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Fat Tony And Co (Channel 9 2014, Robert Mammone, Vince Colosimo)

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Crime drama series Fat Tony and Co was part of the Underbelly franchise (but not listed as such because of funding changes to Screen Australia) and focused on Tony Mokbel who in the 2000’s was Australia’s most wanted man. What followed as the police attempted to bring him to justice was an intense manhunt that lasted 18 months and dismantled a drug empire.

A miraculous tip-off to the Australian police revealed that Mokbel was living in Athens, Greece under a false name and documents. But how do you find one man in a population of four million? FAT TONY & CO follows Mokbel from his early beginnings in Melbourne’s underworld to his eventual discovery and arrest in a cafe in Athens.

Mokbel featured in the original Underbelly series but as Screentime Exec Des Monaghan says “When we first introduced Tony Mokbel, legal constraints greatly inhibited how much we could show. This time there are no such constraints – FAT TONY & CO is complete and unabridged.” Timeline wise the storyline runs alongside the events of the original Underbelly series but seen from Mokbel’s perspective.

In fact most of the original Underbelly players returned for this series – with a few exceptions – Kat Stewart was replaced by Hollie Andrew. Caroline Gillmer was replaced by Debra Byrne and Callan Mulvey was replaced by Jake Ryan.

Most of the cast from the first series of Underbelly return to play the same characters, although some were unavailable to reprise their signature roles such as Kat Stewart who played Roberta Williams, replaced by Hollie Andrew; Caroline Gillmer who played Judy Moran, replaced by Debra Byrne, and Callan Mulvey who played Mark Moran, replaced by Jake Ryan

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – Screentime / 9×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 23 February – 6 April 2014

Writers: Peter Gawler, Adam Todd, Jeff Truman, Michaeley O’Brien / Executive Producers: Des Monaghan, Greg Haddrick, Jo Rooney, Andy Ryan / Producers: Peter Gawler, Elisa Argenzio / Directors: Peter Andrikidis, Andrew Prowse, Karl Zwicky

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Robert Mammone as Tony Mokbel
Madeleine West as Danielle McGuire
Gyton Grantley as Carl Williams
Hollie Andrew as Roberta Williams
Shane Jacobson as Det. Insp. Jim ‘Big Kahuna’ O’Brien
Stephen Curry as Det. Sgt. Jim Coghlan
Richard Cawthorne as Australian Federal Police agent Jarrod Ragg
Vince Colosimo as Alphonse Gangitano
Les Hill as Jason Moran
Simon Westaway as Mick Gatto
Kevin Harrington as Lewis Moran
Gerard Kennedy as Graham Kinniburgh
Debra Byrne as Judy Moran
Rich Davine as Pasquale Barbaro
Louise Mandylor as Laura Mokbel
Jake Ryan as Mark Moran
Jeremy Kewley as Des ‘Tuppence’ Moran
Frank Sweet as Billy Fischer
Brian Vriends as Det. Sgt. Malcolm Rosenes
David Brown as Det. Sam Martone
Nick Simpson-Deeks as Bruno
Simone Kessell as Tamara Chippindall
Steve Bastoni as Homicide Det. Charlie Bezzina
Nicholas Bishop as Det. Sgt. Paul Dale
Mat Stevenson as Prosecutor
Tom Wren as Willie Thompson
Alex Tsitsopoulos as Milad Mokbel
Vince Poletto as Horty Mokbel
Samantha Tolj as Renee Mokbel
Odette Joannidis as Carmel Mokbel
Maria Mercedes as Agape Makrakanis
Steve Mouzakis as Major George Kastanis
Jason Gianginis as Incorruptible Police Detective
Tony Nikolakopoulos as Stavros Makrakanis
Robert Rabiah as Dario Mancini
Costas Kilias as Head of Hellenic Anti Drug Dept
James Chalas as Yiannis Vlahos Lawyer
Zoe Cramond as Lawyer Zara Grade-Wilson
Dean Cartmel as Phil Costa

THE EPISODES 23 February – 30 March 2014
1. THE TONY SPECIAL (23 Feb 2014)
2. THE MEXICAN JOB (23 Feb 2014)
3. WHEN THE DOG’S BARK (2 Mar 2014)
4. KILLERS, THIEVES AND LAWYERS (9 Mar 2014)
5. WHERE’S TONY (16 Mar 2014)
6. A NEW LIFE (23 Mar 2014)
7. THE INCORRUPTIBLES (23 Mar 2014)
8. A CHIP AND A CHAIR (30 Mar 2014)
9. DRAWING DEAD (30 Mar 2014)

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

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

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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

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

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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

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Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)

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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

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