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How Not To Behave

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In which parts of a change room is it okay to walk around naked? What’s the tooth fairys going rate? Is it ever okay to pick up at a funeral? Should you discipline other peoples kids, dump a partner by text, or have the in-laws on Skype while your partner is giving birth? From dinner parties to supermarkets, the workplace to the gym, Gretel and Matt will escort you through the unwritten rules and necessities of modern society. Each episode tests the boundaries of a familiar theme providing a how-to guide for all of us, offering solutions to our social shortcomings once and for all. STUDIO AUDIENCE Please join our hosts Gretel Killen and Matt Okine in studio for a behind-the-scenes insight in to the world of modern manners. Come along and you can expect comedy, sparkling conversation and thought-provoking social experiments as well as some free drinks and snacks- bonus! Every Friday at ABC TV Studios, 700 Harris St, Ultimo, from June 12 to July 31. Audience call time from 5.45pm. Book your free tickets now at http://hownottobehave.eventbrite.com.

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Stop Laughing … this is serious

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Stop Laughing… this is serious is a three-part documentary series charting a course through the story of Australian comedy, featuring more than 60 interviews with the men and women who make us laugh. Through a blend of social history, extensive archive material and intimate interviews with some of the country’s most loved comedians, we travel via stand up, radio, television, theatre and film from indigenous comedy to new viral media jokers of today, revealing how humour, laughter and comedy are integral to our national identity. By unpicking our cultural cringe, poking fun at our national identity, confronting hard truths and exploring our taboos, we come to realise that Australians’ greatest characteristic is our ability to laugh at ourselves. Narrated by Eric Bana, the series explores the development of Australian comedy through social and political change, examining the way humour has reflected and responded to multicultural Australia, gender issues, and politics. Each episode moves seamlessly through time, weaving contemporary comedy with early comedic performance, featuring insight and anecdotes from what Barry Humphries calls “the cheering up business”. The first episode, “LOOK AT MOI, LOOK AT MOI” (Kath and Kim) looks inwards at the importance of our ability to laugh at ourselves. From Edna Everage, the mousy Melbourne housewife, and Sandy Stone – the man to whom nothing ever happens, to school kids like Kylie Mole and Ja’mie and Aussie battlers like Dad and Dave, Paul Hogan and Kenny, we realize that what’s right under our very own nose is often the funniest thing of all. To view the Media kit, click here.

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Outback ER

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The new 8 x half hour observational documentary series OUTBACK ER premieres Thursday 12 February at 8.00pm on ABC. From the red earth of Broken Hill comes a look at one of the most unique emergency departments in the country. Experience just how different a life-threatening crisis can be in one of the most isolated locations on earth. OUTBACK ER introduces us to the incredible emergency response team who live and work in this remote region – the staff from Broken Hill Base Hospital Emergency Department, the Ambulance Service of NSW, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. From snakebites and amputations, to farm accidents and heart attacks, every admission brings a new challenge. Witnessing real human drama and meeting some extraordinary characters, OUTBACK ER offers an intimate and moving insight into the diverse population of Broken Hill, and the realities of life and death in the Australian outback. This unforgiving desert landscape breeds a population of no nonsense locals who live hard and play hard – some will even wait days before getting a broken bone treated. Remoteness, lack of resources and staff recruitment are all major challenges at the Broken Hill Base Hospital. It definitely takes a special kind of medical team to work in a place like this. A Screentime (a Banijay Group company) production for ABC TV made with the financial assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Created by Simon Steel, OUTBACK ER is series produced by Tony De La Peña and executive produced by Screentime’s Jennifer Collins and Simon Steel with ABC TV’s Commissioning Editor, Andrea Ulbrick. To view a promo of episodes 1-4 click here.

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The Flying Miners

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Flying Miners premieres on ABC at 8.30 pm on Tuesday 14 October.

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Village Vets Australia

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Following country vets and long-time best friends Dr James Carroll and Dr Anthony Bennett as they work with animals big and small, Village Vets highlights the real-life dramas, emergencies and triumphs of a rural veterinary practice. Commissioned by Foxtel for the LifeStyle Channel and shooting across the picturesque Shoalhaven region on NSW’s South Coast, Village Vets is about the bonds between people and their pets, farmers and their animals, between the members of a tight-knit community and at the heart of them all – the friendship of two great mates.  

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Taking on the Chocolate Frog

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Premiered on June 2nd, 2014 at 9:30pm on STUDIO. STUDIO is thrilled to announce the commissioning of Taking On The Chocolate Frog, a new Australian television series produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, which centres on an unlikely troupe of Shakespearean wannabes and is inspired by the work of infamous criminal turned award-winning playwright, Jim McNeil. The three-part series will challenge ex-criminals to perform McNeil’s The Chocolate Frog, and will follow the process from rehearsal to final performance in front of a live audience of A-list actors and respected theatre critics; inside the gaol in which the play emerged – Parramatta Correctional Centre.  

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RBT

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RBT follows police units for a unique, behind-the-scenes look at RBT patrols testing for alcohol and drug-affected drivers. The show began on the Nine Network on 27th June, 2010 and ran for four seasons through to 2013.  

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Felicity’s Mental Mission

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Felicity’s Mental Mission, a Screentime production, aired as part of ABC’s ‘Mental As’ week, in support of Mental Health Week 5-10th October, on the 6th of October 2014 on ABC2 at 8:30pm. In Felicity’s Mental mission, multi-award winning comedian Felicity Ward takes on the challenge of breaking the taboos and stigmas that surround mental health issues. Felicity herself lives with anxiety and so is well aware of the challenges that must be overcome for people living with mental health problems, such as how hard it is to perform every day tasks or how your family and friends sometimes don’t understand how to help. In the documentary, she proves how committed she is about spreading awareness and takes on the challenge to get 3,000 promises on the online ‘promise wall’ of The Mental Health Council of Australia.  

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Outback Coroner

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Aired on Foxtel in 2013. Following State Coroners as they navigate time, distance, suspicion and culture in search of answers to mysterious and unexplained deaths in outback and rural Australia, OUTBACK CORONER draws us in to the mindset of the Coroners and the challenges confronted by their team.

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