Richard Roxburgh played Roger the Dodger in Blue Murder.
I read the first Underbelly; which had a pic of Chopper Read's bare tummy drooping over his jeans with a big handgun in the waistband.
Maybe later installments improved; but I doubt it. I mentioned it; because it sounds like the opposite of well-written and researched true-crime books like the one you mentioned. Just short chapters each describing the most sordid episodes in the careers of different unrelated criminals, written in tabloid style. (Despite the two writers actually being ex-'Age' reporters)
Don't know if you've seen the website 'Melbourne Crime'
( http://www.melbournecrime.bizhosting.com/index.html ).
I first stumbled upon it when certain West Coast Eagles players were named as associating with bikies and other 'colourful identities', and it has a lot of info on characters featured in 'Underbelly I' under one roof, so to speak.
I agree that the first series of Underbelly was quite good, and apart from the numerous gratuitous nude scenes, didn't glamourize the underworld characters (though it did the cops I reckon !)
I didn't think Landsman disliked McNulty particularly - he just didn't like anyone f***ing with his clearance rate ! But I do agree that the wake scenes; and the last one in particular; seemed indulgent. If they were gonna sing a Pogue's song it should have been 'Dirty Old Town' - but, being Americans; it would more likely be 'Born in the USA' or 'The Halls of Monteczuma' .
Yeah, I thought the version by 'The Blind Boys of Alabama' and the one from S4 with the local teenagers were the best. I hated Tom Waits own rendition and regularly hit the ffwd button on that as well as Steve Earl's version.
I disliked Carcetti from the start, but I truly loathed the sanctimonious little know-all basterd by the end. He's like Kevin Rudd on speed. I wish Bunny Colvin decked him near the end.
I agree with you - S5 wasn't as good as previous seasons. Mind you, I thought S2 was great, but that dipshit Ziggy got way too much airplay.
I think that the grasping a**hole Tempeton figuring so greatly in S5 was a symbol of Simon's bitterness - the good guys get moved to the copy desk or the boonies, and the liars and hacks get Pullitzers and promotions. ( I guess Fletcher is an exception)
"well, now I got you in here acting like my bitch an' sh*t with all you guilty-ass cryin' ..." Greggs