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The Hollowmen 

Mockumentary that follows the daily situations in which the staff from the Australian Prime Minister find themselves.




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Series cast summary:
Lachy Hulme ...  David 'Murph' Murphy 12 episodes, 2008
David James David James ...  Phillip 12 episodes, 2008
Neil Melville ...  Ian 12 episodes, 2008
Rob Sitch ...  Tony 12 episodes, 2008
Merrick Watts Merrick Watts ...  Nick 12 episodes, 2008
Jacqueline Brennan ...  Mel 12 episodes, 2008
Santo Cilauro Santo Cilauro ...  Theo Tsolakis 12 episodes, 2008
Stephen Hall Stephen Hall ...  Warren 12 episodes, 2008
Nicola Parry ...  Holly 12 episodes, 2008
Ben Chisholm ...  Josh 12 episodes, 2008
Leonie Hemsworth Leonie Hemsworth ...  Diane 12 episodes, 2008
Sacha Joseph Sacha Joseph ...  Vanmanthy 12 episodes, 2008
Sarah Arthur Young Sarah Arthur Young ...  Sarah 12 episodes, 2008
Scott Harrison Scott Harrison ...  Scott 7 episodes, 2008


The Hollowmen is a comedy-drama set in the offices of the Central Policy Unit, a special think tank personally 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.

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The true reason the show ended was because of the 2008 Olympics and ABC having the rights to show them. See more »


Nick: Why don't we send her to West Papua?
Mel: [Off screen] I can hear you..
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Still a favourite
2 January 2017 | by smauge-54896See all my reviews

I've watched this series so many times and it still makes me laugh. Another fly on the wall faux documentary from the Working Dog team. Almost a scary look at Australian politics and how it's more about appearance than actually serving the Australian public. This should be more worrying to the viewer, but it is too spot on to not laugh. My favourite characters have to be Philip and Warren, who are totally blind to populist opinion and almost derail every headline grabbing idea the Policy Unit come up with. It's almost a Mr Burns/Smithers style relationship. There's been much criticism of the casting of Merrick Watts, but I find him to fit nicely into his role. Lachie Hulme is the much needed straight man in the picture. Seemingly the only person in the whole department with an ounce of common sense. Mel, the PM's PR queen, is always having her leash tugged, desperate to leak info to the press at any given opportunity. The real star, not surprisingly is Rob Sitch as Tony, the link between the policy unit and the PM's office. As much slapstick as he is intelligent humour, he is the central character that all others revolve around. The PM is unseen, which I think is a great move, as you can imagine him as the real thing, and it's also symbolic of the fact that none of these ideas supposedly coming from the PM are really coming from the PM.

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Release Date:

9 July 2008 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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