Total Control: episode guide

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Episode 2.01

Sun, November 07, 2021 (ABC, 8:40)
331,000 viewers (10th)
Written by Stuart Page
Produced by Darren Dale
Directed by Wayne Blair

In the first season of Total Control, Alex Irving engineered a remarkable coup, dethroning Rachel Anderson, the Prime Minister who appointed her to the Senate only to betray her. This time around, Alex is determined to avoid the pitfalls of the Canberra bubble. The backstabbing, vested interests, lip service and failed promises; territory she now knows comes with the job. Alex broke her word to her community, but she’s not going to be put in that position again. By running for election as an Independent, Alex has a second chance to do it right.

Far from home, Alex Irving faces the reality of her alliance with the opposition and begins to question her future in the party. Still reeling from the leadership spill, Rachel Anderson plans her next move.


  • Deborah Mailman as Alex Irving
  • Rachel Griffiths as Rachel Anderson
  • Rob Collins as Charlie Irving
  • Wayne Blair as Paul Murphy
  • Rob Carlton as George Jeffries [x]
  • Alex Dimitriades as Nick Pearce [x]
  • Daniela Farinacci as Philippa Bailey
  • Lisa Flanagan as Faye Stanley
  • Colin Friels as Jack Ramsay [x]
  • Harry Greenwood as Leo Jacobs [x]
  • Benedict Hardie as Shaun Keogh [x]
  • Anthony Hayes as Damien Bauer
  • Anita Hegh as Helena Rossi [x]
  • Huw Higginson as Peter Solomon
  • William Mclnnes as Laurie Martin
  • Wesley Patten as Eddie Irving
  • Vico Thai as Justin Yang
  • Steph Tisdell as Joely McKinnon
  • Leith Arundel as Journalist
  • Tina Kobas as Journalist
  • Natasha Vickery as Journalist
  • Shantae Barnes-Cowan as Jess Clarke
  • Miles Boland as Maitre D
  • Sean Brandtman as Corporate Guy
  • Nic Cassim as Cabbie
  • Glenn Chow as Stunt Taxi Driver
  • Peter Cook as Principal [v/o]
  • Humphrey Cornthwaite as Rachel's Driver
  • Tom Cossettini as Prankster
  • Stephanie Di Giacomo as Laurie's Staffer
  • Simon Elrahi as Argumentative Man
  • Fletcher Humphrys as Joshua Harvey
  • Billie Jones as Kylie
  • Susanne Jones as Townsperson
  • Shane Kemp as Townsperson
  • Patricia Karvelas as Broadcaster
  • Fran Kelly as Broadcaster
  • Stephen Leeder as Ivan
  • John Macleod as Councillor
  • Indira Naidoo as Newsreader
  • Neil Pigot as Stephen
  • Val Weldon as Marcie Maclean
  • Las Wijayatilake as Reporter
  • Malaki Williams as Clancy