What’s new in mainstream TV drama for 2020?

Is it still possible to make breakthrough television in Australia? The 2020 new Australian shows on mainstream media can be classy, but we are short on visceral daring.

There is plenty of muscle in the Australian drama productions on local screens across 2020, even though the schedules are dominated by familiar series. The full list contains children’s shows and ABC iView, which we will return to later. This is the staid end of the biz and it shows in the kind of content. 

Let’s start on a positive note. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.