This collection of eight scripts from Series One, first broadcast on ABC television in 2000 are a hugely entertaining read, characterised by concise and witty dialogue, with the added bonus of the hilarious stage directions which have up until now been known only to a select few. Much of the comedy centres on the minutiae of council business and the power plays so rife in politics. By looking at how local government works, we get a glimpse of how Australia is run at every level, and it's scary. Over each of the eight scripts -- six written by series creator Geoffrey Atherden and the others by Katherine Thomson and Michael Brindley -- the world of local politics is compellingly realised through memorable characters and masterful plotting. Included is a preface from Leichhardt's former mayor Larry Hand and an introduction from Geoffrey Atherden.