Tomorrow Tonight (TV series)

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Tomorrow Tonight
GenreComedy, news satire, panel show
Created by
Presented by
Running time30 minutes
Original networkABC
Original release31 October 2018 (2018-10-31)
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Tomorrow Tonight is an Australian comedy, panel discussion television show hosted by Charlie Pickering and Annabel Crabb. The show features a panel of experts and comedians who discuss a hypothetical news story from tomorrow's headlines. Together they try to solve the world's problems before they even happen.[1][2]


The show airs several segments throughout the episode to create a hypothetical or fake news story, and in the process raises moral dilemmas that are fictional yet convincing.[3] The hypothetical news story is shown to three guest panellists and permanent panellist Annabel Crabb. The host (Charlie Pickering) holds a neutral position and questions each panellist as to how they will approach the issues raised. The news story gradually unfolds in various segments during the episode and culminates in a humourous potential aftermath featuring one of the guest panellists.[4]


Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TopicPanel GuestsOriginal air dateViewers
11"The Hack"Julie Bishop, cybersecurity expert Richard Buckland, Luke McGregor31 October 2018 (2018-10-31)600,000[5]
Scenario: A hacker accesses a U.S. intelligence database, stealing every mobile phone text message from around the world dating back to 2001 and will publicly release your text messages unless you send $5,000 to keep them secret.
22"The Perfect Baby"Nazeem Hussain, athlete Meredith Young, ethicist Julian Savulescu7 November 2018 (2018-11-07)567,000[6]
Scenario: Revolutionary gene editing technology called PINCR creates the world's first designer baby named Adam and this technology has applications including curing genetic diseases and choosing your baby's gender, hair colour or eye colour.
33"The Last Drop"Jay Weatherill, cattle farmer Su McCluskey, Denise Scott14 November 2018 (2018-11-14)506,000[7]
Scenario: Australia is running out of water and the Department of Water Security is publicly naming and shaming households that use too much water, while violations of water restrictions is punishable with up to 3 months in prison.
44"The Bonobo"Dave Hughes, Adam Liaw, Chris Brown21 November 2018 (2018-11-21)457,000[8]
Scenario: Babel is a much loved and highly intelligent female bonobo in an Australian zoo who uses sign language to communicate but a zookeeper deliberately poisons her and receives two years imprisonment for her death compared to seven years for killing a human.
55"The App"AI expert Toby Walsh, film-maker Santilla Chingaipe, Nath Valvo28 November 2018 (2018-11-28)442,000[9]
Scenario: An Australian tech guru creates a dating app called DataDate that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to match you with your 'optimal partner' by accessing details from all your online activities, DNA and personality tests to build your complete profile.
66"The Driverless Car"Inventor Jordan Nguyen, Kate Peck, Merrick Watts5 December 2018 (2018-12-05)441,000[10]
Scenario: Australia's technology in driverless cars can quickly calculate the fastest route to your destination, has features including GPS, sensors and a safety algorithm which makes an immediate decision to minimise the loss of human lives.
77"The Dynasty"Hugh Riminton, Joe Wong, Anna Broinowski12 December 2018 (2018-12-12)434,000[11]
Scenario: Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and his younger sister Kim Yo-jong who are missing and presumed dead, with thousands of North Korean civilians crossing the border into South Korea and occupying the demilitarised zone.
88"The Vice Card"Greig Pickhaver, ethicist Leslie Cannold, Celia Pacquola19 December 2018 (2018-12-19)417,000[12]
Scenario: Australia's health card caps your sugar intake at the World Health Organisation's recommended limit of 25 grams per day to reduce obesity rates and cardiovascular diseases by stopping you from making further purchases of processed snack food and soft drinks when you reach the limit.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Knox, David (10 September 2018). "Charlie Pickering and Annabel Crabb to host 'Tomorrow Tonight'". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
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  3. ^ Dennehy, Luke (24 October 2018). "Charlie Pickering and Annabel Crabb run with made-up news stories in new show 'Tomorrow Tonight'". Now To Love. Bauer Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ Knox, David (31 October 2018). "No sitting on the fence says Pickering". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ Knox, David (1 November 2018). "Wednesday 31 October 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  6. ^ Knox, David (8 November 2018). "Wednesday 7 November 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  7. ^ Knox, David (15 November 2018). "Wednesday 14 November 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  8. ^ Knox, David (22 November 2018). "Wednesday 21 November 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  9. ^ Knox, David (29 November 2018). "Wednesday 28 November 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  10. ^ Knox, David (6 December 2018). "Wednesday 5 December 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  11. ^ Knox, David (13 December 2018). "Wednesday 12 December 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  12. ^ Knox, David (20 December 2018). "Wednesday 19 December 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

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