Secret City (TV series)
The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code|
by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Production location(s)||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory|
|Original release||5 June– 3 July 2016|
Secret City is an Australian drama television series that aired on Foxtel's Showcase. The six-part miniseries is based on the novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis. The series is written by Belinda Chayko, Matt Cameron and Greg Waters. It is produced by Joanna Werner.
Beneath the placid facade of Canberra, amidst rising tension between China and America, senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley uncovers a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger including her own.
- Anna Torv as Harriet Dunkley, political journalist
- Damon Herriman as Kim Gordon, Australian Signals Directorate senior analyst, a trans woman and Harriet's ex
- Daniel Wyllie as Senator Mal Paxton, Australian Minister for Defence
- Alex Dimitriades as Charles Dancer, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation intelligence officer
- Jacki Weaver as Senator Catriona Bailey, Australian Attorney-General and Australian Labor Party power broker
- Alan Dale as Martin Toohey, Prime Minister of Australia
- Mekhi Phifer as Brent Moreton, United States Ambassador to Australia
- David Roberts as General Ross McAuliffe, Chief of the Defence Force
- Sacha Horler as Ludie Sypek, the Prime Minister's chief of staff
- Marcus Graham as Andrew "Griff" Griffiths, political correspondent
- Miranda Tapsell as Sasha Rose, Canberra journalist
- Eugenia Yuan as Weng Meigui, wife of the Chinese ambassador
- Benedict Samuel as Felix Crawford, Australian National University tutor
- Justin Smith as William Vaughn, Director of the Australian Signals Directorate
- Brenna Harding as Cassie, Australian National University student
- Matt Zeremes as Sean Brimmer, Australian Federal Police Senior Constable
- Chris Haywood as Lloyd Rankin, former Australian Head of Mission in China
- Ronald Falk as Les Gordon, Kim's father
- Huw Higginson as Gus Reardon, editor of The Nation newspaper
- Max Brown as Kevin Dang, ANU student
- Kimie Tsukakoshi as Ivy Chen
- Danielle Cormack as Karen Koutoufides, Independent MP for South Australia (season 2)
- Rob Collins as Major Joseph Sullivan (season 2)
- Robert Rabiah as Sami Almasi (season 2)
- Don Hany as Ewan Garrity, Australian Prime Minister (season 2)
- Andrew MacFarlane as Wes Lockwood, Air Chief Marshall (season 2)
- Joel Tobeck as Jim Hellier, Defence Minister (season 2)
- Christopher Kirby as Kip Buchanan, US Ambassador to Australia (season 2)
- Tom Wren as Alex Berezin, energy lobbyist (season 2)
- Laura Gordon as Caroline Treloa, drone pilot (season 2)
|Episode||Original air date|
|1||1||"A Donation to the Struggle"||5 June 2016|
|2||2||"The Watchers"||5 June 2016|
|3||3||"Beware the Jabberwock"||12 June 2016|
|4||4||"Falling Hard"||19 June 2016|
|5||5||"Ghosts in the Machine"||26 June 2016|
|6||6||"The Light on the Hill"||3 July 2016|
The series premiere was watched by an average of 80,000 viewers upon its first airing.
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