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Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud 

The story of Marty Johnstone, Andy Maher & Terry Clark's rise in the Drug trade
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 Marty Johnstone 6 episodes, 2011
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 Andy Maher 6 episodes, 2011
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 Detective Ben Charlton / ... 6 episodes, 2011
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 Detective Carole Derwent 6 episodes, 2011
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 Gary Majors 6 episodes, 2011
Edith Poor ...
 Bonnie Marie Jones 6 episodes, 2011
Stelios Yiakmis ...
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 Chinese Jack 6 episodes, 2011
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 'Diamond Jim' Shepherd / ... 6 episodes, 2011
Andrew Laing ...
 Det. Snr Sgt. Laurie McKenzie / ... 6 episodes, 2011
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 Terry Clark 5 episodes, 2011
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 Det. Sgt. Graham 'Ding' Bell / ... 5 episodes, 2011
Mark Warren ...
 Max Bracewell 5 episodes, 2011
Damien Avery ...
 Detective 'Goose' Gosling / ... 5 episodes, 2011
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 Peter Miller 4 episodes, 2011
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 Detective Clive Pilborough 4 episodes, 2011
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 Farah Wainwright 4 episodes, 2011
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 Snr Sergeant Skinner / ... 4 episodes, 2011
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 Pat Booth 4 episodes, 2011
Aaron Ward ...
 'Pommy Harry' Lewis / ... 4 episodes, 2011
John Barker ...
 Josh Easby 4 episodes, 2011
Geoff Snell ...
 Keith Aitken 4 episodes, 2011
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 Sue McPherson 4 episodes, 2011
Arthur Meek ...
 Doug Wilson / ... 4 episodes, 2011
John Leigh ...
 Mack the Mick 3 episodes, 2011
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 Greg Ollard 3 episodes, 2011
Peter Tait ...
 C.S. Chesterfield 3 episodes, 2011
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 Jenny Olsen 3 episodes, 2011
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 Freddie Russell 3 episodes, 2011
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 Andy / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Dawn Adams ...
 Sonya Turner 3 episodes, 2011
Denise Snoad ...
 Leila Barclay 3 episodes, 2011
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 Julie Theilman 3 episodes, 2011
Tahl Kennedy ...
 Stephen Johnstone 3 episodes, 2011
Jaime Passier-Armstrong ...
 Isobel Wilson 3 episodes, 2011
Harry Standbridge ...
 Nicolas Bracewell / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Gina van Wijk ...
 Poppy Bracewell 3 episodes, 2011
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The story of Marty Johnstone, Andy Maher & Terry Clark's rise in the Drug trade

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At the start of episode 2 which is set in the early 70's the airline tickets on the table are for "TEAL" but TEAL had changed to Air New Zealand in 1965. See more »

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New Zealand TV Crime Tale that packs a punch
23 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a made for TV New Zealand crime caper and despite obvious funding shortcomings it is ruddy excellent. Based on actual events that span the period between 1972 and 1980 we get to meet Marty Johnstone (Daniel Musgrove – 'Tracker') he is the black sheep of the family and finds a life of crime much more to his liking that hard graft. He has the looks and the charm and the confidence to think big. This also means he needs a bit of help. Enter Andy Maher played by Thijs Morris who has had parts on UK TV with 'Casualty' and 'Judge John Deed'; he soon becomes bestest mate and essential sidekick.

They start dealing in New Zealand' green' Mary Jane, then as things start to swing in a more cosmopolitan way they decide to up the ante and the drug strength by importing from Thailand – 'primo'. It is not long before the cops and the press start to pick up on the fact that something very amiss is happening right under their noses. Marty – which rhymes with 'party' – is also a hopeless womaniser and does a fair bit of bed hopping. The cops are under funded, not taken seriously and labouring under management that have not caught up with the times.

As Dylan told us the times are always a changin' and here we see that by the changes in fashion and the changes in drug of choice, so we start to get heroine, ecstasy and crack etc. The first rule of dealers is to never use your own gear. These guys start to think they are indestructible and so can do whatever they want. As the arrogance and the using increase so do their enemies and the interest from the forces of law and order.

This is a bit of a sex, drugs and violence tale and it is all done rather well. The budget meant that this seems to have all been filmed in New Zealand so that the red telephone boxes in Lancashire, England, are clearly mock ups exactly like the ones used in NZ. There are also issues around some of the locations. But this was a TV production so I found all of the corner cutting absolutely forgivable as the acting was all top notch and over the 263 minutes of screen time it kept my attention and interest all the way. Originally shown in six episodes and presented in two discs I think this is more proof that New Zealand has a fair bit of talent to offer that I, for one, would like to see a lot more of.


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