SBS Upfronts 2020

Stories that make a world of difference in 2020

SBS reveals original, impactful and inclusive content slate

· SBS puts the spotlight on immigration, identity, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence with a powerful slate of new Australian commissioned documentaries

· Two bold new Australian commissioned dramas on SBS and SBS On Demand

· Rising First Nations artist Mitch Tambo and multi award winning singer-songwriter and actor iOTA revealed as next two artists to take the stage at Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020

· Lisa Wilkinson, Bert Newton and Troy Cassar-Daley first names confirmed for Who Do You Think You Are?

· SBS is the free-to-air home of basketball in Australia, bringing free coverage of the NBL, WNBL, NBA and WNBA

· The best new and returning international drama series exclusive to SBS including War of the Worlds, Dublin Murder, The New Pope, Brooklyn 99, The Good Fight and The Handmaid’s Tale

SBS has today revealed its 2020 line-up, with a slate of original and impactful programs Australians won’t see anywhere else. As Australia’s most distinctive network, SBS will continue to tell stories that entertain, inspire and champion an inclusive Australia – diverse, multilingual, complex, compelling and rich.

SBS Managing Director, James Taylor said: “No other media organisation explores and reflects modern Australia like SBS, telling stories otherwise untold and giving a voice to those often unheard. In 2020, we will continue to lead the way in helping all Australians better understand the benefits and opportunities of a more inclusive society through our boldest and most original offering yet – world class content along with vital services that go the core of what we stand for as an organisation, and who we are as a nation today.”

Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald said: “ SBS thrives on telling stories that explore complex issues and can have meaningful impact. With permission to be bold, original and genre bending – SBS is a leader in original dramas and documentaries that inform, entertain and, where possible, shift the dial on attitudes. This cuts to the heart of SBS’s 2020 slate – to present stories that confront tough questions without easy answers, and continue to capture the national conversation around issues central to our Charter in creative and innovative ways.”

The network will achieve this in 2020 through an impressive list of new programs, including two bold new commissioned Australian drama series.

Directed by Ana Kokkinos (The Hunting) , SBS’s epic revisionist Western New Gold Mountain is the as-yet untold true story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely wealth in a strange land.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures (Safe Harbour, The Family Law), Hungry Ghosts will also premiere in 2020. When a tomb in Vietnam is accidentally opened on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him. As these spirits wreak havoc across the Vietnamese Australian community in Melbourne, reclaiming lost loves and exacting revenge, May Le, a young woman who has never taken responsibility for who she is, must finally accept her destiny and help bring balance to a community still traumatised by war. The supernatural thriller features a diverse ensemble cast including Catherine Văn-Davies, Bryan Brown, Clare Bowen, Ferdinand Hoang, Gareth Yuen, Justine Clarke, Ryan Corr, Jillian Nguyen and Suzy Wrong.

Storytelling is a powerful vehicle to drive inclusion and in 2020, NITV will continue to tell positive First Nations children’s stories with the return of the award-winning Little J and Big Cuz in January and live-action comedy Thalu later in the year.

SBS is not only passionate about diversity on screen, but also behind the camera. In 2019, a number of initiatives were announced to develop the next generation of diverse voices - the Diversity Talent Escalator; the SBS ON DEMAND short film festival, and R.I.D.E, a landmark feature film initiative. In 2020, SBS will continue to support new and underrepresented voices in the screen industry.

SBS is also home to the world’s best drama and has built a reputation for scouring the globe to bring audiences exclusive international series that broaden their worldview. The network continues this tradition in 2020 with the best new and returning international drama series exclusive to SBS including new series War of the Worlds, Dublin Murder and Zero Zero Zero and the highly-anticipated return of The New Pope, Brooklyn 99, The Good Fight and The Handmaid’s Tale.

SBS On Demand is Australia’s most distinctive streaming service and a curator of high-quality content from right around the globe that audiences trust. The catalogue platform features the best in world movies, food, news & current affairs, sport and distinctive local and global drama and documentaries.

SBS is also a leader in original documentaries that inform, entertain and capture the national conversation around issues central to its Charter; exploring ideas that no other network could or would pursue. Next year, SBS will explore immigration, aviation, identity, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence with a powerful slate of new and returning Australian commissioned documentaries.

It’s a shocking statistic that on average, one woman is killed by a man she knows every week*. Announced today, See What You Made Me Do is a ground-breaking new documentary series presented by Jess Hill, the author of the critically acclaimed book by the same name, which will trace how a love story can end in murder and which will seek out solutions in Australia and from across the globe to see how we can tackle this epidemic.

Also announced today, Who Gets to Stay in Australia? is an emotive and provocative four-part series that follows stories of people whose lives hinge on one crucial decision. Australia’s immigration laws are among the toughest in the world, so who gets to call Australia home and who’s forced to leave?

The new three-part series Addicted will provide access to a group of 12 Australians as they confront their addictions head-on in a unique treatment program, while Come Fly With Me , presented by Justine Clarke, will uncover how the fight for equality in the skies helped transform our society in the air and on the ground.

While most other free-to-air TV serves up wall-to-wall reality, SBS will continue to keep it real with the best local and international documentaries across SBS, SBS On Demand and SBS VICELAND. The network will welcome back some of its most successful commissioned and acquired documentary titles with new seasons of Marry Me Marry My Family, Every Family Has a Secret , NITV’s Family Rules, Where Are You Really From? , Who Do You Think You Are? and Filthy Rich & Homeless returning in 2020. Revealed today, medical expert and TV personality Dr Andrew Rochford will swap privilege for homelessness in the third season of Filthy Rich & Homeless, while TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson , broadcasting legend Bert Newton , and country music star Troy Cassar-Daley are among the well-loved faces joining Who Do You Think You Are? in 2020.

SBS is not only the home of original, impactful dramas and documentaries, but also the free-to-air home of basketball in Australia, bringing audiences every game of the National Basketball League (NBL), free coverage of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and highlights of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) . Basketball is a sport loved and played by many across Australia and continues to grow in participation. These partnerships represent the beginning of an exciting new era for sport on SBS.

In entertainment off the court, Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst return to host Eurovision – Australia Decides in February 2020 and the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2020, live from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Eurovision – Australia Decides will again give Australians the chance to vote for the artist and song to represents Australia at the world’s biggest live music event. Today, SBS revealed two more artists vying for the top spot. Rising First Nations artist Mitch Tambo and multi award winning singer-songwriter and actor iOTA will join previously announced artists Casey Donovan and Vanessa Amorosi and six more acts yet to be announced.

Mitch Tambo said: “I’m thrilled to be part of Eurovision Australia Decides in 2020 and to get the chance to perform on the world’s biggest stage. Eurovision songs often mix elements of traditional and contemporary sounds, which is exactly what I set out to do in my own music. Most importantly, it brings different cultures together all under the banner of music, which is beautiful thing!”

iOTA said: “I’m not your typical music competition kind of guy, but I am attracted to the Eurovision Song Contest for the colour and movement… music and performance… light and shade… creativity and self-expression… singing and working an audience.”

SBS Eurovisionary Joel Creasey will also return to host the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with comedian Zoe Coombs Marr , Network 10 Presenter Narelda Jacobs and, for the first time, Australia’s famous drag queen, singer and actor Courtney Act . In a network first, next year’s broadcast will be broadcast live on SBS.

Mastermind will return for a second season with host Jennifer Byrne at the helm and in 2020, SBS will introduce Celebrity Mastermind to the entertainment slate.

SBS has had a long, delicious history with food programming. In 2020, SBS Food remains the go-to destination for 24/7 access to cooking and travel programs from around the world. Luke Nguyen returns to reveal Vietnam’s history and culinary delights via train in Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam . Audiences can re-imagine and recreate traditional dishes from Pan Asian cuisines with Asia Unplated with Diana Chan and learn to Cook like an Italian with Silvia Colloca . SBS Food is less reality food and more real food cooked and presented by our global and local food faces that Australian audiences love including Adam Liaw, Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Khoo, Maggie Beer, Nigella Lawson, Donna Hay, Maeve O’Meara and many more.

Through a fusion of Indigenous food and connection to country, NITV’s Food offering inspires audiences to embrace the richness of community and Aboriginal knowledge. The Beach is a deeply moving and beautiful new series from award winning film director and screenwriter Warwick Thornton about the healing power of country.

NITV news and current affairs remains committed to securing greater awareness of Indigenous affairs for all Australians with NITV News, The Point and Living Black all returning in 2020. On SBS, Tuesday’s remain our current affairs showcase with Australia’s leading forum for ideas and powerful first-person stories Insight and international documentary and current affairs series Dateline. Announced today, SBS VICELAND’S multi Walkley Award-winning The Feed will join the line-up in 2020.

Director of Sales, Adam Sadler revealed SBS will release two research studies in 2020, aimed to help advertisers better understand and connect with all Australians.

“Early in the new year, SBS will release ‘What does it mean to be an Australian today?’, a major study examining our sense of identity, culture, community, belonging and trust. With five million Australians speaking a language other than English at home, we will also reveal insights into how in-language advertising affects brand affinity and purchasing behaviours. These are insights that only SBS provides, helping brands understand and connect with modern Australia.”

Drama on SBS and SBS on Demand –

Eurovision – Australia Decides Artist Announcement –



Hungry Ghosts

When a tomb in Vietnam is accidentally opened on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him. As these spirits wreak havoc across the Vietnamese Australian community in Melbourne, reclaiming lost loves and exacting revenge, May Le, a young woman who has never taken responsibility for who she is, must finally accept her destiny and help bring balance to a community still traumatised by war. The supernatural thriller features a diverse ensemble cast including Catherine Văn-Davies, Bryan Brown, Clare Bowen, Ferdinand Hoang, Gareth Yuen, Justine Clarke, Ryan Corr, Jillian Nguyen and Suzy Wrong.

New Gold Mountain

Continuing SBS’s streak of critically acclaimed original dramas, New Gold Mountain, a revisionist Western, will join SBS’s supernatural drama series, Hungry Ghosts , as part of the network’s bold drama offering next year.

This murder mystery, directed by The Hunting ’s Ana Kokkinos, and produced by Goalpost Television, is the untold true story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely wealth in a strange land.

Production on the series commences in 2020 and will be filmed in Victoria. Cast announcements will follow in the coming months. New Gold Mountain is a Goalpost Television production for SBS. Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with SBS. all3media international is the global partner on the show.

War of the Worlds

When astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The world’s population waits for further contact with bated breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out by a devastating attack; pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world. As aliens hunt and kill those left alive, the survivors ask a burning question – who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction? Starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern, and based on the book by H.G Wells.

Dublin Murders

This much-anticipated, thrilling, and sophisticated hit series from the BBC and Starz comes to SBS in 2020. Detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox find themselves dispatched to investigate the murder of a young girl on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland. Based on the books In the Woods and The Likeness by American-Irish writer Tana French, this psychological thriller features Killian Scott and Sarah Greene as the leads. Twists and turns await as the detectives are pulled deeper into the intrigue and darkness that surrounds the case.


Who Gets To Stay In Australia?
In this emotive and provocative observational series, we follow the stories of families and individuals whose lives now hinge on one crucial decision. The series challenges who we are as a nation and who we want our new Australians to be. An ITV Studios Australia production for SBS. Principal production investment from SBS in association with Screen Australia.*

Come Fly With Me
As we head towards Australia’s Centenary of Civil Aviation in 2020, this is the hidden history of the Australian flight attendant, whose victories and defeats have shaped life on the ground as well as in the clouds.

First Wars
A polemic documentary series that tells the extraordinary story of Australia’s First Wars - and calls for the First Peoples who died in these conflicts to be acknowledged by the nation and officially recognised by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. First Wars is a documentary series which investigates the frontier conflicts between 1788 and 1928 and their impact, asks Australians who we are, and what we want to become.

We gain extraordinary access to the lives of a group of Australians and their families as they confront their addiction head on. Addicted will explore an ever-growing crisis in the most powerful and deeply personal way.

See What You Made Me Do
Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts faces to the names associated with domestic homicide – the faces of men who choose to be violent, the women who have died, families who are fighting to protect themselves, and the people at the coal face determined to rewrite this story.

Trust Me I’m A Doctor Series 9
Michael Mosley continues to provide viewers with the evidence behind health claims made in the media. Michael and his team put their own bodies on the line in order to allow individuals to make their own health decisions.

Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film Industry
Anita Rani meets with Bollywood professionals and dives in to the history and traditions of the industry.

North America With Simon Reeve
Simon Reeve travels down through North America, from the icy wilderness of Alaska to the tropical heat of Costa Rica. Travelling with his trademark enthusiasm, humour and curiosity, Simon will be exploring parts of the Americas few outsiders or even locals get to see.

Michael Palin In North Korea
As diplomatic relations between DPRK and South Korea begin to slightly thaw after decades of hostility, comedian and world traveler Michael Palin is allowed to visit North Korea for two weeks and, to a limited extent, explore the country.

Great Australian Railway Journeys
Michael Portillo ventures down under to ride some of the world’s greatest railways, steered by his 1913 Bradshaw handbook. Aboard the legendary Ghan and Indian Pacific Railways, Michael uncovers the great feats of engineering, which enabled travellers to cross this vast, inhospitable continent. On his journeys, Michael climbs in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, explores the remote Australian Red Centre at Alice Springs, and the tropical rainforests of Queensland. He hears dreamtime stories from the Indigenous Arrende people, and enjoys bush tucker over a camp fire. In Victoria, he helps with sheep shearing, strikes gold in Kalgoorlie, and swims over coral at the Great Barrier Reef.

The Clinton Affair
Historical documentary series that weaves together never- before-seen archival footage with exclusive new interviews to uncover the biggest political scandal of a generation.

Mega Metro
This series explores the colossal task of building a brand new, state-of-the-art metro system through, beneath, and above the streets of the iconic city of Sydney, home to five million people. The series follows the international team tasked with making it all happen.

Returning series

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7 - Feb 2020

Project Blue Book Season 2

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4

The Good Fight Season 4

Returning Documentary

Every Family Has A Secret Season 2

Filthy, Rich & Homeless Season 3

Marry Me, Marry My Family Season 2

Secrets of Our Cities Season 2

Who Do You Think You Are? Season 11

Untold Australia Season 5


Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 February 2020 on

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 March 2020 on SBS

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 May 2020 on SBS

Mastermind Season 2 and Celebrity Mastermind



SBS Food announces its 2020 feast for your eyes

Put away the popcorn, you’ll be craving more than a snack after seeing what SBS Food is bringing to your screens in the New Year.

If a spring clean in the kitchen is in your sights, don’t even think about throwing out the wok, or hiding that pasta maker. SBS Food has been hard at work all in the name of bringing you plenty of new fresh food ideas and insights from every delicious corner of the globe.

Spanning this summer and next, your screens will be filled with wok-fired noodles, pizzas of the world, and a taste of the Top End, just to name a few reasons to get your buds into gear.

At the SBS Upfronts event today (Tuesday), food all-stars Diana Chan and Silvia Colloca were on hand to announce the highlights for SBS Food’s programming slate over the next year. Needless to say, we wish we were eating why that announcement happened.

This is what your favourite food channel will be dishing up… #alwayshungry

The Great Australian Cookbook

Starts Friday 13 December, 2019 at 8:30pm

Over 11 episodes The Great Australian Cookbook takes you on an adventure right around Australia to meet the nation’s culinary legends. The series features a range of top chefs and cooks as they share their joy and love for food – with the recipes they cook for their family, friends or staff.

Starring the following well known and well-loved chefs and cooking sensations: Maggie Beer, Peter Gilmore, Matt Moran, Darren Robertson, Frank Camorra, Peter Russell-Clarke, Clayton Donovan, Paul West, Simmone Logue, Anna Polyviou, Matt Wilkinson, Matt Stone, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Ronnie Kahn, Victor & Evelyn Liong, Rayleen Brown, Merle Parrish, Nick Holloway, Gilbert Lau, Rodney Dunn, Ross O’Meara, and Sharon & Carol Salloum.

Asia Unplated with Diana Chan

Starts Thursday 19 December, 2019 at 7:30pm

MasterChef Australia 2017 winner Diana Chan invites audiences into her kitchen to learn a few Asian favourites and also bring to life family traditions from her friends and colleagues from the food industry. The brand-new series kicks-off with a flavour bang as Chan delves into the vibrant pop behind Vietnamese cooking. And why stop there, as South Indian, Cantonese and Japanese flavours are also making a play for the plate.

Throughout the series Chan is joined by a range of notable guests including Jerry Mai, Gary Mehigan and 2018 MasterChef winner Sashi Cheliah to cook a range of Asian dishes, as well as touring some of her favourite eateries across Melbourne.

Cook Like an Italian with Silvia Colloca

January 2020

Food writer and SBS’s very own Silvia Colloca feels most Italian when she is in her kitchen. She still bakes with her mother, shares good food with friends and of course, cooks for her family but if you don’t have a treasured dowry of Italian home cooking know-how passed on to you from generations of Nonnas and Mammas, relax… because Silvia does and she’s eager to share it.

Silvia takes you by the hand to discover a new approach to everyday cooking, while guiding you through the tantalising world of authentic Italian home-cooking with her trademark enthusiasm and flare. Each episode features three dishes cooked by Silvia in her kitchen, trips to Italian delis, markets, and bakeries in search for the freshest ingredients, and a ‘Nonna’s corner’, where Silvia shares the tips and techniques passed on to her by her two nonnas.

Donal’s Cook, Eat, Burn!

February 2020

Donal’s Cook, Eat, Burn! sees Donal Skehan showing viewers how to cook healthy and delicious recipes that are designed to help us become more active and fuel fitness activities. In each of the six episodes, Donal shares his own new recipes, specially selected to enhance the day of physical exertion ahead. From kayaking to rock climbing, boot camp to mountaineering, and cycling to coast-eering, Donal cooks the ideal dishes to complement an energetic lifestyle.

Some of the travel-friendly feasts include tahini crunch noodle salad, spiced fish with mango salsa, beetroot burgers and filo pastry pie. Drooling yet?

Slice with Adam Richman

March 2020

Pizza lovers assemble! American TV host Adam Richman, known best for his competitive eating show, Man vs Food, takes viewers on an around-the-world eating adventure, seeking out the greatest slices of local food and culture. The series travels the world in search of the best of our favourite comfort foods. Pizza is the launching point - just one category of more than 160 styles of global flat breads, topped with everything from the rockstar favourite Italian sauce and sausage, to Armenian lamb and goat cheese - even Indian potato naan.

Jimmy Shu’s Taste of the Territory

April 2020

Hosted by renowned Chinese-Sri Lankan Territorian chef Jimmy Shu, viewers will explore a diverse food scene unlike any other in Australia, through the sights, smells, breathtaking landscapes, and stories of the Top End’s most celebrated and hidden foodies. From renowned chefs to the street food of the famous Darwin markets, the resilient produce farmers, Indigenous bush foods, and food-obsessed local home cooks, Delicious Darwin takes you on an adventure to meet the region’s most fascinating people through their love affair with food.

Shu will guide the Top End culinary journey of multicultural influence from folding dolmas and frying mung bean doughnuts to cooking up citrus butter mud crab and exploring the best of Kakadu’s bush foods.

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