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FRONT UP - FROM SBS TV TO YOUTUBE

Responding to popular demand, Andrew L. Urban’s Front Up, the addictive and long running prime time social documentary TV series from the 1990s, is getting a second life on YouTube with a dedicated playlist on the SBS Australia Channel - the first time SBS ever hosted full episodes on YouTube. Spread the word. 

FRONT UP ON YOUTUBE

The first half dozen episodes launched the playlist of Series 7, with a new episode to be uploaded every Thursday (from January 5, 2012). Each episode contains 4 or 5 interviews of about 5 minutes each.

"It’s amazing how the show seems to have impacted people who watched it,"

“It’s amazing how the show seems to have impacted people who watched it,” says Andrew. “I am constantly asked about it and viewers recall fondly how it made them feel … fascinated, intrigued – and addicted in a good way. I am really glad that SBS has responded to the interest and made it happen on YouTube.”

Front Up was conceived by Urban as a mirror to society. Urban engaged strangers in the streets and malls of Australia in conversations about the milestones, highlights and disappointments of their lives, uncovering engaging and intimate stories. Subjects ranged from retired detectives with a secret to reformed drug addicts, from lovers on the brink to couples with new and surprising partners. Subjects came from all walks of life and a wide range of ethnic backgrounds.

The series ran for nine years and travelled to all parts of Australia. Front Up won the Best Mainstream Media Award at the 1997 Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

SOME MEDIA REVIEWS OF FRONT UP:
Urban proves that everyone has an interesting story, if you ask the right questions
 – The Australian

For so many reasons, Front Up is powerfully gripping
 – Sydney Morning Herald 

Front Up ... stories rarely fail to intrigue
 – Sun Herald 

One of the most disarmingly engrossing programs you’ll ever see
 – Irrigator

Urban is irresistible and his interviewees open like Chinese boxes
 – The Age

There is a real skill in interviewing and if you want to see a master at work watch Andrew Urban
 – Sunday Telegraph

Urban’s spur of the moment interviews often turn into compelling confessionals
 – Brisbane Courier Mail

It’s amazing how even the seemingly unremarkable of lives can become nothing short of riveting television
 – Ballarat Courier

THINGS VIEWERS HAVE SAID ABOUT FRONT UP:
The concept is inspired, your execution masterly and the program quite unexpectedly moving. I walked to work today looking at people in quite a different light."
Storry W.

"You managed to get things out of me that really no-one else has heard."
Daniel M.

"Congratulations ….a world class programme in my opinion."
Ashley S.

"Thank you for Front Up; over the past year or so I have found it to be one of the most amazing and enjoyable programs that I have seen probably to date." 

Vicky W.

"Front Up I feel is the most real programme on television….it is too the most important programme on television…" 
David J.

"I’m a 19 year old university student who comes home from work each Tuesday and realises I’m in for a treat. I sit in front of the television for half an hour and relish each minute …" 
Harry H.

"In my old age I’ve decided to tell people what I think, regardless of how unimportant I am…thanks to SBS for a whole swag of good programmes – with Front Up as a little jewel!"

Ross C.

"It is the best thing on television." 
Necia P. 

"Front Up is a wonderful programme and complete breath of fresh air for television." 
Lucia E. 

"I have watched much television in the last 45 years and your program is without doubt some of the best television that I have ever seen." 
Richard B. 

"Your program … has been my must not miss program for some time…." 
Sean K. 

"I’m completely addicted…" 
Jenny F.

Published January 12, 2012

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FRONT UP ON YOUTUBE:
SERIES 7

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
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