You know how I always say I appreciate The Hobbit for introducing me to new stuff and gorgeous men like Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman.
I wrote a post on The Almighty Johnsons and let me tell you, we’ve caught up on all the episodes aired to date in NZ (season 3 episode 11) and we are raptured by it.
I can’t freakin’ wait for more and I’m already mourning the fact that it’ll be almost a year before season 4 airs.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, all of the episodes are conveniently available on YT
That’s another reason why I love NZ, they don’t go all huffy and puffy about protecting their shows. Hear that USA?
While we were chin-wagging on the issue of the Johnson boys, I asked KatharineD, my specialist on all things Down Under, to recommend more goodies from this previously untapped but apparently delicious source.
One of the recs was Summer Heights High.
Here’s what Katherine had to say:
“For off beat comedy, there’s a very clever one called Summer Heights High- I read somewhere that Dawn French got hold of it and thought it was brilliant- well written satire”.
I’m always up for a good recommendation, so I decided to give it a try.
One hardly knows where to begin 😉
Firstly, if you’re a fan of the British The Office, The Catherine Tate Show or Little Britain, this is a MUST!
Fair warning, it’s cheeky, edgy, definitely off-beat, there are naughty words and controversial topics raised.
The above description ticks all my boxes for a comedy series but then my sense of humour is a required taste…
Summer Heights High is an Australian television mockumentary (where fictional stories are presented as documentaries) series, written by and starring Chris Lilley.
It follows the lives of pupils at an Australian public school, especially three characters, all played by Lilley, and a supporting cast, many of whom are non-actors.
There’s the megalomaniacal “Director of Performing Arts” Mr G, a self-absorbed, privileged “it girl” Ja’mie King, and disobedient, vulgar Tongan student Jonah.
The series manages to be wickedly funny, while at the same time it explores what life as a teenager in an Australian public school is like, raising issues such as social cliques, bullying, teenage slang, stereotyping, profanity, racism, and homophobia.
It’s not for everybody, but for me it’s a gem 🙂
All 8 episodes are available on YT: