SBS goes live, and global, with refugee in­sights show

The Australian - - THE NATION - STEPHEN BROOK

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.

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