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Total Control

When Indigenous woman Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman) gains national acclaim for her heroism against a rampaging gunman, Australia"s embattled prime minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths) sees a publicity goldmine and handpicks Alex for the Senate. But Alex wants to be more than just a political stunt, and when Rachel betrays her, Alex seeks revenge that will upend the political establishment.
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Episodes

  1. S1 E1 - Total Control Ep. 1
    October 12, 2019
    50min
    16+
    After a charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman stands up to a gunman on a domestic violence rampage, the footage of her heroism goes viral. Amid the acclaim, the government of the day reaches out with a surprising offer: they want Alex to take up a seat in the Senate, figuring that her popularity will help them in the polls.
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  2. S1 E2 - Total Control Ep. 2
    October 19, 2019
    48min
    16+
    When a dispute escalates between China and the US over influence in the Pacific, the government is faced with an urgent demand to site new US bases on native-title land. Alex sets out to broker a deal between the Aboriginal communities and the government, and she manages to come through, promising generous royalties and self-determination to the communities whose land is in question.
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  3. S1 E3 - Total Control Ep. 3
    October 26, 2019
    48min
    18+
    Alex works around the clock trying to get the necessary amendments before the Senate and receives some surprising help from Laurie, the leader of the opposition. Meanwhile, the PM faces down opposition from the right wing of the party, who see this as pandering to special interests.
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  4. S1 E4 - Total Control Ep. 4
    November 2, 2019
    50min
    16+
    Alex is struck low by grief and the knowledge that the PM has betrayed her and the community. She struggles with the fact that she"s let down her family and her people, and her attempts to drink the pain away end in humiliation.
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  5. S1 E5 - Total Control Ep. 5
    November 9, 2019
    46min
    16+
    Alex and the PM embark on a game of political cat and mouse. Neither trusts the other now. The PM still needs Alex"s vote in the Senate, though, and she plays on their former friendship to try to keep her in line. JC is wanted by the police, and she panics and runs when a foot patrol approaches. The resulting chase ends in tragedy.
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  6. S1 E6 - Total Control Ep. 6
    November 16, 2019
    50min
    16+
    Alex declares war on her party in the wake of Jess Clarke"s death, with Cartwright fighting her every step of the way. But Alex has gone rogue now, and she manages to survive until she finds the evidence that will destroy him.
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Content advisory
Nudityviolencesubstance usealcohol usefoul languagesexual content
Audio languages
English
Subtitles
English [CC]
Directors
Rachel Perkins
Starring
Deborah MailmanRachel GriffithsHarry Richardson
Studio
ACORN TV
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