Series / All Aussie Adventures
Russell Coight's All Aussie Adventures
was an Australian mockumentary
TV Series, a parody of the travel-adventure genre, created by Working Dog Productions
. It ran on Network Ten
for thirteen episodes over two series, from August 2001 to September 2002. A telemovie, Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge
, followed in 2004.
Russell Coight (a technically uncredited Glenn Robbins) is a self-proclaimed "outback man" who travels the outback in a four-wheel drive, sometimes transporting tourists or helping out mates, and always causing some kind of disaster in the process.
This series contains examples of:
- Alter Ego Acting: Robbins has appeared in character as Russell Coight a number of times on talk shows, including one in which Robbins himself was a regular panelist.
- Blatant Lies: Russell's narration frequently contradicts what we just saw, most commonly in the roadside assistance bits: "Problem solved."
- Epic Fail: A few of Russell's screw-ups qualify, in particular when he tries to unlock a car door and somehow pulls the whole door off.
- Finagle's Law: Anytime you can see a potential disaster, it will happen.
- The Ghost: Russell's sister Meredith Coight, who gets a wide variety of credits, such as crocodile tamer and stunt coordinator.
- Groin Attack: Russell will usually wind up whacking himself in the groin multiple times over the course of an episode, while attempting various pieces of bushcraft.
- How Did That Get in There?: When Russell tries to show us some handy websites for outback explorers, he accidentally shows us porn sites on another window.
- I Meant to Do That: In the first episode of the "Explorers" two-parter, there's a gag where Russell mixes up his diesel fuel tank and his water tank, leading to disaster with the fire he was trying to put out. In the Previously On bit in the next episode, Russell claims that he showed us how to start a fire without matches.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Happens a number of times when Russell, on camera, starts making fun of the city slickers he's trying to help with their cars, when they're clearly within earshot.
- An Insert: A Running Gag: whenever Russell shakes someone's hand, cut to a closeup of two obviously different hands shaking.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Russell, most of his injuries being self-inflicted.
- Namesake Gag: The Mitchell Track, which Russell Coight tells us is named for the explorer who first opened up the area, Mitchell Track (as opposed to Major Thomas Mitchell). Other examples are Fry's Hut being named for its builder Fred Hut, and Mt. Disappointment being named for its discoverer's wife.
- No Animals Were Harmed: Subverted in a Running Gag, since Russell invariably does kill something. The credits will later tell us that no animal was intentionally hurt in the making of the program, or something equally un-reassuring. The DVD box even informs us that, "No more than six animals were injured in the making of this program." In universe, this is definitely an understatement.
- No Longer with Us: Russell describes his ex-wife as such, immediately clarifying that she left him for another man.
- Noodle Incident:
- Once an Episode: Russell stops to help out tourists with their car, usually making it worse.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Russell tells a tour group a supposed Aboriginal dreamtime story, that somehow includes a fox (not native to Australia) and a three-eyed snake. His tourists point out the holes in it.
- Shaped Like Itself: A Running Gag: "Australia: a land as ancient as it is old."
- The Stoner:
- Justin from the "High Country" two-parter. In one scene, Russell confiscates his joint, and we cut to him giggling by the campfire, before getting the munchies and walking back to the tents to ask the kids if they have any snacks.
- Two tourists in the episode "Rare Roo", with pot biscuits. Russell again ends up high by the end of the scene, but he does somehow fix their car for once.
- Unreliable Narrator: Russell.
- Walking Disaster Area: Russell causes a lot of property damage (especially to his own), injuries to himself and others and gets a lot of animals killed.