ABC jumps into summer

By David Knox on November 2, 2008 / Filed Under Programming 16

The ABC has announced its summer programming highlights under the banner “FesTiVal of Entertainment.”

From November 16 until January 27, it has lined up a host of dramas, specials, documentaries, music events, movies and more. Culled from Australian and international broadcasting, most are first-run and there are some repeats of old favourites too.

Australian highlights include The Howard Years, Adam Hills Live, Humpbacks: From Fire to Ice, Destiny in the Alice, Ni**er Lovers, The Eternity Man, Hairtales, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts the finals of The Einstein Factor and The New Inventors, special editions of First Tuesday Book Club, Kylie Kwong, At the Movies, and Spicks and Specks.

From the UK there is Robert Lindsay in The Trial of Tony Blair, a new season of Hustle, the comedy series The Thick of It, Helena Bonham Carter in the film Magnificent 7, the remake of A Room with a View, plus Party Animals, Wallace and Grommit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, Expedition Bhutan, Princes in the Tower, The Omid Djalili Show and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

From the US there is Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union, Capturing the Friedmans and 638 Ways to Kill Castro.

There are re-screenings of Bastard Boys, Rainshadow, Choir of Hard Knocks, Sounds of Aus, The Floating Brothel, Constructing Australia, Stepfather of the Bride, Trial and Retribution, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple,, while films include Little Fish and Oyster Farmer.

ABC2 features Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Zoo Day, Modern Toss, Brideshead Revisited, Robin Hood, the Schools Spectacular, It’s Adam and Shelley, Victoria Up the Empire, and World Music Awards 2008.

For kids there is In the Night Garden, Degrassi High, Scorpion Island, Humf, Penelope, Mr Men and Yo Gabba Gabba.


  1. jbenz July 19, 2009 at 1:29 pm -

    This show is complete and utter trash.
    I can’t believe that ABC child TV programmers could be so ignorant of the music guide lines recommended by reputable Child Music organisations such as Kodaly Music education, Carl Orff Schulwerk, Musik Garten etc- which would all be horrified at the targeting of the youngest listeners with this appallingly tasteless, loud, obnoxious and culturally degenerated rubbish.

    An interesting musical laboratory experiment was recently done: two groups of mice were assigned the same task of finding their way through a maze.
    The first group was subjected to simple classical music (10 hours a day over a week), the second to acid pop à la “Yo Gabba” (also 10 hours a day over a week).

    After a week, the “classical group” was 20 minutes faster. The “acid pop” group was not only 30 min slower than at the start, they had resorted to cannibalism before reaching the end of their task.
    “Yo Gabba Gabba” adds acid pop accompaniment to nursery songs. Need I say more? It promotes aggression ans is totally unsuitable for this most vulnerable age group.

  2. Tim December 1, 2008 at 8:55 pm -

    anyone know when ABC2 will be screening Radio 1’s Big Weekend?

  3. Alex November 4, 2008 at 8:56 am -

    Is it reruns of Degrassi High or is it long awaited episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation?

  4. Matt November 3, 2008 at 12:34 am -

    Some Excellent shows to look forwards to over summer, maybe the Commercial Channels could take a leaf out of the ABC’s book and do something similar also(very unlikely….).

  5. Zambora November 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm -

    ABC once again, prove they have decent material all year round.
    Maybe their programmers know the market and think about what can work.

  6. Craig November 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm -

    So no Doctor Who xMas special, so when July and then the other special to follow 6 months after they air?

    This is stupid they know there is no series, I wonder if they even have the rights to the show yet?

  7. wilmawalrus November 2, 2008 at 2:16 pm -

    Retro, ABC1 has had Yo Gabba Gabba on previously – quite some time after Foxtel started it. Good it’s coming back again – my four year old has been missing them!

    yay to the ABC – a feast for summer instead of a famine on the commercial networks!

  8. Retro November 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm -

    Has Yo Gabba Gabba been on free-to-air before? or just foxtel?
    If so, its quite good news for some.

    I’ve seen it on youtube and kinda wishin I had it to watch when I was quite a few years younger.

  9. David Knox November 2, 2008 at 12:51 pm -


  10. Mickche November 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm -

    quick question david, Do you know if the Miss Marple’s are new or just repeats??

  11. Mickche November 2, 2008 at 12:36 pm -

    sounds great.

  12. Mac November 2, 2008 at 12:06 pm -

    ‘Bout bloody time Adam Hills was given his own show. I’m ‘stumped’ as to why it aint happened sooner! ;)

  13. Johnson November 2, 2008 at 12:04 pm -

    That’s a very impressive line-up. Looking forward to the World Music Awards on ABC2.

  14. Glenn Petrie November 2, 2008 at 11:37 am -

    Great line-up!

  15. William November 2, 2008 at 11:02 am -

    yeah, looking forward to this lineup :)

  16. Michael November 2, 2008 at 8:23 am -

    Sounds like great summer viewing.

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