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Leave It To Lamas Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Tuesday, December 22nd'
Time:from 2:20pm - 10:30pm

Katharine Hepburn Season: Mary Of Scotland

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Saturday, 18 July 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
Katharine Hepburn stars with Fredric March in this 1936 film directed by John Ford. The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords. This is the third film in the Katharine Hepburn Season - still to come are: Spitfire on Saturday 25th July, and The Iron Petticoat on Saturday August 1st.

Movie: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Saturday, 22 August 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
After curing the sleuth's cocaine addiction, Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin) joins forces with Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson). This meeting of the minds takes a turn into adventure when Holmes and Freud team up to solve a kidnapping mystery. Laurence Olivier turns up as Professor Moriarty, who is hardly the criminal mastermind that the drug-deluded Holmes believes.

Perfect Catch Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Wednesday, December 23rd'
Time:11:05am - 10:30pm

Morin Khuur: The Soul Of The Mongolian Horseman

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Sunday, 16 August 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
In the Mongolian steppes, a family of horse herders welcome four city children into their home for several months.

The children will learn the ancient morin khuur, an ancestral fiddle that features a carved horse-head and is said to sing into the hearts of animals and people. Omba, a wise old musician, teaches them this magical instrument, said to have healing powers.

Child Stars Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Thursday, December 24th'
Time:from 9:15am - 10:30pm

Girls of the Playboy Mansion Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Friday, December 25th'
Time:from 9:15am - 10:30pm

My Place

Venue:on ABC3
Date:'Friday, December 4 - Tuesday, December 22'
Time:8pm
The new ABC TV drama series My Place is the story of several generations of children who live in the very same spot in Australia over the course of 130 years. Opening in 2008 and taking us back to 1888, the series introduces us to 13 kids, all with a talent for some kind of trouble, each hiding up the same old fig tree, each with a story to tell.

The series is based on the acclaimed, multi-award winning children's book written by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins in 1988. It is also accompanied by a rich website in which kids and their families can explore the world of the My Place kids and have fun with the history of each decade.

Episode 1: Friday, December 4 at 8pm on ABC3
2008 - Laura
Laura is 10. She borrows a tinnie to muck about in the canal. It sinks, taking with it the ashes of its owner's beloved dog. She can't find a way to own up and say sorry. It's 2008 and the Prime Minister is trying to do the same thing with her mob.

Episode 2: Monday, December 7 at 8pm on ABC3
1998 - Mohammed
Mohammed is 10. He's a mad keen bowler and is desperate to join the cricket team at his new school. But there are no places and so he ends up playing with the girls - who prove to be the better side. It's 1998.

Episode 3: Tuesday, December 8 at 8pm on ABC3
1988 - Lily
Lily's cousin Phoung arrives with her parents from Vietnam. But the trophy cousin turns out to be a real threat to Lily's status at home and at school. It's 1988.

Episode 4: Wednesday, December 9 at 8pm on ABC3
1978 - Mike
Mike knows a lot about Australian muscle cars from 1968 to 1978 but the other kids think he's odd and he thinks he's only got one friend, Ben. But is Ben a real friend? It's 1978.

Episode 5: Thursday, December 10 at 8pm on ABC3
1968 - Sofia
Sofia is 10. She's a spy for the yayas and she's determined to get rid of her brother's Michaelis' Anglo-girlfriend before he leaves for Vietnam. It's 1968.

Episode 6: Friday, December 11 at 8pm on ABC3
1958 - Michaelis
Michaelis is 10 and his family is from Kalymnos. He wants to be Australian not Greek but even more he wants a television so he can watch Robin Hood and be accepted into the gang at the milk bar. It's 1958.

Episode 7: Monday, December 14 at 8pm on ABC3
1948 - Jen
Jen's Dad died in the war. Now her mum is planning to marry Wal who even, though he has a car, definitely doesn't match up in Jen's eyes to her war hero real dad. It's 1948.

Episode 8: Tuesday, December 15 at 8pm on ABC3
1938 - Colum
Col is 10. He has two big ambitions; to stop his best mate Thommo's family from being kicked out of their house next door to his and to get up the nerve to ride his billy cart down Brick pits Hill. It's 1938.

Episode 9: Wednesday, December 16 at 8pm on ABC3
1928 - Bridie
Bridie just wants to hang out with her big sister Kath and best friend Lorna, and be in on their secrets. After talking her way into tagging along, and wheeling her baby brother in his pram, Bridie sets off for what is meant to be a day of harmless fun relaxation. It's 1928.

Episode 10: Thursday, December 17 at 8pm on ABC3
1918 - Bertie
Bertie steals his friend's pet rabbit for his magic show to buy a present for his brother Eddie who's coming home from the war. Its 1918.

Episode 11: Friday, December 18 at 8pm on ABC3
1908 - Evelyn
Evelyn can't wait for cracker night. This year, for the first time, the family has their own box of fireworks. Unfortunately, Evelyn shows the box to her disbelieving neighbour Freddie with explosive results. It's 1908.

Episode 12: Monday, December 21 at 8pm on ABC3
1898 - Rowley
Rowley longs for his father to come home. Convinced that good deeds will be rewarded, he'll do anything to help his mother and the other residents in the boarding house they live in. But then he discovers that his father may never come home at all. It's 1898.

Episode 13: Tuesday, December 22 at 8pm on ABC3
1888 - Victoria
Victoria and her family have just moved into the terrace house that her father has built. She'll do anything to ensure that they stay there forever -including witchcraft. It's 1888.

Talking Heads and Ashes To Ashes

Venue:ABC
Date:'Monday, 17 August 2009 '
Time:6:30pm - 9:35pm
Talking Heads: Jack Mundey
6:30pm
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by distinguished Australian union and environmental activist - Jack Mundey.

Ashes To Ashes
9:35pm
It's the week of the royal wedding and the streets are buzzing with excitement. Alex (Keeley Hawes) has mixed emotions in remembering the day. She was eight years old at the time and remembers she was left alone at boarding school to watch the event on television. Her mother is also on her mind as she appears on the television, embroiled in a high-profile legal case with the Met. Being a fighter and an optimist, Alex is determined not to let her memories get her down, and enters into the spirit of things.

Kendra Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Sunday, December 27th'
Time:from 10:10am - 10:30pm

Finding The Fallen, Tony Robinson's Crime And Punishment and Artscape

Venue:ABC
Date:'Tuesday, 18 August 2009 '
Time:6:10pm - 10:00pm
Finding The Fallen: Man And Horse
6:10pm
In World War I, men on horseback with swords fought against an emerging modern weapon, the machine gun.

Tony Robinson's Crime And Punishment: Guilty As Charred
8:30pm
Tony Robinson continues his quest to discover the origins of English laws, who made them and why.

10:00pm
Artscape: Artists At Work: Josh Yeldham
Artists At Work invites you up the Hawkesbury River in NSW for an intimate and spiritual journey by boat, to a place where nature, art and fertility prayers collide.

Athens, Fear, Stress And Anger and Artscape

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Tuesday, 29 September 2009 '
Time:8:30pm-10:00pm
Athens: The Truth About Democracy
8:30pm
Historian Bettany Hughes explores the 'Golden Age' of ancient Athens at the dawn of democracy. Can Athenian democracy live up to its reputation as the place that we in the West cherish as the birthplace of freedom, equality and free speech? By looking behind the myth Bettany Hughes discovers what was really going on in Golden Age Athens.

Fear, Stress And Anger: Julie's Interview
9:25pm
Julie Chadwick has the chance of a promotion with the retirement of her planning boss at the Town Hall. She thinks the job is a given but must undergo the interview procedure all the same. Martin and their daughters Lucy and Chloe promise to help on her profile raising, but end up making her look downright incompetent.

Artscape: Life Is Elsewhere
10:00pm
Amy and Claire Spiers are both artists. They are also identical twins. They weren't always aware they were lesbians, but when Amy came out, a year later so did her sister. It seems no matter what happens in life - the twins are always in competition with one another.

Kourtney and Khloe take Miami Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Monday, December 28th'
Time:from 8:45am - 10:30pm

The New Inventors, The Librarians and United States Of Tara

Venue:ABC
Date:'Wednesday, 19 August 2009 '
Time:8:00pm - 9:30pm
The New Inventors
8:00pm
Inventions featured on the program:
TOPGUN - by inventor Rob Luck from NSW
GRID LOCK - by inventor Neil Beerens from VIC
SEIV - by inventor Michael Herrett from VIC

9:00pm
The Librarians: Cut To The Quick
The day of the new library's official opening arrives and Frances (Robyn Butler), anxiously rehearses her speech, determined to use the occasion to re-stamp her authority.

9:30pm
United States Of Tara: Inspiration
Tara (Toni Collette) feels the best she's felt in a long time. She loves the mural she is working on and feels she's found a new friend in Tiffany (Jessica St Clair).

NEW Girls of the Playboy Mansion Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Tuesday, December 29th'
Time:from 9:15am - 10:00pm

Australia's Heritage, Whatever! The Science Of Teens and Web Warriors

Venue:ABC
Date:'Thursday, 20 August 2009 '
Time:6:50pm - 8:30pm
Australia's Heritage: National Treasures: Batavia
6:50pm
Take a voyage of discovery with The Chaser's Chris Taylor as he reveals the secrets behind a fascinating mix of treasures from Australia's National Heritage List.

Whatever! The Science Of Teens
8:00pm
A typical teenager goes to bed late, and can't get out of bed in the morning. But while many adults regard them as layabouts or lazy, the reality is most teens need more sleep not less. Experts say adolescents require between 9 and 10 hours sleep a night - but only a small fraction get this much.

Web Warriors
8:30pm
Web Warriors offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world's newest and most vulnerable frontier: cyberspace.


Australia's Heritage, Catalyst and Tribal Wedding

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Thursday, 1 October 2009 '
Time:6:50pm-8:30pm
Australia's Heritage: National Treasures: Bonegilla
6:50pm
Take a voyage of discovery with The Chaser's Chris Taylor as he reveals the secrets behind a fascinating mix of treasures from Australia's National Heritage List.

Catalyst: Prostate Testing
8:00pm
Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among males. Testing for it involves a simple blood test to measure the Prostate Specific Antigen, or PSA test. For years, public health messages encouraging 'early cancer detection' have been loud and clear. We've all been told that the best defence against cancer is to get tested and for the earliest possible detection and treatment. But prostate cancer is different. It is estimated that 50% of screened prostate cancers are never destined to cause you symptoms, let alone kill you. So there are an awful lot of men receiving potentially harmful treatments with serious side effects such as impotence and incontinence. Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the pros and cons of cancer screening.

Tribal Wedding
8:30pm
Two Sydneysiders question the notion of civilised society. They are marrying into Vanuatu's tribal culture, a rich and sustainable existence.

Plastic Surgery Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Wednesday, December 30th'
Time:from 9:15am - 10:30pm

George Gently: The Burning Man

Venue:ABC
Date:'George Gently: The Burning Man '
Time:8:30pm
Old-school police inspector George Gently has found a new enthusiasm for his job after moving out of the increasingly corrupt Scotland Yard, London in the 1960s to Northumberland. He has developed a fatherly attitude towards cocky young Durham Detective Sergeant John Bacchus and wants to prevent him learning unethical police procedures.

River Cottage Spring, The New Inventors, Spicks And Specks, Hungry Beast and United States Of Tara

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Wednesday, 30 September 2009 '
Time:6:10pm-9:30pm
River Cottage Spring
6:10pm
Tonight, Hugh picks his favourite vegetables and foraged foods from River Cottage and cooks what's in season right now. As it's the start of June, lettuce and spinach are brimming over in the kitchen garden and dandelion and burdock in the hedgerow... cue lots of delicious recipes.

The New Inventors
8:00pm
The New Inventors brings you the best in new Australian inventions.
Inventions featured on the program:
RAYMAX - by inventors Ray Ng and Max Cherry from VIC.
HY TRI PACK - by inventor Tony Henry from VIC.
INTERNAL BORE CASING CUTTER - by inventor Chris Davidson from QLD.

Spicks And Specks
8:30pm
Spicks And Specks takes a trip back to the '70s. There's a touch of the Blankety Blanks about Spicks And Specks this week as Australia's favourite music quiz show celebrates the music of the '70s.

Hungry Beast
9:00pm
The media is a hungry beast - it devours everything and is never satisfied. Now, 19 newcomers to television - recruited after a nationwide call for young talent - are being given the opportunity by the ABC to feed the beast.

United States Of Tara: Betrayal
9:30pm
When Dr Ocean (Valerie Mahaffey) decides it's time for Tara (Toni Collette) to see a more experienced therapist and unexpectedly terminates her treatment, it throws Tara into a total meltdown.

Countdowns Marathon

Venue:E!
Date:'Thursday, December 31st '
Time:from 9:15am - 10:30pm

East Of Everything and The Bill

Venue:ABC
Date:'Saturday, 22 August 2009 '
Time:7:30pm - 8:30pm
East Of Everything: Venus Rising
7:30pm
Following Dale's (Tom Budge) departure, Bev (Valerie Bader) and Rosemary (Tracy Mann) comfort Lizzy (Kathryn Beck) as her pre-birth nerves grow. Bev suggests that Lizzy move into Dale's bus and they get busy helping her to fix it up.

The Bill: Ep. 683 - To Live For
8:30pm
After a tip-off from a local bank, DI Samantha Nixon (Lisa Maxwell) mounts an operation to find out why a restaurateur with very few customers is depositing a lot of money into his account.

While watching the restaurant, DC Stevie Moss (Lucy Speed) recognises one of her old informants making a delivery, and DC Terry Perkins (Bruce Byron) decides they can use him for information.

Hunter

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Friday, 2 October 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
This drama tracks five pivotal, non-sequential days surrounding a sensational abduction case involving an attractive young mother in suburban England. The story begins when the mother, Leanne, takes her two young children to visit their great-grandfather in a retirement home. Stopping to buy flowers from a van parked off a highway, Leanne inexplicably vanishes, leaving her children abandoned in a car.

Sunday Arts, Message Stick, The Einstein Factor, Stephen Fry In America and The Last Enemy

Venue:ABC
Date:'Sunday, 16 August 2009 '
Time:1:30pm-8:35pm
Message Stick: Movers And Shakers
1:30pm
Over two weeks, ABC TV's Message Stick celebrates its 10th birthday in two shows - Something To Celebrate and Movers And Shakers by throwing a party and revisiting some of the most inspirational programs shown on the program over ten years.

Sunday Arts
5:00pm
This week on Sunday Arts, Fenella Kernebone speaks with celebrated filmmaker Ang Lee.

The Einstein Factor
6:30pm
Don't miss the second Junior Einstein Factor Special for 2009 - Sunday 16 August at 6.30pm. Hosted by Peter Berner, our juniors aged between 13 and 15 years old will dazzle you with their in-depth knowledge and baffle you with their brilliance.

Stephen Fry In America: Deep South
7:30pm
Intrigued and bewitched by America's most characterful region - a place of cotton, courtesy, gospel music and mint juleps - Stephen Fry explores what it is that makes the south so distinctive.

The Last Enemy
8:35pm
Having survived the bomb at the market but forced to flee again, Stephen (Benedict Cumberbatch), Yasim (Anamaria Marinca) and Michael (Max Beesley) take refuge in the 'swamp'. Michael is now getting ill as a result of taking the tainted vaccine. Nye (David Harewood) and Turney (Geraldine James), who still have Michael under surveillance, watch with interest.


Football, Heart And Soul, The Bill and Cold Blood

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Saturday, 3 October 2009 '
Time:3:00pm - 9:20pm
Football: W-League: Brisbane Roar Vs Canberra United
3:00pm
The second season of the women's national football league - 'Westfield W-League' - kicks off in style on Saturday in a LIVE telecast of the opening game between last year's grand finalists- Brisbane Roar and Canberra United.

Heart And Soul
7:30pm
Michael's choir is rehearsing hard for the North West choral competition. Determined not to be outdone by the rival choir, Jimmy and Olive enter Esther's choir - without telling her. They eventually come clean and Esther is persuaded to take part. When it comes to the competition, both Michael and Esther's choir make it through to the finals, in spite of Esther's unusual choice of repertoire.

The Bill: Conviction: Judgement Day
8:30pm
People-trafficker Jason Devlin goes on trial and Sgt. Smith prepares to give evidence. The police convince an Afghani refugee to testify, but his appearance is in doubt when his young relative goes missing. Police believe Jason Devlin and his father Matthew are responsible.

Cold Blood: Dead And Buried
9:20pm
When a soldier is blown up during a stealth exercise and the body of a woman is found buried at the site of the explosion, DI Norton and the team move in to investigate.

Message Stick, Nature's Great Events, The Last Enemy and Sunday Arts

Venue:ABC
Date:'Sunday, 19 July 2009 '
Time:1:30pm onwards
Message Stick: Tnorala
1:30pm
An emotive film by Warwick Thornton, director of Samson and Delilah and winner of this year's Camera d'Or in Cannes.

Sunday Arts
5:00pm
This week on Sunday Arts, Chris McAuliffe looks at Salvador Dali's enduring legacy.

Nature's Great Events: The Great Feast
7:30pm
The arrival of the summer sun along the coastal waters of Alaska and British Columbia triggers an explosion of plant life greater in scale than the Amazon rainforest. The massive amount of plant life draws in huge amounts of wildlife to feast - including billions of herring and jellyfish, and sea lions and humpback whales that migrate all the way from Hawaii.

The Last Enemy
8:30pm
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in The Last Enemy, a thriller about a man whose search for the truth about his brother's death catapults him into an international conspiracy - and a passionate love affair. The Last Enemy takes an arresting and compelling look at how technology could transform Britain into a surveillance society - threatening human relationships and destroying trust.

Grand Designs, Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union and Artscape

Venue:ABC
Date:'Tuesday, 21 July 2009 '
Time:8:30pm-9:50pm
Grand Designs: Marlborough
8:30pm
Andrew Ainslie is a dairy farmer, his wife Meryl is an artist who runs a gallery on their farm in Wiltshire. The farmhouse they live in has, over time, been cut off from their land by an expanding village, making it more time consuming for Andrew to look after his 200 dairy cows and farm. So Andrew and Meryl decide to build a new house in the heart of the farm.

Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union
9:25pm
More sardonic parody and social satire from the queen of character and impersonation, Emmy Award-winning Tracey Ullman, as she continues her hilarious tour across America. In this second episode of the series, we meet more of Tracey's vast array of characters and impersonations in a wide collection of irreverent and hilarious skits.

Artscape: Brian Eno In Conversation
9:50pm
Recently in Australia as curator of the Luminous Festival at the Sydney Opera House is none other than the man internationally acclaimed as the father of ambient music - Brian Eno.

Martha Speaks

Venue:Nick Jr
Date:'from Monday October 19'
Time:Daily at 11:30am
Martha Speaks is an animated series with the educational goal of increasing children's oral vocabulary. Based on the children's book series by Susan Meddaugh, the series stars Martha, a beloved family dog. When Martha eats alphabet soup, the letters go to her brain and she develops the ability to talk. And boy, does she talk!

Each episode features two 11-minute stories that showcase Martha's newfound linguistic abilities and the hilarious consequences-all with a goal of engaging kids and expanding their vocabulary.

World's Greenest Homes, Whatever! The Science Of Teens, Surveillance and Q&A

Venue:ABC
Date:'Thursday, 23 July 2009 '
Time:6:05pm-9:30pm
World's Greenest Homes
6:05pm
Architect and designer Emmanuel Belliveau presents this 13-part series that takes us on a whirlwind global tour of beautiful homes that are also eco-friendly.

Whatever! The Science Of Teens
8:00pm
Teenagers are in limbo. Neither adults nor children, they are caught up in a confusing world of change. Using entertaining segments and accessible language Whatever! The Science Of Teens taps into the most up-to-date scientific investigations of the teen brain, and the latest research into family and society, to reveal that much 'aberrant' teenage behaviour is really quite normal.

Surveillance
8:30pm
Surveillance is everywhere. We're all being watched... on streets... in suburbs... at airports... at shopping malls... even in our own homes by technologies that make the invisible... visible. Surveillance goes behind the security doors and discovers the secret, often disturbing world of surveillance.

Q&A
9:30pm
As always, the Q&A studio audience and viewers across the country can put the questions they want answered to the panel.

Sunday Marathon Specials on Nick Jr

Venue:Nick Jr
Date:'4 October, 11 October, 18 October and 25 October'
Time:From 10am- 4pm
Sunday 4 October
LazyTown
Despite its name, LazyTown is a fast paced place whose inhabitants are funny and fresh. Stephanie, an optimistic 8-year-old with bright pink hair, moves to LazyTown to live with her uncle, and town mayor, Milford Meanswell. She meets a zany mix of townspeople including the world's laziest super-villain, Robbie Rotten.

Sunday 11 October
Roary the Racing Car
Roary the Racing Car follows the adventures of Roary, a bright, cheeky and energetic singleseater, and his amazing race car friends at Silver Hatch race track.

Sunday 18 October
The Kingdom of Paramithi
The Kingdom of Paramithi is a collection of musical stories for young children.

Sunday 25 October
Dora the Explorer
Join Dora for an all-day adventure filled with your favourite episodes of Dora the Explorer!

Trial And Retribution: The Box and Last Word Monologues

Venue:ABC
Date:'Friday, 24 July 2009 '
Time:8:30pm and 10:05pm
Trial And Retribution: The Box
8:30pm
Two women suddenly vanishing into thin air, both married to the same man, is a catalyst for DCS Mike Walker to investigate further - despite being on leave.

Last Word Monologues: Bob Hoskins: A Bit Of Private Business
10:05pm
Rhys Ifans, Sheila Hancock and Bob Hoskins, the cream of British acting talent star in this trio of cracking, contemplative comedy dramas written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick. Three people who have one thing in common, that they are all about to kill or be killed, speak a monologue to the camera - their last words. Between the lines they reveal truths about their lives.

East Of Everything and The Bill

Venue:ABC
Date:'Saturday, 25 July 2009 '
Time:7:30pm and 8:30pm
East Of Everything: Weather Man
7:30pm
Be careful what you wish for... Art Watkins (Richard Roxburgh) wakes up one morning, five months on since he and his brother Vance (Tom Long) re-opened their parents' 70s backpacker hostel - the Far Out East - lying next to Eve (Susie Porter) in a lovers' embrace, and counts his blessings. The brothers are getting on well, and business is finally starting to pick up.

The Bill
8:30pm
Ep 675 - School's Out
The investigation into the theft of art teacher Becky James's (Naomi Ryan) laptop and her subsequent bashing, has temporary School Safety Officer, PC Nate Roberts (Ben Richards) and the team looking at a student's father - a school governor - who had previously had a relationship with the teacher.
Their problem is discovering the motive for the theft! Everyone is shocked when the girl's father is accused of abusing his daughter.

The New Inventors

Venue:ABC
Date:'Wednesday, 22 July 2009 '
Time:8:00pm
Hosted by James O'Loghlin, The New Inventors is home to the brightest breakthroughs in technology, innovation and invention from every corner of Australia. Deciding the winner of these three inventions are: agricultural scientist, Chris Russell, materials engineer, Veena Sahajwalla, and futurist and author, Mark Pesce. Inventions featured on the program:
MOBILARM
FOLD OUT BUS RAIL
EATI

Message Stick, Stephen Fry In America and Midsomer Murders

Venue:ABC
Date:'Sunday, 23 August 2009 '
Time:1:30pm - 8:35pm
Message Stick: Meeting Ms Right
1:30pm
Meeting Ms Right is a whirlwind 'day-in-the-life' expose of best-selling Indigenous Australian author Dr Anita Heiss. She's fabulous, she's glamorous and she knows how to match her wit and intellect with her designer shoes!

Stephen Fry In America: Mississippi
7:30pm
Stephen Fry begins his epic journey up the Mississippi in the sultry, voodoo-soaked streets of New Orleans on its busiest day of the year - Mardi Gras.

Midsomer Murders: The Dogleg Murders
8:35pm
John Nettles and Jason Hughes are back investigating deadly deeds and gruesome goings--on in a brand new series of Midsomer Murders. In episode one, The Dogleg Murders, the prestigious Whiteoaks Golf Club is rocked by death and controversy when a golfer is bludgeoned to death near the notorious 13th hole known as Crisp's Folly.

Talking Heads,

Venue:ABC
Date:'Monday, 24 August 2009 '
Time:6:30pm - 9:35pm
Talking Heads: Angry Anderson
6:30pm
"You can't ever value too highly hugs and kisses." Could this be Angry Anderson speaking - the wild front man for Rose Tattoo?

Ashes To Ashes
9:35pm
When a prostitute named Trixie makes a complaint of rape, Alex (Keeley Hawes) has a job persuading her stubborn DCI that raping a prostitute is even possible. Only the resemblance of Trixie's injuries to that of a recent murder victim, Delphine Parkes, is enough for Gene (Philip Glenister) to want to investigate the matter further.

Finding The Fallen, Artscape and The Librarians

Venue:ABC
Date:'Tuesday, 25 August 2009 '
Time:6:10pm - 9:00pm
Finding The Fallen: Secret Trench
6:10pm
The story behind the biggest explosion to ever rock London during the First World War is uncovered by the trench detectives this week.

Artscape: Artists At Work: Jon Cattapan
10:00pm
Over the last 30 years, Jon Cattapan has established a reputation as one of Australia's most significant and prolific painters.

9:00pm
The Librarians: Romeos And Juliets
Frances (Robyn Butler) is tired and even more irritable than usual. She's not sleeping, drinking too much and not able to concentrate at work. She doesn't even seem to notice that Nada (Nicole Nabout) can't get anyone to use the Culture Pod.

The New Inventors and United States Of Tara

Venue:ABC
Date:'Wednesday, 26 August 2009 '
Time:8:00pm - 9:30pm
The New Inventors
8:00pm
Inventions featured on the program:
STEM CELLS FOR EYE REPAIR - by inventors Dr Stephanie Watson and Dr Nick Di Girolamo from NSW.
ROBOCAM PRO - by inventor Christopher Robin Collins from NSW.
BLUPOINT - by inventor Graham Gibbon from WA.

9:30pm
United States Of Tara: Revolution
When United States Of Tara continues, Tara (Toni Collette) turns into 'T' and takes off in her car.

Australia's Heritage, Catalyst, The Suicide Tourist and Q&A,

Venue:ABC
Date:'Thursday, 27 August 2009 '
Time:6:50pm - 8:30pm
Australia's Heritage: National Treasures: Fremantle Prison
6:50pm
Take a voyage of discovery with The Chaser's Chris Taylor as he reveals the secrets behind a fascinating mix of treasures from Australia's National Heritage List.

Catalyst: Australian Museum Eureka Prizes - 20th Anniversary
8:00pm
In the 20th Year of the OSCARS of Australian science, the Australian Museum and Catalyst celebrate the most outstanding scientific achievements in research, innovation, leadership, school science, and science communication.

The Suicide Tourist
8:30pm
The controversy about a person's right to die at a time and place of their own choosing has become focused on the Swiss organisation Dignitas, and its founder, civil rights lawyer, Ludwig Minelli. Dignitas, based in Zurich Switzerland, is the only place in the world where a person seeking an assisted suicide can be helped to die, no matter where they are from.

Q&A
9:30pm
For the first time, Q&A will be broadcast live (AEST) from the Melbourne Writers' Festival on Thursday, August 27 at 9:30pm on ABC1.

New Inventors: Bright Spark

Venue:ABC
Date:'Wednesday 16th September'
On Wednesday 16th September the New Inventors will be hosting its 'Bright Spark' special, featuring inventive kids around the country - as panellists, inventors and audience members! And these incredible kids are available for interview about their amazing inventions! There's even a mini James O'Loghlin!

PANELLISTS WILL INCLUDE:
Rachel Latimer (NSW)
Lisa Bell (VIC)
Arda Yilmaz (QLD)

INVENTORS WILL INCLUDE:
Hunter Conochie (Gold Coast, QLD) - SURFVIBE
Heidi Goodall (Murwillumbah, NSW) - WHALE CALF FEEDER
Austin Teakel (Wagga Wagga, NSW) - VISIBILITY VEST

Along with The Inventor of the Year, The People's Choice Winner, and the Les is More 'Big Heart' Award, The Young Inventors' Bright Spark Award, will be presented in The New Inventors Grand Final 2009.

Landline- Working Dogs

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Sunday Nov 15th 2009'
Time:12pm
Farm dogs - they hold an iconic place in Australia's pastoral landscape and have been working on farms for years. But just what is known about the types of farm dogs used in Australia.

A national research study undertaken by behavioural scientist Dr Nick Branson of Deakin University in Geelong, has recently taken a look at working dogs across the nation to find out how long their working life is, how they're trained, and what problems are faced with training them.

The results are now in, and Landline reporter Phil Tucak takes a look at the findings in this special report about Australia's working dogs.

George Gently: Bomber's Moon

Venue:ABC
Date:'Friday, 28 August 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
A rich German businessman's body is dragged from the water in an idyllic coastal setting in Northumberland in the 1960s. Old school police inspector George Gently and his sidekick Detective Sergeant John Bacchus arrive at the scene to find the man's son and daughter-in-law looking for the man on his ketch, on which they had sailed together from Germany.

Gently discovers the businessman had close connections with a local peasant farming family, with whom he was billeted as a PoW during the war.

Gardening Australia, East Of Everything and The Bill

Venue:ABC
Date:'Saturday, 29 August 2009 '
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Gardening Australia
6:30pm
John Patrick visits a city office building in Melbourne to help staff create a workplace community garden on a challenging rooftop terrace.

East Of Everything: Homeward Bound
7:30pm
After a disturbing dream, Art (Richard Roxburgh) sets about establishing some new 'tough love' ground rules for his son Josh (Craig Stott).

The Bill: Prodigal Son (part 1)
8:30pm
DC Mickey Webb (Chris Simmons) and DS Stuart Turner (Doug Rao) investigate an assault and discover that the victim is the registered tenant of a flat being used in the manufacture of drugs, and they also discover she is in a relationship with DCI Jack Meadows's (Simon Rouse) estranged son, Ben (Jamie Belman).

The Sculpture Diaries and Killer Whale And Crocodile

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Sunday, 19 July 2009 '
Time:8:30PM - 10.30 PM
The Sculpture Diaries
8:30PM
Renowned art critic Waldemar Januszczak continues his witty and intriguing journey exploring the world's sculpture. Exploring the way that sculpture has been enlisted by society, politics and religion, Januszczak travels across the world to Easter Island to see the extraordinary sculptural legacy the civilisation left there.

Killer Whale And Crocodile
9:30PM
A journey of great physical distances and lasting bonds, this film explores the soul of creativity and inspiration in two cultures half a world apart and now bonded in art.

One Night in Sofia

Venue:ABC 1
Date:'Tuesday June 2nd'
Time:8.00pm
Every year thousands of young Australians pack their backpacks, book their EuRail passes and make for Europe, leaving their parents to worry and fret about their wellbeing and their ability to cope with foreign languages and customs.

God forbid anything should happen to them.

Two days after Christmas in 2007, Australian pathologist Simon Palfreeman got the call any parent would dread. His 21 year old - Jock - had been in a fight, another young man was dead and the Bulgarian criminal justice system had swallowed his son.

A year and a half on, with legal machinery groaning and Jock Palfreeman locked on a murder charge in Sofia Central Prison, Foreign Correspondent travels to Bulgaria with a father desperate to prove his son's innocence but growing ever more doubtful about the ability of the Bulgarian system to deliver justice.

The dead man, 20 year old Andrei Monov, died from stab wounds on the way to hospital. Jock Palfreeman admits wielding the knife that killed him, but claims it was in self defence.

He says he tried to break up a gang attack on some gypsies when the gang turned on him.

The Foreign Correspondent story is reported by Belinda Hawkins. It's the first time that either Jock Palfreeman or any of his family have spoken to the media since his arrest.

Triple J TV Presents: Hilltop Hoods' One Night Stand

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Monday, 20 July 2009 '
Time:10.30PM
Adelaide's Hilltop Hoods showed just why they are Australia's premier Hip Hop act when they headlined triple j''s One Night Stand in Gippsland.

The Hoods performed a blistering set in the pouring rain to around 15,000 people, who danced their wet socks off. triple j tv were there to capture the action, and this program features all the highlights including The Hard Road, Nosebleed Section, and their new single Chase That Feeling, as well as an exclusive interview with triple j's Robbie Buck.

Put your hands in the air as triple j tv presents Hilltop Hoods.

We Are Wizards and I;m a Child Anorexic

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Wednesday, 22 July 2009 '
Time:8:30PM- 10:20PM
We Are Wizards
8:30PM
Explore the world of Harry Potter fans and the fascinating, amusing and inspiring ways in which they take their love of J.K. Rowling's book series to a whole new level.

I'm a Child Anorexic
10:20PM
This is a sensitive and at times shocking insight into the journey of children undergoing treatment for anorexia at Rhodes Farm in London, featuring their own video diaries. See the girls go from the dangerously emaciated and malnourished states they arrive in, to a healthy weight at their departure. But will their attitude to weight change while at the clinic? Can they maintain their weight at home?

Beautiful People: How I Got My Globe

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Thursday, 23 July 2009 '
Time:9:25pm
Young Simon ponders the street outside and is startled by a passing Mary Poppins flying past with a friendly wave.
Simon (Luke Ward-Wilkinson) and Kylie (Layton Williams) are instantly transfixed by bohemian teacher, Miss Prentice (Frances Barber). Hers is an apparent life of French lovers and exotic cigarettes. The two MUST join her proposed skiing trip.

Clone, Torchwood: Countrycide and Being Human

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Friday, 24 July 2009 '
Time:8pm-9:20pm
Clone
8:00pm
Clone, the story of a modern-day Frankenstein and his monster. The Doctor quickly realises his super weapon, intended to be a prototype super-soldier who will eventually replace Britain's volunteer army, is more likely to hug someone than shoot them.

Torchwood: Countrycide
8:30pm
In this epsiode, Torchwood are concerned that the space-time rift is spreading, so the team investigate a series of gruesome deaths in the village of Brynblaidd in the picturesque Brecon Beacons. What sort of creature could cause such shocking injuries? Stranded without communications or equipment, and isolated from one another, the team confronts a terrifying enemy.

Being Human
9:20pm
In this final episode, vampire Mitchell is in hospital following the near fatal attack on his doorstep. Once recovered, and believing it to be his destiny, Mitchell is determined to fight the vampire leader Herrick, no matter what it takes.

skippy: Australia's first super star

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Thursday, September 17'
Time:at 8.30pm
Narrated by Magda Szubanski, this one-hour documentary is a warm, witty, affectionate and definitive look at one of Australia's most cherished TV stars, Skippy the bush kangaroo.

Everybody remembers Skippy. The family show about the kid and the kangaroo that was sold in 128 countries, watched by hundreds of millions worldwide and put Australia firmly on the global map. For those of a certain generation, the heroic marsupial is synonymous with their childhood, often in more profound ways than they realise...

The film is both a tribute to the forward-thinking and hard-working souls who created the ground-breaking series, and also an analysis of how they did it, and what it meant for all those millions of viewers around the world.

Skippy: Australia's First Super Star also pays appropriate homage to the millions of viewers around the world who enjoyed the show each week, by talking to members of the public in the street about their memories and stories of Skippy.

Fast, fun, entertaining, and undoubtedly nostalgic, the film leaves the viewer laughing, crying and ultimately realising the importance of a TV series that finally showed Australian stories could, and did, find a worldwide audience.

Yellowstone, Midsomer Murders and Compass

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Sunday, 27 September 2009 '
Time:7:30pm - 10:05pm
Yellowstone: Summer
7:30pm
As the spring melts the winter snow, the full extent of Yellowstone is gradually revealed. Now, from the surrounding lowlands, herds of elk, pronghorn and bison return from their winter feeding grounds to take advantage of America's richest natural grasslands, right in the heart of Yellowstone.

Midsomer Murders
8:30pm
John Nettles and Jason Hughes are back investigating deadly deeds and gruesome goings-on in a brand new series of Midsomer Murders. In episode five a burglar is on the loose, and people are beginning to die...

Compass: What Should I Do? Part One
10:05pm
Once upon a time the big decisions in life were about births, deaths and marriages. But today many of our little, everyday decisions have grown into big dilemmas.