Acropolis Now

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Acropolis Now

52 x 30 min Series
This comedy takes a hilarious look at the clash of cultures that occur when a traditional Greek café is transformed by the owner’s son into a trendy Aussie bistro.
Produced by Crawfords. (1989 / 1990)

A culture clash & crockery smash comedy. A half hour comedy series from Crawfords.

Papa departs on a visit to his homeland Greece, but his heart stays behind in Melbourne Australia. Rather then entrust his beloved Acropolis café to his only son, Jim, he insists on putting someone more sensible in charge.

Jim’s pal Ricky has brains – he’s been a uni student! But even Ricky can’t restrain Jim from charging ahead with a great new plan … Jim wants to make Acropolis the ‘in’ place to be seen - resulting in a goldmine, mate! He renovates and renames all that’s left of papa’s quiet domain, except his trusted waiter Memo, who’s the epitome of the Greek male. ‘Acropolis Now’ is born. But where are the yuppies. Family and friends are still dropping in for the occasional free meal. Ricky can’t see any profits, and Jim can’t get away from his other inheritance – being Greek. Amid culture clashing – and crockery smashing – Jim and Ricky generate riches, alright. But strictly in the form of laughs.

 

 

Simon Palomores is Rick
While Jim may be blind to the hazards he creates, Ricky sees them all too clearly. Someone has to look at the facts and figures. Acropolis Now is not a place where someone like Ricky can ever relax for long.
Nick Giannoploulos is Jim
Jim’s philosophy of life is very simple. Forget the philosophy. Go for the fun, Only three things really concern Jim, being Greek, trying not to be Greek, and going for a run in his hotted up car with a girl.
Tracy Callander is Liz
She’s a part-time waitress… and a permanent reminder to Ricky of the normal,non-crazy world he left behind to care for the café. With a great sense of humour, Liz survives all Memo’s chauvinist obstructions.
George Kapiniaris is Memo
Memo, who lives by the traditional Greek values, finds it hard to handle to ‘Now’ part of what’s going on. In particular, the presence of a female in his once all-male domain. Especially one staff!
Simon Thorpe is ‘Skip’
A rough Aussie, cooking up tucker for the Wogs, ‘Skip’ assumes his nickname is shirt for Skipper (of the kitchen). Instead it comes from Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.
George Vidalis is Monolis
A drunken kitchen hand in a permanent state of depression because his wife has left him. No Wonder. He’s so ill-tempered when crossed that no-one else has the guts to put him in his place.