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Round the Twist – Series Two – Nails (1992)

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'I don't want any juvenile nonsense'

Original classification rating: G. This clip chosen to be G

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At auditions for the school play, students have to pair up to play a love scene. Linda (Joelene Crnogorac) is delighted when the mysterious new boy Andrew (Eamonn Kelly) arrives and Mr Snapper (Esben Storm) puts Andrew and Linda together for the audition.

Each ill-matched pair tries the love scene, which includes a kiss, with comic results. Finally it comes to Linda and Andrew’s turn. Linda trips over her words and everyone roars with laughter, but Andrew helps Linda pull the moment together and they win the lead roles.

Curator’s notes

The choice of a kiss scene is typically Round the Twist, combining the yuck factor (kissing is most definitely included in this category for a young audience) with the ridiculous.

Writer Paul Jennings described the writing of this scene as difficult, as it was seen as too serious and too romantic by co-writer and director Esben Storm. Jennings struggled with ideas to create more humour in the scene without losing the romantic theme altogether but nothing was working until he had a brainwave. At the time he was also writing a book on spoonerisms, (Spooner or Later, 1999) using the accidental transposition of parts of words to create funny results, and he realised that this was the answer to the problems in the scene.

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