If you were a nineties kid, you would have grown up watching Pete, Linda and Bronson Twist encounter vikings, tree spirits, terrifying scarecrows and so many ghosts that you may start to wonder how they could ever feel fear again.
The cult Aussie show Round the Twist is a cultural touchstone, and despite it’s wacky themes, it’s incredibly relatable.
Penis-inhabiting fish aside, the show was underpinned with universal themes of family drama, bullying and unrequited love.
Plus, if you grew up in Australia in the nineties, you probably can’t use an outdoor toilet without thinking of the skeleton on the dunny, or eat spaghetti without picturing it coming out in reverse.
But as etched in our collective memories as the show is, there were a few surprising facts that I had no idea about.
- Andrew Daddo played a ghost
On the This Glorious Mess podcast this week, Andrew Daddo confessed to a little know fact about his past career: he once appeared as a guest star in season two of Round the Twist.
Yep, the podcast host and children's book author was painted white to play a Scottish ghost named Matthew who was trying to reunite the victims of a shipwreck, 100 years later.
Listen to Andrew talk about the role of a lifetime on our parenting podcast This Glorious Mess.
"The kids ended up having to have Scottish accents at some point. So luckily I became the Scottish accent coach for the kids as well," he said.
He also reminded us that the show is almost 30 years old! You wouldn't think it, given the series wrapped it's fourth season in 2001, but it's true. Round the Twist was created in 1989. Yep, it's older than I am.
Guess who else played a ghost?
Andrew Daddo wasn't the only children's author to appear on the show.
The one and only Paul Jennings made a cameo appearance as the ghost of Ben Byron in ‘Without My Pants’.