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Noice film idea

Kath and Kim creators Gina Riley and Jane Turner may not be far off a film version of the popular ABC comedy series.

The third series of Kath and Kim goes to air tonight and Riley and Turner said they would “love to” see Kath Day-Knight and Kim Craig on the big screen.

“We would really love to do something big like that,” Turner said of writing a film script based on the characters.

“I love going to the movies and we would love to tackle writing a movie. I guess we will regroup next year and see.”

Kath and Kim’s second series ended on a strong note, recording one of the highest ratings for a TV comedy with more than 2.1 million viewers tuning in for the final episode.

And both the first and second series have been sold around the world to countries including Britain, the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland, South Africa, Canada, Ireland, Hungary and Fiji.

The show also picked up seven AFI nominations last week for the awards to be held later this month.

The first series focused on Kath’s wedding while the second revolved around the birth of Kim’s first child, Epponnee Rae.

The latest instalment begins with Kim settling into life as a mother and the shock return of her father, Gary Pool (played by Mick Molloy).

“First episodes are difficult because you have to set up the rest of the series,” Turner said.

“And the rest of the series is set up by us all living together and we had to find a way to believably make that happen.”

A number of special guests pop up in the series, including Australian Idol’s Mark Holden, Rachel Griffiths and Geoffrey Rush.

“It has been special guests a go-go,” Turner said.

“They all play themselves though.”

But a close kept secret has been how pop star Kylie Minogue will appear when she makes a cameo later in the season.

Kim has been known to give singing a go, so when asked if Minogue would be belting out some tunes, Riley said “you will just have to wait and see”.

“But a bit of singing goes on I have to say,” she said.

“It is the Australian Idol series, we do a lot of auditioning and singing. We all have a go.”

Despite the success of the program in Australia and overseas, Riley and Turner still worry people may not get their sense of humour.

“You are always nervous,” Riley said.

“We were nervous about the first series. We were nervous about the second series and that never ends in a way.”

October 7, 2004