We’ve seen what Ten and Seven are serving up and now it’s SBS’ turn. The network, hosting its annual upfronts presentation in Sydney this morning, unveiled an eclectic 2013 programming lineup involving two socially explosive Sydney documentaries and a star-studded drama series starring the T-1000 of Australian television actresses.
The network will again invest in drama with Better Man, a Khoa Do written and directed four part miniseries starring Bryan Brown, David Wenham and Claudia Karvan centering on the tragic true story of “a Vietnamese-Australian man who was convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore and executed for his crime in 2005.”
Following on from Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta, the network has also announced a four part sister series Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl detailing the rich cultural evolution of Punchbowl’s Lebanese community. That series is complimented by Cronulla Riots documentary The Day that Shocked the Nation which will screen exclusively on SBS’ digital platforms, while Dirty Business – How Mining Made Australia will explain how the monolithic Australian mining industry has shaped this nation and influenced its policies.
Who Do You Think You Are? also returns for another season of weepy family tree related catharsis and will feature Don Hany, Asher Keddie, Adam Hills, Rove McManus, Michael Caton and Lex Marinos. Other notable programming news includes a soccer and cycling re-up, Middle Eastern cooking show Spice Journey, Canadian comedy series Bullet in the Face and the return of Housos, Insight, Dateline, RocKwiz, Eurovision and Mad Men.
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