Foxtel and FMA’s Wentworth & Grand Designs Australia coming to ABC & iview

The move marks a change of strategy for Foxtel.

Foxtel’s local drama Wentworth is to make its Australian free-to-air television debut when series one begins screening on the ABC on Thursday April 12 at 9pm.

The move marks a change of strategy for Foxtel, which previously kept its key local productions for only Foxtel subscribers to view across various Foxtel platforms.

The new deal with Foxtel also means episodes of Grand Designs Australia will also be available for FTA ABC audiences. The series is a local adaptation of the British series of the same name, and features host and architect Peter Maddison chronicling the construction of grand and unusual houses.

The original Grand Designs, hosted by Kevin McLeod, has been one of ABC’s most popular programs since it first appeared.

Both series were made by FremantleMedia Australia for Foxtel.

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