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.