by being creative, together, it will have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.


An original BBC Studios ANZ production for the ABC. Series Producer Bev Shroot.

Executive Producers: Kylie Washington, Anita Jorgensen and Ariel White. ABC Factual Manager Julie Hanna. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins. Distributed by BBC Studios.



A night accidentally locked into the National Gallery of Australia,

sends four female actors, (Bessie Holland, Mandy McElhinney, Bridie Carter, and Veronica Milsom), on a caper as they uncover a new perspective on Australian Art.

Searching for a way out of the hallowed halls, they sneak behind the scenes and are confronted by the fact that only 25% of art works in the Australian collection are by female artists. As the night progresses, they uncover scandalous tales of sexism and forgotten works of art. Outraged, they are inspired to bring work by female artists out of the shadows, and into the light.

The Exhibitionists is both a playful and profound docu-comedy, celebrating women in the arts. The film is inspired by the NGA’s Know My Name initiative and will broadcast on International Women’s Day in 2022.


A Northern Pictures production. Financed with the assistance of the National Gallery of Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with the assistance of Screen NSW. Writer and Executive Producer Karina Holden. Drama Director Helena Brooks. Script Editor Eloise Healey. ABC Executive Producer Kalita Corrigan. ABC Manager Factual Julie Hanna. ABC Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.




Helmed by Walkley award-winning investigative journalist Debi Marshall, The Family Court Murders takes a deep dive into the shocking events surrounding the 1980s NSW Family Court bombings and murders. Crimes that rocked the nation.


A Media Stockade and Said and Done Production. Series Director Chris Thorburn. Producers: Madeleine Hetherton-Miau, Rebecca Barry and Debi Marshall. Executive Producer Mark Morrissey. ABC Commissioning Editor Stephen Oliver. International Distribution Flame Distribution.




Celebrating history and craft in equal measure. Comedian Jimmy Rees and tiny artist JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick reveal tiny Australia, through the extraordinary crafts people who lovingly obsess over teensy details, as they re-create remarkable moments in our nation’s history, in glorious miniature.

Local artisans across Australia accept the challenge to hand build tableaus representing intriguing events that have all but vanished from living memory. Recreated in miniature include; the once bustling lawless pearling town of Broome, a hot air balloon launch that fascinated and scandalised the people of Adelaide and the hundreds of exotic animals that were escorted through Sydney streets across the harbour, en route to their brand-new home at Taronga Zoo.


A Northern Pictures production in association with the ABC. Featuring Jimmy Rees and JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick. Series Producer and Director Tosca Looby. Executive Producer Karina Holden. ABC Executive Producer Kalita Corrigan. ABC Factual Manager Julie Hanna. Head of Factual and Culture Jennifer Collins.



Whiteley on Trial (In Films) interrogates the biggest case of alleged art fraud in Australian history.

When Melbourne dealer Peter Gant and conservator Aman Siddique find themselves accused of forging and selling three paintings as authentic works of modern art royal Brett Whiteley, the pair are convicted by a jury in what at first appears to be an open and shut case.

But with the judge himself rendering the verdict ‘unsafe,’ the conviction is quickly overturned on appeal, leaving art observers in disbelief. By interviewing key players in the trial and with access to original case materials, this two-part series follows the captivating twists and turns of a monumental saga, asking what price our cultural heritage paid in the process.


An In Films production for the ABC, developed with support from the Screen NSW Slate Development Fund with production investment from Screen NSW and financed with support from the ABC. Director Yaara Bou Melhem. Producer Ivan O’Mahoney. Associate Producer Georgia Quinn. Executive Producers: Ivan O’Mahoney & Nial Fulton. ABC Executive Kalita Corrigan. ABC Manager Documentaries Stephen Oliver. ABC Head of Factual & Culture Jennifer Collins.



Committed to connecting Australians, at home and around the world.

ABC NEWS connects Australians to each other and to the rest of the world. No other network invests in investigative journalism like ABC NEWS, and in 2022 our award-winning teams will again deliver Australia’s leading public interest journalism.

Our newsrooms around Australia produce the nation’s most trusted reporting on the big news and events at home. As we begin to lift our sights from lockdowns and get back out to explore, our international bureaus will be our eyes and ears on the ground.

Other 2022 highlights will include again assembling the nation’s top political team for a fascinating Federal Election - including “Mr Elections” Antony Green covering his 12th federal poll.

Stan Grant and Yvonne Young return in a new series of China Tonight and ABC NEWS will launch a new program looking at India and neighbouring countries.

With Australia’s ever-growing Indian diaspora expected to outnumber Chinese-born Australians in the next decade, the connection to South Asia is an increasingly powerful one with plenty to look at in this new innovative report series.




Based on Windmill Theatre Company’s award-winning theatre show, Beep, this new series tells the story of two best friends from different worlds, solving their daily dilemmas and unexpected challenges through invention, play and adventure.

Beep and Mort explores the ways the organic and the technological can work together and, at its heart, is a series about empathy, community, and the enduring value of friendship.


Beep and Mort is a Windmill Pictures production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from the South Australian Film Corporation. Created by Rosemary Myers and Kaye Weeks. Based on the Windmill Theatre Co play co-created by Sam Haren, Jonathon Oxlade and Katherine Fyffe. Writers: Charlotte Rose Hamlyn, Simon Butters, Wendy Hanna, Amy Stewart, Hunter Page- Lochard and Lorin Clarke. Produced by Kaye Weeks. Directed by Rosemary Meyers. Executive Producer Greg Sitch. ABC Executive Producer Jan Stradling. ABC Commercial holds world distribution rights.



Phil Breslin, third generation Indigenous educator, biologist and adventurer is on a quest to reveal some of the strangest and most specialised animal adaptations on the planet.

Focusing on Australia’s incredibly varied landscapes and environments,

Phil yarns with First Nations people about habitats, traverses deserts, dives in the ocean’s depths and uses science to identify Australia’s ultimate animal survivor(s)!


Built to Survive is being produced by Butter Media and Phil Breslin for ABC TV, with support from Screen NSW through the NSW PDV, and the Australian Children’s Television

Foundation who will distribute the series. Producers: Jerry Butterfield (Executive Producer), Dan Walkington (Series Producer) and Phil Breslin (Co-Producer); ABC Executive Producer Mary-Ellen Mullane and Australian Children’s Television Foundation Executive Producer Bernadette O’Mahony.



Crazy Fun Park is a hair-raising coming of age tale following best friends Chester and Mapplethorpe, a duo so inseparable, not even death can pull them apart.

After Mapplethorpe tragically dies in the town’s abandoned Crazy Fun Park, Chester discovers that his friend is now “living” with the other undead Fun Kids who also met their end at the park. With no adults, free rides and all the junk food you can eat, it’s every kid’s dream.

But this tragic turn of events means the two teens are forced to redefine their friendship, and as they navigate the already complicated teenage years, they fear their friendship may not be as eternal as originally imagined.


Crazy Fun Park is a Werner Films production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia, Australian Children’s Television Foundation and Film Victoria in association with the ABC. Created by Nicholas Verso. Directed by Verso and Adrian Russell Wills.

Writers: Nicholas Verso, Magda Wozniak, Craig Irvin, Enoch Mailangi and Fury. Produced by Joanna Werner with ABC Executive Producer Libbie Doherty. Executive Producers:

Stuart Menzies, Joanna Werner, Bernadette O’Mahony. Distribution by Australian Children’s Television Foundation.



A new season of international Emmy award-winning series First Day follows Hannah in her second year of high school where she battles her insecurities around dating, particularly whilst being in the public spotlight.

But when she realises she has the opportunity to help a trans friend on his own journey she quickly takes it, even though it will make her more of a target.


First Day is an Epic Films production in association with KOJO Studios for Hulu and the ABC. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Developed with the assistance of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Producers: Kirsty Stark and Kate Butler. Written, directed and co-produced by Julie Kalceff. ABC Executive Producer Libbie Doherty.



Go back through the mists of time to a rich and colourful prehistory you never knew existed. An era dominated by the juiciest and crunchiest creatures ever to rule the planet the mighty…Vegesaurs!

It’s springtime in Vegesaur Valley where a herd of Tricarrotops have settled for the season to lay their seedlings. For Ginger, this time of year means only one thing…adventure!

Each episode will be a stand-alone mini-adventure driven by Ginger and the baby Pea-Rexes – Split, Minty and Wasabi – a trio of infant predators who are the perfect sidekicks for Ginger!


Ginger & The Vegesaurs is produced by Cheeky Little Media for the ABC and France TV. Principal production funding from Screen Australia with Studio 100 on board as co-investor and international rights distribution by Studio 100 Media. Internationally the series will be titled The Vegesaurs. Created by Gary Eck, Nick O’Sullivan. Directed by David Webster. Written by Gary Eck, Julie Sam-Yue, Sylvie Van Dijk, Sam Carroll, Amy Stewart, Charlotte Rose Hamlyn and Bruce Griffiths. Series Producer Patrick Egerton. Produced by Celine Goetz, Patrick Egerton. Executive Producers Patrick Egerton, David Webster, Gary Eck and Nick O’Sullivan.

ABC Executive Producer Jan Stradling.



With motocross in the red-hot heart of Australia, it’s all action, all the time. MaveriX follows a group of junior riders that make up the first intake of the MaveriX Academy.

MaveriX is a bold experiment in next-level riding designed to push them to their limits, supercharge their talents and set them on a course to the big time.

At the Academy the six gifted individual riders will spend six weeks in Alice Springs over the summer holidays in one of the hottest, dustiest, hostile, and yet beautiful environments known to humankind. Here they must learn to race as a team – or fail.


MaveriX is a Brindle Films production for the ABC. Major production investment from

Screen Australia in association with the ABC and Screen Territory. Financed with support from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and the South Australian Film Corporation.

Created by: Rachel Clements, Sam Meikle & Isaac Elliot. Writers: Sam Meikle, Fin Edquist, Michelle Offen, Kelly Schilling and Sarinah Masukor. Directors: Ian Watson, Geoff Bennett, Isaac Elliott and Kelly Schilling. Producers Trisha Morton-Thomas and Rachel Clements. Executive Producers: Rachel Clements, Sam Meikle, Isaac Elliott, Bernadette O’Mahony. ABC Executive Producer Mary-Ellen Mullane.



Cat is like any other teenager, with one difference: her mother is the Prime Minister of Australia.

Along with her new friends, Cat navigates life in the spotlight, while tracking down a hidden threat to her mum.


A Fremantle Australia production for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW and financed with support from Fremantle International and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Writers: Tristram Baumber, Magda Wozinak, Hannah Samuel, Angela McDonald, Lou Sanz, Craig Irvin and Gemma Bird Matheson. Directors: Julietta Boscolo, Erin White, Alana Hicks. Producer Alice Willison.

Co-Producer Kieran Hoyle. Creators: Tristram Baumber, Matthew Allred. Executive Producers: Chris Oliver-Taylor, Tristram Baumber. ABC Executive Producer Mary-Ellen Mullane.



The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will be broadcast on ABC Radio and ABC Television from 2022 in a three-year deal.

The ABC has also been given broadcast rights to WorldPride, to be held in Sydney in February and March 2023.

The ABC has been given both the television and radio rights to the event until 2024, with triple j named as the host radio broadcaster.

The Mardi Gras Parade will be broadcast on the ABC’s Main Channel, ABC iview and on ABC Australia on Saturday 5 March 2022 starting at 7.30pm live from the Sydney Cricket Ground. The ABC will also feature LGBTQI+ content on triple j, ABC iview, ABC Radio Sydney and local radio around the country and on ABCQueer.


An ABC Production. ABC Manager of Events Janet Gaeta. Producer Bec Annetts. Executive Producer Nikita Agzarian.


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