Doug Coutts’ TV Preview: Bogans

TV Preview: Bogans | TV2, 9.00 Thursday


By Doug Coutts

The best thing to come out of Hamilton since I left there in 1957, Bogans will probably be the most talked about television series ever.

Trust me, it’s going to polarise the country – there’ll be those who absolutely hate it because of its celebration of the bogan du Tron lifestyle and those who love it for exactly the same reason. And there’ll be those who, defying the laws of physics and semantics which state there can only be two poles, will sit back with jaws dropping, hoping that it’s totally fictitious and there aren’t really people like that in the world.

But there are people like that in the world, and someone’s even written his thesis on it. Hamiltonian Dave Snell’s “The Everyday Bogans: Identity and Community Amongst Heavy Metal Fans”, published in 2012, takes a more scholarly approach to the subject than this programme, which features Dr Dave, Fro (short for Frolic), Kate Mate and their chums doing the things that bogans like to do: drinking, doing burnouts and talking about burnouts and drinking.

There is some deep philosophy early on, where the two Hamilton bogans discuss what sets them apart from Westie bogans. “Westies aren’t like us” is the conclusion, and with that settled it’s on to planning Fro’s birthday party – no one knows how old he really is – and getting ready for the burnout competition the following day.

Oh, and setting up Kate Mate’s pole-dancing pole which has just arrived and is going to polarise viewers even more, once she gets cracking.

Dr David Snell

Dr David Snell

True, Bogans is just another variation on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians format, but here it’s real people doing real stuff and being honest about it – there’s no sign of a Kanye Westie anywhere and all the bits on display in the wet T-shirt competition seem to be bona fide.

All things considered, the show is good fun and an ideal way to gain an insight into boganness without having to fork out for a completely black wardrobe, an old Toyota or a pole-dancing outfit. And you don’t have to go near Hamilton.

Doug Coutts has had a career in and around television for close to 40 years. He spent 13 years as a floor manager at Avalon Studios before going freelance and never earning as much again. His writing has spanned TV genres — from Shortland Street dialoguery and quiz shows to documentaries and comedy — while a lengthy stint as TV reviewer in the Auckland Star earned him two mentions in Metro magazine’s Hot List and an angry letter from Jon Gadsby. You can read more of Doug (the satirist) at: Weakly Whirled News.
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