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Secret City 

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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.
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Series cast summary:
Anna Torv ...  Harriet Dunkley 12 episodes, 2016-2019
Jacki Weaver ...  Catriona Bailey 12 episodes, 2016-2019
Marcus Graham ...  Andrew Griffiths 12 episodes, 2016-2019
Sacha Horler ...  Ludie Sypek 12 episodes, 2016-2019
Justin Smith ...  William Vaughn 12 episodes, 2016-2019
Aleks Mikic ...  Thomas / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2019
Dan Wyllie ...  Mal Paxton 6 episodes, 2016
Damon Herriman ...  Kim Gordon 6 episodes, 2016
Alan Dale ...  Prime Minister Martin Toohey 6 episodes, 2016
Alex Dimitriades ...  Charles Dancer 6 episodes, 2016
Eugenia Yuan ...  Weng Meigui 6 episodes, 2016
Matt Zeremes Matt Zeremes ...  Sean Brimmer 6 episodes, 2016
Huw Higginson ...  Reardon 6 episodes, 2016
Miranda Tapsell ...  Sasha Rose 6 episodes, 2016
Benedict Samuel ...  Felix Crawford 6 episodes, 2016
Kate Mulvany ...  Ronnie 6 episodes, 2016
David Roberts ...  General McAuliffe 6 episodes, 2016
Sean Taylor Sean Taylor ...  Wheeler 6 episodes, 2016
Gary Young ...  Zheng 6 episodes, 2016
Ferdinand Hoang ...  Ambassador Dhao / ... 6 episodes, 2016
Alice Chaston ...  Sabine Hobbs 6 episodes, 2016
Jeanette Cronin ...  Mrs. Hobbs 6 episodes, 2016
Rob Collins ...  Joseph Sullivan 6 episodes, 2019
Danielle Cormack ...  Karen Koutoufides 6 episodes, 2019
Michael Denkha ...  Michael Lavelle 6 episodes, 2019
Frederick Du Rietz ...  Robbie Lambert 6 episodes, 2019
Laura Gordon ...  Caroline Treloar 6 episodes, 2019
Don Hany ...  Ewan Garrity / ... 6 episodes, 2019
Benedict Hardie ...  Declan Boyd 6 episodes, 2019
Christopher Kirby ...  Kip Buchanan 6 episodes, 2019
Renee Lim ...  Helen Wu 6 episodes, 2019
Andrew McFarlane ...  Lockwood 6 episodes, 2019
Louisa Mignone ...  Mina Almasi 6 episodes, 2019
Robert Rabiah ...  Sami Almasi 6 episodes, 2019
Joel Tobeck ...  Jim Hellier 6 episodes, 2019
Tom Wren ...  Alex Berezin 6 episodes, 2019
Mekhi Phifer ...  Ambassador Moreton 5 episodes, 2016
Anni Finsterer ...  Rear Admiral Hartzig 5 episodes, 2016
Timothy Parsons Timothy Parsons ...  Max Dalgety 5 episodes, 2016
Laura Brent ...  Dr. Crick 5 episodes, 2016
Duncan Fellows Duncan Fellows ...  Caucasian ASIO Guard 5 episodes, 2016
Brenna Harding ...  Cassie 5 episodes, 2016


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.

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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

5 June 2016 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret City See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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The office of then-Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott granted cast and crew access to Parliament House for filming. Abbott was removed from office in a leadership coup that was taking place as the series was being filmed. See more »

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22 June 2016 | by jitarthSee all my reviews

I'll be honest, I went into this not expecting much. No scratch that, I was expecting to be disappointed, another thinly veiled attempt at recreating a style of show best left to others. I was wrong, oh so wrong. Secret City is a nuanced, understated and never clichéd blend of political intrigue and personal demons with a satisfyingly Australian flavour. It eschews the over the top melodramatic candy that would've been so easy to stuff down the throats of viewers in an attempt to keep them satiated in favour of a slower, more tantalising meal built layer upon layer leaving the viewer oh so much more satisfied by the end.

It's not just the political intrigue that keeps you on the hook, refreshingly up to date and relevant, mirroring the current position Australia finds itself, historically aligned with the U.S. whilst looking to China to boost trade and economic activity. But the complete multi-faceted nature of the characters. Their motivations are understandable and sympathetic and oftentimes it's their less likable qualities that push and motivate them into traditional protagonist actions.

The portrayal of intelligence gathering and cyber-security is spot on, Secret City even highlights the ability of agencies to use mobile phones as listening and tracking devices even while they're off, an idea that has yet to permeate the public consciousness despite the overwhelming evidence that this is happening in our own world. But herein lies the strength of Secret City, it's not fiction, it's real. Most of what it portrays is not far off from what is happening within the underbelly of Canberra right here and now. Against this backdrop of reality, it sets up an engaging and thoughtful story with a slew of disconcertingly empathetic characters.

Just shut up and watch it already.

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