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Underbelly (series)
Underbelly Logo.png
Underbelly logo
Genre Drama
Crime
Starring Series 1:
Rodger Corser
Caroline Craig
Gyton Grantley
Kat Stewart
Series 2:
Roy Billing
Matthew Newton
Anna Hutchinson
Peter Phelps
Asher Keddie
Series 3:
Emma Booth
Firass Dirani
Diarmid Heidenreich
Wil Traval
Opening theme Burkhard Dallwitz "It's A Jungle Out There"
Country of origin  Australia
Language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Des Monaghan
Jo Horsburgh
Producer(s) Greg Haddrick
Brenda Pam
Running time 60 minutes
(including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel Nine Network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run 13 February 2008 – present
External links
Official website

The Underbelly series consists of two 13-part Australian television crime-drama mini-series' originally broadcast on Nine Network. The two series are based on true events: the Melbourne gangland killings and the Griffith drug trade. The first series is based on the book Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld, by The Age journalists John Silvester and Andrew Rule.[1] A third series has begun production and is scheduled to air in early 2010.

Contents

Series

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2008: Underbelly: The Melbourne Gangland Murders

Season 1 focuses mainly on events in Melbourne which occurred between 1995 and 2004 which are known as the Melbourne gangland killings.

2009: Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities

Season 2 is a prequel to the first and focuses on events that occurred in Sydney and Melbourne between the years 1976 to 1987.

2010: Underbelly: The Golden Mile

Season 3 will be titled "The Golden Mile" and will be the sequel to A Tale of Two Cities a prequel to the first season, starting in 1989. The season will take place in Kings Cross, New South Wales, and specifically a street in Sydney referred to as "the Golden Mile". Longueville Road, in the quiet North Shore suburb of Lane Cove in Sydney, has a similar layout and width to that of Darlinghurst Road in Kings Cross, and is therefore the location for some of the scenes. Longueville Road and the Coolangatta shopfronts are being transformed into Kings Cross nightspots such as The Love Machine, with filming to begin there on September 7, 2009.[2] Characters expected to be in this season include John Ibrahim, Kim Hollingsworth, the Bayeh Brothers, Trevor Haken and Chook Fowler. The season is also expected to include the Wood Royal Commission in 1995. A statement released by the Nine Network says "Underbelly: The Golden Mile is the story of the excesses of the empire, the collapse of the empire, the chaos that followed, and the ultimate victory of strong and honest police ... seen through the eyes of some of the most sexy, charming, corrupt and deadly people of the time."[3]. Nine's head of drama, Jo Horsburgh, confirmed that several characters from season two will return for season three. Filming is expected to be concluded by the end of the year.[4][5] It is set to air in early 2010.

Actor/Actress Character Status
Emma Booth Kim Hollingsworth Main Cast Role
Firass Dirani John Ibrahim Main Cast Role
Cheree Cassidy Deborah Locke Main Cast Role
Diarmid Heidenreich Eddie Gould Main Cast Role
Wil Traval Joe Dooley Main Cast Role
Dieter Brummer Trevor Haken Main Cast Role
Rob Carlton Neville 'Scully' Scullion Main Cast Role
Peter O'Brien George Freeman Main Cast Role
Damian Garvey "Chook" Fowler Minor Cast Role
Georgina Haig Georgina Freeman Minor Cast Role
Natalie Bassingthwaighte Maria Haken Minor Cast Role
Paul Tassone Dennis Kelly Minor Cast Role
Daniel Roberts Jim Egan Minor Cast Role
John McNeil Lennie McPherson Minor Cast Role
Ian Smith Ken Wallis Minor Cast Role
Sigrid Thornton Gerry Lloyd Minor Cast Role
Mark Furze Trent Minor Cast Role
Steve Bastoni Louis Bayeh Minor Cast Role
Hazem Shammas Bill Bayeh Minor Cast Role
John Waters Roger Rogerson Minor Cast Role
Matt Day Inspector Sid Hillier Minor Cast Role
Natasha Cunningham Melissa Hollingsworth Minor Cast Role
Andrew Bibby Greg Locke Minor Cast Role
Salvatore Coco Harry 'Hammer' Hammoud Minor Cast Role
Hanna Griffiths Jodie Minor Cast Role
Waddah Sari Buddy Minor Cast Role
Dan Mor Danny Karam Minor Cast Role
Russel Kiefel Mel Mal Minor Cast Role
Toby Leonard Moore Sergeant Dave Minor Cast Role
Michael Vice Benny Kassab Minor Cast Role
Johnny Lahoud Captain Jack Minor Cast Role
Tom O'Sullivan Sean "Grunter" Sinclair Cast Role
Toby Moore Dave Cast Role
Peter Scarf Constable Andrew Cast Role
Megan Miller-McConochie Mrs Gould Cast Role
Stuart McRae Les Cast Role
Melissa McCole-Brooks Mrs Sinclair Cast Role
Sandra Galvin Fran Egan Cast Role
Caroline Craig The Narrator Cast Role

Future

A Fourth series of Underbelly is rumoured to be in production but the Nine Network has not verified this. It is rumoured that the series could be heading to Queensland (Bjelke-Petersen Government Era/Fitzgerald inquiry) or back to Melbourne.

Series Ratings

  • The following table's ratings and rankings are subject to change as more episodes are broadcast.
  • Data based on the five Metropolitan markets only.
Series # Episodes [6] Timeslot Season Premiere [7] Season Finale TV Season Nightly Rankings [8] Yearly Ranking [9] Viewers
(Millions) [10]
1st 2nd 3rd >3rd
1 13 8:30pm
Wednesday
13 February 2008 7 May 2008 2008 3 1.707*
2 13 8:30pm
Monday
9 February 2009 4 May 2009 2009 10 2 0 1 2 (Current) 2.159

*Underbelly figure is for the first five episodes - the total is calculated from the average audience achieved by the broadcast in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and then the average audience achieved by the broadcast in Melbourne where it screened later in the year (and in varied timeslots).

Awards

Underbelly won an Australian Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie in May 2009.

Piracy

Due to a court order banning the show in Victoria, internet piracy of the show attracted media attention. The show's premiere was reportedly available from 10:50 pm of the day it was first screened, just 20 minutes after the show had finished screening. The IP address of the first person to upload the show was obtained by the Nine Network and they considered legal action.[11]

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