Airdate: Strictly Speaking

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?

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