Brown gets around
From Cairns to Tasmania on two different shows – Dr Chris Brown is a busy man, says Debbie Schipp
DOING double duty for Channel 10 with Bondi Vet and The Living Room this year, Dr Chris Brown has managed to find time for a veterinary career milestone, and survived a road trip with ‘‘ the world’s loudest man’’. As the fifth series of Bondi Vet ( extended this year to a weekly one- hour show) kicks off, Brown has proven no job is too big or small.
‘‘ The charm of this job is that one day you’re operating on an elephant, the next a goldfish,’’ says Brown, who does both in the new series.
For The Living Room, which premieres its second season on Friday, Brown also managed to avoid the earplugs as he took a road trip around Tasmania with fellow presenter Miguel Maestre.
Both tasks, Brown jokes, had their challenges.
Brown was in Cairns when he ‘‘ got bailed up by a very convincing person who pleaded with us to help the goldfish’’.
‘‘ It lives in a pond at a cafe and is a local identity – its trick is it sucks on the kids’ fingers,’’ he says. ‘‘ Everyone loves this fish but it grew this tumour on its head and became incredibly unattractive, and they said, ‘ We know it’s crazy but can you do it?’ and we did.’’
Brown strolled into the restaurant on the eve of the operation and ordered a whole steamed snapper.
He drew a few concerned looks as he prodded about the snapper’s head with his knife and fork, ‘‘ to work out what was where on its head, and where important muscles and bones were’’.
Incidentally, one doesn’t operate on a goldfish under water. ‘‘ But you do need to get the oxygen running through the gills. So you spray oxygenated water, with the anaesthetic, over the gills, that’s what keeps them asleep,’’ Brown says.
Brown took the same patient approach to his road trip with the effervescent Maestre as they bucketed their way around Tasmania for a travel story for
The Living Room.
‘‘ Imagine being locked in an incredibly small car on a oneweek road trip next to the loudest person you have ever met in your life,’’ he says.
THE LIVING ROOM TDT, Friday, 8.30pm BONDI VET TDT, Saturday, 7.30pm
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