Supernova. Paul Hamilton (Rob Brydon). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2005 - 2006
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Fish-out-of-water sitcom starring Rob Brydon as a British astronomer sent to work in a remote Australian observatory. Also features Hollie Andrew, Kat Stewart, Tim Draxl, Damion Hunter, Peter Kowitz and more.

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Series 1, Episode 4 - Venus Rising

When Venus, the planet of love, rises, hormones and temperatures in the Observatory rise with it, and Paul's lack of sex life becomes a real focus.

He realises that the best way to shut up his well-meaning colleagues is to pretend he is having a raging affair with a bikie chick he met at the pub. A simple lie that can't hurt anyone.

To Paul's surprise, it seems to bring him unexpected bonuses. Pip gives him more responsibility at the Observatory, and Rachel seems genuinely attracted to him for the first time ever. So the lie gets bigger and bigger.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 1st November 2005
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Rob Brydon Paul Hamilton
Hollie Andrew Jude Wardlaw
Kat Stewart Rachel Mann
Tim Draxl Mike French
Damion Hunter Bill
Peter Kowitz Max Talbot
Kris McQuade Pip Cartwright
Morgan O'Neill Chad (Voice)
Guest cast
Nathy Gaffney Bike Chick/Catherine
Writing team
Harry Cripps Writer
Production team
Matt Lipsey Director
Tony Iffland Executive Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Sue Vertue Executive Producer
Beryl Vertue Executive Producer
David Maher Executive Producer
David Taylor Executive Producer
Marcus D'Arcy Editor
Scott Bird Production Designer

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