As many of you will be aware ABC TV launched a new comedy-drama last week called The Hollowmen. It is Working Dog’s latest creation and to quote the show’s website it is set “in the Central Policy Unit, a special think tank set up by the Prime Minister to help him in the most important job of all – getting re-elected.
Their brief is ‘long term vision’; to stop worrying about tomorrow’s headlines and focus on next week’s.”
Okay, so it is not Canberra specific to the strict letter, but the show does concentrate on the working lives that many Canberrans would be very familiar with. I work in the private enterprise and am distanced from this world to a degree. Mrs Caulfield, however, has had her share of working with some highly charged policies in the past and she thought episode one was uncanny at times.
So what do we think Canberra, is this show devastatingly accurate portrayal of public service life or just another cheap bit of Canberra-bashing?
The Hollowmen airs every Wednesday at 9:30pm on ABC1, with repeats the following evening on ABC2 (9pm). You can also watch the show on their website.
UPDATED: Oooh, Tom Gleisner just got told all about you mob’s thoughts on the show live on 666.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The CT has a lengthy piece on the history of these style shows in Canberra.