The BEST Episodes of Secret City

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 3, 2020

Network: Showcase (AU)

Beneath the placid facade of Canberra, amidst rising tension between China and America, senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley uncovers a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger including her own.

Two Cheers for Democracy

#1 - Two Cheers for Democracy

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 8, 2019

The dogs of war are circling in the corridors of power, urging a reluctant PM to retaliate against Pakistan. Can Harriet stop the march to war in time?

star 7.91
94 votes
Directors: Daniel Nettheim
Writers: Matt Cameron
For Whom the Bell Tolls

#2 - For Whom the Bell Tolls

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 1, 2019

A desperate Cal threatens Harriet, demanding a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Garrity.

star 7.80
90 votes
Directors: Daniel Nettheim
Writers: Belinda Chayko
The Light on the Hill

#3 - The Light on the Hill

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 3, 2016

Harriet's story on missing Chinese dissidents may have embarrassed Beijing into returning Sabine Hobbs to Canberra, but the connections to Australian intelligence and the murder remain hidden.

star 7.68
256 votes
Directors: Emma Freeman
Writers: Matt Cameron
Pale Horse

#4 - Pale Horse

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 18, 2019

Prime Minister Garrity discovers the existence of a classified military program. Meanwhile, Harriet learns the truth of Mina's secret criminal activities.

star 7.67
93 votes
Directors: Tony Krawitz
Writers: Angela Betzien, Matt Cameron
Broken Bird

#5 - Broken Bird

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 25, 2019

The US Secretary of Defence arrives in the capital for an unscheduled visit. Garrity seeks a private meeting with drone pilot Cal Treloar.

star 7.60
90 votes
Directors: Daniel Nettheim
Writers: Elise McCredie
Ghosts in the Machine

#6 - Ghosts in the Machine

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 26, 2016

Determined to become hunter rather than prey, Harriet convinces ASIO agent Charles Dancer to pursue her attacker and the murderer while she investigates how a Chinese assassin can operate in Australia with apparent impunity.

star 7.49
263 votes
Directors: Emma Freeman
Writers: Matt Cameron
Falling Hard

#7 - Falling Hard

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 19, 2016

A sophisticated cyber attack cripples Australia's air traffic control for 13 terrifying minutes. All the evidence points to China seeking vengeance for their dead sailor.

star 7.46
272 votes
Directors: Emma Freeman
Writers: Belinda Chayko
The War Zone

#8 - The War Zone

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 11, 2019

Harriet takes up an offer to work for a maverick MP, while Karen Koutoufides uncovers a link between the home explosion and suspicious phone calls between Bailey and the chief of defence.

star 7.42
98 votes
Directors: Tony Krawitz
Writers: Belinda Chayko
A Donation to the Struggle

#9 - A Donation to the Struggle

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 5, 2016

Political journalist Harriet Dunkley sees the gutted body of a young man washed up on the lakeshore she suspects a conspiracy and determines that, whatever the personal or professional cost, she must pursue a story that could overturn everything Australians believe about our Government and our place in the world.

star 7.35
391 votes
Directors: Emma Freeman
Writers: Matt Cameron
Beware the Jabberwock

#10 - Beware the Jabberwock

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 12, 2016

A shocking murder leaves Harriet shattered but angry. Australian intelligence agencies are determined to shut down the story, however, Harriet has been deliberately left a clue that only she will understand and as she pursues the trail of secrets, finds the pieces of several different puzzles forming a larger picture. People she should be able to trust are revealed as determined enemies but she discovers an unlikely ally.

star 7.35
286 votes
Directors: Emma Freeman
Writers: Belinda Chayko, Greg Waters
Run Little Rabbit

#11 - Run Little Rabbit

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 4, 2019

Harriet Dunkley is out on parole and eager to leave the swamp of Canberra politics behind. But, before she can escape, she is ensnared in a cover-up with Catriona Bailey's fingerprints all over it.

star 7.27
107 votes
Directors: Tony Krawitz
Writers: Matt Cameron
The Watchers

#12 - The Watchers

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 5, 2016

One person Harriet has questioned in pursuit of her story is dead, another is missing. The conspiracy may be hidden deep, but it involves those who are powerful, ruthless and with a great deal at stake, but Harriet won’t stop no matter how deadly her quest becomes. In this game no-one is pure, but are their machinations politics as usual or do they cover something darker? Now, as Harriet continues her search for the truth, someone closer to her inner circle is found murdered.

star 7.27
204 votes
Directors: Emma Freeman
Writers: Belinda Chayko