Foxtel orders Lawyer X miniseries

Brian Walsh.

Foxtel and News Corp Australia have commissioned an eight-part drama based on the notorious story of Lawyer X, the Melbourne-based criminal barrister who was a Victorian police informant from 1995 until 2009 during Melbourne’s gangland wars.

Lawyer X: The story of Informer 3838 is in development and will begin production later this year. Foxtel is discussing the project with local and international producers and creatives.

Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon, the journalists who have been covering the story for the Herald Sun, will serve as story consultants.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of TV, said: “This explosive chapter in Australian crime history has all the ingredients to make for a compelling TV series. We are proud to partner with the Herald Sun who exposed the story to bring it to life for television and to deliver a unique and captivating new Australian story for our subscribers.

“A story as significant and substantial as this also has a huge amount of worldwide appeal and I am very confident we will be attracting some very big international names both in front and behind the camera.”