Utopia: episode guide

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Wood For The Trees

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Episode 1.01
Wed, August 13, 2014 (ABC1, 8:30)
778,000 viewers (12th)
Written by Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch
Directed by Rob Sitch

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

Starring: Rob Sitch as Tony, Anthony Lehmann as Jim, Celia Pacquola as Nat, Dave Lawson as Scott, Kitty Flanagan as Rhonda, Emma Louise Wilson as Katie, Luke McGregor as Hugh, Michelle Lim Davidson as Amy, Toby Truslove as Karsten

With: Hayley Butcher as Marni, Rik Brown as Garry, Jason Buckley as Painter 1, Ferdinand Hoang as Translator, Philip Lau as Mr. Tseow

Protected Species

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Episode 1.02
Wed, August 20, 2014
597,000 viewers (18th)
Written by Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch
Directed by Rob Sitch

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.

With: Hayley Butcher as Marni, Jason Geary as Kevin, David Lennie as Alan, Tom Gleisner as Brian, Scott Terrill as Expert, Brigette Warne as Isabelle

Very Fast Turnover

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Episode 1.03
Wed, August 27, 2014
663,000 viewers (13th)
Written by Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch
Directed by Rob Sitch

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.

With: Andy Chislett as Stuart, Rachel Kamath as Rahjee, Rebecca Fortune as Bec, Damien Vuleta as Business Man 1, Gavin Van Der Meer as Business Man 2, William Weatheritt as Nick, Xavier Muhlebach & Courtnay Cameron as Vox Pops

Onwards and Upwards

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Episode 1.04
Wed, September 03, 2014
566,000 viewers (18th)
Written by Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch
Directed by Rob Sitch

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.

With: Nick Russell as Damien, Fabienne Parr as Lauren, Dave O'Neil as Nathan, Cassandra Magrath as Union Rep, Hwa Goh as Photographer

Arts and Minds

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Episode 1.05
Wed, September 10, 2014
614,000 viewers (17th)
Written by Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch
Directed by Rob Sitch

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.

With: Vachel Spirason as Stefanos, CJ Fortuna as Manhattan, Natalie Carr as Monica, Mahalia Brown as Teacher [Miss Pinetti], Ben Palma as Student 1, Ayla Grant as Student 2, Kandice Joye as Smart Student, Dinesh Mathew as Delegate 1, Harris Sutton as Delegate 2

Then We Can Build It

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Episode 1.06
Wed, September 17, 2014
603,000 viewers (15th)
Written by Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch
Directed by Rob Sitch

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

With: Frankliyn Ajaye as Marvin, David Serafin as Local Man, Josette Bradley as Woman, Christine Makan as First Speaker, Lloyd Bissell as Second Speaker, Vivienne Gorman as Caterer, Vanessa Crouch as Waitress, James Liott as Courier, Steve Travers as Courier

The First Project

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Episode 1.07
Wed, September 24, 2014
620,000 viewers (16th)
Written by Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch
Directed by Rob Sitch

Disillusioned by his first eleven 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. Stalled in the pre-planning stages, Tony and his team were forced to cope with Rhonda, angry cyclists, plumbing problems and gluten-free muffins. Not an auspicious start.

With: Adam Murphy as Cyclist 1, Steve Mouzakis as Cyclist 2, Stanley Roach as Cyclist 3

The Whole Enchilada

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Episode 1.08 (finale)
Wed, October 01, 2014
620,000 viewers (18th)
Written by Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch
Directed by Rob Sitch

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.

With: Fleur Murphy as Angela, Bryce Hardy as David, Stephen Jenkins as Lindsay, Georgia Bolton as Louise, Justin Kennedy as Matt, Mike McEvoy as Jeremy, Santo Cilauro as Window Guy