TV gold rush after Olympics
Matt Le Nevez as Dennis Lillee in Nine's Howzat!

While Australian athletes are going for gold at the London Olympics, our TV programmers will be preparing for the next bout in the ongoing ratings battle.

Buoyed by hits The Voice and The Block, Nine has mounted a spirited comeback to win six ratings weeks nationally this year compared with none at all in 2011.

Seven has won 11 weeks nationally and every week in Perth.

Nine will keep up the momentum after its Olympics coverage ends in August with an arsenal spearheaded by the new-look and more family-friendly reality series Big Brother, drama series Underbelly: Razor starring The Slap's Jonathan LaPaglia and Howzat! The Kerry Packer Story starring Offspring co-stars Lachy Hulme as Kerry Packer and Matt Le Nevez as WA cricket legend Dennis Lillee.

Post-Oly mpics Seven will launch a new season of The X Factor another season of Beauty and the Geek and the Brynne Edelsten reality series My Bedazzled Life.

Seven also has the BAFTA award-winning British mini-series Appropriate Adult, in which Dominic West plays serial killer Fred West and US comedy drama GCB.

Ten's light entertainment slate includes talent search I Will Survive fronted by Packed to the Rafters' star Hugh Sheridan, the Sarah Murdoch-hosted Everybody Dance Now, Don't Tell The Bride and Come Date With Me. Drama series include Lisa McCune's action adventure Reef Doctors and the classic coming of age book and movie, Puberty Blues, starring WA Lockie Leonard star Sean Keenan.

Later next month Ten will launch MasterChef All-Stars to give viewers an alternative to the Olympics.

Still to come on the ABC is the six-part urban drama Redfern Now, developed by indigenous writers with acclaimed British writer Jimmy McGovern (Cracker) and Guy Pearce's return to Australian TV in Jack Irish. Also expected later this year is Dangerous Remedy starring WA's Jeremy Sims as abortion law reform campaigner Bert Wainer.

SBS will in August air the second season of the controversial Go Back to Where You Came From and Destination Flavour, the first TV series from season two MasterChef winner Adam Liaw

The West Australian

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