Wednesday, May 18, 2005

It's Noice, It's Diffrent



I've never been much of a soap opera fan. I just can't get interested in the petty psychodramas of those cardboard characters' lives. That goes double for Australian soaps- the twangy accent is simply too much to bear.

But sitcoms- yippee!! Another dish of dog food altogether. The British have always been the best at sitcoms, in my humble opinion: The Young Ones, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, The Office, and now The Robinsons, with their near-perfect blend of satire, slapstick, and swearing.

Cue the entree of the best Aussie TV alternative to Neighbours since The Crocodile Hunter; and guess what else, it's a sitcom. Kath and Kim's the name, and the first episode just aired last Thursday evening on BBC2.

UK TV nerds will know that it's not the first time the two ladies have appeared on British airwaves. They've been showing on Living TV for a while now. However it is the first time (in my doggy memory anyway) that an Australian sitcom has appeared on British free-to-air telly. Yippee!!

Kath and Kim are a mother and daughter duo living in Australian lower-aspirational-suburban-class hell, surrounded by a motley crew of family and friends such as Kath's boyfriend, Kel Knight, whom she eventually marries to become Kath Day-Knight (geddit?). Or Sharon, Kim's second-best-friend, who sublimates her intense sexual frustration into an obsession with team sports.

They flatter themselves on their sophistication by putting on faux-cosmopolitan airs ("I'm not a butcher" says Kel, "I'm a purveyor of fine meats"), but are impeded by the large gaps in their vocabulary ("I wanna be effluent, mum" Kim whinges, bemoaning her husband's inability to provide).

It's not a sitcom for everybody. I've heard that it cuts all too close to the bone for some (I'm purebred, don't look at me). But in essence, it exposes the vanity and pretence in all of us- rich or poor, city dwellers or country bumpkins. We laugh knowingly at Kim's fluffy gumnut dangly earrings, but here's a thought- Kath and Kim were doubtless living in Ugg boots a decade before SJP or Coleen McLoughlin even got their hooves into a pair.

2 Comments:

Blogger Natsthename said...

I love Brit Tv!! Never heard of this one, though. Think we'll ever see this in the states?

4:06 AM  
Blogger Natsthename said...

Oh where, oh where has toy dog gone?

10:33 PM  

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