The Games (Australia)

ABC1 (ended 2000)
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  • The Games was an Australian satire based on the premise of a documentary film crew being given carte blanche access to film the fictional Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) as they go about their days planning and producing the Games themselves, dealing with one crisis after another: a 100 Metres track that isn't actually 100 metres long, a lacrosse facility the head of the IOC is set to tour in a week which has not yet been built, and so on. The series ran for two seasons, ending just one week before the Games themselves opened.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 13

    The End

    Aired 9/11/00

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Four Corners

    Aired 9/4/00

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    Sponsorship and Media Discontent

    Aired 8/28/00

  • S 2 : Ep 10


    Aired 8/21/00

  • S 2 : Ep 9


    Aired 8/14/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nicholas Bell


  • Louise Siversen

    Jasmine Holt

  • Gina Riley


  • Bryan Dawe


  • John Clarke (II)


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • John: "[T]hese proceedings are being broadcast live by satellite which is not something I understand but my kids tell me is 'way cool'."

    • John: "And for those of you not from here, we'd like to welcome you to Australia, to our country. I don't know whether we might need an interpreter for those of you. I hope many of you do speak English because we in Australia speak a language we are told is very like English and that will enable you to perhaps grasp aspects of what we are saying."

    • John: "It's a huge undertaking, yes, no question about that. And it will be very exciting. I suppose the magnitude of it though ... I would have expected when I took the job on -- it changes all the time. [...] It changes all the time. I mean it stays the same and yet it constantly changes so it's a pretty interesting job, and of course, it is the Olympics. I mean, it doesn't really get any bigger. This is the main event."

    • John: "Winning the Greater Iceland Open is more prestigious than winning the gold medal in the Olympics in tennis."
      Bryan: "I would have thought the runner-up in the Greater Iceland Open would have been more prestigious."
      Gina: "I thought being a spectator in the Greater Iceland Open would be more prestigious."
      John: "Having heard of the Greater Iceland Open is a personal triumph by comparison."

    • John: "For a fleeting moment, the very top nation on the medal tally at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney will be which prominent democracy?"

    • John: "Surely a sport, by definition, should be something we've all heard of."

    • Gina: "This whole schedule is just worked out to suit American television isn't it?"
      John: "Well, they're paying for it, it might as well be worked out to suit them."

    • John: "I've got a very nice ... (into the phone) Pardon? ... I've got a very nice Mr. Clinton on the blower here who I have not ever had time to speak to."

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    Trivia (1)

    • In one shot, Gina takes her glasses off. In the next shot, they're back on.

    Allusions (2)

    • Gina: Yes, mea culpa Mea culpa is Latin phrase meaning "my fault".

    • John: Millie, Olly and Syd? Millie, Olly and Syd were the official mascots for the 2000 Olympics; Millie the Echidna (named for Millennium), Olly the kookaburra (for Olympics), and Syd the Platypus (for Sydney).

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A Hilarious Show!!!

    By ginarileyfan, Sep 13, 2005