British comedian Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey, Marion and Geoff, Human Remains) stars with some of Australia’s finest ensemble actors in the cast of the comedy series Supernova, the first original Australian-UK comedy co-production to come out of Australia. The series revolves around Dr Paul Hamilton (Rob Brydon), a promising British astronomer who leaves his boring job, nagging girlfriend, neurotic cat… in fact his whole humdrum life to take on a research position at the Royal Australian Observatory. From rainy London to the scorching red heart of Australia, Paul and his new, oddball colleagues set out to unravel the mysteries of the Universe. The key Australian cast joining Rob Brydon in Supernova include Kris McQuade, Kat Stewart and Tim Draxl.


Rob Brydon as Dr Paul Hamilton, Kat Stewart as Dr Rachel Mann, Hollie Andrew as Jude Wardlow, Tim Draxl as Professor Mike French, Kris McQuade as Professor Pip Cartwright, Peter Kowitz as Max Talbot, Damion Hunter as Bill

Executive producer(s)

For Hartswood Films: Beryl Vertue, Sue Vertue For Fox World Australia: David Maher, David Taylor For UK TV: Tony Iffland For BBC TV: Mark Freeland

Written by

Harry Cripps

Directed by

Matt Lipsey



First transmitted

11th October 2005


S1, S2 6 x 30'

Press comments

“Rob Brydon continues to shine as Paul Hamilton in this offbeat Outback number… The script cleverly deflates stereotypes, so you can’t see (most of) the gags coming, making a very refreshing change.**** [four stars]” TV Times

“The joy of Harry Cripps’ inventive and funny script is that it was continually surprising us… Charmingly played by Rob Brydon, this disaster-prone innocent abroad was first seen on the couch in the office of the sexy Dr Rachel Mann… Arriving at [the Australian National Observatory], he found a gallery of characters in the outback who would be caricatures if they too were not full of unexpected details… Dr Hamilton’s dream was just a nightmare waiting to happen. All those laughs and a serious point too.” The Daily Telegraph

“*****  [five stars] This galaxy-gazing offering stars the mighty Rob Brydon…[who], as always, adds that tiny touch of comic sparkle.” Nuts

“**** The great Rob Brydon stars in this new sitcom… Huge fun, and refreshingly lacking in smugness.” Heat

“A terrific effort from Brydon… just watching [his] deft comic touch is a joy.” Radio Times