British astronomer Paul Hamilton leaves London for a new life in a remote Australian settlement.
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Series cast summary:
Rob Brydon ...  Dr. Paul Hamilton 12 episodes, 2005-2006
Hollie Andrew Hollie Andrew ...  Dr. Jude Wardlaw 12 episodes, 2005-2006
Tim Draxl ...  Prof. Mike French 12 episodes, 2005-2006
Damion Hunter Damion Hunter ...  Bill 12 episodes, 2005-2006
Peter Kowitz Peter Kowitz ...  Max Talbot 12 episodes, 2005-2006
Kris McQuade ...  Prof. Pip Cartwright 12 episodes, 2005-2006
Kat Stewart ...  Dr. Rachel Mann 12 episodes, 2005-2006
Morgan O'Neill ...  Chad 7 episodes, 2005-2006
Celia Ireland ...  Shirl 5 episodes, 2006
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Brilliant astronomer and university lecturer Dr. Paul Hamilton is given the opportunity to leave London - along with his depressing life, boring job and irritating girlfriend - when he is offered a job and new life at the Royal Australian Observatory, a remote settlement in the Australian outback. In addition to having to adjust to the local climate, wildlife and culture, he finds he also has to cope with the eccentricities of his new colleagues. Written by thomaswake16

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Life. Love. The universe... And camels! See more »

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10 October 2005 (Australia) See more »

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スーパーノヴァ (イギリスのテレビ番組) See more »

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(12 episodes)

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Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #9.6 (2005) See more »

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quirky character-drive comedy in isolated observatory in Australian outback.
9 January 2010 | by imdb-8006See all my reviews

I like Supernova, saw it on public TV when it was new, and I've never forgotten it. That's a show with some power to it, and I'd expect it to be a cult favorite someday.

It's certainly not lowest common denominator comedy, there aren't any belly laughs or one-liners. It can be goofy as well as intellectual, mostly it's just offside. The central character is nervous, neurotic, and though he and everyone else consider him odd-man-out in the place, actually they're all so strange, he fits right in.

For me, the best character was the younger bed partner for the woman heading up the observatory's work. He's indigenous Australian from a very tiny settler's town nearby, and perhaps the most modern-day well adjusted of the bunch. The town's rough pub is the only other setting, and the observatory people can drink as dedicatedly as townspeople who seem to seldom leave the bar.

If you're bored by average sitcoms, I'd recommend this. After all, if you don't like it, you've wasted very little time. It's completely non-mainstream, no doubt that's why the series is so short.


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