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ABC TV: The Hollowmen

By Holden Caulfield - 16 July 2008 24

[First filed: July 15, 2008 @ 10:31]

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.

The Hollowmen is... (you can vote for three)

  • West Wing on a shoestring (8%, 31 Votes)
  • Hilarious (27%, 108 Votes)
  • Poorly researched (4%, 16 Votes)
  • Just another comedy (4%, 16 Votes)
  • An accurate reflection of policy development (26%, 105 Votes)
  • Frontline crammed into Parliament House (22%, 90 Votes)
  • A loving homage to Canberra (7%, 30 Votes)
  • Just another cheap shot at Canberra (1%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 235

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peterh 10:46 am 07 Aug 08

last night’s ep was a good one. I hope the adf saw the joke, though.

jakez 9:41 am 07 Aug 08

As a non public servant Canberran, who is involved in party politics, and is a small government libertarian, this show tickles me in just the right spot.

Holden Caulfield 9:22 am 07 Aug 08

“Oh we need to highlight these points for the Prime Minister.”

** “Yeah, I’ve put asterisks there.”

“Oh, no he doesn’t like them, they need to be highlighted.”

** “When was that decided?”

“At the last meeting when we banned bullet points.”

Haha, that was champagne comedy!

Holden Caulfield 1:28 pm 17 Jul 08

I thought last night’s show was the “difficult second episode”, it had its moments but wasn’t up to the heights of the first ep. I’ll keep watching for sure.

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