Say what you will about our national broadcaster, it knows what the people want.
As part of its 2022 upfronts event, which revealed what content we can expect for the next 12 months, the ABC announced a three-part series about dogs and their relationship with humans.
The best part? It's led by collective national boyfriend, Tony Armstrong.
It's a dog's world, we're just living in it :dog: #ADogsWorldAU
Join @Tonaaayy_ in 2022 as he seeks to understand our ever-evolving relationship with dogs. pic.twitter.com/fU1z41tNTc
- abctv (@ABCTV) November 25, 2021
Called A Dog's World the show, the 31-year-old former AFL player will look at the psychology and neuroscience behind our relationship with man's best friend, using behavioural science and genetics to examine why people and dogs get along so well.
Even if you're a cat person, this sounds like incredible watching.
Armstrong took on the role of ABC sports presenter less than a year ago. With audiences clamouring for more of the moustachioed heartthrob, it was only a matter of time before we got him front and centre for a documentary.
A Dog's World was announced alongside a tranche of new ABC programming for 2022, including new documentary show Stories from Oz.
Andrew Hansen, a member of The Chaser as well as a comedian and musician in his own right, is one of the co-creators behind the show which is described as an 'irreverent and comical documentary you can dance to'.
The infamous story of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's illegal pooches Pistol and Boo will feature in one episode, alongside fresh revelations from Barnaby Joyce who famously threatened to euthanise the fluffy duo.
If you've ever wanted to see these stories done as musicals, STORIES FROM OZ is the show for you:
1. SCHAPELLE CORBY
2. PISTOL & BOO
3. STEVEN BRADBURY
4. MELBOURNE'S FERRIS WHEEL
5. PRINCESS MARY
6. THE TAMPA
See the trailer in widescreen YouTube-scope: https://t.co/8AFRcyvwwR
- Andrew Hansen (@andrewjhansen) November 25, 2021
Hansen's co-creator Chris Taylor, also a Chaser member, will look at the real reason behind Joyce's outlandish statements and break down the stories behind the headlines of some major moments in news.
Other tales getting the musical treatment are Schapelle Corby's arrest, Steven Bradbury's incredible gold medal win at the Winter Olympics, and the fairytale of the young Tasmanian woman Mary Donaldson, aka Princess Mary.
Alongside these two must-watches, the ABC revealed a slate of new and returning shows including Mystery Road: Origin, Significant Others, Savage River, Barons and Troppo.
Q+A will return without Hamish Macdonald at the helm, after his dramatic resignation earlier this year. It will be hosted by a revolving roster of David Speers, Stan Grant and Virginia Trioli.
PROTECT THE ABC AT ALL COSTS. 2022 on @ABCTV looks goooooooooooooodhttps://t.co/49VPy1jHAe
- Que Minh Luu :syringe::syringe: (@theqza) November 25, 2021
Macdonald is staying with the broadcaster though, and will be co-hosting a documentary series called Southern Ocean Live with Dr Anne Jones, which has been described as 'one for the whole family'.
British film icon Miriam Margolyes is also back for the ABC, fronting a new documentary about the lives of everyday Australians.
ABC head of factual and culture Jennifer Collins said: "Miriam's last documentary series was a huge success for ABC with her refreshingly honest observations clearly resonating with Australian audiences.
"With her mix of humour, warmth, and forthright views, I'm delighted that ABC audiences will once again enjoy the company of the delightful Miriam Margolyes."