CRIME shows such as Underbelly are disgraceful glamorisations of crime and there is nothing admirable about events depicted in them, says the man who led a royal commission on NSW police corruption.The former Supreme Court judge James Wood said the Channel Nine series and programs like it tended to make guns and violence acceptable and glamorised characters based on people who were nothing but ”hoodlums and thugs”.The third series of Underbelly went to air this week and attracted 2,237,000 viewers nationally. Set between 1988 and 1999, it promotes Kings Cross as the place ”bent cops, straight cops, cool criminals and colourful characters all converged to make their mark” until the royal commission threatened the ”black empire” with collapse.The commission adversely named 284 police officers, seven of whom were jailed, including one of the central Underbelly characters, the former chief of detectives Graham ”Chook” Fowler.Mr Wood, now chairman of the NSW Law Reform Commission, yesterday told the Herald he had not seen the first episode of this series but was familiar with its content.He hoped a documentary the ABC was to screen next month would bring balance, as Underbelly and the wider crime-show genre created the ”wrong impression” about the conduct depicted.”There’s nothing honourable or admirable in relation to the people who are depicted in these programs,” he said. ”For the impressionable kids out there watching these programs, they think it’s a lot of fun. It’s bloody well not a lot of fun. It’s harming a lot of people and carries huge risks. You’ve got a high chance of ending up in a prison for 20 or 30 years. These shows don’t show that.”Channel Nine’s censor, Richard Lyle, said most of those depicted would not come out of the Underbelly story well, with the exception of a few clean police and Mr Wood.Mr Lyle said the series was a ”very responsible tale” which started off with a bang because it had to explain what attracted people to the criminal underworld. ”Why do people become gangsters? Because they get a lot of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll,” he said. ”But if you wind up dead or in jail, this is a cautionary tale.”