If you love political intrigue and plenty of drama, check out Secret City. Set in Australia, season one is based on the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files by Chris Uhlmann. A fictional story, it is probably far closer to the truth of politics than many would like.
So the premise of the show is that Harriet Dunkley is a press gallery journalist. She is based out of the buildings where the Australia government resides in Canberra. Out rowing, she unwittingly stumbles across a crime scene when a body washes up on the shores of a lake. Digging a little further, she discovers a cover-up at the highest level to hide the true identity of the victim.
At the same time, an Australian citizen is being held by authorities in Beijing and the Aussies want her back. Cue a series of negotiations as tensions ramp up between the Chinese and the Americans with the Australians stuck in the middle. Harriet, played by Anna Torv, refuses to let the investigation go. But when the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) are also involved things start to get very tricky.
Getting ever closer to the truth behind the lies, backroom deals and allegiances, Harriet puts her own life in danger as she pursues the story.
Secret City is incredibly engaging. Put your phone away because you will need to focus on the story. Blink and you'll miss something important, especially in the first few episodes when the players and the plot are getting laid out. Plus there are plenty of twists and turns and shock moments that you just don't see coming. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? Can she trust anybody?
With superb performances from Jacki Weaver, Alex Dimitriades and Torv you will be hooked into this crazy conspiracy based show. The good news is there is also a second season so perfect if you fancy a decent binge! And when you've finished that you can always watch Deep Water, an equally as engaging Aussie crime drama.