Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Underbelly 2 start date announced, by Amanda Meade - The Australian - 28th January 2009

The highly anticipated TV drama Underbelly 2: A Tale of Two Cities will premiere on Nine at 8.30pm on Monday February 9.

The date has been closely guarded by Nine because once the rival networks know the timeslot they can program competitively against it.

So feverish has the speculation been the media has taken to guessing the date.

A Nine source revealed to The Australian the series would begin the day after the start of official ratings - Sunday 8 February - and stay in the Monday timeslot.

Under CEO David Gyngell Nine has grown in confidence, improving its audience share last year and undermining Seven’s grip on the top spot.

With Underbelly 2, the cricket and a host of news shows, the network may be able to regain even more ground this year.

Series two is a prequel and the story moves to regional New South Wales, as well as Sydney and Melbourne, and features crime boss Robert Trimbole, to be played by Roy Billing.

Matthew Newton plays Terry “Mr. Asia” Clark, Andrew McFarlane plays anti-drugs campaigner Donald McKay and Peter O’Brien portrays George Freeman.

“Nine is thrilled to be bringing Underbelly- A Tale of Two Cities to the small screen in 2009,” said Nine Drama Exec Jo Horsburgh last year.

“I think the audience will love it.” (Credit: The Australian)

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