Next Sunday ABC2 screens David Bowie: The Last Five Years.
David Bowie: The Last Five Years, will focus on three major projects of Bowie’s last five years – the best-selling albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, alongside the musical Lazarus which received rave reviews and a sold-out run off Broadway.
With unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and collaborators, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, will be an unforgettable tribute to one of the greatest musical icons of modern times. It will also be an opportunity to experience some of Bowie’s iconic songs from his incredible back catalogue which will illustrate the continuity of his later work with the rest of his career.
8.30pm Sunday 19 February on ABC2.
Liverpool FC v Sydney FC Live on ABC2 & ABC iview
The match between one of the world’s biggest clubs, Liverpool Football Club and Sydney FC will air live on Wednesday May 24 at 7.30pm AEST on ABC2 and live-streamed on ABC iview at 7.30pm.
After a resurgent English Premier League season, Liverpool will take on the A-League champions at the Sydney Olympic Stadium.
As soon as they wrap up their Premier League season Liverpool stars Phillipe Coutinho, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge will be hopping on a plane to fly out to Australia.
Liverpool will bring a team chock full of legends including Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman. In two previous visits to Australia, Liverpool have been unbeaten. Sydney FC, after the most dominant season in A-League history, will be out to spoil Liverpool’s record.
Pre-game coverage, hosted by Jules Schiller and panellists Tegan Higginbotham and Steen Raskopoulos, begins at 7.30pm. Full match coverage will feature Ned Hall, Paul Wade, former Socceroo’s Captain, and Sarah Walsh, Matilda’s legend. The game then kicks off at 8.05pm on ABC2, ABC iview and ABC Radio’s Grandstand. SA/ NT viewers can see the coverage from 7pm.
ABC Director of Television, David Anderson said:
“We’re excited to welcome Liverpool FC, one of the most famous sporting clubs in the world, to Australia to take on the current A-League champions, Sydney FC. The ABC is proud to bring this spectacular sporting event live to all Australians.
ABC2 broadcast host Jules Schiller responded to the criticism on his ABC Adelaide drive show yesterday. He noted that being at the centre of a Twitter hate storm is not a pleasant place.
Schiller said the broadcast was beset with technical problems. “It was like trying to land a plane in the dark without your instruments.”
He accepted some of the criticism, but he wondered why football fans were turning on each other. “I have done more to promote this sport more than many people who Tweeted have ever done in their life.”
From Monday 4 December, get ready for a new comedy destination, on your TV, your devices and your social feeds, bringing together the best of Australian and international comedy and entertainment to make you laugh anytime you like, day or night. #ABCCOMEDY
ABC gets serious about comedy
ABC is excited to announce the 4 December launch of ABC COMEDY: a new multiplatform brand that spans a TV channel (replacing ABC2), ABC iview, ABC listen and key social media platforms. Devoted to providing Australian audiences with an unrivalled comedy offering, ABC COMEDY is a mix of scripted and non-scripted, long and short form TV shows, and podcasts.
Tonightly with Tom Ballard will screen on the ABC COMEDY TV channel weeknights at 9pm and stream live through ABC COMEDY on iview, Facebook and YouTube. It’s a show made for today’s audiences—fast moving, irreverent, topical, talent driven, and just plain funny—with bite-sized packages released throughout the day on social media.
Lovers of snackable short form comedy will enjoy six all new Australian ABC COMEDY series available on iview from December 4. These include Nakkiah Lui’s new series Kiki and Kitty; #CelesteChallengeAccepted from comedian and Instagram star Celeste Barber; The Chinaboy Show from YouTube sensation John Luc (aka MyChonny); Neel Kolhatkar’s Virgin Bush; the charming Other People’s Problems; new Indigenous comedy Aussie Rangers; plus the next series of When TV Was Awesome as well as 60 new bite-sized films from the new batch of Fresh Blood teams.
New ABC COMEDY YouTube and Facebook feeds will feature short form content, exclusive edits, live streams and more. And a new and fast-growing series of comedy podcasts on ABC listen will also give audiences opportunities to listen and laugh.
Over summer viewers can also binge on ABC COMEDY on iview with the full series of Rosehaven, Get Krack!n’, The Ex-PM, The Edge of the Bush, The Katering Show, Upper Middle Bogan, Almost Midnight, DAFUQ, Goober, Fancy Boy, Growing Up Gracefully, Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am, The Letdown, Lost in Pronunciation, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival showcases and Comedy Up Late.
Plus, there a plethora of premium international titles to launch the ABC COMEDY channel including: Game Face, Catastrophe S3, Episodes S4&5, Murder in Successville, Inside Amy Schumer S3&4 and every weeknight a chance to enjoy Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation. 2018 titles include Fleabag S1, Plebs S3, Asian Provocateur, and Idiot Sitter S1, with more to come.
The laughs will continue on the ABC’s main channel, with a raft of returning favourites in 2018 including Gruen, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Black Comedy and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018 in addition to new series from some of Australia’s best. Squinters stars Tim Minchin plus a stellar ensemble cast including Jacki Weaver. It follows five car-loads of Sydney commuters squinting into the sun and riffing on their days. Sando is a new family comedy that follows the trials of lovable larrikin Victoria ‘Sando’ Sandringham. Don Angel (Wayne Hope) returns in Back in Very Small Business. And Corey White’s Road Map to Paradise tackles the big issues of the day and aims to solve them—with a laugh or two—in 15 minutes!
David Anderson, Director Television says, “The ABC is committed to investing in great content for all Australians. We have a long and impressive history of entertaining Australians through iconic comedy and entertainment programs. Our announcement today reaffirms this commitment and underscores the ABC as a powerhouse of great Australian comedy into the future.”