ABOUT TOUGH NUTS – AUSTRALIA'S HARDEST CRIMINALS
TOUGH NUTS JUST GOT TOUGHER. AUSTRALIA'S HARDEST CRIMINALS ARE BACK IN A BRAND NEW SERIES.
TARA MOSS BLOWS THE LID OFF AUSTRALIA'S CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD AND EXPOSES THE FACTS BEHIND THE FICTION
The Crime & Investigation Network launched the channel's biggest local production for 2010 with the Australian premiere of TOUGH NUTS back in June 2010 and now Series 2 will premiere exclusively on CI from 30 June 2011 with a brand new episode each month.
Presented by bestselling crime author TARA MOSS, this explosive eight-part series blows the lid off Australia's criminal underworld and reveals the real story behind what made and shaped the most notorious figures in Australian criminal history. What made them? What shaped them? This world premiere series features the real stories of the complex and violent relationships between Australia's most infamous criminals.
Through expert analysis, psychological profiling and unprecedented access to those who were there, TOUGH NUTS debunks the myths surrounding these criminals and finally reveals the ugly truth about Australia's leading underworld figures.
Featuring never-before-seen interviews with psychologists, police detectives, investigative journalists, former criminals and friends and associates of the men in question, combined with cinematic dramatised scenes of pivotal points in the criminals' lives, TOUGH NUTS exposes the facts behind the fiction and offers a revealing - and often shocking - insight in to what these criminals were really like.
TOUGH NUTS delves deeply into the psyche of these men, exploring their lives from childhood through to adulthood and subsequent careers as vicious criminals and asks the question: what makes a good man turn bad? The series demonstrates how many of the criminals met their inevitable demise. Even from beyond the grave, these scarily violent criminals still have the power to compel and chill us.
The 8 x 1 hour series profiles a different criminal in each episode, series 2 features:
- • NIKOLAI RADEV – THE INVADER
- • STAN 'THE MAN' SMITH – THE ENFORCER
- • RAY DENNING – THE RUNNER
- • TILLY DEVINE – MADAM RAZOR
- • JOCKEY SMITH – PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE
- • STEWART JOHN REGAN – THE MAGICIAN
- • DINO DIBRA – THE SUNSHINE BOY
- • GEORGE FREEMAN – THE KING OF SYDNEY
TOUGH NUTS is produced by Bryan Cockerill from The Full Box and is exclusive to Crime & Investigation Network.
ABOUT TARA MOSS – HOST
Born and raised in Canada, Moss began her working life as a successful international fashion model before pursuing professional writing, her lifelong passion. Her crime novels have since been nominated for two of Australia's most prestigious writing awards, the Ned Kelly and the Davitt and her non-fiction writing has been published in newspapers and magazines around Australia. She has also conducted hundreds of talks at literary festivals, schools and universities.
Moss has five bestselling crime novels under her belt - Fetish, Split, Covet, Hit and Siren, which have been published in seventeen countries in eleven languages and earned her critical acclaim around the world. Stopping at nothing to in her quest to research as much as possible for her writing, Moss has earned her private investigator credentials from the Australian Security Academy, visited the FBI Academy, spent time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court, taken polygraph tests, shot weapons, conducted surveillance, passed the Firearms Training Simulator, acquired her CAMS race driver licence and was even set on fire by a Hollywood stunt company and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter 'Big' John McCarthy.
Tara joined FOXTEL in 2010 as the host of Tough Nuts on CI Network and Tara Moss in Conversation for 13th Street Universal. When not researching and writing her next novel, Moss enjoys riding her motorbike, spending time with her pet pythons, and serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, as well as an ambassador for the YWCA and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.