January: ABC + SBS TV and Australian Commercial TV Highlights

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM


In this post I’ll highlight January’s Australian TV Network News & Upcoming TV Show Highlights and schedule changes

Spaced (Series 1)

If you’re a fan of Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Big Train) you’ll love the sitcom Spaced being repeated on ABC2 in 1 hour double episode blocks starting Thursday January 3rd at 8:30PM on ABC2 Digital TV.

Still not sure if you want to watch? What if I told you that there are cameos by the who’s who of British comedy: David Williams (Little Britain), Bill Bailey (Black Books), John Simm (Life on Mars), Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith of the League of Gentlemen, Ricky Gervais (The Office) …

Spaced is a BAFTA-nominated channel 4 sitcom written by and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson. The series plots the lives of Tim (Simon Pegg) and Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) as well as those of their friends.

Tim (Simon Pegg)Tim (Simon Pegg) is a twentysomething, underachieving comic book store (assistant) manager with a morbid fear of dogs and Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) is a would-be journalist who is yet to get an article printed.
To get their flat, they had to pose as a professional ‘yuppie’ couple and their landlady, Marsha (Julia Deakin), is still to realise their deceit.

Neighbour Brian (Mark Heap) is a conceptual artist and more than a bit… well, wierd. Daisy’s best friend Twist occassionally pops in to their flat and is currently flirting with Brian.

Mike (Nick Frost)Tim’s best friend Mike is an enthusiastic member of many outdoor activity organisations including the territorial army, although they will never make up for the disappointment of not being able to be in the “real army”.
source: Spaced Out


Dr Karl and Adam Spencer Sleek Geeks

If you’re a fan of the popular science educator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and the comedian and radio show host Adam Spencer make sure you watch their new six part science series “Sleek Geeks” on ABC TV starting 3 January, 8pm.


Top Gear – Polar Special episode

Top Gear season 9 was supposed to be on SBS Monday nights in November ‘07, now its starting on January 7th 2008 at 7:30pm with the Top Gear Polar Special where the boys race each other across approximately 650 kilometres of treacherous frozen ocean and fields of giant ice boulders to the Magnetic North Pole.


Some American Late-Night Shows are back

American talk shows which have been off air for the last 2 months because of the writer’s strike are due to restart with different “writer-free” formats. Jay Leno and Conan Conan O’Brien return on January 2nd, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert return on January 7th.

How are they going to do when they return during the writers’ strike, without writers’ help? “It’s going to be hard,” said Jeff Ross, executive producer of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien. “We have 12 writers here normally to come up with material every day doing a show five days a week. So there’s no question it will be hard.”

UPDATED 30th DEC ’07: Late night talk show host David Letterman has struck a deal with striking television writers, paving the way for a return of his show to the airwaves after a two month break. It’s likely that new episodes of “The Late Show with David Letterman” will start being shown in Australia on CH10 on January 4th ’08.
– source AFP (via Google News)

ABC TV and Radio Show Podcasts popular in 2007

Podcasting content from the ABC has been popular in 2007, with video podcast (vodcast) of The Chaser’s War on Everything the most popular on the iTunes list of top Podcasts with 9 million downloads this year.

The ABC serves 15.8 million vodcast downloads of predominantly whole television shows. Other popular vodcasts include JTV and Summer Heights High, but neither come close to the Chaser’s downloads.

Audio podcasts for the ABC are also popular, with an average on 2.7 million downloads a month. Over 50% of which are downloaded outside of Australia. A Radio Australia program, English for Tourism is the ABC’s most popular audio podcast.
Source: Sydney Morning herald

Australian Analog to Digital TV switchover starts end of 2009

Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy minister Stephen Conroy has announced there would be a firm end date for the transmission of television in the old analogue signal form – still used by the majority of households. He ordered that free-to-air television be broadcast only in a digital signal in all major cities by 2009 with a final switch-over across the nation by 2013.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian newspapers

One Reply to “January: ABC + SBS TV and Australian Commercial TV Highlights”

  1. I am concerned with the economic stimulus package and do not believe that to throw money at the public is responsible. I was wondering why direct stimulus to business is not adopted such as building infrastructure to accommodate manufacturing/ textile industries I am sure you understand what I am talking about. I see people with extra child payments taking holidays, buying televisions and generally wasting this money. All I can see is Australia accumulating further debt. To throw money at the public is not the answer to throw money at job creation and retention is.
    Ask this of Kevin Rudd rather then how much the public will get. Get some responsible and probing questions not just appeasing the labour party.

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