Total Control: episode guide

Episode 3.01

Sun, January 14, 2024
278,000 viewers (8th)
Written by Stuart Page
Produced by Darren Dale, Erin Bretherton
Directed by Wayne Blair

Two years on since the explosive events of the second season, outsider turned kingmaker, Alex Irving, is now completely at home in the nation's capital. She's at the centre of power, holding the Government on a short leash, but it's taking a toll.

It's been two years since Alex Irving anointed Paul Murphy as Australia's first Aboriginal Prime Minister. Since then, the government has weathered a global pandemic and the tide of public sentiment turning against them.

Aside from the threats she faces from the far right, and her own personal struggles with health and family, Alex and her longtime frenemy Rachel Anderson, a Teals-like independent and former prime minister, learn the think tank that backed them last season was corrupt. Can Alex dodge the fallout long enough to get a nation-changing piece of legislation passed to keep kids out of jails?


  • Deborah Mailman as Alex Irving
  • Rachel Griffiths as Rachel Anderson
  • Rob Collins as Charlie Irving
  • Wayne Blair as Paul Murphy
  • Wesley Patten as Eddie Irving
  • Anthony Hayes as Damien Bauer
  • Steph Tisdell as Joely McKinnon
  • Huw Higginson as Peter Solomon
  • Catherine McClements as Marion Beaumont
  • Lisa Hensley as Sharon Costigan
  • Daniela Farinacci as Philippa Bailey
  • Anita Hegh as Helena Rossi
  • Benedict Hardie as Shaun Keogh
  • Rosie Lourde as Dee Rhodes
  • Maya Stange as Kathleen Sloane
  • Josef Ber as Dominic
  • Maliyan Blair as Jay
  • Billie Jones as Kylie
  • Braxton Smith as Ash
  • Jo Cumpston as Daniel
  • Benjamin Hall as James
  • Nicole Milinkovic as Tegan
  • Paul Winchester as Andrew Liddell
  • Glenn Keenan as Solicitor
  • Paul Goddard as Counsel Assisting
  • Rhonda Doyle as Radiographer
  • Jess McGulre as News Presenter
  • Stephanie King as Journalist
  • Dianne Weller as Journalist
  • Indigo Felton as Journalist
  • Daniel Widdowson as Store Security Guard
  • Grace Naoum as Advisor 1
  • Matthew Abotomey as Advisor 2
  • Annie Mossman as Joely Driving Double