SBS goes live, and global, with refugee insights show
SBS will create a global live version of its Go Back to Where You Came From series in 2018 for what it promises will be its biggest year ever.
Over three nights, the program Go Back Live will use digital technology to present a global snapshot of the refugee crisis, presenting frontline stories in real time.
“In 2018, SBS’s distinctive programming will continue to reflect, explore and celebrate the diversity of Australia like no other media organisation does,” managing director Michael Ebeid said yesterday.
The multicultural broadcaster will also create what is in effect a Big Brotherstyle reality program called Muslims Like Us, in which 10 Australian Muslims with contrasting world views will live together for eight days.
In total, SBS networks will screen 29 factual programs, including Is Australia Sexist? and another series of Filthy Rich and Homeless, as well as five local dramas.
Safe Harbour, a psychological thriller set in Queensland, is about a group of holidaying sailors intercepting asylum-seekers. Dead Lucky is a crime drama starring Rachel Griffiths, while indigenous network NITV will screen children’s series Grace Beside Me. Benjamin Law’s The Family Law will return for a third season.
In food programming, Adam Liaw, Maeve O’Meara and Luke Nguyen will return with Destination Flavour China, Food Safari Water and Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail respectively.
The 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will also be broadcast, as will the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sport will include the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France and the French and US tennis opens.