ABC 2011 line-up filled with lots of laughs

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The ABC promises a new chat show, and loads more local drama and comedy in 2011.

The ABC has revealed highlights of its 2011 calendar, which features the return of Chris Lilley, Judith Lucy, Frank Woodley, Lawrence Leung, John Safran and Adam Richard.

Popular host Adam Hills has a new talk show, Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight.

The new show will be presented from ABC's Melbourne Studios (in Gordon Street, Ripponlea) as Hills' long-awaited leap into a variety-style format. He will continue to front Spicks & Specks. So far he is remaining tight-lipped on the format of the new show.

Chris Lilley's equally anticipated follow up to Summer Heights High will finally premiere. Angry Boys is a joint project with ABC, BBC and HBO and is expected to include scenes shot in the US and UK.

There's a whole lot more drama coming to ABC1 in 2011, including the two-part telemovie Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. Produced by the team behind Rush, it sees Asher Keddie playing Ita Buttrose in the 1970s and Chandon Pictures' Rob Carlton set to play media mogul Kerry Packer.

A new legal drama set in the offices of the Crown prosecution, Crownies, is set to go into production. At 22 episodes long, it's a major contribution to the drama sector. There is also the eight-part drama series The Slap, which is triggered by a stranger slapping a child at a party, and the perspectives of the different guests.

Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey sees the return of the wry comedian, John Safran has a special look at the Aussie Census, and Frank Woodley has a new comedy series with lots of physical comedy, in which he plays a bumbling single dad.

ABC News Breakfast will also switch to ABC1, as kids programming focuses on ABC2 and ABC3. Poh's Kitchen will also move to prime time.

There is also a 10-part series about a crime family with a difference, The Straits; an adaptation of the Kerry Greenwood novels about a glamorous, female detective from the 1920s, Phryne Fisher; director Jane Campion's six-part mystery series, Top Of The Lake; and Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling in Fred Schepsi's first Australian film since Evil Angels -- The Eye Of The Storm.

It's an exciting line-up from ABC1, which is a major win for Aussie viewers.

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