The Nine Network has announced the commencement of production on the first of its three new Underbelly File telemovies.
Each of the three telemovies, which will have the same style as the renowned dramas, will depict "compelling, true-life stories that lay bare human behaviour at its best and worst".
The first two-hour telemovie, Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, begins production today and is written by original Underbelly writer Peter Gawler and directed by Shawn Seet.
It will star Jane Allsop, Brett Climo, Annie Jones, Todd Lasance, Paul O’Brien and Greg Stone.
Nine's director of drama, Jo Horsburgh, said, "This tragic story – the biggest criminal investigation in Victoria’s history – made headlines in newspapers across the country for more than two years and captured the imagination of the nation."
The programs will be another collaboration between the Nine Network and production company Screentime.
"Nine is thrilled to once again be working with Screentime," Horsburgh added.
"The landmark Underbelly series has set new benchmarks for local television production."
Screentime’s executive director, Des Monaghan, said, "The telemovie format allows us to expand the Underbelly franchise to include some fascinating stories best told over two hours."
The series will be produced by Peter Gawler and Elisa Argenzio. While Des Monaghan, Jo Horsburgh and Screentime’s head of drama, Greg Haddrick, will be the executive producers.
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