Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney star in the online TV series The Katering Show.
Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney star in the online TV series The Katering Show. ABC

The ABC wants you to catch its wonderful new shows in 2016

HOMEGROWN content will continue to be the cornerstone of the ABC's programming.

The national broadcaster celebrates its 60th year in 2016 and tonight unveiled its major programs for the milestone year under the theme "catch the wonderful".

New dramas Cleverman and Barracuda join a line-up of returning critically acclaimed series including Janet King, Jack Irish, The Code and Rake.

Cleverman is one of the ABC's biggest productions of next year, featuring creatures and effects by Jacob Nash of Bangarra Dance Theatre and New Zealand's renowned Weta Workshop (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings).

The high-concept series, a co-production with SundanceTV, is set in the near future and stars Game of Thrones' Iain Glen and The Missing's Frances O'Connor alongside Deborah Mailman and Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games).

The ABC ventures into sci-fi with the drama Cleverman.
The ABC ventures into sci-fi with the drama Cleverman. Contributed

Barracuda is based on the novel by writer Christos Tsiolkas and produced by the creative team behind the ABC's acclaimed adaptation of Tsiolkas' bestseller The Slap.

Aunty is also keeping up with the ever-changing way we consume TV by launching its main channel in high definition and live streaming all of its channels in a move similar to that announced by Channel 7.

The broadcaster's documentary offering is also impressive with David Attenborough's anticipated new documentary series on The Great Barrier Reef and a hard-hitting look at the country's drug epidemic in Ice Wars.

Keeping Australia Alive and The Great Education Experiment will put our national health and education systems under the microscope.

One of Aunty's more quirky new docos is Hatch, Match & Dispatch sees cameras go inside the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

In a comedy coup, YouTube series The Katering Show will premiere exclusively on the ABC's online platform iView.

The viral show stars comedians Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney lampooning the latest cooking trends, from expensive gadgets to smug foodies.

Utopia's Luke McGregor will also star in two shows: the awkwardly funny and potentially educational Luke Warm Sex and Rosehaven with Celia Pacquola.

Luke McGregor in a scene from the TV series Luke Warm Sex.
Luke McGregor in a scene from the TV series Luke Warm Sex. ABC

Returning comedy shows include The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell, Black Comedy and Upper Middle Bogan.

There was no word, though, on whether or not Gruen will return next year. The show's return from a two-year hiatus has been one of the ABC's biggest ratings hits in the second half of this year.

The Fresh Blood initiative will also introduce new talent in the web series Skit Box, Fancy Boy and You Can't Ask That.

The ABC's children's programming slate also remains strong, with Play School celebrating its 50th year on our screens in July. The show also welcomes its newest presenter, Love Child star and Logie Award winner Miranda Tapsell.

The popular teen novel series Tomorrow, When The War Began will also be adapted for a new generation, adding to ABC3's young adult offerings likes Nowhere Boys.

New animated shows The Deep and Prisoner Zero will also premiere, joining preschool favourites Peppa Pig and Shaun The Sheep.

Film critic David Stratton, who retired from At The Movies earlier this year, returns in a three-part special detailing the history and evolution of Australian cinema.



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