The series is set around the fictional Arcadia Waters Council near Sydney, and was primarily a satirical look at the machinations of local government.




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Series cast summary:
Geoff Morrell ...  Col Dunkley 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Zoe Carides Zoe Carides ...  Liz Murray 18 episodes, 2000-2003
John Clayton ...  Harry Bond 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Rhondda Findleton ...  Karin Schumaker 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Rhys Muldoon ...  Greg Dominelli 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Chris Haywood ...  George Hasnakov 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Michael Craig ...  Gordon Mahon 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Sandy Gore ...  Dr. Salwah Mandikis 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Judi Farr Judi Farr ...  Janice Corniglio 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Nicholas Papademetriou Nicholas Papademetriou ...  Victor Trujillo 17 episodes, 2000-2003
Sacha Horler ...  Helen Manoufis 15 episodes, 2000-2003
Jodie Dry ...  Biddy Marchant 10 episodes, 2003
Peter Kowitz Peter Kowitz ...  Warwick Marchant / ... 10 episodes, 2000-2003
Kerry Walker ...  Fran Smith 10 episodes, 2003
Theresa Wong ...  Irene Cheung 10 episodes, 2003
Mary Coustas ...  Ava Strick 9 episodes, 2003
Sophie Heathcote Sophie Heathcote ...  Biddy Marchant 8 episodes, 2000
Matthew Newton ...  Derek Garner 8 episodes, 2000
Pauline Chan ...  Irene Cheung 8 episodes, 2000
Melissa Jaffer ...  Fran Smith 8 episodes, 2000
Chris Argirousis Chris Argirousis ...  Josef 8 episodes, 2003


A witty Australian drama that follows the trials and tribulations of the Acadia Waters Council. Created by award-winning writer Geoffrey Atherden, this eight part series focuses on the local councillors as they plot and scheme their way through a year of drama and intrigue.

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The Arcadia Waters council chambers building is actually the old Concord Council building in Sydney, NSW. Concord Council had been amalgamated with Drummoyne and other nearby councils to form the Canada Bay Council, leaving the former Concord Council Chambers empty, and a great set for the show. The Chambers have subsequently been demolished and replaced with the Concord Library. Many of the street scenes when they sit on the footpath at outdoor dining areas are also shot in Coincord. See more »


Greg Dominelli: [his response to any complaint] Leave it with me, I'll make it my top priority.
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Fantastic series
3 March 2003 | by supertedgSee all my reviews

Really innovative (esp. with the already mentioned simultaneous plots) and genuinely funny series without any of the bloody canned laughter that is so prevalent in American comedies. Successful enough for us to get a second season on ABC soon, thank god.

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2 July 2000 (Australia) See more »

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