CHANNEL NINE have announced their highly anticipated drama series Fat Tony & Co – based on the story of Australia’s most successful drug baron, Tony Mokbel – will premiere this Sunday, February 23, at 8:40pm.
The brand-new production from Screentime, tells the story of Australia’s most-wanted man; from the day he quit cooking pizza in favour of cooking drugs, to the heyday of his $140 million dollar drug empire, all the way through to his arrest in an Athens café and his whopping 22-year sentence in Victoria’s maximum security prison.
Already a key player on the Australian drug scene in his own right, Fat Tony becomes more deeply embroiled in the underworld as he joins forces with up-and-coming drug dealer Carl Williams.
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He strikes an uneasy truce with the Carlton Crew, the territorial and dangerous royalty of the Melbourne underworld, even doing business from time to time with the Moran family.
With his three brothers and Carl Williams, Tony expands his drug empire into a multi-million dollar industry, all the while investing his profits in honest bricks and mortar, determined to leave a legacy for the family and the city that he loves.
However, the burning tension between Carl and the Carlton Crew is quickly devolving into all-out war – the Melbourne Gangland War that would eventually claim some thirty lives.
Tony is losing control of his well-ordered operation, and is finding it harder and harder to remain a neutral businessman. But Tony isn’t like other underworld figures – he always has a plan and an eye to the future, even when it seems like the police have closed every door to him.
The ambition and drive that it took for Tony Mokbel to rise from a suburban milk bar owner to Australia’s most wanted man was matched only by the sheer determination of the police in their ten-year battle to shut Fat Tony down.
The Victorian and Federal police undertook a marathon attempt to bring him to justice, spanning countless arrests, legal battles and the downfall of more than one corrupt officer.
Robert Mammone stars as Tony Mokbel with Vince Colosimo as Alphonse Gangitano, Gyton Grantley as Carl Williams, Les Hill as Jason Moran, Madeleine West as Danielle McGuire, Simon Westaway as Mick Gatto, Debra Byrne as Judy Moran, Hollie Andrew as Roberta Williams, Jake Ryan as Mark Moran, Gerard Kennedy as Graham Kinniburgh and Kevin Harrington as Lewis Moran.
Fat Tony & Co. also features Shane Jacobson, Stephen Curry, Steve Bastoni, Richard Cawthorne, Simone Kessell and Nicholas Bishop.