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Greene v The World

Episode 5.01
Sunday, August 19, 2018 (ABC)
715,000 viewers (5th)
Written by Peter Duncan
Directed by Rowan Woods

On the eve of the arrival of US Defence Secretary Linus Potemkin for an Asian Security Summit, there is a terrorist gas attack on New Parliament House causing the seat of government to move down the hill to its old home.

One year on from taking up residency in Canberra as a Senator in Federal Parliament, Cleaver (Richard Roxburgh) has old foes and new: Cleaver has a new nemesis in the formidable and right-wing Senator Penny Evans (Jane Turner) and a new comrade in his COMCAR driver Jakub (Jacek Koman).

Nicole Vargas (Kate Box) is now Cleaver’s Chief of Staff, and Jack (Tasma Walton) lurks in the Parliamentary shadows, ready to make or break careers. David Potter (Matt Day) has made the transition to a Senator for the Greens and Cal’s arch rival and half-brother Joe (Mark Mitchinson) is the Leader of the Government in the Senate who, with Minister for Homeland Security Gareth Morrow (William McInnes), runs the government with an iron fist – or so he thinks.

Wendy (Caroline Brazier) is encouraged to set up her practice in the Capital, whilst Missy (Adrienne Pickering) somehow becomes Cleaver’s Press Secretary and, with Fuzz (Keegan Joyce) missing in action in Silicon Valley, she (and their daughter Winsome) move in with Cleaver. Cal (Damien Garvey) is fighting his own battles both at home with Jane (Sonia Todd), and at work with the appointment of Caitlin Farquhar (Sara Wiseman) as co-host of his show. That is until opportunity knocks and he is given both a seat and a ministerial portfolio, with the promise of something more.

On the eve of the arrival of US Defence Secretary Linus Potemkin (Anthony LaPaglia) for an Asian Security Summit, there is a purported terrorist gas attack on New Parliament House causing the seat of government to move down the hill to its old home and now Museum of Australian Democracy.

Old friends, it doesn't take much persuasion for Potemkin and Cleaver to fall into their old ways and party like it is 1999… only for Cleaver to discover that Linus is the keeper of the nuclear codes and that he may not be in a healthy mental state due to the pressures of office and a secret private life.


  • Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene
  • Matt Day as David Potter
  • Adrienne Pickering as Missy
  • Caroline Brazer as Wendy
  • Kate Box as Nicole
  • Keegan Joyce as Fuzz Greene
  • Damien Garvey as Cal McGregor
  • Anthony LaPaglia as Linus
  • Jacek Koman as Jakub
  • Jane Turner as Penny Evans
  • William McInnes as Gareth Morrow
  • Mark Mitchinson as Joe McGregor
  • Helen Thomson as PM Angela Way
  • Tony Briggs as Greg Peters
  • Sara Wiseman as Caitlin
  • Sonia Todd as Jane Greene
  • Tasma Walton as Jack
  • Jim Daly as Frank O'Brien
  • Erroll Shand as Edmund Seaton
  • John Gaden as Governor General
  • Ferdinand Hoang as Mr Wang
  • Kevin Copeland as Agent Beverley
  • Reece Milne as Agent Rene
  • David Marr as David Marr
  • Laurie Oakes as Laurie Oakes
  • Fran Kelly as Fran Kelly
  • Jeremy Fernandez as Jeremy Fernandez
  • Bede Warnock as Precocious Schoolboy
  • Daniel Malcolm as Hazmat #1
  • Phoebe Lane as Hazmat #2
  • Wadih Dona as Tiger
  • Milan Pulvermacher as Cal's Floor Mgr
  • Sophie Cheeseman as Cal's AD
  • Kasia Stemlach as Hooker Tahlia
  • Bill Young as Shooters Party Vaughan
  • Nicola Parry as Senator Ellie Stepper
  • Lauren Clair as Senator Sara Furante
  • Allan Lim as Wang's Maitre D
  • Eric So as Wang's Waiter
  • Amanda Marsden as Police Commissioner
  • Janelle McMenamin as Millenial Staff Member [sic]
  • Lacklan Ruffy as Media 1
  • Joanna Richards as Media 2
  • Sam Lavery as Media 3
  • Bobby Bagin as Liberal Powerbroker MP
  • Emanuele Avezzano as Swat #1