SBS Television 2022

Discussion of SBS Television programming for 2022.

Date for SBS 2022 program announcements to be advised.

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Pretty good line-up of shows for SBS. Interesting to see that Amazon series Nine Perfect Strangers will get a FTA screening towards the end of this year.
I also thought that Tokyo Vice would go to Binge given it was produced by Warner Bros for HBO Max.

The multi-year deal with StudioCanal will ensure a steady stream of dramas for SBS on Demand in particular, although I wonder why movies are excluded?


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Amazing how SBS keeps launching new channels given their budget. Must be cheap to run content.


Applications are now open for Alone Australia.

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C21 has revealed more info on Question Team.

Screen Australia today announced it had provided production funding for two new documentaries for SBS.

Me And My Tourette’s
1 x 52 mins
Joined Up Films Pty Ltd
Director/Producer Lisa Dupenois
Executive Producers Jacqueline Willinge, Daniel Brown, Anthony Willinge
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales Flame
Synopsis This confronting observational documentary follows three people with Tourette’s Syndrome as they challenge society’s prejudices and strive towards acceptance.

The School (working title)
3 x 52 mins
South Side Pictures Pty Ltd
Writers Ross Wilson, Laurie Critchley
Producers Ross Wilson, Dylan Chown
Supervising & Development Producer Georgia Woodward
Executive Producer Laurie Critchely, Ross Wilson
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales Southern Pictures
Synopsis For the first time, we join the leader of one of Australia’s fastest growing Islamic schools as he embarks on a bold new social experiment to break down the barriers and breach the fault lines of modern multicultural Australia.

Also see: Southern Pictures produces new three-part documentary series for SBS

Well, hopefully they can come up with a more inspiring title.

TBI reports SBS has bought Channel 4 show Britain’s Beautiful Rivers with Richard Hammond. The 4 x 60 minute series offers a new perspective of the rivers Severn, Test, Clyde and Derwent.

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South-East Queensland College Subject of New SBS Documentary, The School

Cameras will roll in Queensland for Southern Pictures’ new three-part documentary series The School (working title), shining a light on Australian Islamic schools and their communities.

Commissioned for SBS and led by Executive Producers Laurie Critchley and Ross Wilson (The Mosque Next Door, Miriam Margoyles Almost Australian), the three-part documentary series follows the leader of one of Australia’s fastest growing Islamic schools, as he embarks on a bold new social experiment to break down the barriers between communities and breach the fault-lines of modern multicultural Australia.

The production is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Screen Finance Program and will inject approximately $1.4 million into the local economy.

Screen Queensland acting Chief Creative Officer Belinda Burns said supporting the documentary series aligns with Screen Queensland’s remit to invest in locally-made, diverse screen stories with national appeal.

“Screen Queensland is passionate about bringing productions to screen that reflect people and stories from the breadth of Queensland’s multicultural landscape,” Burns said.

“Southern Pictures has an excellent reputation for delivering culturally rich, deeply entertaining documentary content, and we’re proud to support their latest project in Queensland.”

Southern Pictures’ CEO Laurie Critchley said The School builds on the success of Screen Queensland-supported 2017 series The Mosque Next Door, which gave viewers a first-ever look inside Brisbane’s Holland Park Mosque, one of the nation’s oldest mosques.

“Southern Pictures Queensland is excited to be working with the Islamic community of Brisbane, SBS, Screen Queensland and Screen Australia on a new and original factual format,” Critchley said.

“The opportunity to document a unique pilot program and chart its success in fostering cross-cultural understanding and empathy is significant. We can’t wait to immerse ourselves in this new adventure and collaboration.”

The production is now seeking applications from emerging to early career film and TV practitioners to join as an Associate Producer, supported through the SBS Diversity Talent Escalator Program.

SBS Content Industry Diversity Manager Michelle Cheng said this national initiative focuses on creating opportunities for creatives from under-represented communities within the television production sector.

“Through the Diversity Talent Escalator Program, SBS provides 8 to 12-week opportunities for participants to work with production companies of SBS commissioned programs, in roles that are a step up from their existing level of experience,” Cheng said.

“On The School, SBS and Screen Queensland are searching for an Associate Producer from an under-represented background to work with Southern Pictures. This is part of SBS’s commitment to support sustainable careers for the next generation of creatives, reflecting a diversity of lived experiences.”

Applications are open now at for diverse screen practitioners identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, persons living with disability, regional or remotely based, under-represented ages and socio-economic status.

Screen Queensland has a long track record of supporting diverse documentaries, including recent SBS/ NITV projects Incarceration Nation, Bowled Over: A Dragumentary and Strait to the Plate (Seasons 1 and 2).

The School is a Southern Pictures production for SBS, with major production funding from Screen Australia in association with SBS and financed with support from Screen Queensland.


… and SBS in Australia are among the buyers of Fremantle-owned Lux Vide’s drama series Blanca ahead of MipTV.

The 12×50′ series, about the life and times of a blind police suspect profiler who lost her sight as a child, has been a hit on Rai in Italy and is also set to be remade internationally following various option deals with unannounced companies.


SBS has pre-bought new UK drama The Doll Factory from distributor Cineflix Rights. The series was commissioned by Paramount+ UK.