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Utopia (AU)

Season 1 2014

  • 2014-08-13T12:30:00+02:00 on ABC
  • 30 mins
  • 4 hours, 48 mins (8 episodes)
  • Australia
  • English
  • Comedy

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 eight-part 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.

8 episodes

1x01 Wood for the Trees

  • Series Premiere

    2014-08-13T12:30:00+02:00 — 46 mins

Attempts to sign an international development deal are compromised by Rhonda's decision to redesign the NBA's logo. Nat has to find room for a community garden within a waterfront development.

1x02 Protected Species

  • 2014-08-20T12:30:00+02:00 — 46 mins

Tony is forced to step in when an endangered grass threatens to de-rail plans for a new container terminal. Rhonda is convinced that the NBA needs a major overhaul of its website.

1x03 Very Fast Turnover

  • 2014-08-27T12:30:00+02:00 — 46 mins

A trip to Canberra leads to Tony being forced to investigate the feasibility of building a very fast train. Amy decides to conduct an office safety audit.

1x04 Onwards and Upwards

  • 2014-09-03T12:30:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Tony is reluctantly dragged in when the developer of a low-rise inner city building project decides he wants to double the height of his apartment block... and then triple it again.

1x05 Arts and Minds

  • 2014-09-10T12:30:00+02:00 — 30 mins

The decision to include roadside art on a major highway upgrade leads to controversy. Things get worse when Tony's visit to a primary school results in the actual launch of Australia's first space program.

1x06 Then We Can Build It

  • 2014-09-17T12:30:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Concerned that Tasmania's infrastructure needs have been overlooked, Jim sends Tony and the team south for a series of public forums.

1x07 The First Project

  • 2014-09-24T12:30:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Disillusioned by his first 11 months in the job Tony thinks back to the start. Launching the NBA was a great success but within weeks Jim was at his door desperate for a new announcement.

1x08 The Whole Enchilada

  • 2014-10-01T12:30:00+02:00 — 30 mins

Tony is forced to evaluate plans for expanding northern Australia's Ord River Scheme. Nat has issues with a stalled highway upgrade. Jim makes a shock announcement.