ABC Australia


Show of the week: Mystery Road: Origin

After two seasons and two films following Indigenous Australian police officer Jay Swan, this prequel to crime drama Mystery Road delves into the dogged detective’s formative years on the force. Set in the outback of Western Australia in 1999, the series follows Swan as a charismatic young officer who arrives at his new station, fresh […]

Show of the Week: Vegesaurs

Travel to a prehistoric world of loud roars and healthy eating, in this 20 x 5-minute CGI animated series for 4-7-year-olds, populated by part dinosaur/part fruit-and-vegetable animals. The young tricarrotops Ginger lives in Vegesaur Valley, home to fellow vegesaurs such as the baby pea-rexes, who embark on standalone adventures featuring relatable themes for upper pre-schoolers […]

Roku Channel takes ABC Australia drama ‘The Newsreader’ for US debut

Roku has acquired Australian drama The Newsreader as a Roku Channel exclusive for its US debut. The series will launch on the US AVOD service on 18 March as a Roku Original, following a deal with distributor Entertainment One. Set in the 1986 and centered around the frantic world of broadcast news, The Newsreader (which is TBI’s […]

Show of the week: The Newsreader

Anna Torv (Fringe, Mindhunter) and Sam Reid (Anonymous, Belle) head the cast of this 6 x 60-minute drama set in a commercial television newsroom in 1986, which follows a tumultuous three months in world history through the eyes of a young reporter and a notoriously ‘difficult’ newsreader. From the shock of the Challenger explosion, to […]

Show of the week: Reputation Rehab

This ‘name and shame’ factual format takes on the negative headlines in the media in an attempt to redeem the reputations of reality TV villains, bad boy sports stars and others in need of an image rehabilitation. The show features a panel filled with everyday people, who vote to decide who is worth a second […]

London Screenings: Broadening horizons

Locked down audiences are craving new environments and the content business is doing its best to deliver them. Helen Dugdale  explores how the UK industry is embracing the travelogue With international and domestic travel currently off the cards for swathes of the world’s population because of the pandemic, a surging demand for onscreen escapism has […]

BBC Scotland orders ‘fish-out-of-water’ Oz vet series

BBC Scotland has commissioned a new obs-doc series from Australian factual prodco WildBear Entertainment, following a pair of Scottish vets working to help animals in Oz. The 12 x 30-minute series Scottish Vets Down Under centres on Dr Chris Allison and Dr Mike Whiteford, who have travelled to the bushlands of Bendigo in the Australian […]

APC Studios snaps up rights to ABC Australia nuclear testing drama

Paris-headquartered producer-distributor APC Studios has swooped for worldwide rights to ABC Australia’s six-part drama Fallout (working title).  The boutique outfit helped in financing the production, which is inspired by true events and centres on the UK’s nuclear testing in the Australian outback in the 1950s. The project marks APC Studios’ first investment in an Australian series, […]

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