Underbelly

Wednesday 8:30 PM on The Nine Network
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 8

    Strike Force Tuno

    Aired 10/1/12

  • S 5 : Ep 7

    Bang, Bang, Kill, Kill

    Aired 9/24/12

  • S 5 : Ep 6

    Road to Nowhere

    Aired 9/17/12

  • S 5 : Ep 5

    Troubleshooting

    Aired 9/10/12

  • S 5 : Ep 4

    Year of the Rooster

    Aired 9/3/12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rodger Corser

    Det. Senior Sgt. Steve Owen

  • Caroline Craig

    Det. Const. Jacqui James

  • Gyton Grantley

    Carl Williams

  • Kat Stewart

    Roberta Williams

  • Frankie J. Holden

    Garry Butterworth

  • show Description
  • Based on real events in Melbourne, Victoria, between 1995 and 2004, Underbelly tells the story of the gangland war, known as the Melbourne gangland killings, between rival factions of Melbourne's criminal underworld. This major primetime production based on true events features an all-star cast from Australia. The series was banned from being broadcast in Victoria, Australia until the conclusion of an upcoming gangland murder trial. The order was issued on February 12, 2008 by Supreme Court judge Betty King. The whole 13 episode series was sporadically bootlegged throughout Victoria and Australia. The first 9 episodes were being sold on DVD in markets across Victoria, such as Footscray and Queen Victoria, as early as three weeks into its initial broadcast. Roberta Williams' older daughter was known to be selling the complete 13 episodes on DVD at her Essendon School, Ava Maria in mid-March 2008. Apparently, Roberta bribed someone within the Nine Network, and obtained the complete series. Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities is the prequel to Melbourne's gangland war drama -- the original Underbelly. The two-hour premiere grabbed the attention of 2.58 million viewers, making this Sydney-based mini-series a hot favourite for the best Australian show of 2009. The third series of Underbelly began filming April 11, 2010 and contains 13 episodes.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (57)

    • Heather: It's just Carl, he's harmless.

    • Owen: Mr Gangitano, we have reason to believe that you are carrying drugs about your person. Stand up and empty your pockets please. Alphonse: Can't you see I'm in a meeting? Owen: Wasn't a request, sir, do it now or I will do it for you.

    • Mark: The prince is dead, long live the prince.

    • Carl: You're a sphincter Owen, that's the technical term for arsehole.

    • Mark: Everything this family has done for him, takes your girl and treats you like shit. (pause) Wanna freshie?

    • Owen: I swear I'm going to call my biography "Chasing Jason".

    • Jason: Where are you going Roberta? Roberta: I'm going to the fuckin' dunny, do you wanna come and watch?

    • Carl: I'll see you later Detective Sphincter, means arsehole 'member. Owen: Get a real job Carl.

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    Notes (32)

    • Music: "Four On The Floor" and "Black Betty" by Spiderbait; "Cyclone on Ceylon" by Oleg Kostrow; "Rigoletto, Act III: La Donna E Mobile" written by G. Verdi, performed by Yordy Ramiro; "O' The Night" by Symbiosis; "Garage Party" by Mr. Jigga; "To The Sea" by Kiril Dzajkovski; "Tarantula" by Pendulum feat. Tenoryfly and Spyd; "Sweet and Sexy" by Rune Lindback; "Cocoon Part 2" by Spoonbill; "Si Gira E Si Rivolta" by Saveria & Natino; "One Night Alone" by Winterpark.

    • Underbelly finally aired in Victoria on Sunday 14th September, 2008. Permission was granted from the courts to show Underbelly in a modified form, though only 5 episodes are to be aired at this stage.

    • The Australian premiere of Underbelly was watched by 1.326 million viewers making it the third most watched program of the night (excluding Victoria which had to wait till 14th September, 2008 for it to be aired).

    • This episode and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" were aired as a two hour-long premiere.

    • This episode, and all subsequent episodes, were banned from being broadcast in Victoria, Australia until the conclusion of an upcoming gangland murder trial. The order was issued on February 12, 2008 by Supreme Court judge Betty King.

    • Originally, this episode was going to be first made available for download on the official Underbelly website 3 days prior to its initial broadcast on Sunday, 10th February. However, due to legal reasons it was changed to the day after its initial broadcast, and then finally being completely removed.

    • Music: "Four On The Floor" by Spiderbait; "Cyclone on Ceylon" by Oleg Kostrow; "Rigoletto, Act III: La Donna E Mobile" written by G. Verdi, performed by Yordy Ramiro; "O' The Night" by Symbiosis; "Garage Party" by Mr. Jigga; "To The Sea" by Kiril Dzajkovski; "Tarantula" by Pendulum feat. Tenoryfly and Spyd; "Sweet and Sexy" by Rune Lindback; "Black Betty" by Spiderbait; "Cocoon Part 2" by Spoonbill; "Si Gira E Si Rivolta" by Saveria & Natino; "One Night Alone" by Winterpark.

    • This episode was watched by 1.324 million viewers, down by 2,000 viewers but still managed to be the fourth most watch program that night.

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    Trivia (59)

    • The title of this episode derives from the fact that Alphonse Gangitano was known as "The Black Prince of Lygon Street", but celebrity gangster Mark 'Chopper' Read referred to him as "The Plastic Godfather".

    • The role of infamous underworld figure Alphonse Gangitano in Underbelly is played by Vince Colosimo, a very popular Australian actor. Alphonse loved gangster movies and fantasised that Andy Garcia would one day portray him in a Hollywood blockbuster.

    • The money Jason Moran gives to Tracey appears to be paper US notes, not the plastic Australian ones.

    • The role of Steve Owen is largely based on Detective Sergeant Stuart Bateson who was a member of the Purana Taskforce.

    • Gyton Grantley, who plays Carl Williams, put on 12kg for the role.

    • Although this episode is set in 1995 there are many flaws in production. Vehicles released 10 years later are shown constantly, including a 2003 Holden/Vauxhall/Saturn Astra which cuts them off as Alphonse & Jason cross the Westgate bridge, and a VW Touraeg as Carl Williams meets with Tony Mokbel. There is also a clear shot of the Bolten Bridge which wasn't opened until 1999.

    • When Sidney and the other Iron Bloods biker member go to the pub during an early scene of the episode, Pure Blonde beer can be seen offered on tap. Pure Blonde wasn't being brewed until 2007.

    • In an interview shown on Today Tonight on Monday 2nd June, 2008, Judy Moran maintained that her sons did not intend to shoot Carl Williams and that it was actually Carl's gun that was used in the shooting. This interview was also delayed in being broadcast in Victoria until the trial into the murder of Lewis Moran was completed as ordered by Judge Betty King.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Star Wars Mladenich: (waving a lightsabre in front of police as they raid his home) The Force was with me, get it? "Mad" Richard Mladenich mentions that "The Force" was with him, which is a reference to the Star Wars series of films by George Lucas. This is also a play on words, as the police raiding his home are also known as "The Force".

    • Episode Title:  The Good The Bad and The Ugly is a Clint Eastwood in 1966.  This is where the title comes from.

    • The Big Bad Wolf "Mad" Richard Mladenich: Come on, Norman. Come on, or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll bow your house down. This is a reference to The Big Bad Wolf who in the story of The Three Little Pigs would cry out "or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll bow your house down" in his search for the Three Little Pigs.

    • The Marx Brothers PK: Oh! It's Larry and Curley, huh? Where's Moe? This is a reference to the The Marx Brothers, Larry, Curley and Moe.

    • Episode Title – Earning a Crust Earning a crust is English slang for making money or making a living.

    • The Wizard of Oz Victor: (to Benji about the prospect of making a hit on Jason Moran) Why bother me, why don't you off him, you weird little munchkin? This is a reference to the little people inThe Wizard of Oz.

    • The Karate Kid Mr E: Oh, that's right. You're Fulham Prison's answer to the Karate Kid. This is a reference to The Karate Kid, a story about a young boy that becomes a martial arts expert.

    • Errol Flynn Mr E: If there is anything I can do for you, just say the word, 'cause I'm your man – in like Flynn. This is a reference to Errol Flynn, the notorious Australian actor known for getting away with outragious acts.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Bottom of the Harbour Services

    By John0, Apr 14, 2014

  • the best!

    By gregpearson18, Jan 19, 2013

  • It's a jungle out there....

    By oceanic6, May 26, 2009

  • A very entertaining and some times brutal show that after a few hours with, you realise has a check-list for each episode

    By AegisAtreyu, Jan 19, 2009

  • It is scarey to know this is based on real events!

    By Pinkmyst, Mar 27, 2008

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