Double Take (TV series)

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Double take
Title card.
Created by Rick Kalowski
David McDonald
Starring Hollie Andrew
Amanda Bishop
Helen Dallimore
Guy Edmonds
Robin Goldsworthy
Paul McCarthy
Darren Weller
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Location(s) HSV7 Melbourne
7Two (new & repeats)
7mate (reruns)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) FremantleMedia Australia
Distributor Fremantle Media
Original network Seven Network
Picture format 16:9
Original release 23 July (2009-07-23) – 24 September 2009 (2009-09-24)

Double Take is an Australian sketch comedy series which premiered on the Seven Network on 23 July 2009. The series ended just over two months later on 24 September 2009.

Although it was a show of mixed quality and only passable ratings, it featured a number of sketches (notably, the song "9 to 9" (parodying Dolly Parton's 9 to 5) that became highly popular viral internet items, and led to the appearance of two of the programme's stars, Amanda Bishop and Paul McCarthy, in the highly successful ABC1 sitcom At home with Julia (2011), in turn, co-written and produced by one of the show's co-creators, Rick Kalowski.



Double take involves the presentation of a variety of skits, parodying famous people and television shows. Instead of fewer, longer sketches, episodes are usually structured to include many skits with longer sketches broken up into segments often concluding after a second or third run.


Andrew Dallimore Bishop Edmonds Goldsworthy McCarthy Weller
*Katie Holmes
*The Veronicas
*Natalie Bassingthwaighte
*Judi Dench
*Melissa Doyle
*Angelina Jolie
*Kerri-Anne Kennerley
*Nicole Kidman
*Kim McCosker
*Margaret Pomeranz
*Ajay Rochester
*Britney Spears
*Uma Thurman
Kerry Armstrong
*Rachael Bermingham
*Gabriella Cilmi
*Queen Elizabeth II
*Julia Gillard
*Tracy Grimshaw
*Bonnie Lythgoe
*Kate Miller-Heidke
*Roslyn Packer
*Sarah Jessica Parker
*Amy Winehouse
*Osama Bin Laden
*James Dibble
*Caleb Followill
*Richard McLelland
*David Stratton
*Andrew Symonds
*John Travolta
*Julie Bishop
*Prince Harry
*Dustin Hoffman
*Sir Anthony Hopkins
*Jules Lund
*Chris Martin
*Paul McDermott
*Shannon Noll
*Kerry O'Brien
*Brad Pitt
*Ricky Ponting
*Woody Allen
*Peter Costello
*Greg Dee
*Bernie Fraser
*Bob Hawke
*John Howard
*David Koch
*Dalai Lama
*Brad McEwan
*Rove McManus
*Bert Newton
*Prince Phillip
*Kevin Rudd
*Wayne Swan
*Richie Benaud
*Prince Charles
*Jason Coleman
*Daniel Craig
*Peter Garrett
*Tony Jones
*Sam Newman
*Andrew O'Keefe
*James Packer
*Kid Rock

Notable programs[edit]

Double take features original skits, parodies of other television programmes and films.

There are parodied of Community Television's Channel 31 or many TV shows on other networks (such as Channel 7, 9, 10, SBS and the ABC). As well as various sport coverage or news bulletins. With also from Australian films to classic movies.


The debut episode of Double take rated reasonably well, attracting an audience of 1.084 million people and winning the night among the coveted 25- to 54-year-old viewers' demographic. Subsequent ratings varied wildly between as many as 1,000,000 and as few as 400,000 viewers, although the show remained very popular among younger viewers throughout its run.

Surprisingly, for a sketch comedy show (typically regarded by critics as a 'low art'), Double take was well received by reviewers writing for Australia's major broadsheet newspapers The Sydney Morning herald, The age and The Australian, while earning negative criticism only from the more tabloid Daily telegraph.

Episode No. Airdate Ratings
(in millions)
Nightly rank Weekly rank
1 23 July 2009 1.084 11th 34th
2 30 July 2009 0.942 13th 53rd
3 6 August 2009 0.832 15th

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