What to watch

SHAN­NON MOL­LOY grabs his crys­tal ball to pre­dict what will be hot on the box this year

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GET set for a mas­sive year of TV, with new shows to get hooked on and old favourites to re­turn to. Here’s our look at the hotly an­tic­i­pated pro­grams, the stars who’ll dom­i­nate and the trends that will change the way you view con­tent in 2016.


The Se­cret Daugh­ter on SCT, star­ring Jes­sica Mauboy in a role writ­ten just for her, is about a promis­ing young singer in a coun­try pub whose chance en­counter with a big-city hote­lier changes her life. Ex­pect the magic she brought to hit film The Sap­phires.

Se­cret City on Fox­tel, with an all-star cast in­clud­ing Jacki Weaver, Anna Torv and Mekhi Phifer, delves into the murky world of Aus­tralian pol­i­tics, es­pi­onage, se­crets and de­vi­ous char­ac­ters. It’s based on the best-sell­ing nov­els by Press Gallery stal­warts Chris

Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

Hanson: The Years That

Shook The Na­tion on SBS is a fly-on-the-wall doco about fire­brand politi­cian Pauline Hanson and prom­ises un­ri­valled ac­cess to one of pub­lic life’s most no­to­ri­ous fig­ures. If the teaser trailer is any­thing to go by, it’ll be a fas­ci­nat­ing train wreck.

Bar­racuda on ABC, star­ring Rachel Grif­fiths, cen­tres on a teenager and gifted swim­mer in his pur­suit for Olympic glory. Based on the best-sell­ing novel of the same name by Chris­tos Tsi­olkas.


800 Words is back af­ter de­light­ing about two mil­lion view­ers a week with its first in­stal­ment, telling the tale of a wid­owed fa­ther-of-two played by Erik Thom­son.

Rake on ABC sees the re­turn of peren­nial hot mess crim­i­nal bar­ris­ter Cleaver Greene, played by Richard Roxburgh.

Mar­ried at First Sight on WIN was a hit and this year a whole stack of strangers will once again meet for the first time at the al­tar.

Off­spring on TDT sees the re­turn of Nina Proud­man and her quirky fam­ily and friends, af­ter a hia­tus and plenty of lob­by­ing from fans.

And of course, re­al­ity will con­tinue to dom­i­nate. Re­turn­ing favourites in­clude My Kitchen Rules on SCT, MasterChef Aus­tralia, The Bach­e­lor

and The Bach­e­lorette on TDT, and The Hot­plate and The Block on WIN.


Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent is be­ing re­vived by WIN, with So­phie Monk, Ed­die Per­fect, Kelly Osbourne and Ian “Dicko” Dick­son judg­ing a whole host of va­ri­ety acts. Will any­one care?

Kiss Bang Love on SCT is a clear at­tempt to jump on the dat­ing show band­wagon, but the premise – a bunch of strangers pash­ing each other to see if they click – is flimsy at best.


A stack of pop­u­lar se­ries from abroad are back, in­clud­ing Game of Thrones fast-tracked to Fox­tel, The Black­list on SCT and The Big Bang The­ory on WIN.


Chan­nels SCT and WIN, have vowed to end the can­ni­bal­ism we’ve seen for years – putting the same types of shows against each other. The strat­egy has mostly failed, alien­at­ing view­ers and caus­ing “re­al­ity fatigue”.

Look for­ward to more va­ri­ety in sched­ul­ing.

View­ers love a telemovie about an iconic Aus­tralian. Ex­pect some rip­pers in­clud­ing SCT’s look at mu­sic guru Molly Mel­drum with Molly, WIN’s por­trayal of busi­ness fig­ure Alan Bond with House of Bond and TDT’s telling of the life of rac­ing iden­tity Peter Brock in Brock.

TV show re­vivals will con­tinue with the re­boot of The X-Files on TDT early in 2016, while stream­ing ser­vice Net­flix has Fuller House.

Live stream­ing will go more main­stream, with SCT making its main chan­nel plus 7TWO and 7mate avail­able on any con­nected de­vice. WIN is fol­low­ing suit, also stream­ing its main and dig­i­tal chan­nels.


Marta Dus­sel­dorp could just be the hard­est work­ing ac­tor in Aus­tralia. In ad­di­tion to star­ring in Fox­tel’s hit se­ries A Place To Call Home, this year you’ll also see her in le­gal drama

Janet King and six-part thriller Jack Ir­ish.

Matthew Le Nevez will front Fox­tel’s big bud­get su­per­nat­u­ral-themed se­ries The Ket­ter­ing In­ci­dent as well as Brock.

Jes­sica Marais re­turns to the pop­u­lar WIN se­ries Love Child and will also front a brand new drama on TDT, The Wrong Girl.

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