The ever-popular Fran Kelly has taken her name and literally kicked the ‘el out of it to create Frankly – a brand new chat show commencing production today and screening on Friday nights later this year on ABC TV and ABC iview.

The former RN Breakfast host has swapped her early morning radio mic for a glitzy prime-time TV studio to host her very own talk show in front of a live audience with a house rock band.

As one of the country’s leading interviewers, Fran will have frank yet fun chats with some of the biggest names and brains in Australia and from around the globe. International and home-grown actors, Aussie musicians, comedians, big thinkers and change-makers, Fran brings her warm and intelligent style to make you laugh, make you think and to thoroughly entertain.

Speaking of Frankly, Fran said “I’m so excited about this new show. Leaving RN Breakfast was bittersweet…I’m loving the sleep-ins but missing all those incredible conversations with fabulous guests from around Australia and the world. People have been asking ever since what’s next for me. Well this is it and I can’t wait. More great conversations, a live audience and my own band…what’s not to be excited about. It’s such a privilege and going to be so much fun.”

Head of ABC Entertainment Nick Hayden said, “Fran brings such a warmth and depth of intelligence we couldn’t be more excited to invite the audience in to hear her chat with the most interesting and electrifying people on the planet.”

Quite Frankly, there’ll be no better way to spend your Friday nights.

Frankly is an ABC Entertainment production.


So according to TVTonight production is underway which I assume means it isn’t live? It sounds great but a shame if it isn’t live

It looks like Frankly will replace Gardening Australia in the Friday 7.30pm timeslot later this year.

Are audience tickets available for this show?

Premieres Friday 7 October 8:30pm


Over the next 8 weeks Fran will be talking to the likes of Sandi Toksvig, Tim Minchin, Steph Tisdell, Richard E Grant, Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris and Shaun Micallef, with music from artists such Vera Blue and Jimmy Barnes. Plus, Fran will introduce a whole host of ‘big brains’ that’ll make viewers think differently about how they view the world.

Premieres Friday 7 October 8:30pm

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The pilot episode will be filmed at ABC’s Sydney headquarters on Monday, September 26, from 5.30pm to 9pm. Register for audience tickets here

Tickets to the other eight episodes will be available from Eventbrite website via the link.