The premise of ABC's You Can't Ask That is well established by now – groups of Australians, about whom there are misconceptions, field quite pointed questions asked anonymously by members of the public. Watch the trailer for Season 4 below.
Often, they’re the questions you have always wanted to know the answers to. But You Can’t Ask That is far from predictable, thanks in large part to its ability to keep finding segments of society that could benefit from being heard.
That’s never more true than in this week’s first episode of Season 4, which features victims of domestic or family violence. The sheer bravery of these women and one man in talking on camera about the unthinkable acts they endured at the hands of loved ones is remarkable. And their answers shock, sicken, move and inspire at different points during the episode. At times, it is difficult viewing, but all the more essential because of that.
The other thing You Can’t Ask That does well is structure an episode – both in terms of the order in which questions are asked and the editing of all the different answers – so viewers are taken on an emotional journey with the respondents.
In this initial episode, that means hearing about the increasingly traumatic stages of the abusive relationships as the participants relive them. (Starts Wed., Apr. 3 at 9pm; ABC) 5 stars