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Set inside the offices of the “Nation Building Authority”, a federal government organisation 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 construction 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, Dilruk Jayasinha, Kitty Flanagan, Anthony Lehmann, Emma-Louise Wilson, Nina Oyama, Rebecca Massey, Jamie Robertson and Toby Truslove, Utopia is a comedy for anyone who has ever been crushed by the bureaucratic process – and lived to laugh at the memory. 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. Series Casting by Kate Leonard. The series is directed by Rob Sitch.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBlue Sky Thinking||Jim (Anthony Lehmann) and Rhonda (Kitty Flanagan) force Tony (Rob Sitch) to help step in and save a flawed government scheme. Nat (Celia Pacquola) is driven mad by a local council worried about a proposed development. And the entire office prepares for the NBA’s staff talent show.||25:22||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSmart Cities||Rhonda (Kitty Flanagan) forces Tony (Rob Sitch) to be keynote speaker at the Smart Cities conference. Nat (Celia Pacquola) is looking set for a promotion until Beverley (Rebecca Massey) from HR decides to step in. And the arrival of a new couch has unintended consequences.||25:18||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNation Shapers||Nat (Celia Pacquola) is asked to help out the Minister with a problem-plagued I.T. project. Meanwhile, a poor radio interview sees Tony (Rob Sitch) forced to undertake media training. And plans for a staff dinner create tensions within the NBA office.||26:04||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoClause for Concern||The NBA team is asked to help out with the sale of a port. Rhonda, (Kitty Flanagan), decides it is time for a digital upgrade. And Tony, (Rob Sitch), is forced to spend a night outdoors in the name of charity.||26:45||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoStart Up||Fresh from a trip to Silicon Valley, Jim (Anthony Lehmann) asks Tony (Rob Sitch) for help getting the Government involved in the world of start-ups. Meanwhile, a complaint from an ex-employee sees Nat (Celia Pacquola) accused of bullying. And Courtney (Nina Oyama) decides it is time for the office to get new bins.||27:39||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSnouts in the Trough||Jim and Rhonda ask Tony for help building a new airport rail link - but Tony’s proposal shocks them both. Meanwhile Nat has her entire week derailed by a tweet. And the office welcomes their oldest employee who surprises everyone.||25:40||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOn the Defence||With a major defense white paper about to be launched Jim and Rhonda ask Tony for help. Meanwhile Nat is summoned to Canberra for an exciting new job. Back at the office it is time for a Risk and Safety audit.||27:24||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoIndependence Day||After threatening to resign Tony (Rob Sitch) is offered his own independent infrastructure board but Jim (Anthony Lehmann) clearly has his own ideas about the word “independent”. Meanwhile Rhonda (Kitty Flanagan) and Beverley (Rebecca Massey) decide it is time for a new office reporting structure.||26:38||$3.49||View in iTunes|
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