Not with a bang but with a televised political satire
September 12, 2008 1:07 PM Subscribe
posted by sdodd (18 comments total)
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"We don't vote for them, we don't even know their names and we're not quite sure what they do. But they wield enormous influence. They are the power behind the power. They are The Hollowmen.
" You can watch the Australian Broadcasting Company's new political satire The Hollowmen
[warning: sound] on the web. Or you can find it via Bittorrent. (Or if you live down under I suppose you could watch it on ABC 1 Wednesdays at 9pm or ABC 2 Thursdays at 8:30pm.) It's worth a look because it may be the funniest new satire on any English-language network."I tell you, they become prime minister and they start thinking they can do what they want."
The Hollowmen follows the Australian Prime Minister's fictional Central Policy Unit, charged with crafting the PM's public policy whilst battling the civil service and the press. Sound familiar? Episode two of the first series could be a "Yes, Minister
" episode almost unchanged. But there's a lot less swearing than "The Thick of It
The Working Dog Productions show was picked up for a second 6-episode "series" (AKA "season") before the first episode even aired
. Having settled into second place in its time slot, I suspect we'll be seeing more of it in the future.
Thanks to this show I now know the national capital of Australia and the definition of "ANZAC."