You Can't Ask That

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You Can't Ask That
Directed by
  • Kirk Docker
  • Aaron Smith
[1]
StarringSee credits
Opening themeSoul Searching by Amourouge[1]
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Production
Executive producer(s)Lou Porter[1]
Producer(s)
  • Kirk Docker
  • Aaron Smith
[1]
Production location(s)Australia
CinematographyAaron Smith[1]
Editor(s)Nick McDougall[1]
Running time15-28 minutes
Production company(s)ABC
Release
Original networkABC iview
Original releaseAugust 3, 2016 (2016-08-03) – present
External links
You Can't Ask That: ABC TV

You Can't Ask That is an ABC original series[2] first released on ABC iview on 3 August 2016.[2] Each episode asks controversial questions sourced from the public[3] to a minority Australian population including people of short stature, Muslims, sex workers, transgender people and more. The show aims to offer insight into the lives of marginalised communities and break down stereotypes while answering the questions people are afraid to ask, reportedly inspired by Ask Me Anything (AMA) threads on Reddit.[4]

Several representative organisations were credited in the series including Short Statured People of Australia, Scarlet Alliance, Alzheimer's Australia and Exit International, as well as The Karuna Hospice Service and Palliative Care NSW.[1]

On 28 September 2016, ABC announced the series had been renewed for a second season which will include more diverse Australians, including centenarians, people with Down Syndrome and children with same-sex parents.[5] The first episode of Season 2, "Blind People", featuring Ron McCallum and Matthew Formston among others, aired on iview on 6 April 2017.[6]

On 25 October 2017, ABC announced the series had been renewed for a third season which will include Australians such as alcoholics, swingers, Intersex people and people who have killed someone.[7] The first episode of Season 3, "Survivors of Sexual Assault", aired on ABC and iView on 11 July 2018.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original airdate
1 1 "Short Statured" 3 August 2016
2 2 "Wheelchair Users" 10 August 2016
3 3 "Transgender" 17 August 2016
4 4 "Muslims" 24 August 2016
5 5 "Polyamorous" 31 August 2016
6 6 "Ex-prisoners" 7 September 2016
7 7 "Fat" 14 September 2016
8 8 "Indigenous" 21 September 2016
9 9 "Sex Workers" 27 September 2016
10 10 "Terminally Ill" 5 October 2016

Season 2[8][edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original airdate
11 1 "Blind People" 6 April 2017
12 2 "Down Syndrome" 12 April 2017
13 3 "Suicide Attempt Survivors" 19 April 2017
14 4 "Recent War Veterans" 26 April 2017
15 5 "Facial Difference" 3 May 2017
16 6 "Refugees" 10 May 2017
17 7 "Ice Users" 17 May 2017
18 8 "Children of Same-Sex Parents" 24 May 2017
19 9 "Centenarians" 31 May 2017
20 10 "S&M" 7 July 2017
21 11 "Gambling Addicts" 14 July 2017
22 12 "Homeless" 21 July 2017

Season 3[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original airdate
23 1 "Survivors of Sexual Assault" 11 July 2018
24 2 "Ex-Reality TV Stars" 18 July 2018
25 3 "Former Cult Members" 25 July 2018
26 4 "Eating Disorders" 1 August 2018
27 5 "Swingers"
28 6 "Schizophrenia"
29 7 "Drag"
30 8 "Priests"

Awards and recognition[edit]

You Can't Ask That won the Rose d'Or for Best Reality or Factual Entertainment in 2017.[9] It also won 3 UN Media Awards for Promotion of Disability Rights and Issues, Promotion of Social Cohesion and Promotion of Empowerment of Older People.[10] In 2018 it was nominated for a Logie for Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program.[11]

International versions[edit]

In July 2017, Kan 11 in Israel began broadcasting a local version of the series under the name "סליחה על השאלה" (Slicha Al HaShe'ela, Sorry for the Question), with 15 episodes broadcast in the first season.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "You Can't Ask That - Credits" (PDF). ABC TV. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kentera, Yasmin (8 July 2016). "Why are you so fat? You Can't Ask That premieres on ABC" (Press release). Australia: ABC. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ Choueifaty, Elie (28 July 2016). "ABC series You Can't Ask That strikes a chord with its surprising humour". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  4. ^ Fenton, Andrew (2 August 2016). "Is dwarf tossing OK? Your offensive questions get answered on the ABC's new show You Can't Ask That". Australia: News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Renewed: You Can't Ask That". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ Graeme Blundell (1 April 2017). "ABC's You Can't Ask That returns with more awkward questions". The Australian. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Renewed: You Can't Ask That S3". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  8. ^ "You Can't Ask That : ABC TV". Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  9. ^ (EBU), European Broadcasting Union. "EBU - World's best entertainment shows honoured at 56th Rose d'Or Awards". www.ebu.ch. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  10. ^ "2017 UN Day Media Award Winners - UNAA Victoria". UNAA Victoria. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  11. ^ "Logie Awards 2018: nominees". TV Tonight. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  12. ^ סליחה על השאלה Kan 11 (in Hebrew)

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