Underbelly will turn back in time next year when Nine launches its fourth series of the crime drama, Underbelly: Razor, to be set in the 1920s.
It is based on the true Sydney story of the era’s most feared vice queens -- Tilly Devine and her rival Kate Leigh. Their feud culminated in a riot known as the Battle of Kellett Street on August 9, 1929, one of the most violent riots Sydney had ever seen. Nine also has three Underbelly Files telemovies to roll out -- Tell Them Lucifer was Here, Infiltration and The Man Who Got Away.
The Underbelly announcement led the network's programming launch, hosted by Ben Elton, in Sydney yesterday.
Elton will also front his new comedy show Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth, to be staged each week in Melbourne. Elton promises his look at pop culture will be unpredictable, irreverent and totally live.
Jamie Durie also returns to Nine for a new renovation series, Top Design, searching for people who will be put to the test to create a masterpiece.
A new dancing series, Dance Nation, will pit state against state.
And TV itself comes under the microscope as Tony Martin and Ed Kavalee front a Gruen-style look at television itself in The Joy of Sets. This one is produced by Andrew Denton's production company, Zapruder's Other Films. Sounds intriguing. Denton's long-awaited AFP series on the Federal Police will finally run.