How Glenn Robbins became Russell Coight
Glenn Robbins recalls how a comedic idea became a much-loved TV character, now returning in 2017..
With Glenn Robbins returning to screen as his much-loved outback character Russell Coight, TV Tonight recently asked him how the character came about.
All Aussie Adventures hit screens in 2001, but the idea came from Working Dog’s Tom Gleisner.
“I was doing The Panel and I would walk past his office a few times and he’d say ‘I’m playing around with this whole world of Steve Irwin, Troy Dann, The Leyland Brothers and I reckon there’s a character in there,'” Robbins recalls.
“A couple of days later he said ‘Would you like to do it?’”
Robbins says he replied in his usual self-deprecating demeanour.
“I said ‘You don’t want me in thaaaat.’ But we went away for a few days and filmed some stuff.”
And the rest is history.
All Aussie Adventures ran from 2001 – 2002 with a telemovie in 2004.
It returns in 2017, ready for more bushcraft and self-injury.