UK broadcaster buys rights to Channel Nine’s Melissa Caddick drama Underbelly: Vanishing Act


UK broadcaster buys rights to Channel Nine’s Melissa Caddick drama as story of Australia’s most notorious conwoman makes global headlines

The life and crimes of notorious Australian fraudster Melissa Caddick will be the subject of a new documentary commissioned for the UK’s ITV.

The network has also purchased Channel Nine’s controversial two-part drama about Caddick, Underbelly: Vanishing Act reports TV Tonight

The UK producers of the new program, titled Life and Limb: The Missing Millionairess, say they hope to bring closure to Caddick’s victims.

The life and crimes of notorious Australian fraudster Melissa Caddick will be the subject of a new documentary commissioned for the UK's ITV. Pictured is Kate Atkinson as Caddick in Channel Nine's two-part drama about the con woman, Underbelly: Vanishing Act

The life and crimes of notorious Australian fraudster Melissa Caddick will be the subject of a new documentary commissioned for the UK’s ITV. Pictured is Kate Atkinson as Caddick in Channel Nine’s two-part drama about the con woman, Underbelly: Vanishing Act

Financial advisor Caddick scammed an estimated $23million from 74 clients in order to fund an extravagant lifestyle before disappearing two years ago. The story made global headlines.

The documentary will be produced by Freemantle UK and made by the company’s Naked brand.

Specialists in unscripted entertainment, Naked’s recent credits include Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile and The Killer Nanny…Did She Do It?

Managing Director of Naked Fatima Salaria said: ‘At the heart of this missing persons case is a handful of victims and many, many missing millions. 

Financial advisor Caddick (pictured) scammed an estimated $23million from 74 clients in order to fund an extravagant lifestyle before disappearing two years ago

Financial advisor Caddick (pictured) scammed an estimated $23million from 74 clients in order to fund an extravagant lifestyle before disappearing two years ago 

‘Potentially finding out what happened to Melissa and drawing attention to her case globally, it could bring an important chance for closure for so many of the people involved.’

In November 2020, Caddick disappeared a day after authorities raided her $6.8million Dover Heights home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Three months after she vanished, a severed foot was found on the south coast of NSW near Tathra, about five and a half hours from Sydney. 

The UK producers of the new program, titled Life and Limb: The Missing Millionairess, say they hope to bring closure to Caddick's victims. Pictured: Caddick and partner Anthony Kolletti

The UK producers of the new program, titled Life and Limb: The Missing Millionairess, say they hope to bring closure to Caddick’s victims. Pictured: Caddick and partner Anthony Kolletti

After DNA tests confirmed that the limb belonged to Caddick, 49, it was presumed the high-flying schemer was dead. 

Many theories have surfaced since to explain the circumstances surrounding Caddick’s disappearance including murder, and suicide.

Some experts who have examined the case argue that it is possible that Caddick faked her own disappearance, and is in hiding.

The documentary will be made by Freemantle's Naked label, who are based in the UK and are specialists in unscripted entertainment - amongst their recent credits is acclaimed documentary Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile

The documentary will be made by Freemantle’s Naked label, who are based in the UK and are specialists in unscripted entertainment – amongst their recent credits is acclaimed documentary Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile 

Channel Nine’s dramatisation of Caddick’s story received a mix reception from fans and critics when it debuted in April.

The two-part series, starring Wentworth actress Kate Atkinson, 49, teased several theories about the con woman’s disappearance and crimes.

And many viewers were baffled by the dramas liberal mix of fact and fiction.

Underbelly: Vanishing Act suggests that the real Caddick was involved with ‘gangster’s, and had plotted her own escape using a fake passport.

None of this can be substantiated with what is known about the case. 

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