Airdate: Strictly Speaking

By David Knox on September 13, 2010 / Filed Under Programming 5

ABC1 will air the Southern Star-producer series on public speakers and orators, Strictly Speaking.

Hosted by Andrew Hansen, the show will step into the slot vacated by The New Inventors, which is nearing its 2010 Grand Final.

Strictly Speaking is Australia’s first public speaking TV contest. With the drama of a dance-off, the jeopardy of a successful soufflé and the thrill of hitting the right notes, contestants in this TV public speaking competition, tackle what for most people is their greatest fear: public speaking…

From all corners of Australia, 27 everyday people with a love of public speaking step up on stage to test their oratory skills and battle fear and nerves in front of a panel of expert judges.

After delivering a speech on their topic of choice, host Andrew Hansen, applies the pressure in the impromptu round, which has the contestants praying for inspiration as they speak off the cuff for sixty seconds.

A rotating panel of judges comprising comedian Jean Kittson, speechwriter and author Michael Gurr, journalist, author and Lateline presenter Leigh Sales, and the irrepressible Father Bob Maguire assess the speakers based on content, delivery and entertainment.

And stepping off the podium, Strictly Speaking reveals the agony and the ecstasy of competition, going behind the scenes to witness the speakers’ preparation and deliberation on the judges’ comments.

Taking the Strictly Speaking stage in episode one are a university student from country NSW, a performance artist and mother of twin daughters from Victoria, and an antiques dealer from the NSW Northern Rivers town of Yamba.

It airs from 8pm Wednesday September 29th?


  1. KatCassidy September 15, 2010 at 4:04 am -

    @Ronnie According to Wikipedia, Endemol bought Southern Star in 1999 but it appears to mostly still function as Southern Star

  2. Steve September 15, 2010 at 2:00 am -

    Wasn’t this filmed 12 months ago?

  3. bh September 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm -

    Yes … more Leigh Sales on TV! Too much Salesy is never enough!

  4. Stan September 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm -

    With any luck, The New Inventors stay off the air this time!

  5. Ronnie September 13, 2010 at 11:36 am -

    David – does Southern Star still exist as a stand alone company or is it Endemol?

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