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Ghosts in the Machine

Episode 5
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Written by Matt Cameron
Directed by Emma Freeman

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. Meanwhile Paxton knows it is not the crime that brings down a politician — it's the cover-up. He picks away at the threads of the 13 minutes cover-up certain that they will lead to Catriona Bailey.


  • Anna Torv as Harriet
  • Dan Wyllie as Paxton
  • Jacki Weaver as Bailey
  • Damon Herriman as Kim
  • Alan Dale as Prime Minister Toohey
  • Alex Dimitriades as Dancer
  • Eugenia Yuan as Weng
  • Mekhi Phifer as US Ambassador Moreton
  • Matthew Zeremes as Brimmer
  • Huw Higginson as Reardon
  • Marcus Graham as Griff
  • Miranda Tapsell as Sasha
  • Benedict Samuel as Felix
  • Sacha Horler as Ludie
  • Kate Mulvaney as Ronnie
  • Justin Smith as Vaughn
  • Aleks Mikic as Thomas
  • David Roberts as General McAuliffe
  • Anni Finsterer as Rear Admiral Hartzig
  • Sean Taylor as Wheeler
  • Gary Young as Zheng
  • Ferdinand Hoang as Ambassador Dhao
  • Alice Chaston as Sabine Hobbs
  • Jeanette Cronin as Mrs Hobbs
  • Tim Parsons as Max Dalgetty
  • Jo Briant as Mrs Dalgetty
  • Brenna Harding as Cassie
  • Max Brown as Kevin
  • Charles Wu as Qiu
  • Rob Flanagan as Rene
  • Kimir Tsukakoshi as Ivy Chen
  • Laura Brent as Dr Crick
  • Duncan Fellows as Caucasian ASIO Guard
  • Kieran Gilbert as Sky News Anchor
  • Gareth Rickards as AFP Official
  • Felix Johnson as Corporal Millard
  • Ben Wang as Chinese Guard #1
  • Victor Matveev as Chinese Guard #2
  • Joe Chan as MSS Agent
  • Kathryn Longstaff as Harriet Rowing Double
  • Maddie Mackie as Harriet Rowing Double
  • Marlee Barber as Stunt Performer
  • Darvin De La Cruz as Stunt Performer
  • Glenn Chow as Stunt Performer
  • Andrea Berchtold as Stunt Performer
  • Wilson Lo as Stunt Action Personnel
  • Hsieh Wai Lim as Stunt Action Personnel
  • Aaron Zee as Stunt Action Personnel