Kath & Kim
Kath & Kim is a satirical Australian television series shown on the ABC network. The series began in 2002, and is has so far aired three seasons. The show was created and written by Jane Turner and Gina Riley, who play the title roles.
The main characters are: Kath, an 'empty nester' divorcee who wants to enjoy time with her "hunk of spunk" Kel, a local butcher, but whose lifestyle is often cramped by the presence of her self-indulgent twenty-something daughter Kim. Kim's husband Brett and Kim's second best friend Sharon add chaos. Kim and Brett had a baby in the final episode of the second series which they named Epponnee-Raelene Kathleen Darlene Charlene Craig, shortened to Epponnee-Rae.
The characters of Kath, Kim and Sharon were originally developed in the early 1990s in a recurring skit in the highly successful Big Girl's Blouse comedy sketch show. These skits, a send-up of a fly-on-the-wall type reality TV series following a mother and daughter planning the daughter's wedding, continued to evolve in the short-lived comedy series Something Stupid. The original skits rarely featured any characters other than Kath, Kim or Sharon (in one skit Brett was played by Jane Turner) and were the basis for the plots of the first two series.
Kath & Kim added the characters of Kath's fiance Kel and Kim's husband Brett (Peter Rowsthorn), and expanded on the characters that had originated in the original skits. In the tradition of Barry Humphries and his famous satirical creation Dame Edna Everage, Kath & Kim satirises the habits and values of modern suburban Australians, and emphasises the kitsch and superficial elements of contemporary society, particularly the traditional working class which has progressed to a level of affluence (or "effluence" as quoted by Kath) which previous generations had been unable to achieve. The strong script, crass and embarrassing behaviour of the characters, and their gaudy fashion sense are popular features of the show. The highly developed alternative vocabulary and mis-pronunciation of words by the two main characters is much-repeated by the show's fans:
"It's ny-oice, it's diff'rent, it's un-ewes-yewl!"
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❊ Web Links ❊
→ Kath & Kim
→ Kath & Kim @ ABC
→ Kath & Kim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
→ Kath & Kim : Look at moy, we're back - www.australiantelevision.net
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