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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Australian Underbelly: Razor: Nine Gambles Again, by Greg Tingle - 21st April 2011

Australian audiences are in for another treat. Underbelly 4 is coming up, and there's gambling themes to boot, plus plenty of vice. Media Man and Gambling911 deliver your daily dose of vice Aussie style...

It's down under in Sin City Sydney circa 1920’s and vice queens, Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh are running a muck. Drugs, gambling, extortion and prostitution - it's all here folks. Line up, line up, the greatest show on earth.

Hey mate, have some sly grog and a couple of sheilas for the night... she will be right mate, and slip us an extra few quid for good luck. Ah, those were the days. Actually, I'm not old enough to give a first hand account, but you can just imagine. My old and late mate, Big Tim Earthquake Bristow gave us a few pointers on what was going down in those days.

Based on the best-selling book Razor by Larry Writer, this red hot drama will be the fourth installment of the series that has hit the Australian TV box and will showcase Australia’s two vice queens along with infamous gangsters Norman Bruhn, Guido Calletti, Big Jim Devine, Squizzy Taylor, Phil "the Jew" Jeffs, John "Snowy" Cutmore and Frank "the Little Gunman" Green.

Danielle Cormack stars as Kate Leigh and Chelsie Preston Crayford as Tilly Devine alongside an awesome cast that includes Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Jack Campbell, Steve Le Marquand, John Batchelor, Felix Williamson, Khan Chittenden and Anna McGahan as hooker, Nellie Cameron,

Underbelly Razor commenced filming on 4th April and will shoot on location in 'Sin City' Sydney until August 2011.

The show’s 13 episodes will be directed by Tony Tilse, Cherie Nowlan, Shawn Seet and David Caesar and produced by Elisa Argenzio and Peter Gawler with Des Monaghan, Greg Haddrick and Jo Horsburgh as Executive Producers.

Network Nine’s Head of Drama, Jo Horsburgh said, "Underbelly: Razor is an ambitious and welcomed instalment for Nine, with Screentime, of the Underbelly franchise. It is a fascinating glimpse into back alleys, bedrooms and grog shops, where the good, the bad, and downright naughty, battle it out for supremacy in a post World War 1 Australia. It's sophisticated and raunchy. Fantastic scripts delivering all that the audience have come to expect from Underbelly, great characters, great stories and great entertainment."

"Underbelly: Razor marks an exciting new development in the Underbelly franchise," said Des Monaghan, Executive Director of Screentime. "The women who battle for control of the underworld are truly incredible characters whose stories are as fresh today as when they occurred. And despite legendary criminal figures, Squizzy Taylor and Norman Bruhn, our story is dominated by extraordinary women such as Kate Leigh, Tilly Devine, Nellie Cameron and arguably Australia’s first policewoman, Lillian Armfield. A truly rich tale with larger than life characters."

"Gamblers, gambling experts, historians and all round fans of high quality Australian television drama will lick it up", said a Media Man spokesperson.

Website: Underbelly
http://channelnine.ninemsn.com.au/underbelly

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*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. They cover a dozen industry sectors including gaming.

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