Premiere dates announced for new and returning series on ABC and IVIEW this summer 2024

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ABC is kicking off 2024 with premium, first run shows, guaranteed to entertain and inspire the whole family including Total Control, Grand Designs Transformations and Muster Dogs.

With more depth and breadth of programming across all genres for all ages, Australians can rely on ABC and ABC iview for free and ad free content, throughout January and beyond.

ABC Head of Programming, Acquisitions and Streaming Roberta Allan says:

“We are incredibly excited about our content plans next year, and we will have no delay in delivering them, with big launches starting from January 1st right off the back of our amazing New Years Eve coverage. We have content launches from every genre, new and returning commissions and international acquisitions, there is something for everyone.”  

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Audiences can escape the heat and immerse themselves in the award-winning new season of political drama Total Control, starring screen legends Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths.  For home improvement inspiration join hosts Anthony Burke and Yasmine Ghoniem in Grand Designs Transformations and the whole family can get behind their favourite Border Collie pups in the new season of the smash hit series Muster Dogs.

Grand Designs Transformations – Anthony Burke and Yasmine Ghoniem (image – ABC)

Heather Ewart returns shining a spotlight on the towns and people from across the country in Back Roads and sport fans can take a behind the scenes look at Australia’s famous tennis tournament, in Australia’s Open.  While our younger viewers will enjoy extraterrestrial fun with the new live action series Planet Lulin and enjoy the soothing sounds of Ninganah Lullaby.

Watch BACK ROADS as it delves into Darkan's unique Sheepfest. Experience the vibrancy of a small community reviving its identity through sheep and wool. (image - ABC)
Heather Ewart returns with new episodes of Back Roads in 2024 (image – ABC)

From January 1, dropping on ABC iview, is a terrific mix of shows to complement ABC iview’s existing library of impressive acquisitions including, the Australian premiere of Best Interests. Starring two of the UK’s most popular actors Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Bad Sisters) and Michael Sheen (Good Omens) this critically acclaimed drama centres around a family who face a choice no parent wants to make. 

Chatty man, comedian Alan Carr stars in the semi-autobiographical, very funny comedy series Changing Ends and Sir Paul McCartney teams up with music producer Rick Rubin to discuss McCartney’s extensive body of work in McCartney 1,2,3

ABC will also be home to the Australian premiere of the blue chip, natural history series Earth. Narrated by Chris Packham, this epic series delves into the 4.5 billion year story of our home.     

ABC and ABC iview has summer covered. 

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Summer programming on ABC (image – ABC)

Launch Dates:

Monday 1 January

·         Changing Ends Binge on ABC iview / ABC TV premiere Wednesday 3 January at 9.00pm

·         Best Interests Binge on ABC iview / ABC TV premiere on Sunday 14 January at 9.30pm

·         McCartney 1,2,3 Binge on ABC iview / ABC TV premiere on Tuesday 16 January at 8.30pm

·         Planet Lulin Binge on ABC iview and premieres 5pm on ABC ME

Thursday 4 January

·         Grand Design Transformations  Premieres at 8pm ABC iview/ ABC TV

Tuesday 9 January

·         Back Roads Premieres at 8pm ABC iview / ABC TV

·         Australia’s Open Binge on ABC iview / ABC TV premieres at 8.30pm

Sunday 14 January

·         Muster Dogs series 2 Binge on ABC iview / ABC TV premieres at 7.30pm

·         Total Control series 3 Premieres at 8.30pm ABC iview / ABC TV

Monday 15 January

·         Ninganah Lullaby Premieres at 7.25pm ABC iview / ABC Kids

Tuesday 23 January

·         Earth Premieres at 8.30pm ABC iview / ABC TV

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Kyle Laidlaw
Kyle Laidlaw
An avid media enthusiast of more than 10 years, Kyle regularly follows all things TV related, both in Australia and overseas with a particular interest in local free-to-air scheduling and new show commissions.



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