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SBS unveils biggest content line-up yet, with distinctive stories Australians won't see anywhere else

07/11/2023

SBS unveils biggest content line-up yet, with distinctive stories Australians won't see anywhere else

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Breakout hit of the year Alone Australia returns in 2024, exclusive to SBS, with the South Island of New Zealand revealed as the location and a companion podcast presented by S1 winner Gina Chick.

SBS secures the exclusive broadcast rights to the FIFA World Cup 2026 , bringing all 104 games live and free for all Australians, and over 850 hours of cycling content including the iconic Tour De France, Tour De France Femmes, Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espa a.

From Avatar to Swift Street, Cliff Curtis joins the cast of SBS's dynamic crime drama, plus a second major SBS Original announced - romance Four Years filmed in India and Australia.

SBS puts the spotlight on Australia's identity with a powerful slate of documentaries featuring Melissa Leong, Costa Georgiadis, Samuel Johnson, Miranda Otto, Pat Rafter, Ray Martin, Shaun Micallef, Julia Zemiro, Gina Chick, Susie Youssef and Wayne Blair.

NITV to premiere animated children's series Eddie's Lil' Homies, inspired by former AFL star Eddie Betts popular book series, in partnership with Netflix.

The highly anticipated return of The Handmaid's Tale and Rogue Heroes, alongside the top new international drama Paris Has Fallen, Sherlock & Daughter and The Doll Factory add to 15,000 hours of curated content on SBS On Demand.

SBS to premiere a new season of Emmy Award-winning food travel series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy and SBS's largest commissioned series The Cook Up with Adam Liaw, plus new food shows with Guillaume Brahimi, Dan Hong and Silvia Colloca.

SBS has today revealed its biggest ever content line-up across drama, documentaries, food, sport, entertainment, news, and current affairs. In 2024, the network will continue to break new ground with more entertaining, original and impactful stories Australians won't see anywhere else.

At SBS our goal is to be a contemporary national broadcaster, one which not only reflects contemporary Australia, but which has digital, diversity, and sustainability at its heart, said James Taylor, Managing Director of SBS.

2023 has seen us take great leaps in our digital transformation across television and audio, be it with the success of Alone Australia or the transformation of SBS Radio to SBS Audio. Next year will be no different as we continue to adapt to the consumer expectation of personalisation and improved advertising experience.

SBS Director of Television Kathryn Fink said: At SBS, we tell stories no one else will, in a way that no one else can. We re a purpose-led organisation, and home to some of the biggest shows in the country. We're reaching more Australians than ever across linear and SBS On Demand. Our success is underpinned by our truly distinctive offering. From smash hits like Alone Australia, Rogue Heroes and The Handmaid's Tale, to our compelling slate of original content. In 2024, demand edge-of-your-seat entertainment you won't see anywhere else on SBS.

Alone Australia became the breakout hit of the year and most successful original show in SBS history. It averaged more than one million viewers each episode, dominated the digital rankings and outperformed some of the biggest TV franchises in Australia. Announced today, 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. This time around, Alone Australia S1 winner Gina Chick will present an S2 companion podcast with SBS Audio.

The network also revealed details of two major SBS Original drama series. From the producers of The Twelve, and Colin from Accounts comes Four Years - a romance about a married couple who are separated for four years and try to find their way back to each other. In the vein of Normal People, the series explores love, yearning and miscommunication and will shoot in India and Australia. Swift Street is a fast, dynamic, and cinematic series from creator and director Tig Terera. Hollywood star Cliff Curtis (Avatar: The Way of Water) and Tanzyn Crawford (Tiny Beautiful Things) lead a stellar cast as a deliciously dysfunctional father-daughter duo who become partners in crime.

SBS curates the best dramas from across the globe. In 2024, the network will see the return of some of its biggest hits including the final season of ratings juggernaut, The Handmaid's Tale, and the second season of the adrenaline-fuelled Rogue Heroes, which dominated the digital rankings with Alone Australia when it premiered in April. The network has also acquired major international series Paris Has Fallen, based on the Has Fallen action franchise, mystery thriller Sherlock & Daughter and historical thriller The Doll Factory, an adaptation of the number one bestselling novel.

SBS continues to be a leader in ground-breaking documentaries that challenge, inform and entertain. In 2024, Melissa Leong, Costa Georgiadis and Samuel Johnson explore the challenges facing the Australian public health system in a new three-part series The Hospital: In the Deep End. Shaun Micallef will travel abroad with some of Australia's leading comedians to explore their cultural roots in Shaun Micallef's Origin Odyssey. Ray Martin plans his own funeral, uncovering how Australia is choosing to say goodbye to our dead in Ray Martin: The Last Goodbye.

The network welcomes the return of some of its biggest long-running series with another season of Who Do You Think You Are? today revealing Pat Rafter, Wayne Blair and Miranda Otto are among the next li
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