Time to hit the road – again!
After a 14-year break from our screens, Channel Ten has announced that Russell Coight is finally set to return to our television screens with the long-awaited third season of All Aussie Adventures finally on the way.
The original run saw six episodes produced for 2001’s first season, then seven more for season two in 2002, as well as a 2004 telemovie, Russell Coight’s Celebrity Challenge.
But we’ve had a serious dearth of expert Aussie outback insights since, which led to a 2016 Change.org petition called ‘Bring back Russell Coight to Australian TV’ attracting 13,329 signatures.
While the petition’s November 2016 update that the show “will be returning to Channel 10 for a brand new series in 2017” turned out to be premature, it would appear their voices have finally been heard.
For his part, Coight said he’s “very excited to be back”.
“This new series will have a strong focus on camp cooking (we were thinking of calling it MasterCoight) with a different marsupial mystery box each week,” Coight told Ten Daily.
You little ripper! Russell Coight is back and we're bloody stoked. https://t.co/OLxlA6zaXA
— ten daily (@tendailyau) July 7, 2018
A piss-take of the classic Aussie outback TV show format – such as The Crocodile Hunter or The Bush Tucker Man – Russell Coight is played by legendary Aussie comedian Glenn Robbins.
However, in the interest of maintaining the series’ mockumentary style, Robbins’ only mentions were in the show’s end credits, where he was thanked for his “directorial assistance”.
Created by Have You Been Paying Attention host Tom Gleisner, All Aussie Adventures is made by Working Dog Productions – the company Gleisner started in 1993 with Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch, Jane Kennedy and Michael Hirsh – which was behind such legendary Aussie TV comedies as Frontline, The Hollowmen and Utopia, as well as arguably our greatest ever film, The Castle.
As yet, a firm date for the series’ return has not been set, with Ten simply saying it was “coming soon”.