Sunday saw yet another incarnation of the Underbelly series, with Melbourne gangster Squizzy Taylor being given the small screen treatment.
Channel Nine has been advertising its latest version of Underbelly for what easily seems like the past twelve months and to be honest, I was getting a little fed up waiting. In the end it was the fact that Jared Daperis, who plays the title role, is a past pupil of my son’s school which made me tune in.
Ok, so it may not be as gritty as the previous series and one could question whether Squizzy Taylor was notorious enough to get the Underbelly treatment, but if you’re looking for something to fill an evening, then you should give it a go. The squalor of the era has been glossed over and Squizzy Taylor and his gang have been given a makeover to make them more appealing, but if you suspend what you know about the post-war underworld and are a fan of Underbelly, then it’s entertaining enough.
If you missed the first episode (which was actually two run together) of Underbelly: Squizzy, then you can catch it at Ninemsn.com.au.