Double Take (TV series)
|Created by||Rick Kalowski
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
7Two (new & repeats)
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||FremantleMedia Australia|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|Original release||23 July– 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.
- Hollie Andrew
- Amanda Bishop
- Helen Dallimore
- Guy Edmonds
- Robin Goldsworthy
- Paul McCarthy
- Darren Weller
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.
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.
|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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