Com­edy will rev engine

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS -

UP­PER MID­DLE BO­GAN

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, ABC1

ROBYN But­ler and Wayne Hope (the duo be­hind the hi­lar­i­ous

The Li­brar­i­ans) swap book­shelves for the race­track in their lat­est pro­ject about a highly strung doc­tor and mum, Bess, who finds out she is adopted.

Sud­denly her re­flux, dis­like for French films and her son’s car­rot­coloured hair are all ex­plained.

Her real par­ents are bat­tlers who live in the outer sub­urbs and head up a drag rac­ing team.

The laughs come from Bess’s ef­forts to ne­go­ti­ate com­mon ground be­tween her birth and adop­tive fam­i­lies. Glenn Rob­bins is no Kel Knight but he is again both daggy and en­dear­ing, with a bril­liant dead­pan de­liv­ery as Bess’s dad while Michala Banas ( Win­ners

& Losers) is per­fectly cast as the tough sin­gle mum.

It takes some time in the first episode to set up the story but it is worth stick­ing with.

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