In a rather astonishing move that will have Margaret Court, wailing and gnashing her teeth the ABC is screening Outland, a sitcom about gay science fiction fans.
I am hoping it will be a blessed relief from shows that trumpet white middle class Australia (Rafters & Tricky Business) and the countries fascination for recreating cop shows which always strike me as poor imitation of their American forebears.
The show’s a labour of love for writer John Richards who has spent about 7 years trying to get this to the small screen.
If I recall correctly, it was knocked back by the ABC originally, so the creators made a pilot/short film and toured film festivals to critical acclaim. Then Aunty1 became interested again and decided to produce it.
I commend the ABC for doing a show about both Science Fiction fandom and gay fans.
H/T Tansy Rayner Roberts for the info.
1. [Aunty is the nickname of our national broadcaster the ABC]↩