Supernova (TV series)

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Created by Harry Cripps
Matt Lipsey
Starring Rob Brydon
Kat Stewart
Damon Hunter
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Producer(s) Sue Vertue
Running time approx. 30 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) Hartswood Films
Original network BBC Two
Original release 20 October 2005 – 7 September 2006

Supernova is a British comedy television programme produced by Hartswood Films and jointly commissioned by the BBC in the UK and UKTV in Australia. It follows Dr Paul Hamilton (Rob Brydon), a Welsh astronomer, who leaves a dull academic post and unloved girlfriend for a new job at the Royal Australian Observatory, deep in the Australian outback. The comedy centres on his difficulties adjusting to life in the outback and his eccentric fellow astronomers. The first series was released in the United Kingdom and Australia in October 2005 and consisted of six 30-minute episodes. The second series began airing on 3 August 2006 in the UK.

The exterior scenes were shot at Broken Hill in New South Wales, Australia. The observatory itself is a CGI creation, according to the DVD commentary, and only a partial doorway was constructed on site for filming purposes.


During the series, Paul grapples with, amongst others, his attraction to his colleague Dr Rachel Mann (who is engaged to an astronaut), the arrival of his girlfriend at the observatory, and a bout of fatalism that comes on when he creates a simulation of how the Universe will end.

Cast and crew[edit]

Harry Cripps - Writer
Matt Lipsey - Director
Theo Benton - Costume Designer
Rob Brydon - Dr Paul Hamilton
Hollie Andrew - Dr Jude Wardlaw
Tim Draxl - Professor Mike French
Damion Hunter - Bill
Marlene Cummins - Bill's mum
Peter Kowitz - Max Talbot
Kris McQuade - Professor Pip Cartwright
Kat Stewart - Dr Rachel Mann


Deborah Thomson - Ruth
Morgan O'Neill - Chad

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2005)[edit]

  1. The Black Holes
  2. God, Are You Out There?
  3. When You Wish Upon A Star
  4. Venus Rising
  5. Unity
  6. Where Men Are Men

Series 2 (2006)[edit]

  1. Wild Oats
  2. How's Your Father?
  3. Big Red
  4. Perseverance
  5. Something Wicked This Way Comes
  6. May The Best Man Win

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