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Australian Drama released on television

Number of programs, Australian free-to-air television, 1996–2017

Next update March 2019


Adult TV drama

An average of 31 Australian TV drama programs for adults (telemovies, mini-series, series and serials, including co-productions) have received first-release screenings on Australian free-to-air television each year since 1996.

Series/serials make up the majority of these (almost 60 per cent). An average of 18 new series/serial titles screened each year between 1996 and 2017, including one-off series such as the ABC’s The Warriors and long-running serials such as Seven’s Home and Away.

First-run screenings of telemovies and mini-series fluctuate annually with an average of six and eight new titles respectively per year in the last 22 years.

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Children’s TV drama

An average of 16 Australian TV drama programs for children (including co-productions) receive a first release on Australian free-to-air television each year. This is about half the number of new drama programs for adults released annually. An average of five mini-series for children received a first release screening each year between 1996 and 2017, compared to 10 series/serials. Telemovies for children are less common than for adults, with an average of only one new release per year. They are often Christmas specials. The 2016 release of Dogstar: A Christmas in Space was the first children's telemovie to screen since 2008. 

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