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Future gazing

While most of us have already broken our New Year’s resolution­s, there’s still one thing we can all commit to: a fresh batch of TV shows. Rebecca Balloch takes a peek at what’s coming up in 2023


Safe Home SBS

She’s a breakout star thanks to her sassy turn in the hit US comedy-drama The Bold Type; now Aisha Dee returns home to effortless­ly lead this goosebump-making drama, which cracks open the taboos and stereotype­s behind family violence. Based on playwright Anna Barnes’ experience, Dee is compelling as a 20-something profession­al who leaves her law-firm job to work at a struggling family violence legal centre. Also starring Virginia Gay (Winners and Losers) and Mabel Li (New Gold Mountain), and produced by Imogen Banks (Offspring), it’s a gripping thriller that fearlessly explores a deeply troubling issue.

Bay Of Fires ABC

Marta Dusseldorp (Jack Irish) dons a cosy, retro parka – along with a panicked expression – as a single mum escaping her old life in this quirky crime series. The eight-part drama, filmed in Tasmania’s breathtaki­ng west coast with stunning cinematogr­aphy, is sizzling with small-town feuds and peculiar people.

Toby Leonard Moore (Billions), Yael Stone (Orange is the

New Black) and

Pamela Rabe (Wentworth) are just some of the top-notch players in this character-led caper. Taking cues from Fargo and Ozark, it’s polished with a generous booster of humour to boot.

Strife Foxtel

Adapted by screenwrit­er Sarah Scheller (The Letdown) and starring the magnetic Asher Keddie (Offspring), this playful drama is based on media maven Mia Freedman’s refreshing­ly funny, no-holdsbarre­d memoir. Set in Sydney, it follows Evelyn Jones, an ambitious, charming and delightful­ly imperfect writer, who transforms from couch blogger to a trailblaze­r in female-led media, all the while managing a marriage breakdown and two children. It’s an inspiratio­nal, rollicking gander at a watershed moment for women in publishing.

Warnie Nine

This twopart biopic dramatisin­g the life of the larrikin cricketer is sure to divide fans. Can anyone really embody the charisma of the champion leg spin bowler? Alex Williams gives it his best shot: as the star of Undergroun­d: The Julian Assange Story, he is no stranger to the challenge of playing a real-life person. Cringe-worthy moments are assured, but there’s no denying that the largerthan-life cricketer’s story is perfect TV fodder. But is it too soon?

Australian Idol Seven

Yes, you read that right: after 14 long years, the singing competitio­n responsibl­e for launching the careers of Guy Sebastian and Casey Donovan has been revived. Like all hit internatio­nal franchises, if one network won’t greenlight it, another will eventually poach it. Once at home at Channel 10, Seven has awakened the iconic competitio­n, inviting back veteran judge Kyle Sandilands and his biting banter. Joining him on the judging panel is crooner Harry Connick Jr., soulful pop singersong­writer Meghan Trainor and homegrown indie pop musician Amy Shark. It’s Idol for a new era.

Taskmaster 10

What do you get when you take sardonic comedian Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz) and stick him in a cult-hit British game show? A riot of absurd, joyful laughs. After seven years, the award-winning, freewheeli­ng and bonkers comedy panel series has finally been afforded an Aussie offshoot. Gleeson teams up with charming storytelle­r and funnyman Tom Cashman to set up ridiculous challenges for comedians. Julia Morris, Luke McGregor, Jimmy Rees, Nina Oyama and Danielle Walker are along for the ride. Buckle up!

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Bay of Fires
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Safe Home

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