The Slap to air on BBC4

Upcoming ABC1 drama The Slap will air in the UK on BBC4 later this year.

Based on Christos Tsiolkas’ bestselling novel, the 8-part TV series traces the shattering repercussions following a summer BBQ, at which a man slaps a child who is not his son. It features a stellar cast including Melissa George, Alex Dimitriades, Jonathan LaPaglia, Sophie Okonedo, Essie Davis and Diana Glenn. Two episodes screened earlier this month at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four says : “The book was a runaway success and I’m pleased to bring this very well made tale of our times to the channel. It reflects BBC Four’s desire to bring viewers the best programming from around the world and its focus on social contemporary issues will bring a different tone to the channel.”

Carole Sklan, Head of ABC TV Fiction “The Slap is a compelling portrayal of contemporary family, friendship, parenting and relationships. The ABC is delighted that this creatively ambitious Australian drama series is receiving international recognition.”

ABC1 will retain the television premiere but is still keeping the date under wraps. It has been looking for the best time to launch the series in a crowded market.

There is talk it will air in an ‘unexpected’ timeslot soon.


  1. On ABC1’s possible timeslot: If the episodes are about an hour long, I guess anytime outside Friday & Saturday nights could work. But if they’re running for something like ninety minutes to two hours long then surely they’d have it on Sunday nights? Ratings for Paper Giants proves this is best across most demos.
    That said, let’s hope they don’t sweep away their Monday night programming like they did for Paper Giants.

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