The Damnation of Harvey McHugh

The Damnation of Harvey McHugh was an Australian television miniseries made by the ABC. The series consists of 12 episodes and was first broadcast on the ABC in 1994 from 2 June to 18 August of that year.

The Damnation of Harvey McHugh
Created byJohn Misto
StarringAaron Blabey
Monica Maughan
Philip Quast
Composer(s)Chris Neal
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Executive producer(s)Penny Chapman
Producer(s)Sue Masters
Production location(s)Melbourne, Australia
Original networkABC
Original release2 June (1994-06-02) 
18 August 1994 (1994-08-18)


Cast and crew

The series was created by John Misto and co-written by Misto, Graeme Koetsveld and Ray Kolle

It was produced by Penny Chapman and the episodes were variously directed by Michael Carson, Robert Klenner, Geoffrey Nottage and Amanda Smith

The series starred Aaron Blabey as Harvey, Monica Maughan as his mother, Mrs McHugh and Philip Quast as "the Minister", Michael Muldoon.[1]

Supporting cast

The supporting cast included:


This sharp black comedy, with strong elements of political satire, follows the misadventures of a naive young clerk, Harvey McHugh, as he tries to secure a permanent position in the Australian Public Service. As his quest progresses, Harvey gains many startling insights into how the Australian government and bureaucracy operates behind the scenes, especially through his dealings with the powerful and manipulative politician, Michael Muldoon—invariably referred to simply as "The Minister"—who heads the department where Harvey is employed.

The production of the series received considerable coverage in the press at the time it was being made. After production had begun, the ABC took the unusual (and costly) step of scrapping several completed episodes, because it was felt that the mood was too 'dark'.

Critics response

The series was well received by critics. Quast was widely praised for his portrayal of the Minister, Blabey won the 1995 AFI Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Harvey[3] and Monica Maughan won a Silver Logie and an AFI Best Actress Award for her performance.


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