You Can’t Ask That returns to ABC 18 March

ABC’s controversial series You Can’t Ask That will return on 18 March.

The announcement:

The ABC’s award-winning You Can’t Ask That is back in March on ABC & ABC iview

The award-winning, proudly homegrown ABC series You Can’t Ask That is back for a fifth season in March. The new 8×30 minute series will air from Wednesday 18 March at 9pm on ABC and ABC iview.

The fifth season of the original ABC format features the first-person voices of Firefighters, people who are HIV Positive, Kids, people who are on the Autism Spectrum, Nudists, people who have Killed Someone, people who live in Public Housing and Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medallists. By asking the tough questions and empowering interviewees to answer in their own words with conviction, candour and humour, the series offers searing insights into the lives of Australians whose stories are often dismissed.

You Can’t Ask That asks misunderstood, misjudged, or marginalised Australians the awkward, inappropriate, or uncomfortable questions you’ve always wanted to know the answers to but have always been afraid to ask.

The 2019 winner of the Walkley Media Diversity Australia Award, the Walkley Foundation judges called You Can’t Ask That; “A program that confronts both prejudice and discrimination in an honest, open, tender and sometimes funny manner. The program is groundbreaking and tackles issues humanely in a way that has never been done on mainstream television outside of news and current affairs. You Can’t Ask That — with its large audience — has the capacity to confront us, challenge us and educate us about what it is to be a member of a minority group or simply just different.”

Guests in season five include:

18-year old firefighter Harriet Foard, who was sent in ahead of the Navy to fight the recent catastrophic bushfires in Mallacoota; Nudist mother and son Shazz and Nathan, and nude yoga instructor Jessa; Veteran HIV campaigner and survivor David Polson, who underwent 28 drug trials to help medical science find a way to treat the disease; Marine biologist, jellyfish expert and woman with autism, Lisa Gershwin; Fashion designer Lena Kasparian who stabbed and killed her former partner in self defence; Public housing resident, pensioner and “Bird Man”, Pierre Gawronski; Olympic gold medallists Anna Meares (cycling), Shane Gould (swimming), Lydia Lassila (skiing), Scott McGrory (cycling), Nat Cook (beach volleyball) and Ralph Doubell (athletics), and Paralympic gold medallist Nick Morris (wheelchair basketball); plus a collection of smart, funny and insightful 10-12 year-olds from around the country.

You Can’t Ask That is a multi-award-winning series. In 2019, it won an AACTA Award for Best Factual Entertainment Program; a Walkley Award for Media Diversity; and Best Film, TV or Web Series of the Year at the Australian LGBTI Awards. It was awarded the European Broadcast Union’s prestigious Rose d’Or Award for Best Reality and Factual Entertainment Program in 2017. In Australia it has been awarded three United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards and been nominated for two further AACTA Awards, a Logie Award and an Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Award.

One of the most successful ABC formats ever, with local versions of You Can’t Ask That having been produced in Spain, Israel, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Canada.

You Can’t Ask That is an ABC Production, which proudly demonstrates the ABC’s commitment to bringing diverse stories to screen. The series is produced and directed by Kirk Docker. Series Producer, Ali Russell. ABC Executive Producer, Frances O’Riordan. ABC Head of Factual and Entertainment, Josie Mason-Campbell.

Source: ABC media release


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