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Greene v Mid Winter

Episode 5.07
Sunday, September 30, 2018
364,000 viewers (11th)
Written by Andrew Knight
Directed by Matthew Saville

With war looming in the South China Sea, a cabinet reshuffle on the cards and the plumbers handled ‘with extreme prejudice’ — the move back to New Parliament House is now firmly on the agenda — but not before the Mid-Winter Ball, and a feud is buried for political gain.

The move back to New Parliament House is now firmly on the agenda, and a monumental Government cover-up sees the plumbers handled with ‘extreme prejudice’. When it comes to light that the Mid-Winter Ball venue is double booked with a wedding, Prime Minister Morrow (William McInnes) decrees that the political social event of the year takes precedence over all other bookings — without knowing that the wedding in question is for the Chinese Premier’s cousin’s son. In a bid to stave off an international incident and the threat of war, both events are to go ahead — side by side…

When it becomes apparent that Frank (Jim Daly) has publicised Cleaver’s (Richard Roxburgh) BuzzStay revenue stream in all the wrong places, Cleaver finally does what he should have done all along and sacks him… before going on the offensive and declaring it ‘fake news’. But when Frank is found dead at a bus stop, Cleaver is greatly affected by the loneliness of his passing, and the even lonelier funeral… and rises with an impromptu heartfelt eulogy.

With a cabinet reshuffle on the cards, factions rally until it becomes apparent that the two feuding brothers — Cal (Damien Garvey) and Joe (Mark Mitchinson) McGregor have to put their differences, (and a painting), aside and join forces in a bid to topple the Prime Minister… in the middle of the Mid-Winter festivities. Left to his own devices, Cleaver gate-crashes the Chinese wedding only to discover that the bride is his secret crush Li-Ming Wu (Tasneem Roc).


  • Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene
  • Matt Day as David Potter
  • Adrienne Pickering as Missy
  • Caroline Brazer as Wendy
  • Kate Box as Nicole
  • Damien Garvey as Cal McGregor
  • Jacek Koman as Jakub
  • William McInnes as Gareth Morrow
  • Mark Mitchinson as Joe McGregor
  • Jim Daly as Frank O'Brien
  • Sara Wiseman as Caitlin
  • Sonia Todd as Jane Greene
  • Tasma Walton as Jack
  • Erroll Shand as Edmund Seaton
  • Tasneem Roc as Li-Ming Wu
  • Amy Kersey as Rebecca
  • Vico Thai as Zhang Le Ping
  • Tim McGarry as Seth Gilbert
  • Akira Bradley as Tibetan Monk
  • Charlie Garber as Priest [Peter]
  • Michael Thomson as Minister
  • Brendan Donoghue as Jake
  • Ben Bordeau as Gordy
  • Daniel Krige as Labor Politician
  • Simon Davey as Labor Politician
  • Georgia Kelly as Gareth's Pa [Julie]
  • Priscilla Forder as Frank's Daughter
  • Gabrielle Chan as Chinese Translator
  • Rowan Freeman as Policeman
  • Katherine Beckett as Bus Passenger
  • Brenden Doods as Band Leader
  • Melissa Kenny as A Capella Singer
  • Elisha Keen as A Capella Singer
  • Chris Dendle as A Capella Singer
  • Liam Scarratt as A Capella Singer