Frontline (Australian TV series)

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Frontline is an Australian comedy television series which satirised Australian television current affairs programmes and reporting. It ran for three series of 13 half-hour episodes and was broadcast on ABC TV in 1994, 1995 and 1997.



The series was written, directed, and produced by Jane Kennedy, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch, and Tom Gleisner. They created and performed in The D-Generation and The Late Show and a stint on radio they created Frontline (as well as Funky Squad between seasons 1 and 2). After Frontline they moved into feature films, making several popular Australian movies including The Castle and The Dish, and hosted The Panel for several years, before moving on to Thank God You're Here.

The series was partly inspired by a 60 Minutes special Has the media gone too far?. It bears some similarity to the UK series Drop the Dead Donkey.


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The series follows the fortunes of a fictional current affairs show, Frontline. In the show, Frontline competes directly with Nine's A Current Affair and Seven's Real Life, which changed its name to Today Tonight from 1995 onwards.

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