Secret City Episodes
Secret City is a high stakes political thriller set in a world of secrets, lies, murder and betrayal, based on the best-selling novels “The Marmalade Files” and “The Mandarin Code” by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis. 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. The six part miniseries event stars two-time Academy Award nominee and Australian acting royalty Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook), Anna Torv (Fringe, Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli), Damon Herriman (Justified, The Water Diviner) and Dan Wyllie (Puberty Blues, Foxtel’s Love My Way).
Episode 1 – A Donation To The Struggle
When political journalist Harriet Dunkley sees the gutted body of a young man washed up on the lakeshore she suspects a conspiracy. Her newspaper thinks she’s tilting at another windmill, the police stonewall, her Government sources are silent and a senior contact within Australian intelligence firmly warns her off. But Harriet discovers a link between Sabine Hobbs and the dead boy and determines that, whatever the personal or professional cost, she must pursue a story that could overturn everything Australians believe about our Government and our place in the world.
Episode 2 – The Watchers
One person Harriet has questioned in pursuit of her story is dead, another is missing. The conspiracy may be hidden deep, but it involves those who are powerful, ruthless and with a great deal at stake, but Harriet won’t stop no matter how deadly her quest becomes. In this game no-one is pure, but are their machinations politics as usual or do they cover something darker? Now, as Harriet continues her search for the truth, someone closer to her inner circle is found murdered.
Episode 3 – Beware The Jabberwock
A shocking murder leaves Harriet shattered but angry. Australian intelligence agencies are determined to shut down the story, however, Harriet has been deliberately left a clue that only she will understand and as she pursues the trail of secrets, finds the pieces of several different puzzles forming a larger picture. People she should be able to trust are revealed as determined enemies but she discovers an unlikely ally.
Episode 4 – Falling Hard
A sophisticated cyber-attack cripples Australia’s air traffic control for 13 terrifying minutes. All the evidence points to China seeking vengeance for their dead sailor
Episode 5 – Ghosts In The Machine
Determined to become hunter rather than prey, Harriet convinces ASIO agent Charles Dancer to pursue her attacker and the murderer while she investigates how a Chinese assassin can operate in Australia with apparent impunity. Meanwhile Paxton knows it is not the crime that brings down a politician – it’s the cover-up. He picks away at the threads of the 13 minutes cover-up certain that they will lead to Catriona Bailey.
Episode 6 – The Light On The Hill
Harriet’s story on missing Chinese dissidents may have embarrassed Beijing into returning Sabine Hobbs to Canberra, but the connections to Australian intelligence and the murder remain hidden. The path she chooses will blow apart the plans of everyone – Bailey, Toohey and Paxton.