This week on free-to-air TV: July 26 - August 1, 2021

Notable Moment: The team from Studio 10. Below, Australian skateboarder and Olympic hopeful Poppy Starr Olsen.

Notable Moment: The team from Studio 10. Below, Australian skateboarder and Olympic hopeful Poppy Starr Olsen.

Studio 10: 2000th episode

Network 10 /10 Play on Demand, July 26, 8am

Who knew this format would stay the distance? With hosts Sarah Harris and Tristan MacManus, along with Angela Bishop, Narelda Jacobs, Daniel Doody and Denise Drysdale, a hodgepodge of chat, live-read commercials and studio guests combine for a froth and bubble take on what's happening in the world. Whereas other morning shows might take a more serious route, Studio 10 sticks to its guns and keeps it light. This week's shows continue the feelgood fun and frivolity as the crew celebrate the milestone. Joining the regulars are former regulars Jessica Rowe, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Denise Scott and Joe Hildebrand. Enjoy the COVID-safe festivities, vicariously through our Studio 10 family.

Grand Designs

ABC, July 25, 7.40pm

It's only season 18 in this run, but oldies are goodies. Kevin McCloud is one of the great TV hosts. And this season proves no exception. Besides, with the winter we are having we feel right at home in these British dwellings.


ABC, July 27, 8.30pm

Yet another ABC show that never gets old. This week's special is The Truth About Fasting. As the ABC describes it: "Intermittent fasting is growing in popularity. To better understand the benefits and impacts of these diets on our bodies, dietician, and fasting sceptic, Dr Joanna McMillan tracks five Australians fasting over six weeks. On the back of Catalyst's recent program Cancer: A Story of Hope, it focuses on the questions that we want answers to.

Tall Poppy - A Skater's Story

ABC TV Plus, August 1, 8.30pm, ABC, August 5, 9.30pm

This is an inspirational coming-of-age story about Australian skateboarder and Olympic hopeful Poppy Starr Olsen. In just over a week she will compete in her first Olympic Games.

A girl who loved to skate from the age of eight, Poppy became the number one female bowl skater in Australia at age 14 and at 17 went on to take out bronze at the X Games - the ultimate competition in the world of skateboarding.

The same year, skateboarding was announced as a new sport category at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Suddenly Poppy is not just skating for herself, she's skating for Australia.

Filmed over 10 years, the documentary follows Poppy as she grapples with the transition from child prodigy skateboarder to world-renowned athlete in a male dominated sport. It takes you into Poppy's everyday world from when she first picks up a skateboard through to the moment her Olympic plans are upended in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Compounding an already difficult situation is Poppy's new relationship. She's fallen in love for the first time with Una, a Canadian skateboarder. They are now stuck on opposite sides of the planet indefinitely.

This is the debut feature documentary for director Justine Moyle.

The Sunday Project

10, 10 Play On Demand, Sunday, 6.30pm

Hamish Macdonald is returning to 10 in September after a stint hosting ABC TV's Q&A. He will reunite with Lisa Wilkinson as co-host of The Sunday Project and appear on The Project.