Russell Coight's All Aussie Adventures
was an Australian mockumentary
TV Series, a parody of the travel-adventure genre, created by Working Dog Productions (Frontline
, Thank God Youre Here
, The Castle
). 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, usually transporting tourists or helping out mates, usually 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- No Longer with Us: Russell describes his ex-wife as such, immediately clarifiying that she left him for another man.
- Once an Episode: Russell stops to help out tourists with their car, usually making it worse.
- Shaped Like Itself: A Running Gag: "Australia: a land as ancient as it is old."
- Walking Disaster Area: Russell causes a lot of property damage (especially his own), injuries to himself and others and gets a lot of animals killed.