Connect with us
Underbelly A Tale Of Two Cities Underbelly A Tale Of Two Cities

Australian TV

Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities (Channel 9 2009, Matthew Newton)

Published

on

It’s rough, mean, violent and uncompromising, A Tale of Two Cities takes us right back to the mid 1970′s when Terry Clark (played with great charisma by Matthew Newton, even if his beard is a bit too wispy) arrives in Australia from New Zealand and determines to cut himself a part of the Sydney drug scene; Joining forces with Robert “Aussie Bob” Trimbole (Roy Billing) he is instrumental in the scene moving away from pot to the harder heroin. Whilst in Melbourne stand over men Les and Brian Kane are none too pleased to see their profitable “business” going sour thanks to the sudden influx of hard drugs. Playing along side this is the corruption that was rife in the police force in the 1970′s.

This prequel to the huge hit that was Underbelly shapes up to be even better, its hard to watch at times and it certainly doesn’t pull its punches. The fact that it is all based on real events makes it even more astounding. Matthew Newton is surprisingly powerful as Terry Clark and there are lots of well known faces in the cast getting the dodgy hair and kipper tie treatment, not least peter O’Brien as casino owner George Freeman who with his flyaway white hair looks like an evangelical preacher.

Number 2 in the Underbelly series, this covers the years 1976 through to 1987. See also Underbelly Razor.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 February – 4 May 2009

Executive Producers: Des Monaghan, Jo Horsburgh

cast
MATTHEW NEWTON as Terry Clark
PETER O’BRIEN as George Freeman
ROY BILLING as Robert Trimbole
ANNA HUTCHINSON as Allison Dine
KATE RITCHIE as Judi Kane
ASHER KEDDIE as Senior Detective Liz Cruickshank
PETER PHELPS as Detective Inspector Joe Messina
ANDREW McFARLANE as Donald Mackay
DIANE CRAIG as Barbara Mackay
DUSTIN CLARE as Christopher Dale Flannery
CON MELANITIS as Alphonse Gangitano
TIM McCUNN as Brian Kane
MARTIN DINGLE WALL as Les Kane
JOHN WOOD as Murray Farquhar
DIETER BRUMMER as Trevor
ELIZA SZONART as Trisha Kane
MATTHEW PASSMORE as Detective Warwick Mobbs
DAMON GAMEAU as Andy Maher
Narrated by CAROLINE CRAIG

THE EPISODES 9 February – 4 May 2009
1. AUSSIE BOB AND KIWI TERRY (9 Feb 2009)
2. BAD HABITS (9 Feb 2009)
3. BRAVE NEW WORLD (16 Feb 2009)
4. BUSINESS AS USUAL (23 Feb 2009)
5. A TALE OF TWO HITMEN (2 Mar 2009)
6. STRANDED (9 Mar 2009)
7. A NICE LITTLE EARNER (16 Mar 2009)
8. DIAMONDS (23 Mar 2009)
9. JUDAS KISS (30 Mar 2009)
10. THE RECKONING (20 Apr 2009)
11. THE BROTHERHOOD (20 Apr 2009)
12. O LUCKY MAN (27 Apr 2009)
13. THE LOVED ONES (4 May 2009)

Episodes 1 and 2 were both shown consecutively on the same evening and episodes 10 and 11 were also both shown consecutively on the same evening, the series returned at that point from a four week break.

Advertisement












Australian TV

Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)

Published

on

By

Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.

cast
NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros

crew details
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000

Continue Reading

Australian TV

Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)

Published

on

By

Channel 9 Logo

In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.

cast
Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Gordon Mcdougall
Lew Luton
Philippa Baker
Dennis Miller
Anne-Louise Lambert
John Orcsik

crew details
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976

Continue Reading

Australian TV

Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)

Published

on

By

Channel 7

Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.

Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”

Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.

crew details
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production

Continue Reading

THIS JUST IN

ADVERTISEMENT

MOVIES

ADVERTISEMENT

EPISODES

More to View