2024 Upfronts: SBS / NITV

2024 Upfronts: SBS / NITV
  • Alone Australia heads to NZ.
  • 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • New local dramas Swift Street, Four Years.
  • New factuals with Shaun Micallef, Melissa Leong, Ray Martin, Dr. Michael Mosley.
  • Returning: Who Do You Think You Are?, Great Australian Walks, Mastermind.
  • 40 years of Dateline.
  • NITV switches to HD.
  • SBS On Demand: FAST Channels, Opt-out of ad categories, Audio Description.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this post may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

SBS and NITV have unveiled a wealth of local and international content for 2024 at a lunchtime Upfront at Sydney Town Hall today. The theme was “Demand Different.”

Amongst the programming highlights, hit series Alone Australia is headed for the South Island of New Zealand, Who Do You Think You Are? profiles Miranda Otto, Wayne Blair and Pat Rafter, while Shaun Micallef is on an Origin Odyssey with fellow comedians.

Melissa Leong, Sam Johnson and Costa Georgiadis go behind the scenes of the public health system in The Hospital: In the Deep End, Ray Martin plans his own funeral in Ray Martin: The Last Goodbye and Julia Zemiro is joined by Susie Youssef and Gina Chick for more Great Australian Walks.

In Drama, Cliff Curtis stars in Swift Street, while the turbulent marriage of two young Indian lovers is explored in Four Years. There’s also a wealth of international dramas including returning seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, Rogue Heroes, DI Ray and a Free to Air screening of Dopesick.

SBS has secured full broadcast rights of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Excitingly, NITV will upgrade to High Definition by December 5 and in 2024 premieres Eddie’s Lil’ Homies, more Our Law and a doco on the late David Gulpilil, Journey Home: David Gulpilil.

In 2024 Dateline also marks its 40th anniversary.

SBS on Demand will also improve personalisation & recommendations, start introducing FAST channels, launch an audio description feature in 2024 for people who are blind or have low vision and, in an industry first, offer and opt-out of the advertising categories of wagering, alcoholic beverages and quick service restaurants from Q1 2024.

Managing Director James Taylor said, “Our theme this year is: Demand Different. This in an invitation to you, and to our audiences to have high expectations of us and the Australian media sector. To demand world-class content and digital user experience. To demand that businesses act responsibly. To that end I’m delighted to announce two Australian media-industry firsts today. I’ll begin with sustainability in media. According to Nielsen’s latest Sustainability Rankings, SBS ranks number one among media and telco brands when it comes to social and environmental good. I’m proud to announce that SBS is the first Australian broadcaster to have already reached Net Zero on its Direct Emissions. And while there’s more to be done on our indirect emissions, today I can also announce that we have a Net Zero Target date of 2045 – the most ambitious of any Australian broadcaster. We’ll do this in collaboration with our production partners and SBS is also the first Australian network to begin carbon measurement on key TV franchises.

“The second Australian first we are announcing today relates to responsible advertising. SBS On Demand stands alone as being a premium video destination with lower ad loads and world class UX. We already take significant steps to ensure we’re meeting the responsible advertising expectations audiences have of us. For example we enforce age restrictions on SBS On Demand. We also remove certain ad categories from particular programming, especially shows that deal with difficult or sensitive topics, such as Addicted Australia and Asking for it. Today we go further, as we are about to put greater control into the audiences’ hands… In 2024 SBS will introduce a new opt-out feature for SBS On Demand in specific advertising categories, starting with wagering, alcoholic beverages and QSR. This will allow audiences to opt out of ads for gambling or alcoholic beverages meaning the’ll not receive ads in those categories. Audiences have always had complete control of what they watch on SBS On Demand. Now they will have control over the ads they see as well.”

SBS will also screen the Eurovision Song Contest from Malmo, but is still in negotiations around Australia competing.

An SBS spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Eurovision is a cherished part of the SBS family, our intention is for Australia to remain in the competition and we are currently in discussions. We’ll confirm details as soon as we are able.”

…and no sign of Michael Portillo!

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New

Swift Street
8 x 30 mins
Created and directed by Tig Terera, Swift Street features an ensemble cast including acclaimed Hollywood star Cliff Curtis (Avatar: The Way of Water, Traffic, Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw), Tanzyn Crawford (Tiny Beautiful Things, Servant), Keiynan Lonsdale (My Fake Boyfriend, Love, Simon, The Divergent Series), Eliza Matengu (Thor: Love and Thunder, Jack Irish), Bernie Van Tiel (Class of ‘07, SBS drama anthology series Erotic Stories), and introducing Alfred ‘Alfie’ Chuol. When 21-year-old Elsie (Tanzyn Crawford) – a new-school illicit entrepreneur in her ownright – discovers that her old-school hustler father Robert (Cliff Curtis) is being hunted down by a merciless crime boss over a bad debt, she decides to help him, sparking the beginnings of a reconciliation and a dubious reign as partners in crime. Swift Street is a Magpie Pictures production for SBS. Major production investment fromScreen Australia in association with SBS. Financed in association with VicScreen and Screen NSW. Global film and television studio Fifth Season (formerly Endeavour Content) is handling international sales.

Four Years
8 x 30 mins
Four Years is a story of a married couple trying to find each other again after beingseparated for four years. In the spirit of Normal People, the series explores love, yearning and miscommunication. Achingly powerful, Four Years follows the turbulent marriage oftwo young Indian lovers, Sridevi and Yash, through three timelines, told through dual perspectives. Full of romance and the desire to find someone you once loved again, this ground-breaking Australian series uses the Hindi and English languages interchangeably. Created and written by Indian-Australian writer Mithila Gupta (Bump S1&2, The Unlisted, The Heights, Five Bedrooms and Doctor Doctor). Four Years will be produced by award-winning Easy Tiger Productions (Colin From Accounts, The Twelve) for SBS. Major production investment from Screen Australia and Screen NSW in association with SBS.

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The Hospital: In the Deep End
3 x 1hr
The Hospital: In the Deep End explores the challenges facing the Australian public health system by going behind the scenes at one of Australia’s busiest public hospitals – St Vincent’s, Sydney. For one week, three well-known Australians, Melissa Leong, Samuel Johnson and Costa Georgiadis will work alongside staff as they deliver frontline care, experiencing what it really takes to work in public healthcare in Australia today. The Hospital: In The Deep End is a Smashing Films production for SBS. Principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with SBS. Financed with support from Screenwest and Lotterywest.

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Shaun Micallef’s Origin Odyssey
6 x 1hr
A reflective and joyful comedy travelogue where Shaun Micallef – one of Australia’s favourite and most respected comedians – explores the cultural roots of his guests. Through the minutia of international travel, conversation, immersive experience and observational humour we will discover more than expected of our travellers. Developed and produced by Endemol Shine Australia (A Banijay Company) for SBS.

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Ray Martin: The Last Goodbye
Statistically, acclaimed journalist Ray Martin has only four years left on the clock. Troubled by his lack of planning for his funeral and knowledge of the subject, this revealing, emotional and at times humorous series follows Ray as he takes a deep diveinto death down under. On the way he will discover the trends, cultural rituals, methods and emerging tech around the way we lay ourselves to rest. From Executive Producers Sky Kinninmont, and Deb Spinocchia. The Last Goodbye is produced by BBC Studios Productions Australia for SBS. Principal production funding from Screen Australia and SBS. Financed with support from Screen NSW.

Australia’s Sleep Revolution with Dr. Michael Mosley
3 x 1hr
A three-part documentary series that follows serial insomniac Dr. Michael Mosley together with some of the nation’s poorest sleepers, as they lay their bodies on the line to trial a world-first Australian sleep treatment program. Major production investmen tfrom Screen Australia and SBS. Financed with support from Screenwest and the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC). An Artemis Media production for SBS.

The Matchmakers
3 x 1hr
In the age of online dating, many hopeful singles are turning to the ancient tradition of matchmaking in their quest for love and marriage. This observational documentary series follows three matchmakers across different cultures and takes us into their unique and private world. Major production investment from Screen Australia and SBS. Financed with support from Screen NSW. A BBC Studios production for SBS.

Australia Uncovered

The Jewish Nazi?
The Jewish Nazi? explores the staggering story of Melbourne’s Alex Kurzem , who as a young Jewish boy witnessed the massacre of his family in Belorussia in 1941, beforebeing adopted by a Latvian battalion and becoming Hitler’s youngest soldier. The story became a global bestseller. But is it true? This current day ‘true crime’ investigation takes us on a rollercoaster ride in search for the truth. The Jewish Nazi? is a Mint Pictures production for SBS. Principal production funding from Screen Australia in associationwith SBS. Financed with support from Screen NSW. Post, digital and visual effects supported by Screen NSW.

The Carnival
The Bells and their workers have a mission: to keep their carnival alive and thriving, and to keep it in the family. This sixth generation travelling show family has been touring Australia for a hundred years and are now facing some of the toughest times they’ve ever seen. Filmed over 7 years, this epic road-trip unveils not only the mystery of the traveling show-people, but also reveals a family grappling with traditional life in a modern world. The Carnival is a Sideshow Films production for SBS. Principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with the Shark Island Institute. Financed with support from Screen NSW, Torchlight Media and JOTZ Productions.

Last Chance to Save a Life
In a world threatened by deadly antibiotic-resistant infections, new hope emerges from the unlikeliest of sources: viruses. In Australia, patients are being injected with trillions ofviruses to survive. We follow the patients, doctors, and scientists in nail-biting real time to discover the extraordinary power and challenges of ‘phage therapy’; a strange and elusive 100-year-old treatment that promises to not only save patients’ lives but givehope to the world. Last Chance to Save a Life is produced by Genepool Productions for SBS. Principal production funding from Screen Australia and SBS. Financed in association with VicScreen, with support from Steadicam Productions.

The Miracle Fix?
Could psychedelic drugs hold the answer to our mental illness epidemic? In a ground-breaking feature length documentary, we follow world-first trials at Australia’s only clinical psychedelic laboratory. Exclusive access tracks the progress of the trials and the participants who are hoping psychedelic therapy is finally the answer to their anguish. The Miracle Fix? is a Blackfella Films production for SBS. Principal production fundingfrom Screen Australia and SBS. Financed in association with VicScreen.

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Returning

Alone Australia
10 x 1hr
The breakout hit of the year and most successful original show in SBS history returns. Alone Australia Season 2 is coming exclusively to SBS in 2024. Another ten brave Australians will confront the merciless forces of nature, hunger, and isolation, but this time, in the South Island of New Zealand (Te Waipounamu, Aotearoa). Mountainous terrain, snow, freezing winds, and this time, the 10 can take in bows and arrows in their quest to survive for $250k. Alone Australia is an ITV Studios Australia production for SBS.

Who Do You Think You Are?
8 x 1hr
In 2024, SBS will see the return of Who Do You Think You Are?, the popular genealogy series where celebrities play detective returns for its record 15th season. The well-loved Australians tracing their family tree in this season include Miranda Otto, Pat Rafter and Wayne Blair. Who Do You Think You Are? is a Warner Bros. production for SBS.

Great Australian Walks with Julia Zemiro
10 x 1hr
Julia Zemiro returns for another 10-part series exploring more of Australia’s greatest walks that reveal our history, culture, people and geography. She will meet with ordinary and extraordinary Australians who reveal surprising and little-known stories along each stunning journey and this time she will be joined by fellow presenters Susie Youssef and Alone Australia’s Gina Chick. Great Australian Walks S2 is a Mint Pictures production for SBS.

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision is the world’s largest live musical event, it’s a serious cultural force and a whole lot of fun. This year it reached over 162 million viewers across the globe, with synth-metal band Voyager flying the flag for Australia in Liverpool, UK. In 2024, Malmo, Sweden, will host the 68th Eurovision Song Contest after Loreen’s historic win this year. SBS is proud to be the home of Eurovision and share this glorious celebration of music and culture with Australians. Produced by Blink TV for SBS.

Mastermind S6
84 x 30 mins
The toughest quiz on TV, Mastermind is back for another season. Contenders battle it out for the coveted title of Australia’s Mastermind. Host Marc Fennell injects fun into this classic format, whilst staying true to the classic Mastermind troupes of the spotlight, the chair and some very obscure specialist subjects. Mastermind is a BBC UK format and is produced for SBS by BBC Studios.

Celebrity Letters and Numbers S4
12 x 1hr
Each week, three celebrity contestants compete in a hilarious version of the classic show Letters and Numbers. Hosted by Michael Hing and featuring wordsmith David Astle in Dictionary Corner, the series offers endless nuggets of wisdom that you never knew you didn’t know! Over at the board, numbers expert Lily Serna explains mathematical techniques in a way that makes complete sense. The compulsive play along letters andnumber games are back with the all-important conundrum buzzer round to crown the winning celebrity. Produced by ITV Studios Australia for SBS.

 

International

Paris Has Fallen
8 x 1hr
When a terrorist group led by the villainous Jacob Pearce attacks a high-profile event, with the French Minister of Defence as their target, protection officer Vincent Taleb finds himself working with street-smart MI6 operative Zara Taylor to save the day. But when events take a dark turn, Vincent and Zara soon realize that the plan extends beyond justone politician. When they suspect that one of their colleagues in the security services is feeding information to Jacob, Vincent and Zara find themselves needing to rely only on each other. Increasingly isolated and with Jacob always one step ahead, can this unlikely pair stop Paris from falling to a man hell-bent on vengeance?

Culprits
8 x 1hr
Family man Joe Petrus is living the American dream with his fiancé and step-kids. However, unbeknownst to them, Joe was involved in a mysterious crime three years ago and now his dangerous past is about to catch up with him. When a killer starts targeting the crew behind the crime, Joe realises it’s only a matter of time before his family is targeted. He returns to London to track down his old gang and find out who is coming after them. Starring Nathan Stewart-Jarret, Gemma Arterton, Niamh Algar and Kirby.

Sherlock & Daughter mystery thriller
8 x 1hr
After witnessing her mother’s mysterious murder, young Californian Amelia Rojas learns her missing father may be the legendary Sherlock Holmes. She journeys to London tofind him, but he is not what she expected. Holmes is stymied. He is unwilling or unable to investigate a sinister case, with roots that stretch from America to Australia. Amelia is determined to prove she has inherited Holmes’ powers of deduction. Holmes sees a chance to test her claim and use her as his proxy. He sets her a challenge: Sherlock’sdaughter? Prove it. Crack this case. Starring Dougray Scott (Crime) as Professor Moriaty.

Dopesick
8 x 1hr
The critically acclaimed, award-winning Dopesick examines how one company, PurduePharma, triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history, and takes viewers to the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction. Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behindsthis national crisis and their allies. The series features an ensemble cast including Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, Rosario Dawson , and Kaitlyn Dever.

The Doll Factory Late 2023
6 x 1hr
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, this intoxicating story is set in London, 1850. Iris (Esme Creed-Miles) paints dolls for a living, alongside her twin sister, Rose (Mirren Mack). Iris dreams of becoming an artist. By night, she secretly paints herself. Silas (Éanna Hardwicke) is a taxidermist who owns a shop filled with his creations. Hedreams of one day finding an item so unique he will be catapulted to fame. Louis (George Webster) is a painter and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, searching for his next muse. When Iris meets Silas, and then Louis, she is offered an opportunity to escape and start a new life. To do so, she must abandon her sister, sacrifice her reputation, andlaunch herself into the unknown. But as Iris’ world expands, a story of dark obsession begins to unfold.

The Good Ship Murder
8 x 1hr
Former police detective Jack Grayling, now pursuing his dream of becoming a cabaret singer on a luxury Mediterranean cruise ship, investigates a series of murders on boardwith the help of ship’s First Officer Kate Woods.

The Vanishing Triangle
6 x 1hr
Set in 1990s Dublin, The Vanishing Triangle is inspired by true events of the time. Lisa  India Mullen; Normal People, Brassic) is a young, aspiring, female journalist who witnessed her mother’s murder; but the killer was never caught. When Lisa publishes adeeply personal piece in the newspaper about her mother’s murder, the killer makes contact and so begins a cat-and-mouse game that will push Lisa to the limit. Together with Detective David (Allen Leech; Downton Abbey, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Imitation Game) they begin to connect her mother’s killing to recent disappearances of young women and suspect an undetected serial killer may be responsible.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy S2
8 x 1hr
There’s nowhere on earth like Italy. And there’s no food on earth like Italian food. Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning actor Stanley Tucci indulges his passion for Italian cooking as he explores the stories and people behind the world’s most popular cuisine in the second season of the critically acclaimed Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.

Junior Doctors Down Under
8 x 1hr
Junior doctors are the front-line medics of any hospital. Every year hundreds are lured from the UK and Ireland with the promise of sun and surf, down under. But in return they must sign up for something they’ve never done before: the emergency department. Junior Doctors Down Under is produced by Prospero Productions with principal production funding from Screenwest and Lotterywest.

Scotland’s Most Luxurious Railway with Alan Cumming
4 x 1hr
Taking viewers on board the iconic Royal Scotsman. Scotland’s Most Luxurious Railway is the new series with exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the Royal Scotsman – aniconic, opulent train – as it embarks on one of the world’s great rail journeys, racing through spectacular settings, and showcasing the finest heritage, nature and romance Scotland has to offer. Tony, Olivier and Golden Globe winning actor Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) will experience what it is like to be a passenger on this epic adventure, cruising through the Highlands and indulged like royalty. This is a decadent railway trip ofa lifetime and the international travellers on board certainly have plenty of character!

Sandi Toksvig’s Wood
3 x 1hr
Sandi Toksvig is restoring her own patch of ancient woodland in a new 3 part series that will follow Sandi and her wife Debbie as they attempt to shed light on Britain’s woodland crisis. Filmed across winter, spring and summer the pair will fell trees, build wildlife ponds, release orphaned owls and much more. Toksvig said, “ We all know about the importance of trees and their role in the fight against climate change, but I had no idea the wealth of knowledge I would uncover about the soil they stand in, the habitats theycreate and what needs to be done to preserve this essential landscape”.

Jonathan Ross: Myths & Legends
4 x 1hr
Mythical mysteries and local legends have existed across the British Isles for centuries. Whilst many have been lost and forgotten, Jonathan Ross is now leading an adventure to uncover these fantastic fables. Over four episodes, Jonathan discovers myths and legends in different parts of the country as he journeys through stunning countryside and scenery, from epic landmarks to mighty castles and historic pubs, meeting local folk and immersing himself in the stories in a bid to understand how these legends once lived and breathed.

Babylon Berlin S4
12 x 1hr In German with English Subtitles.
In an Australian premiere, the fourth season of Babylon Berlin sees Inspector Gereon Rath transfer from Cologne to Berlin for a mission, where he unravels dark secrets during his investigation of a highly confidential racket of pornography during the height of the Weimar Republic. Seasons 1 – 3 will be available on SBS On Demand when the latest season launches on platform.

Rogue Heroes S2
6 x 1hr
Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell, Sofia Boutella and Dominic West reprise their roles in the adrenaline-fuelled second season of the smash hit, created and written by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight Gwilym Lee joins the cast as Ben Stirling, David Stirling’s brother and founder of 2SAS Regiment. This season will see the regiment act as the Vanguard to the campaign in Sicily, a far cry from the deserts of North Africa.

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Fargo S5
22 November 2023
10 x 1hr
The fifth instalment of Fargo, the Emmy®, AFI, Peabody and TCA Award-winning crimeanthology created by Noah Hawley and produced by MGM Television and FXProductions. The new season – fast-tracked from the US – features an all-star ensemble cast including Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Rysdahl, Joe Keery, Lamorne Morris, Richa Moorjani, Sam Spruell, and Dave Foley. The latest instalment of Fargo is set in Minnesota and North Dakota, 2019. After an unexpected series of events lands “Dorothy ‘Dot’ Lyon” (Juno Temple) in hot water with the authorities, this seemingly typical Midwestern housewife is suddenly plunged back into a life she thought she had left behind.

Blue Lights S2
The hit Northern Irish Police Drama returns for a second season. Follow the recent recruits of the Police Service of Northern Ireland as they wrestle with the fine linebetween justice and the law in their own community.

Das Boot S4
16 November 2023 on SBS On Demand
6 x 1hr
German and English with English subtitles
This revered German war series returns with a new season. Klaus Hoffmann (Rick Okon) embarks as U-Boat Commander again on a mission to alter the course of the war. Meanwhile, Hannie Hoffmann (Luise Wolfram) feels compelled to bring down a group ofuniformed criminals who have embraced the Reich’s darkest tendencies.

The Handmaid’s Tale S6
The critically acclaimed and award-winning drama The Handmaid’s Tale returns for its highly anticipated sixth and final season. The series based off the acclaimed dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1985, is set in New England inthe near future, which posits a Christian fundamentalist theocratic regime in the former United States that arose as a response to a fertility crisis. Starring Elisabeth Moss,Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle and Ann Dowd.

DI Ray S2
TX: 2024 on SBS and SBS On Demand
Number of Episodes: 6 x 1hr
The return of this acclaimed series sees DI Rachita Ray (Parminder Nagra; Bend It Like Beckham, ER) travel to Birmingham, where she investigates the murder of an infamous criminal, whose death ignites racial tensions in the city and risks an all-out turf war.

Kin S2
8 x 1hr
The new season will see the Kinsellas at the top of the game in Dublin, but killing Eamon Cunningham has created as many problems as it’s solved. They have incurred the wrath of an enemy even more dangerous than him. And where once there were unbreakable bonds of blood and family, now there is only suspicion, distrust, and resentment. But the greatest threat to the family emerges from within: in the shape of a ruthless, bullying, agent of chaos. Fortunately, from positions of great adversity the boldest plans are often forged. And so it is with the Kinsellas.

The Responder S2
8 x 1hr
Martin Freeman reprises his role as troubled Liverpool Police Officer, Chris Carson, whoh as been demoted from his position as an inspector and undertakes a series of nightshifts in the city centre. This season, Chris is attempting to rebuild his life and relationships while dealing with the trauma of being a night response officer.

Operacion Marea Negra S2
23 November 2023 on SBS On Demand
5 x 1hr Spanish with English subtitles
Operaciion Marea Negra follows the true story of the first narco-submarine that was intercepted in Europe. Three men with more than three tons of cocaine survive a series of breakdowns, storms, and a police chase. Its leader is Nando, a Spanish boxer who fights to survive. Two years after the event of season one, Operaciion Marea Negra. follows Nando, who has built up a fearsome reputation for himself in prison – until onedeath changes it all.

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News & Current Affairs

In 2024, SBS World News leads nightly coverage of global stories for Australian audiences, SBS’s dedicated 24-hour channel SBS World Watch features news bulletins from leading international broadcasters in more than 35 languages, and SBS’s locallyيعرب 文 produced Arabic and Mandarin television news bulletins – SBS News and SBS 中 News – provide impartial coverage of the major national and international stories weeknights. On Tuesday nights, Australia’s favourite show for nuanced discussions around taboo topics, Insight returns with host Kumi Taguchi. In 2024, the Insight team will launch a podcast which will dive deeper into honest and bold topics that spark national conversation. Australia’s longest running international current affairs program, Dateline, celebrates 40 years as the team continue to explore issues that deepen our understanding of the world around us and our place in it. Inspired by the success of Framed and following the acclaim of The Kingdom and The Mission, the SBS News documentary team fronted by Marc Fennell will launch two new series in the year ahead. The first will investigate the story of a revolutionary Australian start-up that went to war with the world’s biggest tech companies… its disappearance ispart of a $185 million mystery.

Sport

FIFA World Cup 2026

SBS will remain the home of the World Game with the hybrid national broadcaster today confirming it has secured the exclusive rights to the FIFA World Cup 2026. The deal will see SBS, SBS Viceland and SBS On Demand be the home of the world’s biggest sporting event which will be held in June and July of 2026 and feature 104 matches, after FIFA confirmed it will expand the competition to have 48 different national teams compete in the FIFA World Cup 2026.

Tour de France / Tour de France Femmes broadcast rights until 2030.
Giro d’Italia
Vuelta a Espana
Paris-Roubaix Femmes,
Women’s and Men’s Australian National Road Series
Women’s and Men’s European Cycling Spring Classics

SBS is building a catalogue of under-represented sports providing live and on demandaccess to a unique variety of niche sports that you won’t find anywhere else. In 2024, SBS will deliver coverage of World Athletics, Indoor Volleyball, Badminton, World Table Tennis, International Gymnastics and Figure Skating and a raft of Motorsport events including the jewel in the crown: the Dakar Rally.

NITV

SBS’s Director of Indigenous Content, and proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman, Tanya Denning-Orman, announced the upcoming HD launch on free-to-air channel 34 from 5 December, and SBS will launch channel 36 as NITV available in standard definition.

“I’m excited that we will be presenting to Australia a beautiful, bold and unapologetically Blak content slate over the year ahead – including our fast-paced community-loving sport – in high definition,” said Denning-Orman. “It’s just the latest development for NITV as the channel continues to go from strength to strength, delivering more First Nations stories to more Australians, and continuously improving how we serve our growing audience, as well as our partners. It comes following what has been a major year – we marked a decade of being available to all Australians as a free-to-air channel and part of the SBS network; we introduced our 12-market broadcast signal; and we continued to elevate First Nations voices for a growing audience of Australians wanting to connect and understand more about 65,000 years of culture, history and knowledge in this country.”

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Eddie’s Lil’ Homies
10 x 12 mins
Inspired by former AFL star Eddie Betts’ popular book series, Eddie’s Lil’ Homies is ananimated children’s comedy series that follows eight-year-old Eddie and his two bestfriends Lottie and Tal as they navigate the complex and often fantastical waters of childhood. Their friends are their family, and the playground is their universe, onewhere anything and everything is possible, where imaginary friends can be real, games of rock paper scissors can take on stupendous importance and kindness, empathy and a good rap can help put anything right. The series is the first co-commission between Netflix and NITV, with major production investment from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). Produced by Betts Promotions and Highly Spirited. Animation services provided by Vishus Productions. Post production services provided by Artisan Post Group. Filmed in South Australia and financed with the assistance of South Australian Film Corporation.

Little J & Big Cuz S4
10 x 12 mins
Little J, he’s five and Big Cuz, she’s nine. They’re a couple of Indigenous Australian kids living with their Nanna and Old Dog. Little J and Big Cuz are busy with the ups and downs of the playground and classroom. There’s always something surprising going on whether it’s at school, in the backyard… or beyond. The gaps in Nanna’s ramshackle fence led to Saltwater, Desert and Freshwater Country. With the help of Nanna and their teacher Ms Chen, Little J and Big Cuz are finding out all about culture, community and country. Little J & Big Cuz is a Logie Award-winning animated children’s program featuring the voices of Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell, Aaron Fa’Aoso, Mark Coles Smith and more. Little J and Big Cuz is a Ned Lander Media, Media World and Blue Rocket production for NITV and ABC Children’s Content. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC and NITV. Financed with support from the Australia Children’s Television Foundation, VicScreen, the Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania and the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Her Name is Nanny Nellie
January 2024 1 x 88 mins
In 1925 Australia’s Census declared Aboriginal people a ‘dying race’. The Australian Museum commissioned three statues of ‘full blood’ Aboriginal people: a child, a manand a woman, exhibited as nameless objects to be studied. The woman was Nellie Walker, Irene Walker’s great grandmother and director Daniel King’s great, greatgrandmother. Now Irene is on a journey to retrace Nellie’s life and understand her times. But first she must find the other statue’s descendants, tell them of their ancestors’ statues. In this way Irene will honour these ancestors. This is a timely story by one of Australia’s most exciting directors; Ngarigo and Awabakal man Daniel King, documenting his mother’s search. This is a profound personal window on a national story, with global consequences for colonial museum collections everywhere. Her Name is Nanny Nellie is a Good Morning Beautiful production for NITV. Principal production investment from Screen Australia and NITV. Financed in association withVicScreen, Australian Museum, TPL Gold and Adelaide Film Festival.

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Our Law S2
8 x 30 mins
In its second series Our Law expands nationwide, following First Nations police on the frontline across New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland. The season also introduces an exciting new dimension to the show, as we ride along with the water police in the Torres Strait Islands. With its unique brand of truth-telling and intimate access to First Nations police officers, recruits and liaisons, this character-driven, observational documentary series rides along on the frontlines of Australia, as First Nations police tackle the justice system from within. Our Law is a Pink Pepper Pty Ltd and Periscope Pictures Pty Ltd production for NITV. Principal production investment from Screen Australia’s First Nations Department, in association with NITV. Financed with support from Screenwest and Lotterywest.

Journey Home: David Gulpilil
1 x 90 mins
David Gulpilil, a Yolŋu man of the Mandhalpuyngu clan, was one of Australia’s mostoutstanding Indigenous actors. Since his 1971 debut in Nicholas Roeg’s film ‘Walkabout’ he mesmerised audiences, appearing in over eighteen films. With a career spanning over 50 years, Gulpilil’s contribution to the Australian film industry is part ofthe history of both the Australian cinema and its representation of Indigenous Australians. This is the story of David Gulpilil’s journey home after his passing in 2021, back to his birthplace, the centrepiece of which is his Bäpurru ceremony in Marayuwu near the Arafura Swamp and the remote community of Ramingining, Eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. This is a rare insight into a powerful ceremony of renewal and regeneration and is told completely from the Yolŋu perspective, from the perspective of his family. This remarkable event, marking Gulpilil’s return to the earth, the completion of his lifecycle, draws a direct line between the contemporary world of international fame and 60,000 years of Indigenous culture. Journey Home is a Brindle Films production for NITV. Principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with Screen Territory and VicScreen. Local distribution by Madman Entertainment. Developed with assistance of Screen Australia, VicScreen and Screen Territory.

Kindred
1 x 90 mins
When Gillian Moody and Adrian Wills met making their first short film together, little did they know that 25 years later they would be best friends. The pair turned to each other in navigating the emotional rollercoaster of being adopted into white families and, when connecting back with their bloodlines. Kindred explores the importance of discovering your place in the world and realising that home and love truly can befound in the people and places your heart connects to. Kindred is produced by Kalori Productions Pty Ltd and Jotz Productions Pty Ltd forN ITV. Principal production funding from Screen Australia’s First Nations Department inassociation with NITV. Financed with support from Screen NSW.

The Green Veil
8 x 30 mins
The Green Veil is an anthology series on oppression in America. The first season finds us on the backside of WWII where we intertwine the story of a self-loathing Latinx FBI agent, a female fighter pilot turned housewife and a Native American family clinging for survival in a world that’s hell bent on suffocating them all. The series features John Leguizamo, John Ortiz, Irene Bedard, Hani Furstenberg, Steven Boyer, and Isabelle Poloner.

Garma Festival
August 2024
NITV will once again deliver comprehensive coverage from the 24th annual Garma Festival, held in Gulkula, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Each year, the Yothu Yindi Foundation brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, non-Indigenous Australians and international visitors, incorporating visual art, ancient storytelling, craft, dance and music, as well as economic, education, governance and youth forums.

Dance Rites
Late 2023 on NITV 1 x 90 mins
Hundreds of First Nations dancers from around Australia share their language and customs at the Dance Rites festival. Filmed at Bennelong Point, a First Nations meetin gplace for tens of thousands of years, Dance Rites is Australia’s national First Nation sdance competition. Produced by NITV.

The only network to provide a distinct perspective through the lens of First Nations award winning journalists, NITV in 2024 will continue to deliver a comprehensive coverage of the issues that matter most to Australia’s First Nations communities through its multi-platform service. Walkley Award-winning Living Black will return in 2024, consistently recognised for its contribution to Australian journalism and hosted by executive producer Karla Grant. Living Black is Australia’s longest running Indigenous current affairs television program and sees Karla interview inspiring and influential people to investigate critical national and international issues via compelling personal stories. The Point is also back following a momentous year, connecting with communities across the nation to understand the issues that matter. In 2024, John Paul Janke and Narelda Jacobs will be joined by key commentators and high-profile personalities each week, discussing the stories you need to know through a unique Indigenous perspective. Throughout the year, our dedicated team of NITV journalists will continue to deliver breaking news from across the country, covering the big stories and exploring the issues that matter most to First Nations communities. Natalie Ahmat and the team of First Nations journalists return to screens six days a week with regular editions of NITV News and our Friday national wrap program Nula.

Absent:

Eurovision: Australia Decides
Koori Knockout
Dishing It Up
Erotic Stories
The Swap
Who the Bloody Hell Are We?
Inside Sydney Airport
Every Family Has a Secret
Luke Nguyen’s India
Meet the Neighbours
Barrumbi Kids
Slow TV
Yokayi Footy
Over the Black Dot
Big Mob Brekky
Larapinta
Off Country
No Ordinary Black
True Colours
Safe Home
While the Men Are Away
Asking For It
The Australian Wars
First Inventors
Keeping Hope

Highlights for SBS FOOD, SBS VICELAND, SBS World Movies, SBS World Watch and SBS on Demand will be published soon.