A third series of Underbelly is already on the drawing boards for Channel Nine and Screentime.
The third outing will explore the corruption of the NSW and Victorian police forces throughout the 1980s and the clean up job that started in the early ’90s.
“It’s a no-brainer to go again and have Underbelly 3 on Channel Nine as soon as possible,” Gyngell said.
He even alluded to the show being on air this year.
This year the ABC will also produce a documentary on police corruption by the authors of Leadbelly, John Silvester and Andrew Rule, whose book led to the Nine series.
NSW Police were the subject of the ABC’s acclaimed Blue Murder series, which like Nine’s drama, was banned in its home state. Yet Victorian police corruption did not emerge until some time after their northern counterparts.
The Nine drama, which premieres Monday week, has also been criticised today by Jonty Bush, the Young Australian of the Year. As chief executive officer of Queensland’s Homicide Victims Support Group, she said, “I find it interesting we would never sensationalise victims of other crimes, such as assaults or child sexual crimes.
“Everyone appreciates the severity of the impact of that on those victims.
“Yet when it comes to homicide we have a number of TV shows at the moment that I believe do glamorise murder and perhaps the underworld influence on violence.”