Rebecca De Unamuno
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original channel||Seven Network|
|Original run||8 May 2003 – 4 March 2004|
|Followed by||We Can Be Heroes|
Big Bite was an Australian sketch comedy television series, which ran on the Seven Network from 8 May 2003 to 4 March 2004 in a prime time timeslot on Thursdays. Since the end of the series episodes have been repeated on the Foxtel cable channel, The Comedy Channel and recently, reruns were shown on 7Two.
Only moderately successful on its initial broadcast and despite an initially mixed reception, the show has gradually begun to develop something of a cult following, due to having begat the careers of a number of now prominent performers, directors and writers such as Andrew O'Keefe who started his television career on the show & went on to host Deal or No Deal, Dragons' Den, The Rich List and Weekend Sunrise. Chris Lilley's character Mr G first appeared here, later appearing in Summer Heights High and releasing a novelty single.
In addition to Lilley and O'Keefe, other performers on the show included improvisational comedian Rebecca De Unamuno, experimental theatre star Melissa Madden Gray (now known internationally for her cabaret character 'Meow Meow'), Kate McCartney (who would go on to success as an award-winning animator), Richard Pyros (today a member of The Sydney Theatre Company's 'Residents' acting ensemble) and Jake Stone, now lead singer of popular Australian funk pop rock band Bluejuice. Other television personalities associated with the show included now Comedy Channel presenter Cameron Knight, comedian Charlie Pickering and actor Charlie Clausen. Many of the actors from this series would later appear on The Hamish and Andy Show.
Regular cast member Tristan Jepson, who wrote and played Tom Gleisner in the show's acclaimed parody of The Panel committed suicide at the age of 26 in late 2004 after suffering from clinical depression. During the television broadcast of the 2005 Australian Film Institute Awards, Jepson was honoured among the roll call of performers to have died in the previous year.
The show's co-creators included Andrew Jones and head writer Rick Kalowski, who have gone to success as a sought-after writing team. The show's directors included Ted Emery (Fast Forward, The Micallef Program, Kath & Kim) and Matthew Saville (director of Noise) as well as the comedy series We Can Be Heroes and the Graham Kennedy biopic The King.
Big Bite was nominated for Best Television Comedy Series at the 2003 Australian Film Institute Awards, becoming the first commercial network comedy series ever nominated in any category of those awards.
A 2 DVD-set of the entire series (13 half-hour episodes) was released on DVD in Australia on 6 November 2006. The DVD included the so-called 'lost' final episode of the series, which had not aired on Australian television during the series' original run.