Forgotten character found from Series One of The Rudds - Handyman Rudd in his only known appearance
There are many Rudds in this early episode, Economic Conservative Rudd, Keep the Budget in Surplus Rudd, Education Rudd - all the standard Rudds we've come to know while the show's been on air.
But there's one little known spin-off character from The Rudds who makes just one appearance in The Rudds series and it's right here in this episode. It's Handyman Rudd and I haven't seen the producers use this character anywhere else in series 1-7 at all.
In the notes, Handyman Rudd sat next to a bloke who worked out how much water gets lost in leaky pipes across the nation. So in this episode Handyman Rudd says that a Rudd Labor Government will fix every leaking pipe, Right Across Australia. I know it sounds naive now but in those days (series one, 2007) we loved that sort of thing.
The producers could have extended the idea with a Rudd Leaky Pipe Army visiting people's houses. Did they take their boots off at the door? Did they take their rubbish with them? And now we could be scoring The Rudd on his 2007 campaign goal of doing practical things like fixing leaky pipes around the nation that waste billions of litre of water, every year. But Tim Gartrell lost favour with the network and it's thought that George Wright didn't rate the characterisation.
One other theory holds that the production company couldn't get approvals for Handyman Rudd to get his thread-seal onto actual pipes because they're owned either by the States, local councils or in private hands. Maybe it's just one of those quirks in the entertainment industry that some characters get an extensive run (Kokoda Kev, Kev Kardashian, The Rudd Outside the Wire) and others seem not to find support.
So enjoy it, here's one of the first episodes from Series One of The Rudds, it's a collector's item because of Handyman Rudd's appearance, it's at 1.44 in. Gold from the producers of The Rudds, a real Rudd gem - and doesn't he date us all!!!!!