SBS (main channel) - Programs and Schedules

It is part of a Mega Building Collection from Germany’s ZDF Studios, a series of five documentaries, each focusing on a specific technical achievement. The other four episodes are Megabridges, Megadams, Supertunnels and Incredible Canals.

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Darcey Bussell’s Royal Roadtrip

Monday 23 January 7:35 PM

Former Principal dancer of the Royal Ballet Dame Darcy Bussell embarks on a road trip around Britain in celebration of places that meant so much to Queen Elizabeth II.

Darcy begins her journey in the Scottish Highlands.

The one event the Queen never missed on her summer holidays at Balmoral is the Highland Games, where Darcey tosses the caber and discovers what it’s like to have the Queen as a neighbour.

U S And The Holocaust

Tuesday 24 January 8:30 PM

After decades of open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts the United States to pass laws restricting immigration.

In Germany, Hitler finds support for his antisemitic rhetoric, and the Nazis begin their persecution of Jewish people, causing many to flee to neighbouring countries or America.

FDR and other world leaders are concerned by the growing refugee crisis but fail to coordinate a response.

Sunset Ceremony

Wednesday 25 January 7:30 PM

What does January 26 mean to Australians? Join a panel discussion featuring Ernie Dingo, Brooke Blurton, Rhoda Roberts and more.

Entertainment by Baarka and Marlon and Rulla.

Hosted by Narelda Jacobs.

Scotland: A Wild Year

From Friday 27 January 7:35 PM

These are the extraordinary stories of Scotland’s secret wild places and the unexpected animals that live there.

This four-part series reveals a spectacular array of wildlife - from highland red deer, white-tailed eagles, red squirrels and pine martens to coastal dwelling puffins, grey seals, otters, and even killer whales. Stretching from the Shetlands to the far south of Scotland, each episode focuses on how animals strive to survive through four very different seasons in one epic year, dominated by a maritime climate that’s both punishing and unpredictable, where their lives are always at the mercy of the elements.

Week commencing 22 January 2023

Sunday 22 January
07:30 pm Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story Rpt
08:30 pm Attila’s Forbidden Tomb Rpt
10:10 pm Lost Cities Of The Trojans Rpt
11:40 pm Hungry Ghosts x 4 Rpt

Monday 23 January
07:30 pm Darcey Bussell’s Royal Roadtrip Series Premiere
08:30 pm Heritage Rescue S02 E04
09:25 pm Secrets Of Playboy
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm Partisan FTA Premiere
11:45 pm Shadowplay x 4 Rpt

Tuesday 24 January
07:30 pm Who Do You Think You Are Smokey Robinson S07 E07
08:30 pm U S And The Holocaust
10:50 pm SBS World News Late
11:20 pm Cheyenne & Lola
12:25 am Unit One x 4 Rpt

Wednesday 25 January
07:35 pm Sunset Ceremony
09:30 pm Tokyo Vice S01 E07
10:40 pm SBS World News Late
11:10 pm Dignity S01 E07
12:05 am The Night Manager

Thursday 26 January
07:35 pm Movie: Top End Wedding
09:20 pm Royal History’s Myths And Secrets Rpt
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm War Of The Worlds S03 E08
11:50 pm Vikings x 4 Rpt

Friday 27 January
07:35 pm Scotland: A Wild Year Premiere
08:30 pm Inside Central Station Rpt
09:25 pm Undeniable: The Truth To Remember Rpt
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Gomorrah x 3 Rpt

Saturday 28 January
07:30 pm Extreme Railway Journeys Rpt
08:30 pm The Queen At War Rpt
09:30 pm Britain By Beach Rpt
10:25 pm Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman Rpt
11:15 pm Movie: The Responder

The week of January 22 also happens to be the Lunar New Year (Year of the Rabbit), however the main channel only has one program related to China (Great Wall of China on the Sunday). I think this year’s LNY special programming will be restricted to SBS Food and World Movies channels.

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Reflecting, healing, and empowering with Always Was, Always Will Be line-up across NITV and SBS this January 26

  • Broadcast from Yurong Point, Gadigal Country (Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney), new show Sunset Ceremony premieres during prime-time on NITV and SBS on 25 January, featuring Narelda Jacobs, John Paul Janke, Ernie Dingo, Brooke Blurton and more.

  • NITV presents coverage from across the country on January 26, simulcast on SBS from 6am to 2pm.

  • Programming across the network from Sunday 22 January to Friday 27 January champions First Nations voices and Blak excellence.

For the first time ahead of the day itself, National Indigenous Television (NITV) and the wider SBS network invite audiences to deepen their understanding of January 26 and what it means to be Australian through a brand new prime-time program, Sunset Ceremony.

Broadcast from Yurong Point, Gadigal Country (Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney) on Wednesday January 25 at 7.30pm on NITV and SBS, and hosted by Whadjuk Noongar woman, Network Ten’s Narelda Jacobs (NITV’s The Point, Studio 10, 10 News First Midday) and Wuthathi and Meriam man John Paul Janke (NITV’s The Point), Sunset Ceremony will feature insightful discussion, ceremony, and performances during the two-hour program. Sunset Ceremony will simulcast on 10 Play, before being encored at 6am on Thursday 26 January on 10 and at 12pm on NITV and SBS.

Prominent First Nations voices will reflect on what January 26 means to them at an important time in the national conversation, including as Australia heads towards a Referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. They will also be joined by guests providing perspectives from multicultural communities and be entertained by an exciting line-up of First Nations artists performing throughout the show.

“Our Always Was, Always Will Be line-up is a resilient celebration of our stories, our voices, and our power,” said Tanya Denning-Orman, a Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman and SBS Director of Indigenous Content.

“At NITV, every day is an open invitation for all Australians to connect with First Nations stories and perspectives. As we approach January 26, SBS – with NITV at its heart –wants to encourage and empower all Australians to understand more about the 65,000+ years of history and cultures we have across this continent, the views and experiences within communities, and the role we can all play in Australia’s future.”

“This year, we’re introducing a new program on January 25 with Sunset Ceremony, setting the agenda as the sun sets ahead of January 26, when we’ll continue to showcase the stories and strength of First Nations peoples through our coverage of the day’s events, including in more than 60 languages across the SBS network.”

Sunset Ceremony features performances from Malyangapa and Barkindji woman BARKAA, who has performed at iconic venues including Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, dynamic First Nations duo Marlon x Rulla, who have played on some of Australia’s biggest stages, spoken word sensation, playwright and actor Steven Oliver, and world-class performers Muggera Dancers.

Special guests will include television presenter, actor and Yamatji man Ernie Dingo AM (Going Places with Ernie Dingo),Noongar-Yamatji woman, LGBTIQA+ and mental health advocate, author and reality TV star Brooke Blurton, actor, producer, director and Samu and Koedal man Aaron Fa’aoso (Strait to the Plate), Widjabul Wia-bal woman of the Bundjalung Nation and SBS Elder in Residence Rhoda Roberts AO, respected Gadigal Elder and cultural representative for the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Uncle Allan Madden, former investment analyst from the Quandamooka peoples of Minjerribah and Director of From the Heart Dean Parkin, and descendant of the Kabi Kabi Nation and the GurangGurang Nation of Queensland and executive member of the Indigenous Peoples Organisation, Pastor Raymond Minniecon.

Network 10 National Affairs Editor, award-winning journalist and humanitarian Hugh Riminton, AFL Women’s player and entrepreneur Akec Makur Chuot, and lawyer, director and social justice advocate, Azmeena Hussain OAM also join the conversation, providing views from non-Indigenous perspectives.

On January 26, the strength and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, stories and histories that have existed for more than 65,000 years will be given prominence across NITV and SBS, beginning with a showcase of Australia’s stunning landscapes in Bamay at 6am. Then, short introductory film The Land We’re On airs at 6.30am. In the short film, nine-year-old Wiradjuri and palawa filmmaker Penelope Towney performs an Acknowledgement of Country in Wiradjuri language for the Dharawal and Yuin Nations, followed by a short reflection on the significance and meaning of a Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country before concluding her speech in palawa kani.

NITV News coverage and updates across digital platforms will provide ongoing reporting and insight on the day’s events from every state and territory, with programming simulcast on NITV and SBS from 6am through to 2pm, leading to a special 30-minute news wrap Day 26 Live at 6pm, which will be simulcast with SBS ahead of SBS World News at 6.30pm. SBS and NITV will then simulcast beloved Australian film Top End Wedding, starring Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Le and Kerry Fox, at 7.30pm.

SBS On Demand will feature a curated Always Was, Always Will Be collection of films and programs, and SBS World Movies will broadcast iconic Australian films Rabbit Proof Fence and Bran Nue Da e from 6.15pm. SBS Food will also air a selection of programs throughout the day, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through cuisine with episodes of The Cook Up with Adam Liaw and Strait to the Plate. From 10.10pm, SBS VICELAND will encore documentaries from the Curious Australia initiative from First Nations creators telling contemporary stories from communities, including Sistas in Mining and Un-Locked.

Throughout January 22 to 27, NITV will also screen thought provoking First Nations stories, with impactful documentaries The Australian Wars, Araatika! Rise Up , Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky and Australia in Colour ; award-winning films Sweet Country , Rabbit Proof Fence and Manganinie ; and celebration of Country with Bamay, Going Places with Ernie Dingo and From The Heart Of Our Nation: A Celebration .

SBS Radio will also be covering January 26 across more than 60 languages. Stories will explore Australia’s diverse communities’ perspectives on January 26 and deepen understanding and connections with First Nations peoples among multicultural communities.

NITV’s Always Was, Always Will Be programming on 25 and 26 January will be shared with the World Indigenous Broadcasters Network, of which NITV is a member, making it available to audiences in Canada and Taiwan via APTN and Taiwan Indigenous Television (TiTV) respectively.

Watch Sunset Ceremony on NITV and SBS on Wednesday January 25 at 7.30pm. The program will be simulcast on 10Play.

Sunset Ceremony is also available to watch on Channel 10 on January 26 at 6am and on NITV and SBS at 12pm.

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SBS has bought three documentaries from Irish broadcaster RTE.

Incredible Canals

Wednesday 1 February 7:35 PM

Canals are impressive masterpieces of human engineering. Three historically and economically relevant waterways in France are among the most well-known of this technological total work of art - The Canal du Midi was built under Louis XIV and provided Toulouse access to the Mediterranean Sea.

E01: Since the 19th century, the Canal de Bourgogne has connected the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic, and the Grand Canal of Alsace, which is mainly used to generate electricity, was built during the 20th century.

My Grandparents’ War - Season 2

Wednesday 1 February 8:30 PM

Follow leading Hollywood actors as they re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents and learn how World War II changed the lives of their families - and the world.

E01 Kit Harington explores the extraordinary stories of his grandparents during World War II.

Kit uncovers their role in spying operations on the former King of England and learns about the deadly operation when his grandfather won the military cross.

Bloodlands - Season 2

Wednesday 1 February 9:30 PM

When a wealthy accountant is gunned down, DCI Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) and his policing partner Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna) set to work untangling a murder conspiracy - one they soon realise is linked to missing gold, worth millions. Gold that Tom has seen before…

As Goliath, Tom intercepted a shipment of rifles intended for the IRA in 1998, and on receipt found eight bars of gold hidden alongside them. He kept the bounty for himself, using the threatening reputation of his alter ego to anonymously enlist a terrified Colin Foyle as his accountant, to keep it safe. When presented with Colin’s body, Tom realises he needs to find his gold before anyone - let alone his fellow officers - can get there first.

From Paris to Rome With Bettany Hughes

Thursday 2 February 7:35 PM

Bettany Hughes is on the journey of a lifetime through France and Italy. Inspired by the 18th century’s grand tourists, Bettany is making her own modern, pleasure-filled trip to some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. On her travels, she will encounter the stunning beauty of Venice’s canals, visit the sumptuous Lake Como and cruise down the Seine in Paris – all in her search for the good things in life. It is a rich treat-filled adventure revelling in all that makes life worth living.

The American Presidency With Bill Clinton

Thursday 2 February 8:30 PM

Former US president Bill Clinton is one of the few men alive who understands the often-agonising responsibility of being the Decider-in-Chief at critical moments in America’s history. As such, this series will be guided by his experience and beliefs, chief among them is that ours in a self-correcting political experiment.

The Walk-In

Thursday 2 February 9:30 PM

The far right in Britain seizes on political unrest caused by the Brexit referendum and Muslim terrorist attacks, culminating in the murder of MP Jo Cox. Activist Matthew Collins must penetrate an ultra-far-right group planning more outrages.

Portillo In The Pyrenees

Saturday 4 February 8:30 PM

Former British Government Cabinet Minister turned broadcaster Michael Portillo embarks upon a journey of self-discovery as he walks stretches of the Pyrenees mountain range between Spain and France.

Week commencing 29 January 2023

Sunday 29 January
07:30 pm Lost Treasure Tombs Of The Ancient Maya Rpt
08:30 pm Lost Treasure Tombs Of The Ancient Maya Rpt
09:25 pm Australia Burns: Silence Of The Land Rpt
10:50 pm Looking For Life On Mars Rpt
11:55 pm 24 Hours In Emergency Rpt

Monday 30 January
07:30 pm Darcey Bussell’s Royal Roadtrip S01 E02
08:30 pm Heritage Rescue S02 E05
09:25 pm Secrets Of Playboy
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm Partisan S01 E02
11:45 pm Shadowplay x 4 Rpt

Tuesday 31 January
07:30 pm Who Do You Think You Are? Brooke Shields S07 E08
08:30 pm U S And The Holocaust S01 E02
11:00 pm SBS World News Late
11:30 pm Cheyenne & Lola
12:35 am Unit One x 4 Rpt

Wednesday 1 February
07:35 pm Incredible Canals Series Premiere
08:35 pm My Grandparents’ War Series 2 Premiere
09:30 pm Bloodlands Series 2 Premiere
10:30 pm SBS World News Late
11:05 pm Cargo FTA Premiere

Thursday 2 February
07:35 pm From Paris to Rome With Bettany Hughes Series Premiere
08:30 pm American Presidency With Bill Clinton Premiere
09:20 pm The Walk-In Premiere
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm War Of The Worlds S03 E09
11:40 pm Vikings x 4 Rpt

Friday 3 February
07:35 pm Scotland: A Wild Year S01 E02
08:30 pm Inside Central Station Rpt
09:25 pm Lighthouses: Building The Impossible Rpt
10:20 pm SBS World News Late
10:50 pm Gomorrah x 3 Rpt

Saturday 4 February
07:30 pm Extreme Railway Journeys Rpt
08:30 pm Portillo In The Pyrenees Series Premiere
09:30 pm Britain By Beach Rpt
10:25 pm Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman Rpt
11:15 pm Atlanta x 9 Rpt

This is a five-part ITV mini-series which debuted in the UK in October last year.

I remember Stephen Graham appearing on The Graham Norton Show to discuss his character of Matthew Collins.

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Wildlife ER

From Wednesday 8 February 7:35 PM

Wildlife ER offers a rare insight into the care and treatment of sick and injured native animals at Australia’s busiest wildlife hospital. Across six engaging episodes, we follow dedicated professionals and volunteers as they work to save iconic and often endangered species that are struggling to survive human encroachment into their habitats.

Megabridges: Spanning The Void

Friday 10 February 8:30 PM

The history of humankind is also a history of technology, because with the help of constructions and machines, our world becomes accessible.

We overcome obstacles and distances and provide ourselves with food, energy and everything we need to live.

Megabridges: Spanning The Void is dedicated to a selection of spectacular and pioneering milestones in the art of engineering.

This ranges from the Pont du Gard of Roman times to the French TGV high-speed train.

It looks at gigantic dams, navigable canals, kilometre-long tunnels that cross mountains and seas, and the Millau Viaduct, the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world.

The documentary provides insights into the construction and operation of these icons of progress.

The World’s Most Beautiful Landscapes

From Saturday 11 February 7:35 PM

Take a breathtaking visual journey through some of the world’s most beautiful and extraordinary landscapes.

Ep 1: Snowdonia
Ep 2: Queensland

Week commencing 5 February 2023

Sunday 5 February
07:30 pm Mysteries From The Grave: Titanic Rpt
09:00 pm Stonehenge: The New Revelations Rpt
10:25 pm Scotland In Search Of Sir Walter Scott Rpt
11:35 pm 24 Hours In Emergency x 2 Rpt

Monday 6 February
07:35 pm Darcey Bussell’s Royal Roadtrip S01 E03
08:30 pm Heritage Rescue S02 E04
09:25 pm Secrets Of Playboy S01 E08
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm Partisan S01 E02
11:45 pm Mr Mercedes x 5 Rpt

Tuesday 7 February
07:30 pm Who Do You Think You Are? M Broderick S07 E09
08:30 pm U S And The Holocaust S01 E03
10:50 pm SBS World News Late
11:20 pm Antidisturbios Rpt
12:15 am Unit One Rpt

Wednesday 8 February
07:35 pm Wildlife ER Series Premiere
08:35 pm My Grandparents’ War S02 E02
09:30 pm Bloodlands S02 E02
10:35 pm SBS World News Late
11:05 pm Cargo S01 E02

Thursday 9 February
07:35 pm From Paris to Rome With Bettany Hughes S01 E02
08:30 pm American Presidency With Bill Clinton S01 E02
09:20 pm The Walk-In S01 E02
10:15 pm SBS World News Late
10:45 pm L’Opera FTA Premiere
11:35 pm World On Fire x 4 Rpt

Friday 10 February
07:35 pm Scotland: A Wild Year S01 E03
08:30 pm Megabridges: Spanning The Void Premiere
09:30 pm Lighthouses: Building The Impossible Rpt
10:25 pm SBS World News Late
10:55 pm Gomorrah x 3 Rpt

Saturday 11 February
07:30 pm The World’s Most Beautiful Landscapes Series Premiere
08:30 pm Portillo In The Pyrenees S01 E02
09:30 pm Inside Windsor Castle Rpt
10:25 pm Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman Rpt
11:15 pm Atlanta Rpt
11:55 pm Mister 8 x 8 Rpt

This is the first week of the unofficial ratings year.

It is produced by WildBear Entertainment and filmed at RSPCA Queensland last year. The first season has six episodes.

It has already been renewed for a second season by pay TV channel Love Nature.

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Ancient Egypt By Train

From Sunday 12 February 7:30 PM 4 episodes

Ancient Egypt By Train is a unique travelogue that sees Professor Alice Roberts looking into the world’s oldest civilisation. And she’s doing it by train.

This four-part series starts at the very end of the Ancient Egyptian empire in Alexandria, where the Romans came to take control, and travels back in time, heading south, to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. Roberts digs deep to look beyond the myths and legends to understand what it must have been like to have lived in this fascinating, brutal and complex ancient civilisation.

Dan Snow’s Greatest Discoveries

From Sunday 12 February 8:30 PM TBC

Dan Snow will breathe new life into the incredible archaeological discoveries, including Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and the Roman town of Pompeii. In each episode, Dan will explore the thrilling play by play of each discovery as they reached their crescendo, unpacking these finds on the very spot where they happened and revealing the historical significance.

Each film will delve into the lives of the archaeologists who made the discoveries and showcase these astonishing feats.

Monster: The Mystery Of Loch Ness

Monday 13 February 8:30 PM

In the Scottish Highlands in the 1930s news of a spate of sightings of a strange creature in the waters of Loch Ness spreads like wildfire.

Photographs are published in the press around the world as the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ is born.

The scientific establishment refuse to accept the monster’s existence, demanding firmer evidence.

Then in 1960 the first film footage is shot of what appears to be a huge animal swimming across the loch.

Could this be the proof needed?

Gloriavale: New Zealand’s Secret Cult

Tuesday 14 February 8:30 PM

Gloriavale: New Zealand’s Secret Cult is an observational documentary examining the widespread abuse inside the infamous Gloriavale Christian Community cult and the institutional failures that have allowed it to continue.

With unprecedented access to the notoriously secretive community, the filmmakers follow a lone family as they mount a ground-breaking legal case against the cult’s powerful leaders.

Long associated with allegations of sexual and physical abuse, human rights violations and fraud, the true extent of Gloriavale’s crimes and the cruelty of its leaders is exposed as the Ready family risk losing their home, their community and those they love for a chance to bring positive change to Gloriavale.


Friday 17 February 8:30 PM

Taming nature and capturing its energy - it’s a task made possible by hydro-electric barrages.

Several dams have revolutionised barrage building and set engineering records. Serre Ponçon’s barrage from 1960 is more than 120 metres high, and its reservoir is the biggest artificial lake in France. To build it, two villages in the valley below had to be flooded. Romanche-Gavet’s cutting-edge barrage was completed in 2020. It replaces no fewer than five barrages and is virtually invisible.

SBS’s current affairs line-up returns diving into local and global stories for all Australians

Insight and Dateline return on Tuesday nights in 2023 from 21 February and 7 March

SBS’s Tuesday night current affairs line-up will return on Tuesday 21 February, with Insight at 8:30pm AEDT and Dateline on Tuesday 7 March at 9:30pm AEDT.

In 2023, these powerful and long-running series will bring global events and issues to the forefront, provide compelling and diverse first-person stories, and deliver original investigations. SBS’s current affairs programs continue to tell impactful and distinctive stories from voices that would otherwise be unseen and unheard.

Insight is Australia’s leading forum for surprising first-person stories and debate at 8:30pm. Presented by Kumi Taguchi, the program will explore a wide range of topics in 2023 including “Politically Incorrect”, “Identity Crime”, “Mid-Life Sexual Awakenings”, “Discovering A Hidden Past”, “Housing Stress", and much more.

On Tuesday 7 March in its established timeslot at 9:30pm, Australia’s longest-running international current affairs show Dateline will explore global issues that deepen our understanding of the world around us, with this year’s line-up featuring stories from Japan, Jamaica, Turkey, Ukraine, Denmark, and more.

The 2023 season kicks off with a compelling story from Japan, reported by Kumi Taguchi. She goes inside the world of a controversial church, that some call a ‘cult’, now under investigation for its role in Japanese politics, and its connection to the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

This year, Dateline’s brand-new format features a diversified offering spanning two distinct stories per episode, with the inclusion of one short-form human interest story to complement the lead in-depth feature.

Also in 2023, SBS will introduce its new specialist documentary unit that sits within its award-winning News and Current Affairs team, with a focus on creating content for a younger audience and investing in original programming for SBS On Demand.

This year, Marc Fennell will follow on from the success of Framed – the story of Australia’s greatest art heist and SBS’s most successful ever online-focused originals commission – with two new powerful digital-first documentary series.

SBS Director of News and Current Affairs, Mandi Wicks, said: “At SBS, our distinctive current affairs programs are designed to inform Australians and to provide unique and inspiring perspectives and stories – ones that might otherwise not be told.

“In 2023, our line-up will continue to give voice to individuals and communities through storytelling that’s creative and compelling, highlighting issues to drive thoughtful conversation across both local and global matters.
“The SBS News and Current Affairs team looks forward to delivering a slate that goes beyond the headlines to engage and educate all Australians.”

More details

Insight and Dateline will also be available to stream on SBS On Demand with subtitles in Arabic and Simplified Chinese.

NITV flagship news and current affairs program The Point will return to screens in the first half of 2023.

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