The Ex-PM: episode guide

Series 1 | Series 2


Episode 2.01 (7)
Thu, October 26, 2017
Written by Shaun Micallef
Directed by Shaun Wilson

He won a Federal election on preferences; a knife-edge victory unparalleled in this country's political history. He served the nation with distinction for a period that even his harshest critics describe as 'his only time in office'. He was just the 23rd world leader to co- chair a NATO summit since 1987. He was Australia's 5th most popular Prime Minister... Then he wasn't.

But now Ex-PM Andrew Dugdale is a political darling again thanks to his well-received autobiography (documented in series one).

Thanks to his renewed fame, Dugdale is called back into the fold to stand for election in the marginal Murray-Darling-Downs electorate. If revenge is a dish best served cold, then grab your tongs, open the chest freezer and start loading up your plate... Ex-PM Andrew Dugdale is back.

The dysfunctional Dugdale clan pack up and move into their negatively geared rural sewage farm.

Team Dugdale's first media engagement is attending the opening of an indoor beach volleyball court where Andrew finds himself surrounded by scantily clad beauties. His campaign messaging takes a hit when he spikes a ball at an innocent child.

Oh, and practising his 'dark arts', Henry has drummed up a mysterious benefactor who has just donated one million dollars to Dugdale's campaign. Nothing fishy here right?

Cast: Shaun Micallef as Dugdale, Nicki Wendt as Catherine, Lucy Honigman as Ellen, Nicholas Bell as Sonny, Kate Jenkinson as Carol, Francis Greenslade as Curtis, Jackson Tozer as Myles, Ming-Zhu Hii as Rita, John Clarke as Henry


Episode 2.02 (8)
Thu, November 02, 2017
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Directed by

Following the volleyball 'incident', Henry decides on a 'Small Target Strategy' for Dugdale's appearances. In a saucy local radio interview Dugdale reveals not only his penchant for Italian Ex-PMs — but an association with a billionaire energy magnate.

Local bank manager Mr Vole pleads with Andrew to help save his business and the local Nandos, which are about to be compulsorily acquired and ploughed under — to 'make way for a new forest.'

Meanwhile, Ellen confronts Sonny about the fact that billionaire energy magnate Fabian Silver is the campaign's secret benefactor.

Dugdale's visit to the local radio station results in a Celebrity Challenge to name which politician he'd 'turn gay for' — plus the public revelation that Fabian Silver's energy company is behind the construction of the controversial new national park.

When Andrew puts a call into Henry to help protect the Nandos, billionaire Fabian Silver jumps on the first plane home from Prague to deal with the matter.


Episode 2.03 (9)
Thu, November 09, 2017
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Directed by

Dugdale's poll results are dropping fast against his main rival so the team rally to make him more relatable via a Family Feud appearance, a fundraiser and a disastrous TV interview.

Henry concedes that the team need to work on Andrew's image; improving his popularity and likeability, though Ellen smartly observes it may be easier to simply smear Baggins.

Carol's eclectic upcoming PR bookings include Dugdale attending a terrifying interview with hard-line journo Virginia Trioli, an appearance on Family Feud and a visit to a local organic walnut farm.

Henry advises Dugdale to hold fundraisers so they can be seen to need money and thereby defuse the Fabian Silver story. So, Carol decides to turn the organic walnut farm visit into a family fun fundraiser. Dugdale's big speech descends into farce when Curtis takes on the role of political "nodder".