Australian broadcaster SBS’ upcoming 2018 factual slate includes 29 commissions across documentary, food, entertainment and news and current affairs.
SBS will explore issues impacting society with titles including Marry Me, Marry My Family; the return of the Untold Australia series and Who Do You Think You Are?, featuring the pasts of Charlie Teo, Natalie Imbruglia, John Jarratt and Ernie Dingo, among others.
The network is also bringing Australians their first foray into ‘slow TV’ in The Ghan (pictured), an immersive three-hour television program that brings viewers on a real-time journey on a train ride from Adelaide to Darwin.
In culinary programming, chef Adam Liaw aims to make viewers rethink everything they know about Chinese cuisine in Destination Flavour China. Maeve O’Meara explores seafood in Food Safari Water, while Sarah Todd tries to open a restaurant in bustling Mumbai in the second season of My Restaurant in India. Audiencs can also discover how a young refugee became one of Australia’s most successful chefs in Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail, and kick off the year with Shane Delia’s Recipe for Life.
SBS’s National Indigenous Television will air Wik vs QLD, which commemorates the 21st anniversary of the landmark case; Westwind – Djalu’s Legacy, which pairs a Yolngu warrior Djalu Gurruwiwi with pop star Gotye; Black Divaz which follows the inaugural Miss First Nation Indigenous drag queen pageant in time for Mardi Gras; and Digging Deep which locates the descendants of 11 Indigenous Light Horsemen on ANZAC Day.
Youth-focused channel SBS Viceland and SBS and Vice will develop locally produced programs, with the goal to air them across the Australian channel and Viceland’s global channels. SBS Viceland will also bring Viceland productions from the U.S., UK, India, France, Belgium, Greece, Latin America and Africa.
Also returning for younger audiences is the nightly program The Feed and Where Are You Really From, hosted by comedian Michael Hing which will explore Australia’s multicultural communities living in regional Australia.
See below a list of the documentaries, along with descriptions provided by the network:
“Filthy Rich and Homeless”
After sparking a national discussion on the homelessness crisis this year, Filthy Rich and Homeless will be back for a second series in 2018, set in a new city. It will raise the bar higher by tackling the policies and potential solutions to a crisis that shows little sign of improving.
“Go Back to Where You Came From”
The most awarded Australian documentary series of all time – Go Back to Where You Came From – will return for a fourth season with a difference. Go Back Live will be one of the most ambitious live television events in Australian broadcasting history. Over three nights, it will use the latest technology to give a snapshot of the global refugee crisis by presenting stories from the front line, as they happen in real time.
“Is Australia Sexist?”
Currently, Australia ranks 46th on the Global Gender Gap Index, down 10 places in the last year alone. Is Australia Sexist? will explore an issue dominating global headlines and contribute to a national debate.
“Muslims Like Us”
In Muslims Like Us, ten Australian Muslims with contrasting world views will move into a house together for eight days. Their passionate debates, honest disagreements, humour and insights will reveal what it is like to be an Australian Muslim today.