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  • 2009-09-28T21:00:00Z on Channel 5
  • 60 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins (6 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy, Documentary
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Comedian Ross Noble tours Australia on his motorbike in this entertaining and enlightening mix of travelogue, adventure and side-splitting humour. The show combines clips of Ross’s stand-up with scenes from his journey, as he travels 26,000km to perform gigs all over the land Down Under.

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6 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2009-09-28T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

Ross starts his journey around Australia in Brisbane and then travels through the Surfers Paradise. He then makes his way to Silverton, Mildura and Echuca.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2009-10-05T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

Ross travels across the state of New South Wales, and takes a look at the towns of Wagga, Woollongong and Taree. He takes a look at the world's second largest playable guitar, and a service-station made to look like Ayres Rock. He also takes a look around Canberra.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2009-10-12T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

The third leg of Ross’s epic journey begins in the New South Wales town of Bathurst, the oldest inland settlement in Australia

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2009-10-19T21:00:00Z — 60 mins

On the fourth leg of Ross’s epic journey, he stops off at Kryal Castle, a self-styled ‘medieval’ tourist attraction in the town of Ballarat, Victoria. This somewhat dated mock castle boasts re-enactments, a ‘Sleeping Beauty’ tower and a maze.

Ross hangs out with the knights, watches the flogging of wenches and even gets to meet ‘King’ Ralph. He also has a chance to indulge his role-play fantasies as he tries his hand at falconry.

Leaving medieval times firmly in the past, Ross travels on through the cities of Geelong and Horsham. His final stop is Port Pirie, where the town mayor comes to the show and offers him the keys to the city.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2009-10-26T22:00:00Z — 60 mins

On the fifth leg of the journey, Ross crosses the Nullarbor Plain – an immense arid landscape that occupies an area of some 200,000 sq km. After a gruelling two-day ride, he arrives in Kalgoorlie, where he has a blast at the largest open-cast mine in the world and meets the owner of Australia’s
only ‘drive-thru’ brothel.

Ross continues on to Esperance and tries the local delicacies, including sheep’s brains and pigs’ nipples. He then visits the diva-like dolphins at Bunbury, who refuse to perform in wet weather. In the small coastal town of Geraldton, Ross encounters the greatest shop front he has ever seen...

Finally, Ross reaches Perth, home of the second largest musical instrument in the southern hemisphere – and Hank Marvin!

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2009-11-02T22:00:00Z — 60 mins

On the final leg of the journey, Ross rides to Karratha, a town where the demand for houses is so high that many people live in shipping containers. Ross travels on to Darwin, where he has a close encounter with a poisonous snake, and then across to Mount Isa, where he has a go at mining.

As Ross enters Queensland the weather changes for the worse, and riding through relentless rain wears his patience very thin. Luckily, the Mackay Show, with its agricultural excitement and family fun, is not far away. Even the suicidal public announcer is not enough to ruin Ross’s mood.

Next stop is Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. This small town has a bull statue on every street corner and the local amusement is to steal the bulls’ balls!

It is then time for the last push, as Ross heads to Brisbane to perform his final gig and reflect on his extraordinary journey.

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