|Created by||Harry Cripps
|Country of origin|| United
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||approx. 30 minutes (per episode)|
|Original run||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 disliked girlfriend for a new job at the Royal Australian Observatory, deep in the Australian outback. The comedy centres around his difficulties adjusting to life in the outback and his eccentric fellow astronomers. The first series was released in the UK 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.
Harry Cripps - Writer
Matt Lipsey - Director
Rob Brydon - Dr Paul Hamilton
Hollie Andrew - Dr Jude Wardlaw
Tim Draxl - Professor Mike French
Damion Hunter - Bill
Peter Kowitz - Max Talbot
Kris McQuade - Professor Pip Cartwright
Kat Stewart - Dr Rachel Mann
Deborah Thomson - Ruth
Morgan O'Neill - Chad