Underbelly to tackle Squizzy Taylor next year

EXCLUSIVE: Underbelly is set to go back in time once more.

Nine is planning a series for 2013 which will be set in Melbourne during the era of Squizzy Taylor.

Squizzy Taylor was a gangster in the 1920s in Melbourne involved in sly-grog, two-up, bookmaking, extortion, prostitution, assault, robbery and murder. At just 156 cm tall, he was a household name, leading a violent gang war against a rival criminal faction and constantly flouting the law.

His gunfight death with long-time rival gangster, John Daniel ‘Snowy’ Cutmore, in 1927 was dramatised in Underbelly: Razor, with Taylor’s role played by actor Justin Rosniak (pictured).

The character has previously been depicted on screen by David Atkins in the 1982 film Squizzy.

Nine’s Squizzy Taylor series is due to begin filming in Melbourne in coming months and will screen in 2013.

Meanwhile, Underbelly: Badness, which looks at Sydney’s underworld figure Anthony Perish, will air later this year.

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  1. When I was watching Underbelly: Razor I figured that the next one would centre on Squizzy Taylor. I was wrong about the timing, but I’m glad they are going to get around to it next year.

  2. Nine cannot call every true crime drama Underbelly and hope it’s a success. Unfortunately they destroyed the brand by relying on a T&A fest and foul language. It doesn’t seem to matter what the story is anyway. People are over it.

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