Bargearse was an Australian comedy TV series. Made by the Late Show on the ABC from the 18th of July 1992 to the 30th of October 1993.
Produced by Michael Hirsh, and directed by Santo Cilauro, Tony Martin and Mick Molloy.
Bargearse was an overdubbed version of Bluey, a 1976 Crawford production police drama set in Melbourne, Australia.
The segment was originally to be an overdubbing of an Australian soap opera, The Young Doctors, titled “Medical Hospital”, but the rights to the footage were pulled at the last minute.
The ABC series Truckies was considered for overdubbing in a segment intended to be titled “Truck Wits”, before the writers settled on Bluey.
This change left the writers with very little time, and as a result the planned 20 short episodes was cut down to 10, which aired in the second half of series two.
Bargearse was named after its protagonist, Detective Sergeant Bargearse, an overweight, moustache-sporting “rough-and-tumble” cop.
The sketches exploited Bluey’s weight with plentiful fat jokes, as well as many fart noises.
Bargearse was voiced by Tony Martin, while his sidekicks, Ann Bourke (Judith Lucy) and Detective Glen Twenty (Rob Sitch), Natalie Thigh-Blaster (Jane Kennedy), Natalie Thigh-Blaster).Chromedome (Mick Molloy) and Poloneck (Santo Cilauro).
Lucky Grills, who played Bluey, appeared on The Late Show three times: as a guest in the mock press conference for the Biodome participants, as the character Bluey protesting the last episode of Bargearse and in the musical appearance as noted above.
On the 15th of August 2007 a Bargearse and The Olden Days double feature DVD was released.