Underbelly leads Nine in 2011

Nine unveils its 2011 highlights with a 1920s Underbelly, plus Ben Elton, Jamie Durie, game shows, dance shows, comedy and more.

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.

John Clarke and Gina Riley will star in a new series of the mockumentary, The Games: London Calling, which looks ahead to plans for the 2012 Olympics.

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.

Eddie McGuire gets a new game show, Million Dollar Drop, as well as hosting Hot Seat and the return of This Is Your Life.

In their Footsteps will take descendants of Australian servicemen to the locations of war conflicts, in this Who Do You Think You Are?-style factual.

There will be new Top Gear Australia and new factual series Send in the Dogs, based on the eponymous UK series.

There are new seasons of Rescue: Special Ops and Sea Patrol plus the telemovie Panic at Rock Island, originally promised for 2010.

International highlights include Sherlock, $#*! My Dad Says, Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mr Sunshine, Episodes, Harry's Law, March of the Dinosaurs and Frozen Planet.

Nine neglected to clarify the future for Hey Hey It's Saturday but it is understood to still be under discussion.

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can't wait for new underbelly but, 1920's!? give me a break
Don't really watch nine much to begin with
Top Gear Australia should be cancelled, likewise for Hey Hey.

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