SBS launches new season line-up

SBS has announced its new summer/autumn program line-up – including Emmy award-winning series The Protectors.

The announcement:

Matt Campbell, SBS’s Director of TV and Online Content, yesterday unveiled SBS’s summer and autumn 2010/11 content line-up packed full of bold, inspiring and entertaining programs featuring the network’s strongest-ever offering.

Matt Campbell said: “This summer and autumn viewers can enjoy a host of thought-provoking and entertaining programs from SBS. There’s science, history, food and drama as well as some weird and wonderful surprises along the way. SBS continues its mission to be the most culturally-enriching network in Australia, pushing boundaries and delivering content you won’t see anywhere else on Australian TV.”

New announcements include an extensive range of programs across factual, drama & comedy, entertainment and food & lifestyle, including a third Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are?, a landmark new factual series Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us, and a season of science documentaries that delve into the inner workings of the human body.

Factual Highlights

Integrating archival footage and 3D animation into shots of Australia today, a new three-part landmark series Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us tells the untold immigration story of who was allowed in and who was pushed out of a daring social experiment to build the nation that we see today.

Magda Szubanski, Georgie Parker, Tina Arena, Paul Mercurio, Shane Bourne and Rodney Marsh will star in the third Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are? to be broadcast on SBS ONE in December. The series reveals the fascinating social histories of these celebrities’ ancestors and uncovers stories that continue to affect their lives and family relationships today.

For the first time in 25 years the SAS has granted SBS privileged and unrivalled access to the extremely dangerous and competitive world of the Special Air Regiment Service selection course in SAS: Have You Got What It Takes?* From covert operations, surveillance and sabotage, SBS reveals what new recruits must endure in the army’s most extreme selection and training program.

The Last Goodbye* is an emotive, thought-provoking and ultimately life-affirming film, a powerful documentary following three people during the final days of their lives.

In one of SBS’s most ambitious projects to date, The Family is a major new observational documentary series that will lift the lid on Australian family life today. Discreet cameras will be placed in the home of a typical Australian family and through this extraordinary filming process, we see the real drama of everyday life unfold.

From Nobel Peace prize-winning research into immortality, to the fascinating revelations of the mysteries of heart science, SBS’s Secrets of the Human Body season uncovers the science behind the inner workings of the human body.

William Shatner makes his debut on SBS in William Shatner’s Weird or What? The Star Trek legend explores weird events and phenomena from across the world as the show attempts to explain the unexplainable, from a window washer who survived a 50-ft fall in New York, to the infamous Canadian case of several amputated feet washing up on the shore.

Entertainment Highlights

Julia Zemiro will host Sex: An Unnatural History, a six-part series exploring the last 50 years of Australia’s sexual landscape – a captivating ride through sexual history and an insight into sex in the modern day.

And Julia, along with buddy Sam Pang, will travel to Germany in 2011 for the Eurovision Song Contest which continues to captivate and delight Australian audiences. SBS will broadcast both the semi finals and the final, in full.

Drama & Comedy Highlights

Continuing its commitment to home-grown drama and talent, SBS is delighted that the highly acclaimed East West 101 will return for a third series. Joining the cast this year, staring alongside Don Hany, Susie Porter and Aaron Fa’aoso, are Aaron Jeffery, Tammy MacIntosh, Matt Nable and Aden Young.

Exploring the polygamous faith of a family living in Utah, HBO drama Big Love returns to the network in 2011 for series four, starring Bill Paxton, Chloë Sevigny, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Fans of The Killing will love this new Danish drama – the Emmy award-winning series The Protectors. The series focuses on the lives and missions of a young team of bodyguards, and their superiors, in an elite unit of Denmark’s police force. The lives of many politicians, heads of state and other VIPs are endangered but luckily they can rely on the competency of “The Protectors”.

Across factual, drama & comedy, entertainment, food & lifestyle, film, news & current affairs and sport, the new season’s offering reflects SBS’s continued drive to offer all Australians diverse and high quality content.

Source: SBS press release


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