Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Underbelly Gold; Underbelly 3 Is Being Touted as the Best Yet as Well as the Best Break Possible for a Young Drama School Graduate. the New Series Is Set in Legendary Kings Cross

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Underbelly Gold; Underbelly 3 Is Being Touted as the Best Yet as Well as the Best Break Possible for a Young Drama School Graduate. the New Series Is Set in Legendary Kings Cross

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WHEN the first series of Underbelly went to air two years ago, Gyton Grantley and Kat Stewart Co the two performers who portrayed the roles of Carl and Roberta Williams Co became household names.

A new era was signalled in Australian television where the focus was on creating quality drama rather than pulling in viewers, and by doing that people switched on their televisions in unprecedented numbers.

The stories of Melbourne's infamous gangland war, when turned into a television drama, was as popular as it was confronting. The Nine Network executives' eyes lit up when they saw the ratings go through the roof. Before Underbelly 1 was finished, plans for Underbelly 2 were well under way.

The story transferred from Victoria to New South Wales in Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities and followed the Mr Asia drug syndicate and its influence on crime in Australia in the '70s and '80s.

Criminals, corrupt cops, drugs and sex were again the theme and while that didn't work quite as well as the first series, Australia still loved it. So Underbelly: The Golden Mile was born.

Once again, we can expect sex, drugs, violence, criminals, guns and more corrupt cops, but producers have promised that this series will be even better than the last, harking back to what made series one so good.

The Golden Mile takes us to Sydney's seedy Kings Cross, circa 1989, and will include the Wood Royal Commission, which looked into systemic and entrenched corruption in the New South Wales Police.

The resulting series from all this seediness and corruption is sure to capture viewers once again with its fascinating look into a part of society we usually only see on the news.

But the series is also an opportunity for actors to get their teeth into some meaty roles. Cheree Cassidy, who plays police officer Debbie Webb, couldn't have asked for a better start, straight from drama school.

"Debbie was such an amazing role," she said.

"You come out of drama school, you have just done three years of intense training, and you just want to come out and work. …

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