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2010 holds great promise for Abc TV
from the Director of Television, Kim Dalton
Over the past few years, we have worked to expand the ways in which audiences can access
our programs and content – growing from a single channel to four television channels and the
most extensive online offering of any entertainment network. Now, it is time to fully realise those
opportunities and create exciting new content for audiences to enjoy across all our platforms.
   2010 is our year of entertainment – one in which we have worked       true story of an Australian army nurse and a Roman Catholic nun           functionality for personal video recorders. And we’re launching
to craft a selection of programs that we hope viewers will take          stationed in a Papuan mission station with wounded soldiers who           a series of new mobile phone applications that tie into specific
to their hearts – such as our cooking series Poh’s Kitchen and           were forced to face the Japanese alone; in Sydney, the eight-part         ABC TV shows – such as the application for Poh’s Kitchen –
whodunit game show Sleuth 101, hosted by the very funny Cal              series rake, in which Richard Roxburgh plays a criminal defence           which will allow viewers to create a shopping list of ingredients
Wilson. Award-winning producer Peter Butt (Who Killed Dr Bogle           barrister who defends the indefensible – from bigamists to cannibals      for each of the recipes featured on the series.
and Mrs Chandler?) casts a fresh, critical eye on ASIO’s intriguing      and everything in between; and in Melbourne, both the eight-part             2010 will see a richness of Australian content on ABC TV
early history under enigmatic spymaster, Charles Spry, in his new        series, The Slap, based on the award-winning novel by Christos            – imaginative programming to stimulate and entertain. I invite
documentary I, Spry; we return to Rainbow’s End for a new series         Tsiolkas, and series 3 of bed of roses. And not forgetting the most       you to enjoy it with us.
of the loveable drama bed of roses; Warwick Thornton (Samson             anticipated new television comedy series in the country, Chris Lilley’s
& Delilah) directs a three-part Indigenous art series hosted by Hetti    Angry boys, also in production in Melbourne.
Perkins - Art + Soul; and we bring you all the icy thrills of the 2010      News and Current Affairs continues to be a key focus as audiences
Winter Paralympics from Vancouver.                                       maintain their support for programs which give them an accurate and
   For the first time, we have created a drama series specifically for   comprehensive view of Australia and our issues. In 2009 Abc2 News
ABC2. Set in the world of share houses and the pub band scene, I         breakfast doubled its audience, but it was Q&A that truly captured
rock follows a group of twenty-somethings who want to be the next        the public imagination, developing a strong following both on air and
big thing. While on ABC3, two new dramas will premiere in 2010           online. As a result, Q&A will move to a new Monday night timeslot and     Kim Dalton
which are set to become the must-watch for younger audiences –           be extended to 40 shows when it returns in February. In 2010, as we       Director of Television
Dance Academy and Dead Gorgeous for the 8-15 age group; and              begin working towards the possibility of a dedicated news channel,
Giggle and Hoot for pre-schoolers.                                       we will continue to give audiences the most comprehensive and
   2010 is also a year of development. Behind the scenes, we are         trusted news and current affairs service in the country.
building up the slate of drama productions to screen in coming              ABC TV will continue to find creative ways to use technology to
years, thanks to the Federal Government’s funding allocation             help bring programs to audiences – we are working with a number
announced in 2009. Filming will commence across the country              of industry partners to extend the availability of our iView service
on the following projects: in Adelaide, the telemovie X-ray, the         beyond the computer to gaming consoles, big TV screens and
story of Terry Hicks’ battle for justice for his son David, who was      mobile phones. Those viewers who have a Freeview set top box
detained at Guantanamo Bay for more than five years without              or compatible system will also benefit in the coming year with
trial; in Queensland, Sisters of War, a telemovie inspired by the        the launch of our enhanced electronic program guide and extra
• Good Game

                     2010: ABC TV’S YEAR OF ENTERTAINMENT ■

    • Breaking Bad

                                                       • I Rock

                      Strictly Speaking                                              Sleuth 101
                      (13 x 30’) Abc1, iView                                         (8 x 30’) Abc1, iView
                      Andrew Hansen, The Chaser’s very own singing comic,            Sleuth 101 is an exciting new murder mystery game
                      will be at the helm of this new, 13-episode series that puts   show with a comedic twist. Host Cal Wilson will be joined
                      public speaking centre-stage. Speakers from across             each week by a celebrity guest comedian who will strive
                      Australia were chosen from more than 1500 applicants.          to solve the crime before a live studio audience. This is
                      Three contestants each episode go mouth-to-mouth in            risky stuff, the high wire act of the comedy world, with
                      a speechifying spitfest to win the crown of ‘Australia’s       no script – just witness statements, footage flashback
                      Best Public Speaker’. Andrew Hansen, public speaker            and forensic evidence – to piece together the mystery.
                      extraordinaire, infamous for his satirical songs and           And finally, in homage to the classic murder mysteries,
                      character pieces on The Chaser’s War on Everything,            the suspects return to the scene of the crime where our
                      will bring his trademark rapier wit as he has his wicked       comic detective will make their accusation - but will they
                      way with words in this highly original series. For those       be right? Sleuth 101 viewers can keep pace with the
                      who fear public speaking more than death, the Strictly         entertaining cut and thrust of the investigation aided
                      Speaking companion website is a treasure trove of              by clues from the Sleuth 101 website. This site will
                      information, tools and trivia. It will house a popular vote,   take the form of Sherlock Holmes’ ‘Watson’ – a crucial
                      contestant information, a speech generator and tips for        member of the team that ultimately provides users with an
                      how to excel in the pressured world of public speaking.        experience that is both engaging and enjoyable in its own
                      A co-production between Abc TV and Southern Star               right. A game will be released online every week allowing
                      entertainment                                                  viewers to play along at home and reveal a crucial clue
                                                                                     for next week’s episode. A co-production between Abc
                                                                                     TV and Mayhem Productions

• Strictly Speaking
                                                                  ENTERTAINMENT ■

Poh’s Kitchen
(40 x 30’) Abc1, Abc2, iView
Poh Ling Yeow, the cook who won the hearts of the nation
as runner-up on Masterchef, joins ABC TV with her own
cooking program, Poh’s Kitchen. As an artist, Poh
approaches food with a unique sensibility and a natural
curiosity. Her intuitive cooking style and sense of fun draws
Australia’s leading cooks and chefs to Poh’s Kitchen. Thai
‘cooking guru’ David Thompson, one of Australia’s best
chefs Neil Perry, and French-trained chef Emmanuel Mollois
are the first guests to the Kitchen, exchanging techniques
and recipes and sharing Poh’s family cooking secrets.
During the series Poh will travel across Australia with a
special trip planned to follow her family ties to Malaysia. The
Poh’s Kitchen companion website will bring Poh’s recipes
to the Australian public on a variety of formats. Not only will
you be able to search for recipes but you will be able to
view them on the website, via your mobile phone and on
iView. A special phone application will even allow you to
create a shopping list of ingredients based on the recipe
you choose. An Abc TV production

                                                                          • Poh’s Kitchen

(8 x 26’) Abc1, iView
Lowdown is a fast-paced, deadpan comedy about a
tabloid columnist’s quest to get a shock-and-awe story

each week to save his embattled newspaper. With former
Sunday Herald Sun celebrity columnist Adam Zwar as
co-creator and star, Lowdown is not just a TV comedy –
it’s a funny, fly-on-the-wall view of the tricks of a tabloid
journalist’s trade. Lead character Alex Burchill is the
top reporter at the once mighty tabloid shock-sheet, the
Sunday Sun. But with circulation in decline, Alex has
to stop the rot by producing a scandalous, circulation-
boosting story on a misbehaving celebrity every week. And
every week, the universe punishes him for his intrusions
                                                                Like A Virgin
                                                                (6 x 26’) Abc1, iView
into the private lives of the rich and famous by somehow
ruining his life. The Lowdown companion website –               This black comedy, written by Marieke Hardy, follows the
which will mimic the style of the series’ very own Sunday       trials and tribulations of Roo McVie - a 29-year-old market
Sun tabloid newspaper - will offer users a hands-on,            researcher and good time girl-about-town who shares a flat
interactive experience with the ‘shock and awe’ milieu of       with her best friend EJ, and whose former lovers start dying
today’s tabloid journalism. A Lowdown TV production in          in strange and unexpected circumstances. Completely
association with Abc TV and film Victoria                       freaked out by the fact that so many of her ex-boyfriends
                                                                are suddenly dying, Roo and EJ embark on an investigation
                                                                inspired by gritty American police dramas. They assemble
outland                                                         a chart of headshots of the victims, noting names, sexual
(6 x 26’) Abc1, iView                                           practices and other forensic details in a quest to find a
                                                                pattern and stop the litany of deaths. Meanwhile, there is
Where do you go if you grew up unpopular and pimply,            serious chemistry between Roo and the IT guy at work,
having unrequited crushes on boys in the rugby team and         Charlie, but how can she possibly consummate the
wishing to be transported to the exotic yet often papier-       attraction when every man she’s ever slept with is dying?
mache worlds of English science fiction serials? How do you     The Like A Virgin companion website will feature a blog,
cope if you are both a geek, and gay? outland is a situation    developed by Marieke Hardy, that will run in conjunction
comedy from the producers of Summer Heights High and            with the TV show. Each week, as Roo McVie experiences
John Safran’s Race Relations that revolves around a gay         various relationship pitfalls and triumphs, viewers will be
science-fiction club. It is a comedy about belonging, and       able to bounce off her experiences and blog about their
how everyone searches to find a place where they fit in. A      own relationships. A Porchlight films production in
Princess Pictures production in association with Abc TV         association with Abc TV

   • Lowdown

          bed of roses (series 2)                                     I rock
          (8 x 55’ drama series) Abc1, iView                          (8 x 26’ drama series) Abc2 Premiere
          When Louisa Atherton decided to stay in Rainbow’s           Take a share house, the pub band scene and some
          End she thought things were going to be simpler, but        twentysomethings who think they’re the next big thing,
          she didn’t count on how difficult it was going to be        add a dash of satire and you have I rock. This new
          to work out what to do with her life. When charming,        eight-part, half-hour series, written by Josh Mapleston
          sophisticated Tim Price takes over the management           in association with producers David Fedirchuk and
          of local newspaper, The Rainbow Echo, he recognises         Rob Macdonald, is a comedy drama about an indie
          Louisa’s talents and offers her a key position. But she     rock band trying to make it big on the Australian
          soon realises that the economic viability of the paper is   music scene. Leader of the band and the series’
          always going to take precedence over her ambitions as       central character, Nash Taylor (Josh Mapleston), is
          a journalist – this means advertising, more advertising,    an engaging mix of swagger and arrogance hiding
          and ongoing conflict with Tim. A Southern Star / ruby       a nerdish vulnerability as he attempts to claw his
          entertainment production in association with film           way to the top of the rock and roll heap. The tightly
          Victoria, Screen Australia and Abc TV Drama                 plotted stories abound in sex, lies and loads of great
                                                                      original pub rock before culminating in an outrageous
                                                                      climax. Filmed in Sydney’s inner western suburbs, I
          bed of roses (series 3)                                     rock boasts a fresh, young cast and features cameo
          (12 x 55’ drama series) Abc1, iView                         appearances by the likes of Tim Rogers, Laura
                                                                      Imbruglia and the Wanton Boys. A Mum’s Spaghetti
          In series 3 Louisa navigates the joys and pitfalls of       Pty Ltd production in association with Abc TV
          starting a new relationship in your 50’s (when how you
          do the washing up and whether it is appropriate to fix
          an engine in the lounge room becomes a major point
          of negotiation), and tackles the day to day demands
                                                                      (1 x 90’ telemovie) Abc1, iView
          of running a busy local paper. It is clear that Louisa’s
          life in Rainbow’s End is going to be anything but           X-ray is the story of Australian Terry Hicks’ battle for
          smooth sailing. A Southern Star / ruby entertainment        justice on behalf of his son David, who was held for more
          production in association with film Victoria and Abc TV     than five years in detention without trial at Guantanamo
                                                                      Bay. Thanks to the rigorous campaigning by his father,
                                                                      David Hicks finally had his day in court in March 2007.
                                                                      Based on Chris Tugwell’s acclaimed stage play Camp
                                                                      X-Ray, this main-event telemovie will take audiences
                                                                      behind the headlines that captivated Australia for years,
                                                                      into the emotional heart of a story about the torturous road
                                                                      that a father took on behalf of a troubled son. A beyond
                                                                      entertainment production
          • I rock
                                                                                                                                                   SPORT ■

Sisters of War                                               Winter Paralympics                                             • Winter Paralympics
(1 x 90’ telemovie) Abc1, iView                              (Abc1, iView)
In January 1942, the Japanese war machine thundered          The outstanding performances of Australia’s Paralympic
across South East Asia. In its path lay a tiny Papuan        athletes will again be showcased on ABC TV during
mission station, Vunapope. Here a handful of Australian      the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver. Following
nurses took refuge along with 84 wounded Australian          on from the ABC’s award-winning coverage of the 2008
soldiers. Abandoned by their commanding officers, they       Paralympics in Beijing and the 2006 Paralympics in
were left to face the Japanese alone. Sisters of War is      Turin, ABC1 will broadcast daily highlights of the 10th
inspired by the true story of two extraordinary Australian   Winter Games from March 13-22. Australian audiences
women: Lorna Whyte, an army nurse, and Sister                continue to show a keen interest in the achievements of
Berenice Twohill, a Roman Catholic nun from country          our Paralympians and there are great expectations about
New South Wales who was stationed at Vunapope.               the prospects of the team heading to Canada in March.
Although they were two very different women, their           Highlights of each day’s competition will be seen on ABC1
friendship would survive the incredible events that          at 6.30 pm each evening, and repeated at 11.30 pm.
followed. A Pericles films production in association
with Screen Australia, Pacific film and Television
commission and Abc TV


(8 x 55’ drama series) Abc1, iView
Starring and co-produced by Richard Roxburgh, with
Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet as story consultant,
this drama series tells the story of a criminal defence
barrister as he defends the indefensible. From bigamists
                                                                                                                                                   ARTS ■
to cannibals and everything in between, there is no
criminal this barrister won’t represent. Produced by Ian
Collie (Hell Has Harbour Views), and written by Peter
                                                             Art Nation
                                                             (42 x 26’) Abc1
Duncan (Unfinished Sky) and Andrew Knight (Sea
Change), the hero of rake is reckless, brilliant, self-      Complementing is the new weekly magazine
destructive, funny, iconoclastic and bloody-minded – a       program, Art Nation. This new half-hour program will contain
lawyer who challenges accepted wisdom as his own             news, reviews, performance, features and interviews. A key
life threatens to come apart at the seams. An essential      component of the program will be to showcase the work that
Media & entertainment production                             has premiered on the Arts Gateway sent in by artists from
                                                             around the country. An Abc TV production

                                              I, Spry                                                           outback Kids
                                              (1 x 55’) Abc1, iView                                             (3 x 55’) Abc1, iView
                                              Enigmatic Australian spymaster, Charles Spry, and ASIO’s          Ten teenagers on the brink of personal destruction and
                                              intriguing early history are brought to life in this dramatised   permanent family breakdown are rescued from their
                                              documentary by the award-winning filmmaker of Who                 circumstances and taken to a remote and isolated Northern
                                              Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler? and The Prime Minister          Territory facility 250 kilometres south of Darwin in outback
                                              is Missing. Set in a paranoid world enmeshed in an ever-          Kids, Australia’s answer to Brat Camp. Since 2005, youth
                                              escalating nuclear arms race, I, Spry brings a fresh, critical    worker Allan Brahminy’s Northern Territory camp has hosted
                                              eye to 1950s ASIO - a ‘wilderness of mirrors’ where nobody        150 troubled teenagers and young adults – both street kids
                                              is who they seem, and everyone is a potential security            and spoiled little rich kids – who have been placed there by
                                              threat, including former ASIO officers, the Leader of the         welfare authorities and private families to be straightened out.
                                              Opposition and even a conservative Prime Minister. Based          Drug and alcohol addicts, young prostitutes, self harmers,
                                              on recently released top-secret documents and featuring           chromers and petrol sniffers – some of them Australia’s worst
                                              never-before-seen surveillance films, I, Spry reveals how         teenage offenders – are among the guests. Some stay only
                                              ASIO became so enmeshed in Australian politics that               a few weeks, others remain for up to six months. Over three
                                              major operations began to fail, raising the question: had         episodes we follow Brahminy’s inspiring work as he gives
                                              ASIO been infiltrated by the KGB? A blackwattle Media             these kids a chance to start again hundreds of kilometres
                                              production                                                        away from harm – to rebuild their lives, to find out who they
                                                                                                                really are and, in many cases, to survive. A Screenworld
                                              art + soul – Hetti Perkins
                                              (3 x 55’) Abc1, iView
                                              Directed by award-winning filmmaker Warwick Thornton
                                                                                                                The extraordinary Tale of
                                              (Samson & Delilah) and co-produced by Jo-Anne
                                              McGowan and Bridget Ikin (Look Both Ways, An Angel
                                                                                                                William buckley
                                                                                                                (1 x 55’) Abc1, iView
                                              at My Table), art + soul is a major three-part series about
                                              contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.           During the first, abortive attempt to settle Port Phillip Bay,
                                              Over three episodes the series will look at how traditional       convict William Buckley escapes. Near death from starvation,
                                              Aboriginal art and culture lives on today in contemporary         he picks up a spear from the grave of a Wathaurong man.
                                              Indigenous art, film and drama. Leading Aboriginal curator        The spear and Buckley’s pale face convince the Wathaurong
                                              from the Art Gallery of NSW, Hetti Perkins, guides us             that he is their relation resurrected. So begins the strange
                                              through the Indigenous contemporary art movement - a              tale of a white man who learned to live black so well that
                                              legacy of the world’s oldest continuous cultural tradition.       he becomes a respected fisher, family member and even
                                              A Hibiscus films Production in association with Abc TV,           peacemaker between Wathaurong clans. Then, 25 years
                                              Screen Australia, Australia council for the Arts, Screen          after Buckley’s escape, the whites return, this time to found
                                              NSW and the Art Gallery of NSW                                    Melbourne. Buckley, pardoned for his crimes, returns to the
                                                                                                                white world as a translator. Now his peacemaking skills are
                                                                                                                put to their greatest test as he tries to bridge a widening and
                                                                                                                increasingly violent gap between the tribe of his birth, and
                                                                                                                the people who saved and embraced him. A December
• The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley                                                                     films production in association with Screen Australia
                                                                                                                                                     dOCuMENTARY ■

The Making of Modern Australia                                      Life at 5
(4 x 55’) Abc1                                                      (2 x 55’) Abc1, iView
Through rich family histories and personal archives, The            The next instalment of the Life Series, Life at 5, will update
Making of Modern Australia charts the massive shifts in             us on how these 11 kids we’ve known since birth have been
Australian life since World War 2. Online and on television,        shaped by their very different life circumstances in modern
this living social history project interweaves intimate personal    Australia. Based on the first ever Longitudinal Study of
dramas with the best social history research to create a            Australian Children (LSAC) currently being undertaken by
surprising portrait of the nation since 1945. It’s the recent       the Institute of Family Studies, the subjects chosen for the
history of Australian romance and relationships, home               Life Series parallel – in microcosm – those diverse families
and sense of place, religion and childhood. The TV series           involved in the study. The children’s families all come
builds on the stories of real Australians collected via the         from different walks of life, different family circumstances
ABC’s website This unique,              and different financial backgrounds. Life at 1 began with
interactive project will form a kind of national photograph         conception and birth and observed how the world the
album, first online then on ABC TV. An essential Media &            parents created for their babies affected their personality.
entertainment production                                            Life at 3 revisited the toddlers and, using scientific findings
                                                                    and developmental theory, revealed just what it takes to give
                                                                    a child the best chance in life. Now, Life at 5 rejoins these
Making Australia Happy                                              children on their journey as they start school and step out
(3 x 55’) Abc1, iView                                               into the wider world. We continue to witness the impact of
                                                                    factors like parental relationships, finances, work, health
What is happiness? How do we become happier? And why                and education on the lives of these 11 kids, to watch the
should we even bother? To answer these questions, we                fascinating interplay of nature and nurture, and to uncover
head to the heart of Australia’s misery. It’s here, in the inner-   predictions for the future. An Heiress films production
western suburbs of Sydney, that eight ordinary Australians
will undertake a most extraordinary journey. Fed up with
their own unhappiness, they’ve agreed to have their minds
stretched, their brains scanned and every aspect of their
                                                                    Voyage to the Planets
                                                                    (6 x 55’) Abc1, iView
physical and emotional life put under the microscope – all for
the scientific pursuit of happiness. Drawing upon cutting-          Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave Earth?
edge research from psychology, neuroscience and genetics,           To gaze back at the receding blue gem that is our home
our team of experts have just eight weeks to turn their lives       planet and set out to go where no human has gone before?
around. The techniques are simple but as the volunteers             What strange sights await you, what dangers must you avoid?
learn, the road to happiness is not easy. They’ll be launched       As dawn breaks on a new age of manned space flight and
out of their comfort zones and discover happiness in the            we head back to the moon and this time beyond, Voyage to
most unlikely places. Can science really tell us how to be          the Planets offers you a ringside seat to the splendours of the
happy? Does happiness really lead to healthier brains and           solar system – an essential tour guide to whole new worlds
bodies? The message to audiences is clear - DO try this at          of possibility. Blast-off with this formatted documentary series
home. An Heiress films production                                   and a parallel online experience exploring the pleasures
                                                                    and pitfalls of visiting the very alien planets of our own solar
                                                                    system. An essential Media & entertainment production

                                                                                                                                       • Life at 5
■ ABC3

                  Dead Gorgeous                                                  Dance Academy
                  (13 x 30’) iView                                               (26 x 30’) iView
                  Three beautiful, strong-willed teenage sisters – Rebecca,      While growing up on a farm in outback Australia, all Tara
                  Sophie and Hazel – are given a second chance at life           Webster ever dreamt of was becoming a dancer. So when
                  150 years after their deaths. Thrust into the 21st century,    she makes it into the National Academy of Dance, she
                  these refined but spirited Victorian girls must try to fit     realises her life is about to change forever. Fortunately, Tara
                  into a society completely alien to them, without anyone        is not alone in her journey and is joined by the boys and
                  discovering they are really ghosts. Their journey begins       girls who have also won their place in the school. These
                  when they find out their grand old stately home is to be       teens are sweaty athletes, not fragile butterflies. As they live
                  re-opened as a boarding school and it’s not long before the    by the Academy’s rules, each and every one of them faces
                  girls discover that just because you’re dead doesn’t mean      their own battles, whether it be eating disorders, alcohol,
                  your life is over! However hard they may try to fit in and     love or friendships. They must master all forms of dancing
                  not call attention to themselves, they’ll always stand out a   – contemporary, hip hop, tap, funk or acrobatics. And in
                  bit from the crowd. Just imagine the Bronte sisters in the     the end, they must prove to be the best. Stars Tara Morice
                  21st century! A burberry Productions and coolabai (UK)         (Strictly Ballroom); AFI nominee for Best Young Actor, Tom
                  production for Abc TV and cbbc                                 Green; Dena Kaplan (Flight of the Conchords); Tim Pocock
                                                                                 (X-Men Origins: Wolverine); and the 2009 Logie nominee
                                                                                 for Best New Talent, Jordan Rodrigues. A Werner films
                                                                                 production for Abc TV

• Dead Gorgeous
                                                                   ABC3 ■

News on 3 and bTN extra
News on 3 is the flagship news service for ABC3 and will
feature a mix of current daily news from Australia and around
the world as well as entertainment and sport reports. ABC3
will screen news updates throughout the afternoon Monday
to Friday, leading up to the main 6:55pm bulletin. Kids will
also be able to keep up to date with news as it happens
through the News on 3 website and the ABC3 online portal.
bTN extra will include a mix of Behind The News reports,
features and stories that explore issues that are relevant
to kids. It also features expanded reports on some of the
headline news stories from the nightly News on 3 program.
Premiering next year, bTN extra will screen at midday,
Monday to Friday. The programs will also be available online
at An Abc TV production

Good Game SP
(42 x 15’)
This is the teen sibling to ABC2’s Good Game – the show
for gamers, by gamers. Join Stephanie Bendixsen, or ‘Hex’
as she is better known in the gaming world, and Good
Game’s Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell for the latest gaming news
and events, top gaming tips, reviews and more. An Abc TV

                                                                • Dance Academy

                                       Abc for Kids on 2
                                       dirtgirlworld                                                    Jolly rabbit
                                       (52 x 11’) iView                                                 (52 x 11’)
                                       dirtgirl grows awesome tomatoes, knows cloud names and           Life was all carrots and clover for Jolly Rabbit in his
                                       drives a big orange tractor. Her world - dirtgirlworld - is      peaceful burrow, until one night an evil pirate named
                                       brought vividly to life in this all-new animation series which   Captain Squid stole his rabbit’s foot…and the leg attached
                                       mixes live action, animation and photo-montage to make           to it. Now Jolly’s hopping mad and sailing the seven seas
                                       its larger-than-life characters come alive for 3-7 year olds.    with his motley crew of Punk Rockers to find who stole his
                                       dirtgirlworld invites the young audience to a place where        leg. An Animation collective production
                                       the real and unreal hang out together. The series has an
                                       environmental focus, contemporary and exciting music for
                                       children, and provides an invitation for people who want to      Giggle and Hoot
                                       grow with their children to step outside and have a go! In
                                       dirtgirlworld we learn to protect what we love.                  Jimmy Giggle and his best buddy Hoot the owl live in a place
                                       A co-production between mememe productions                       where their neighbours are the best anyone could wish for!
                                       Australia and Decode entertainment; commissioned by              They never know who’s going to drop in and say hello. The
                                       Abc TV, cbeebies and cbc                                         Wiggles, dirtgirl, and the Play School gang all love to visit for
                                                                                                        a chat, song or a bit of silliness. It’s a world where curiosity
                                                                                                        and imagination rule! Where the ordinary is extraordinary and
                                       The Wiggly Waffle                                                nothing is what it seems... shower heads are telephones, bath
                                       (52 x 60’)                                                       tubs are beds and fruit and vegetables sing! In their spare
                                                                                                        time Giggle and Hoot are sports reporters and love nothing
                                       A special hosted block by the fab four of fun, The Wiggles.      more than celebrating the sporting achievements of pre-
                                       Join Anthony, Murray, Sam and Jeff as they present a             schoolers everywhere in ‘Little Aussie champs.’ If it’s your first
                                       special hour of singing, dancing, music and games,               time on a trampoline or riding a bike, Giggle and Hoot want to
                                       intermixed with classic series and animations, including         be there. We also hear from pre-schoolers everywhere as they
                                       Bob The Builder, Baby Antonio’s Circus, Postman Pat and          tell us about their Best Friends and what makes them giggle.
                                       Franny’s Feet. A Wiggles Pty Ltd production                      And in between their fun, you’ll see shows such as Timmy
                                                                                                        Time, Sesame Street, In the Night Garden, The Wot Wots and
                                                                                                        a whole host of others. Each day promises to be a giggle and
                                                                                                        a hoot. Every evening we join Giggle and Hoot for the Good
                                                                                                        Night Hour. As Jimmy Giggle and all his friends prepare for
                                                                                                        bed, Hoot the owl stands by for the very important job of Night
                                                                                                        Watch. But before he takes off, we are treated to even more
                                                                                                        songs, stories and fun. An Abc TV production

                      • Jolly Rabbit
                                                                                                                                 ACQuIREd PROGRAMS ■

Acquired Programs
   ABC TV’s acquired programs in 2010 are a diverse mix of        2010. In the Emmy-nominated US comedy program The
international drama, documentaries and comedy.                    colbert report, one of the ‘political humorists’ from the
   Abc1 brings us a new drama mini-series featuring               successful satirical news program The Evening Show
Rupert Penry-Jones of Spooks fame in Whitechapel                  with Jon Stewart brings us his own half-hour report, this
(3 x 50’, iView). Set in 2008, Whitechapel stars Penry-           time satirising personality-driven pundit programs. Both
Jones playing a young, media-savvy, fast-tracked                  the daily edition (161 x 24’, iView) and the weekend
Detective Inspector on his first big murder case, where           edition (41 x 24’, iView) will screen on ABC2, with Colbert
a series of bloody crimes in London’s East End suggest            tackling the important issues of the day and telling his
that someone is carrying out copycat Jack The Ripper              guests why their opinions are just plain wrong.
murders 120 years after the killer first struck.                     The science-fiction-fantasy drama program Sanctuary
   On the comedy front, the creators of cult comedy               (13 x 57’, iView) is set in a modern world where stem cells,
classic The League of Gentlemen present Psychoville (7            gene therapy, transplants and cloning have changed the
x 30’, ABC2 & iView), a dark, idiosyncratic BBC comedy            very meaning of the word ‘humanity’. In this world there
about a group of strange characters who each receive a            is a darker side to the evolution of mankind – monstrous
mysterious letter stating simply “I know what you did”.           creatures have evolved. Dr Helen Magnus, a 157-year-old
   Kevin Mccloud’s Grand Tour (4 X 60’), presented                English scientist who runs the Sanctuary – an organisation
by the host of hugely popular renovation program Grand            which studies, protects and controls ‘Abnormals’ - must
Designs, follows in the footsteps of history’s most notorious     seek out these beings which defy explanation .
aristocrats, artists and architects of the Grand Tour. Visiting      In the hilarious new BBC sitcom Miranda (6 x 30’), a
the greatest buildings, ruins and cities in Europe, and           185cm misfit is desperate to make friends with the girls at
uncovering the dark underbelly of the Tour in the shady           her boarding school. A disappointment to her mother and
alleys and drinking dens along its route, Kevin McCloud will      awkward around men, Miranda is happiest playing games
explore the Tour’s lasting legacy on the way we live today.       at her joke shop, managed by her childhood best friend.
   Natural history has never been better with two new                Emmy Award-winner Bryan Cranston stars as Walter
blue-ribbon, high definition BBC nature documentary               White, a down-on-his-luck chemistry teacher struggling
series, Life (10 x 50’, iView) and South Pacific (6 x             to make ends meet for his wife and physically challenged
50’, iView), coming to ABC1. Each drama-filled episode            son, in the new drama breaking bad (7 x 55’, iView).
of Life is entirely dedicated to one of the planet’s 10           Everything changes when Walter receives a startling
most important wildlife groups, and features the most             diagnosis: terminal lung cancer. With only a few years
spectacular and extreme wildlife behaviour developed              to live and nothing to lose, Walter uses his training as
over time as a means of survival. Over six episodes,              a chemist to cook and sell crystal meth with one of his
South Pacific explores the isolated islands of the world’s        former students. As his status grows, so do his lies, but
largest ocean, showcasing the wildlife, civilisations and         Walt will stop at nothing to make sure his family is taken
geography which are unique to this region.                        care of after he’s gone, even if it means putting all their
   Meanwhile, Abc2 has its own excellent line-up for              lives on the line.
                                                                                                                                       • Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour

                       ABC TV’s classic news and current affairs programs     other favourite programs. At The Movies (ABC1,
                       will return in 2010 - Australian Story (ABC1,          repeated ABC2, iView), Talking Heads (ABC1,
                       ABC2, iView), News breakfast (ABC2), 7pm News          repeated ABC2, iView), collectors (ABC1,
                       (ABC1), The 7:30 report (ABC1, iView), four            repeated ABC2), can We Help? (ABC2, iView),
                       corners (ABC1, iView), foreign correspondent           Q&A (ABC1, iView), Spicks & Specks (ABC1,
                       (ABC1, iView), Lateline (ABC1), Landline (ABC1),       repeated ABC2), The New Inventors (ABC1,
                       The Midday report (ABC1), Insiders (ABC1),             repeated ABC2, iView), Gardening Australia
                       Inside business (ABC1), National Press club            (ABC1, repeated ABC2, iView), catalyst (ABC1,
                       (ABC1), offsiders (ABC1), Stateline (ABC1),            repeated ABC2, iView), Artscape (ABC1, repeated
                       behind the News (ABC1) and Asia Pacific focus          ABC2, iView), compass (ABC1, repeated ABC2,
                       (ABC1). ABC TV will also present Election Specials     iView), Media Watch (ABC1, iView), Good Game
                       for the Australian Federal Election and State          (ABC2, iView), first Tuesday book club (ABC1,
                       elections in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.   repeated ABC2, iView), rage (ABC1), Message
                       The Gruen Transfer (ABC1, repeated ABC2,               Stick (ABC1, repeated ABC2, iView) and Abc2
                       iView), Hungry beast (ABC1, repeated ABC2,             Live Presents (ABC2) are also set to deliver more
                       iView) and review with Myles barlow (ABC2,             entertainment in 2010.
                       repeated ABC1, iView) will all return along with

• Spicks & Specks

         • ABC2 News Breakfast

Abc TV Multiplatform
& Abc iView
Abc TV Multiplatform                                Abc iView
In 2010, ABC TV’s online site will get a complete   At the end of 2009, we announced our
makeover. The new look gateway will offer many      collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment
more new features and it will be much easier        Australia to offer ABC iView through the
to search and find content – in particular the      Playstation®3, optimised for the big TV screen.
vast array of online programming available on       This year, we plan to extend ABC iView even
ABC iView and through individual sites. New         further - across more gaming consoles,
community features will be added to ensure          web-enabled TV’s and mobile phones. ABC
viewers who love their ABC TV can get more          iView will feature even more content from all
involved with their favourite shows and portals.    of our channels as well as its own exclusive
                                                    programming, and we will be adding more
                                                    features to the service to make it easier to
                                                    share your favourite shows with your friends.
                                                    ABC iView has enjoyed extraordinary growth
                                                    throughout 2009, recording its highest ever
                                                    figures in October, with 286,000 visitors and
                                                    1.054 million visits. In the year-to-date, ABC
                                                    iView has recorded a monthly average of
                                                    610,000 visits, up 140% compared to the 2008
                                                    monthly average of 255,000 visits.
                        ABC TV MulTIPlATFORM & ABC IVIEW ■

               • ABC3

                        • iView

• Sleuth 101
2010                            • South Pacific

                                                  • The Colbert Report
                • Psych

• Whitechapel

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