New political docos set for ABC1

2013-09-10_1126ABC1 has announced three new political documentaries going into production on the Labor Party, the National Party and Paul Keating.

It follows the public broadcaster’s series on The Howard Years and Labor in Power, in recent years.

The three projects are:

  • Sue Spencer, the Executive Producer of Four Corners and part of the award-winning team behind both Labor in Power and The Howard Years, will lead a team including 7.30 Political Editor Chris Uhlmann as writer/interviewer on a documentary series exploring Labor’s most recent tumultuous period in power from 2007 to 2013.
  • Landline Executive Producer Ben Hawke and experienced political reporter Heather Ewart have been commissioned to produce a series examining the National Party, one of the most influential yet under-explored forces in Australian politics.
  • And finally Kerry O’Brien, one of Australia’s most experienced political interviewers, will follow up his hugely successful Clive James profile with a multi-part, interview-based series on Paul Keating. This project, co-produced by Ben Hawke and Justin Stevens, will deliver unprecedented insights from one of Australia’s most colourful political leaders during Australia’s transition from an old to a new economy.

“Australians traditionally turn to the ABC for in-depth coverage and analysis of politics” said ABC Managing Director Mark Scott. “Our coverage of the 2013 Federal Election campaign across all platforms led the way in providing more depth, more analysis and more information to more Australians than ever before.

“On top of that, the ABC has a tradition going back twenty years of providing engaging and popular documentaries that explore our political history. I am delighted that this tradition continues with these exciting new programs.”

Kerry O’Brien’s Keating interviews will air later this year while the new Labor and Nationals documentaries will screen in 2014.


  1. Months ago I had suggested to the ABC that they should make a documentary series on the complete history of the ALP.
    Every documentary series the ABC has made about the ALP only covered a partial history of the party, whether it was documentaries on Whitlam, Labor In Power and the latest on the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years.
    The ABC already done a complete history of the Liberal Party to the date of its making back in 1994 with The Liberals and I am guessing the upcoming National Party documentary would present a complete history of the National Party.
    So it is only fair that the ABC should try to do one with the ALP. I realise why it would look daunting trying to cover the history of the ALP over a hundred years but I believe it is an effort worth making.

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