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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.