Saturday, May 07, 2011

Aussie TV series featuring the story of an autistic cop whistleblower won Silver Logie

Congratulations to all involved in the 2010 season of the very popular Australian crime TV series Underbelly, titled Underbelly: The Golden Mile. Last week this Nine Network series won a Silver Logie for the Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie at the 53rd Logie Awards that was held in Melbourne on May 1, 2011.

One important source of factual information upon which this series was based is the book Watching the Detectives by Deborah Locke which was published by ABC Books in 2003. Deborah Locke (nee Debbie Webb) was a whistleblower cop who exposed some serious police corruption in the 1990s in New South Wales, and this led to a Royal Commission. In the Underbelly series her character was played by Cheree Cassidy. Locke is also an autistic woman and the mother of an autistic child. Her story is an amazing one, which can be read in her own book, her website and the stuff below that I have written about her, and can be viewed in part in the TV series.

P. S. Firass Dirani won two Logies, and what a spunk!

The cast of Underbelly with their Silver Logie
Tracey Nearmy, AAP
Monday, May 2, 2011

Watching Deborah Locke watching the detectives
Lili Marlene
Incorrect Pleasures
May 6th 2010

A referenced list of 175 famous or important people diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition or subject of published speculation about whether they are or were on the autistic spectrum

Underbelly: The Golden Mile

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