Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with Kylie Wil­son


All Aussie Ad­ven­tures




7.30pm Sun­day

GLENN Rob­bins’ awk­ward comic cre­ation, Rus­sell Coight, has en­joyed some­what of a cult fol­low­ing in the years since it first screened in 2001.

From the close­ups of shak­ing hands that in no way match the per­son Coight is ac­tu­ally meet­ing, to the pan­icked scram­bles when he has not used his hand­brake to park his 4WD, and the be­mused faces of the peo­ple he talks to, the orig­i­nal se­ries had many un­for­get­table comic mo­ments.

For those un­fa­mil­iar with Rus­sell Coight, his per­son­al­ity can best be de­scribed as a mix of ad­ven­tur­ers like Steve Ir­win and Bear Grylls, with a dash of the awk­ward­ness, clum­si­ness and mis­placed con­fi­dence of Nor­man Gun­ston or the char­ac­ters of Sacha Baron Co­hen. While Coight means to help, he of­ten cre­ates more harm than good, and the ob­vi­ously out of place – and of­ten reused - stock footage and hy­per­bolic nar­ra­tion add an ex­tra layer to the com­edy on screen.

The highly-an­tic­i­pated pre­miere episode in the new se­ries sees Rus­sell re­turn to the out­back where he helps a group of Girl Guides, catches up with an in­dige­nous mate for some bush-track­ing tips and deals with a dan­ger­ous snake in a shed.

It re­mains to be seen whether the clas­sic char­ac­ter holds up well in 2018, but with any luck, Rus­sell Coight will gen­er­ate as many laughs as ever.

NEW AD­VEN­TURES: Bum­bling ad­ven­turer Rus­sell Coight (Glenn Rob­bins) is re­turn­ing to our screens af­ter a long hia­tus.

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