When Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman), a charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman, is thrust into the national limelight after a horrific domestic violence event, Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths), sees a publicity goldmine for her party. In a bold power play, she handpicks Alex for the Senate. But Alex wants to be more than just a political stunt: she wants to make a difference. So, when the Prime Minister's cynical calculations betray her, Alex sets out for revenge that will send the political establishment into meltdown.
Total Control Ep. 1
A charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman – stands up to a gunman on a domestic violence rampage, the footage of her heroism goes viral. Amid the acclaim, the Government of the day reaches out with a surprising offer – they want Alex to take up a seat in the Senate, figuring that her popularity will help them in the polls.
Total Control Ep. 2
Alex proves her worth to the Government when a dispute escalates between China and the US over influence in the Pacific, and the Government is faced with an urgent demand to site new US bases on native title land. Alex sets out to broker a deal between the Aboriginal communities and the Government, and she manages to come through, promising generous royalties and self-determination to the communities whose land is in question.
Total Control Ep. 3
Alex works around the clock trying to get the necessary amendments before the Senate, and is given some surprising help by Laurie, the leader of the Opposition. Meanwhile the PM faces down opposition from the right wing of the Party who see this as pandering to special interests.
Total Control Ep. 4
Alex is struck low by grief and the knowledge that the PM has betrayed her and the community. She struggles with the fact that she’s let down her family and her people, and her attempts to drink the pain away end in humiliation.
Total Control Ep. 5
Alex and the PM embark on a game of political cat and mouse. Neither trusts the other now. The PM still needs Alex’s vote in the Senate, and she plays on the former friendship between the two of them to try to keep her in line. JC is wanted by the Police and she panics and runs when a foot patrol approaches. The resulting chase ends in tragedy.