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Set inside the offices of the “Nation Building Authority”, a newly created government organization responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects, Utopia explores that moment when bureaucracy and grand dreams collide. It’s a tribute to those political leaders who have somehow managed to take a long-term vision and use it for short-term gain.
The award winning series follows the working lives of a tight-knit team in charge of guiding big building schemes from announcement to unveiling. Constant shifts in priorities are the order of the day as the staff are asked to come up with plans for everything from new roads and rail lines to airports and high rise urban developments. In short, Utopia examines the forces that go into creating a very well-designed white elephant.
Featuring a stellar comic cast led by Rob Sitch, along with Celia Pacquola, Dave Lawson, Luke McGregor, Kitty Flanagan, Anthony ‘ Lehmo ‘ Lehmann, Emma-Louise Wilson, Michelle Lim Davidson and Toby Truslove, Utopia is a series for anyone who has ever been frustrated by bureaucracy – and survived to laugh at the experience.
Utopia is written and produced by the award-winning team of Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch. Michael Hirsh is Executive Producer. Original Casting by Jane Kennedy. The series is directed by Rob Sitch.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA Fresh Start||It’s a new year and Tony is determined to focus on big things. Unfortunately, small things get in the way. Meanwhile Nat’s attempts to assist a local community unleash a multi-billion dollar government initiative.||27:10||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoShovels Ready||After years of meticulous planning nothing can prevent a major tunnelling project getting started. Except Rhonda. Meanwhile Nat makes the fatal mistake of asking H.R. for help, while a minor problem with their air-conditioning leads to a major problem with their air-conditioning repairman.||26:13||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoKeep Out - Public Property||Tony and his team are forced to justify why a new foreshore park now seems to have very little park. Meanwhile Nat is desperate for a parcel to arrive and the entire office gets caught up in Healthy Heart Week.||24:40||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDot Dot Dot||When the Government announces “Education Nation” it is met with rapturous praise. Only one problem – no one knows what it is. Nat is tasked with handling a Freedom of Information request while the office deals with the challenges of having their own security guard.||26:46||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTerminal Problems||After months working on a major new project Jim asks Tony for one small change. He wants the project killed. Meanwhile Rhonda nominates Nat to be keynote speaker at a conference and the office grinds to a halt by trying to go green.||27:48||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoStarting the Conversation||Tony refuses to be drawn into a planning dispute. Jim refuses to let him not. Meanwhile Rhonda is keen to raise the N.B.A.’s level of on-line engagement, leading to social media mayhem. Office plants also prove problematic.||25:50||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoReporting for Duty||When the business case for a new cross-city tunnel proves hopeless there is only one thing to do – find another business case. Meanwhile Nat is determined to sack an inept worker and Amy completes a barista course.||26:05||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSummit Attempt||Tony’s attempt at a holiday is de-railed by the arrival of a new minister, a wifi upgrade and Rhonda. In that order. Meanwhile, plans for an infrastructure conference become complicated when Karsten gets involved. And it’s nearly Christmas...||26:28||$3.49||View in iTunes|
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