STARRING two titans of Australian screen, Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths, ABC’s prestigious and razor-sharp political drama Total Control makes its final return with more powerplays, betrayals and soul-searching from Sunday 14 January at 8.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.
Over six gripping episodes, Deborah and Rachel are joined by a stellar lineup of stars including Rob Collins, Wayne Blair, Anthony Hayes, Wesley Patten, Steph Tisdell, Daniela Farinacci, Lisa Flanagan, Benedict Hardie, Anita Hegh, Huw Higginson, Catherine McClements, Fayssal Bazzi, Ursula Yovich, Lisa Hensley and Trisha Morton-Thomas.
It’s been two years since the explosive events of the second season and outsider turned kingmaker, Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman), is completely at home in the nation’s capital. But what she’s about to discover will test her like never before.
The think tank run by Rachel Anderson’s (Rachel Griffiths) reprobate advisor Nick Pearce – the one that made substantial donations to her election campaign – was backed by private interests in order to buy political influence. Rachel stuffed up. And the corruption allegations could destroy them both.
As Alex and Rachel battle to control their political destinies, they will uncover the truth about who was behind the dark money. And why. Can Alex achieve the change she’s been fighting for or will it cost her everything?
Mailman may be familiar to readers from her starring roles in The Secret Life of Us and Offspring, among many others. She was the first Aboriginal actress to win the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her star turn in Radiance, and has gone on to win four more both in television and film. Griffiths is a global superstar, with credits in several Hollywood hits as well as here in Australia. She won awards for her appearances in Six Feet Under and Brothers & Sisters, and of course she first really caught our eye in Muriel’s Wedding.
The show, produced by A Blackfella Films with investment from the ABC and Screen Australia, promises to set the screen alight in the new year. It’s not-to-be-missed drama. Earlier seasons for those who need to catch up first can be found on ABC iview.