‘You Can’t Ask That’ commissioned by ABC for third series following Rose d’Or win

ABC series ‘You Can’t Ask That’ has been commissioned for a third series, the broadcaster has confirmed after the show won the Rose d’Or best reality and factual entertainment award in Berlin on Tuesday.

The series features confronting questions asked to individuals from disadvantaged groups. Guests have ranged from centenarians being asked what it’s like to live past 100 to suicide attempt survivors and those with Down Syndrome.

Aaron Smith, the show’s director and co-producer, said in a media statement after the win: “This show started from a small idea that then grew to be recognised on a global scale. You Can’t Ask That 100% relies on the graciousness and bravery of the participants who are kind enough to lend their voice. We wish to say thank you to those who put their trust in us.”

You Can’t Ask That producer and director, Kirk Docker and Aaron Smith

The show has had four million program plays to date on ABC iview and the format has been licensed internationally by the ABC’s commercial arm.

David Anderson, ABC’s director of television, said: “You Can’t Ask That is a great example of the distinctive, relevant and valued content that the ABC can create and share with all Australians and has also resonated with audiences all over the world. To have this kind of international recognition is tremendous and our congratulations to all involved.”

This story was updated after the ABC confirmed a third series has been commissioned.


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