Battle lines drawn in next ratings war
Battle lines are drawn as networks prepare for the return of TV ratings from Sunday.
And viewers will be the winners, with plenty of local and international titles on offer.
Here are some of the key programmes tipped to be on offer over the next few months.
NB: List is not complete, and subject to change. Includes multichannels. To find out more on any particular show, try the show’s Tag at the end of the story.
A Place to Call Home
New local drama featuring Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazlehurst
Stars diving in a new entertainment-Reality series.
New renovation series from the producers of My Kitchen Rules.
The story of Charmain Biggs, the wife of train robber Ronnie Biggs.
Explores the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and a young FBI profiler, before he became the world’s most famous serial killer.
Jeremy Piven stars as the iconic Harry Selfridge, the creator of retail stores as we know it.
Shura Taft hosts rebooted Reality contest.
Kath and Kim specials
Includes new material.
Parents choose the dresses and dates for their daughters in a new fly-on-the-wall series.
Mrs Brown’s Boys
UK comedy series.
Continuing: My Kitchen Rules, Revenge, Downton Abbey, Packed to the Rafters, Home & Away, Parenthood, Criminal Minds, AFL, How I Met Your Mother, Better Homes & Gardens, Last Resort, Castle, Private Practice, Happy Endings, The Mindy Project, American Dad, Family Guy, Escape to the Country, The Amazing Race.
Ricky Martin joins the second season.
The Great Australian Bakeoff
Cooking series filmed before Werribee Mansion
Starring Kevin Bacon
New US super-hero series
Spanning the years 1915 to 1927, this will chronicle the exploits of Joseph Theodore Leslie Taylor, known to all as “Squizzy”
What’s Your Emergency?
UK factual series
The Block: Skyhigh
Renovation series returns to Melbourne
TV Week Logie Awards
State of Origin
Continuing: 60 Minutes, NRL, The Footy Show, The Big Bang Theory, Anger Management, Two and a Half Men, Top Gear, 2 Broke Girls, CSI, Survivor,
The Truth Is
Featuring Hamish MacDonald in a bold new way of exploring some of the big issues of our time.
Lisa McCune stars as an accomplished doctor, who with her team, looks after the residents of neighbouring islands, as well as holidaymakers.
A period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC
Beauty & The Beast
Catherine “Cat” Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective who is haunted by her own tragic past. With Jay Ryan.
Continuing: Mr & Mrs Murder, Elementary, The Biggest Loser, Bondi Rescue, Modern Family, Bondi Vet, Can of Worms, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Good Wife, The Living Room, Before the Game, The Simpsons, American Idol, Law & Order: SVU, American Horror Story, Supernatural, The Office, Neighbours, Californication, Glee, Fashion Star, The Cleveland Show, Excused, Burn Notice, White Collar, Blue Bloods, The Killing, F1.
Telemovie about long distance runner Cliff Young
Sir Michael Parkinson returns after a five-year absence to host a new series with s an array of guests from across the artistic spectrum.
Insightful and subtly revisionist account of one of the most celebrated campaigns of the Second World War
Weeknight, satirical news show returns in a new ten-minute format.
triple j’s One Night Stand
held in Dubbo, and will feature Flume, The Rubens, Ball Park Music, Seth Sentry and a local triple j Unearthed act.
Sabour Bradley could be described as a bit of an Aussie Louis Theroux.
Comedy Up Late
Direct from the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, hosted each night by Lawrence Mooney,
Second season of US sketch show
New and classic stand up including performances by Ricky Gervais, Alan Carr, Simon Amstell, Wil Anderson, Eddie Izzard, Dara O’Briain plus many more.
Continuing: Doctor Who, Call the Midwife, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting, Tractor Monkeys, The Checkout, Inspector George Gently, Last Tango in Halifax.
BAFTA award-winning, compelling Danish drama series from the producers of the internationally acclaimed series, The Killing.
Eat, Fast and Live Longer
Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain.
Award-winning Hollywood actor and writer, Alan Cumming, unearths hidden gems and fascinating stories
from within some of Britain’s most iconic urban environments.
One Born Every Minute USA
Eurovision Song Contest
58th event from Malmo, Sweden
The Midnight Beast
YouTube, parody band The Midnight Beast bring their bonkers all-singing, all-dancing six-part, self-titled comedy series.
Continuing: Who Do You Think You Are?, Gourmet Farmer, Lilyhammer, Mad Men, Cycling, UEFA Champions League, Bullet in the Face, Threesome, Him and Her.
New reimagining of Prisoner
Da Vinci’s Demons
Lavish new drama series from David S. Goyer
House of Cards
Featuring Kevin Spacey
New sci-fi drama
Continuing: Game of Thrones, Top of the Lake, Smash, Celebrity Apprentice All Stars, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Revolution, Grimm.
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