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Untold Australia - Season 5

Unforgettable Characters, Incredible Stories and Life Changing Events. ‘Untold Australia’ returns on SBS summer 2021

From Tuesday, 5 January at 8.30pm

Untold Australia Season 5 premieres Tuesday, 5 January at 8.30pm on SBS. This Summer, SBS takes you on a journey into some of Australia’s many unique communities through three incredibly powerful and uplifting documentaries in the brand-new season of Untold Australia.

This Summer, SBS takes you on a journey into some of Australia’s many unique communities through three incredibly powerful and uplifting documentaries in the brand-new season of Untold Australia.

This critically acclaimed single documentary strand premieres on Tuesday 5 January at 8.30pm on SBSwith Stutter School. Stuttering affects 1 in 100 Australians[i]. Most of us don’t think twice about asking someone for directions or ordering a meal, but what if the words just won’t come out? This documentary follows four brave Australian stutterers, the youngest aged just 12 and the oldest 64, on a once-in-a-lifetime make-or-break journey to find their voice. Over four confronting, intensive and emotionally charged days, they will be pushed to breaking point. Will they succeed? And how could it transform their lives?

Next on Tuesday 12 January at 8.30pmis Birdsville or Bust which follows the story of the isolated and iconic Australian outback town of Birdsville. The town’s population of just over 100 people mushrooms twice a year with a flood of almost 20,000 partygoers who transform this quiet outpost. For one weekend in September the dusty desert hosts The Birdsville Races, dubbed ‘The Melbourne Cup of the Outback’, and for three days in July there’s The Big Red Bash, billed as the world’s most remote music festival, but what happens when the tourists depart, the mercury hits 49.5 degrees Celsius and an army of flies occupies this remote town?

The series culminates on Tuesday 19 January at 8.30pmwith a year in the lives of three fabulous drag queens as they confront major personal challenges on Bowled Over. Nine years ago, an eclectic troupe of drag queens rescued North Ipswich Bowls Club from financial ruin, thanks largely to the spectacular success of the monthly drag show – Taboo. This charming, inspiring story centers on three drag queens – Crystal Heart, wanda dparke, and 12-year-old Candy Featherbottom – who are now having to save themselves, their careers and their dreams.

SBS Head of Documentaries, Joseph Maxwell said:” SBS is so proud to showcase this diverse strand of single documentaries. Each documentary gives remarkable and intimate access to worlds and people that many Australians rarely encounter. “

Stutter School is produced for SBS by Southern Pictures with principal production investment from Screen Australia. Birdsville or Bust and Bowled Over are produced for SBS by Mint Pictures and Flickchicks respectively with principal production investment from Screen Australia and with funding from Screen Queensland.

Stutter School (Produced by Southern Pictures) - Tuesday, 5 January, 8.30pm on SBS and Sunday, 10 January, 10.10pm on SBS VICELAND

Birdsville or Bust (Produced by Mint Pictures) - Tuesday, 12 January, 8.30pm on SBS and Sunday, 17 January, 10.10pm on SBS VICELAND

Bowled Over (Produced by Flickchicks)– Tuesday, 19 January, 8.30pm on SBS and Sunday, 24 January, 10.10pm on SBS VICELAND

I guess that would explain why SBS has recently been replaying some of their older Untold Australia documentaries.

Surprised they haven’t held onto them until ratings begin in February, although at least it’s new content over Summer for those viewers not into cricket, tennis or celebrities in the jungle.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week

Thursday 17 December at 7:30 pm

A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles’ 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.

Directed by Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind A Beautiful Mind , Eight Days a Week follows the Beatles on the road from 1962 to 1966, a period when “Beatlemania” was at its zenith. Beyond giving moviegoers the opportunity to see the mop-topped crew at their musical height, the film is hitting the zeitgeist in another way. It shows how the foursome stipulated in their contracts that they would not play to segregated audiences, and forced venues in the deep South to integrate. In the film, the band members remember that they came of age playing with black musicians and sought to emulate African-American dominated genres such as R&B.

Lennon’s Last Weekend

Thursday 17 December at 9:30 pm

Lennon’s Last Weekend illuminates what was to be his final interview with an abundance of archival footage, photographs and conversations with people who knew him. Clearly invigorated and looking forward to making more music, Lennon’s heartfelt honesty and forthright revelations make this film all the more potent as he was brutally shot and murdered 48 hours later.

Week commencing 13 December 2020


Sunday 13 December
07:30 pm Blood Of The Clans
08:35 pm Inside The Ritz Hotel Rpt
09:30 pm Inside The Ritz Hotel Rpt
10:25 pm Marry Me, Marry My Family Rpt
11:25 pm Civilisations x 3 Rpt

Monday 14 December
07:30 pm Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich
08:40 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt
09:35 pm Life And Birth
10:40 pm SBS World News Late
11:10 pm Agent Hamilton
11:55 pm Outlander x 2 Rpt

Tuesday 15 December
07:30 pm Great British Railway Journeys S11 E11
08:00 pm Great British Railway Journeys S11 E12
08:35 pm Inside Aldi Rpt
09:30 pm Where Are You Really From? Rpt
10:00 pm The Feed
10:30 pm SBS World News Late
11:00 pm Why We Hate
11:50 pm The A Word

Wednesday 16 December
07:35 pm London’s Great Bridges Series Premiere
08:30 pm Drain Alcatraz Rpt
09:30 pm The Sister S01 E03
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt
11:55 pm Movie: Herstory

Thursday 17 December
07:30 pm The Beatles: Eight Days A Week
09:30 pm Lennon’s Last Weekend
10:35 pm SBS World News Late
11:05 pm 24 Hours in Police Custody Rpt
11:55 pm Wisting

Friday 18 December
07:30 pm Scanning The Nile
08:30 pm The Wonderful World Of Chocolate S02 E07
09:20 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm Country Music Rpt
11:55 pm The State x 4 Rpt

Saturday 19 December
07:35 pm Secrets Of Our Cities Rpt
08:30 pm Portillo’s Greatest Railway Journeys
09:25 pm Movie: No Country For Old Men
11:40 pm Movie: Silence

Untold Australia is part of SBS’ summer line-up, which also includes the final episodes of Vikings season 6, the FTA premiere of World War II drama World on Fire (it debuted on BBC First in 2019), and The Last Year of Television on SBS Viceland.

Wonderful World Of Chocolate Christmas

Friday 18 December at 8:30 pm

From an exclusive trip inside Bailey’s Chocolate factory revealing the process behind their Christmassy sweets, to a near life-size Santa for Cardiff Castle’s Victorian Christmas, to the latest chocolate treats in Fortnum’s new confectionary department - this Wonderful World of Chocolate Christmas special is a total box of delights.


Inside Aldi At Christmas

Tuesday 22 December at 8:35 pm

For many British shoppers, this Christmas won’t be complete without a trip to cut-price supermarket Aldi. The German discounter has become a favourite retail destination, serving up everything from luxury mince pies to copycat campers. In Inside Aldi At Christmas we reveal the secrets behind its success - how it rose from a grocery chain that once baffled its UK customers, to a brand that took almost £1bn in December 2018, enjoying its busiest week ever.


Inside Harrods At Christmas

Monday 21 December at 8:40 pm

Harrods is the world,s most famous department store, offering some of the most expensive - and unusual - items ever sold. No wonder it’s the place where the rich and famous go to shop at Christmas. Inside Harrods At Christmas reveals the amazing origins of this London emporium, and explains how it claimed its place at the very heart of the festive season. Its story is tied to the history of Britain and the Empire. As well as catering for customers in the poshest postcodes, it has served those fighting on the frontline, survived raging fires and even terrorist bombings.

Planet Of Treasures

From Friday 25 December at 8:00 pm , 6 episodes.

Christopher Clark visits highlights of the diverse and historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and tries to answer the question as to what unites the 1,4 billion people on the subcontinent. His path leads him from the holy Hindu city of Varanasi to Mumbai and the caves of Elephanta Island, and on narrow rail tracks up to the Himalaya, from the legendary Taj Mahal to the monumental castles and palaces of Rajasthan. Lastly, Christopher learns a lot about yoga.


A World Of Calm

From Friday 25 December at 7:35 pm , 10 episodes

A World of Calm is an HBO slow TV experience, where audiences step into a world designed to unwind and relax. The series is a compilation of breathtaking visuals combined with evocative narration by an array of A-listers including Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Mahershala Ali, Nicole Kidman, Lucy Lui and Keanu Reeves. A World of Calm is a timely antidote to modern life, the half-hour episodes providing an immersive visual journey to another world. Each episode transcends viewers, presenting outstanding imagery of the natural world.


Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health

Tuesday 7 January at 9:20 pm

Why do some men struggle to talk about their emotions? Prince William wants to change the attitudes around mental health in Britain.

Motivated by the high rates of suicide in young men in the United Kingdom, William wants to use football as a way to get men talking and to break the taboo that surrounds mental health. The documentary follows William as he meets players and fans from grassroots to the elite of the game and openly discusses their mental health challenges. As well as campaigning to change attitudes today, William explores aspects of British history that have helped create the culture of silence around this issue.

Vikings - Final Season

From Wednesday 6 January at 8:30pm

Created by Michael Hirst ( The Tudors ), the final season of epic saga Vikings will premiere with a double episode on SBS and SBS On Demand at 8:30pm on Wednesday 6 January . Episodes will then air weekly on Wednesdays at 9:30PM. Vikings fans have been waiting over a year to find out how this iconic series, first premiering in 2013 and inspired by the tales of the Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia, concludes. The final instalment begins as Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith, Lovecraft Country, Neighbours ) learns the truth about Kjetill. Meanwhile, back in Norway, the battle against the Rus has had grave consequences. Reinforcements are on the horizon, and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games ) has an idea that may yet turn the tide.

Week commencing 20 December 2020


Sunday 20 December
07:30 pm Blood Of The Clans S01 E02
08:35 pm Inside The Savoy Hotel Rpt
09:30 pm Secrets of Harrods Department Store Rpt
10:25 pm Marry Me, Marry My Family Rpt
11:30 pm Police Custody: Love Thy Neighbour Rpt

Monday 21 December
07:30 pm Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich
08:40 pm Inside Harrods At Christmas
09:30 pm 24 Hours In Emergency
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm Agent Hamilton
11:45 pm Outlander x 2 Rpt

Tuesday 22 December
07:30 pm Great British Railway Journeys S11 E13
08:00 pm Great British Railway Journeys S11 E14
08:35 pm Inside Aldi At Christmas
09:25 pm Drink Wars: Coca-Cola Vs Pepsi Rpt
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Why We Hate
11:40 pm The A Word

Wednesday 23 December
07:35 pm London’s Great Bridges S01 E02
08:30 pm Secrets Of Britain Rpt
09:30 pm The Sister S01 E04
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt
11:55 pm Vikings x 2 Rpt

Thursday 24 December
07:30 pm A Lego Brickumentary Rpt
09:15 pm Movie: Professor Marston And The Wonder Women
11:10 pm 24 Hours in Police Custody Rpt

:christmas_tree: Friday 25 December :christmas_tree:
07:30 pm A World Of Calm S01 E03 The Bird’s Journey
08:00 pm Planet Of Treasures
09:00 pm Tom Cruise - Body And Soul
10:00 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
10:55 pm Country Music Rpt
11:55 pm The Name Of The Rose x 4 Rpt

Saturday 26 December
07:35 pm A World Of Calm S01 E09 The Gift of Chocolate
07:55 pm Secrets Of Our Cities Rpt
09:00 pm Movie: Gangs Of New York

Looks like SBS has brought forward the premiere by one week - it was originally scheduled for January 2.

The 10-part series debuted on HBO Max in the US in October this year. It’s made by the producers of the meditation app Calm and Nutopia, and has generated mixed reviews in America (look up on Google).

I’ve been following this series every week and it is quite interesting. Initially, I thought it would be similar to Hungry Ghost but it’s actually more of a thriller. The plot is much more easier for me to understand compared to Hungry Ghost.

I have to say that this pandemic and lockdown has shifted my TV viewing habits a bit. I am finding myself watching more SBS and ABC and in particular some of the documentaries.

This doco makes me want to travel to Monaco but so far, it is only a fantasy. I will probably have to save up at least a year’s salary before I can even stay in Monaco for a day!!!

Another documentary that I have stumbled upon is Sex in Strange Places: Stacey Dooley. (Monday night on SBS Viceland). It is not as sleazy as the title of the program and definitely not an alternative to porn. I thought that the documentary is quite confronting at times.

Week commencing 27 December 2020


Sunday 27 December
07:30 pm A World Of Calm S01 E08 A Horse’s Tale
07:55 pm Dan Snow: The Tutankhamun Mystery
09:40 pm Secret Life Of The Mega Resort Rpt
10:40 pm Marry Me, Marry My Family Rpt
11:30 pm Police Custody: One Punch Rpt

Monday 28 December
07:30 pm A World Of Calm S01 E07 Noodles
07:55 pm Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2020
09:40 pm Happy Birthday Hubble
10:50 pm SBS World News Late
11:50 pm Agent Hamilton

Tuesday 29 December
07:30 pm A World Of Calm S01 E04 Snowfall
07:55 pm Great British Railway Journeys S11 E15
08:30 pm Food Fighter
10:10 pm SBS World News Late
10:40 pm Why We Hate
11:30 pm The A Word

Wednesday 30 December
07:30 pm A World Of Calm S01 E10 Water, Giver of Life
07:55 pm London’s Great Bridges S01 E03
08:50 pm Secrets Of Britain Rpt
09:55 pm SBS World News Late
10:25 pm Policing The Police
11:25 pm Vikings x 3 Rpt

Thursday 31 December
07:30 pm A World Of Calm S01 E05 Living Among Trees
07:55 pm Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender Rpt
09:30 pm Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry Rpt
11:00 pm The Last Waltz

:fireworks: Friday 1 January
07:30 pm A World Of Calm S01 E02 The Glassmaker
08:00 pm Planet Of Treasures
08:55 pm Kevin McCloud: Rough Guide To The Future
09:50 pm 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
10:45 pm Country Music Rpt
11:45 pm The Name Of The Rose x 4 Rpt

Saturday 2 January
07:35 pm A World Of Calm S01 E01 The Coral City
07:55 pm Kevin McCloud: Rough Guide To The Future Rpt
08:50 pm Movie: The Godfather

SBS are showing World of Calm out of order Starting on Christmas day, continuing to Sunday 3 January

A World of Calm is an HBO slow TV experience, where audiences step into a world designed to unwind and relax. The series is a compilation of breathtaking visuals combined with evocative narration by an array of A-listers including Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Mahershala Ali, Nicole Kidman, Lucy Lui and Keanu Reeves. A World of Calm is a timely antidote to modern life, the half-hour episodes providing an immersive visual journey to another world. Each episode transcends viewers, presenting outstanding imagery of the natural world.

Narrators include Nicole Kidman, Lucy Liu, Kate Winslet and Keanu Reeves

so for 25 mins people will be relaxed and might fall asleep lol

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…and leave the channel on for ratings. Smart.

Dinner For One back again for another year (32 years and counting) but at 6.10pm :frowning:

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It will air on Channel 4 UK on Boxing Day, but has already been slammed for the lack of female comedians on the panel.

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Not sure many people in this forum (or in Australia) watched the finale but it felt like a cliff hanger to me. The very final scene was quite scary and it left me wanting more. I would have loved to see a bit more of the dead sister haunting the crap out of the main male character!!!. At this stage, there’s no announcement of a second season yet but it seems unlikey that it’s going to happen.

Week commencing 3 January 2021


Sunday 3 January
07:35 pm A World Of Calm S01 E06 The Great Beyond Series Final
07:55 pm Life Of Earth From Space Rpt
08:50 pm Life Of Earth From Space Rpt
09:40 pm Pluto: Back From The Dead
10:50 pm Marry Me, Marry My Family Rpt
11:50 pm Police Custody: Black Balaclava Rpt

Monday 4 January
07:35 pm The Architecture The Railways Built Series Premiere
08:40 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt
09:20 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
11:45 pm Agent Hamilton
11:35 pm Outlander x 2

Tuesday 5 January
07:35 pm The Architecture The Railways Built S01 E02
08:30 pm Stutter School: Untold Australia Series Premiere
09:30 pm Travel Man’s Greatest Trips Series Premiere
10:30 pm SBS World News Late
11:00 pm The A Word Season 2 Premiere

Wednesday 6 January
07:35 pm Britain’s Most Historic Towns Lincoln Season 3 Premiere
08:30 pm Vikings Season 6 Premiere
09:20 pm Vikings S06 E02
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt
11:40 pm Movie: The Untamed

Thursday 7 January
07:35 pm The World’s Greatest Palaces Series Premiere
08:30 pm World On Fire Series Premiere
09:30 pm World On Fire S01 E02
10:40 pm SBS World News Late
11:10 pm 24 Hours In Police Custody Rpt

Friday 8 January
07:35 pm Planet Of Treasures S01 E03
08:30 pm Kevin McCloud: Rough Guide To The Future Rpt
09:30 pm D-Day: The King Who Fooled Hitler
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm Country Music Rpt
11:5 pm Versailles x 4 Rpt

Saturday 9 January
07:35 pm Robson Green’s Australian Adventure Rpt
08:30 pm Movie: The Godfather Part II