Premieres Thursday, June 25 at 8.30pm on Channel Nine
Trouble in Paradise is a gripping new docu-drama series that tells the stories of Australian travellers who have been subjected to terrifying experiences while on holidays in different parts of the world before escaping with their lives.
These are ordinary people, simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and what makes this series so enthralling is that their nightmares could happen to anyone.
Each one-hour episode contains two compelling stories told first-hand through interviews with the travellers and re-enactments to provide as much realistic detail as possible.
The production team for the series travelled back to exact locations in countries all over the world to recreate harrowing ordeals such as murder in Mexico, kidnappings in Peru, suicide bombers in China, police corruption in Poland and terror in a Thai jail, to name just a few.
Trouble in Paradise is narrated by 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett and actress Brooke Satchwell, who experienced her own holiday hell when terrorists attacked the hotel she was staying at in the Indian city of Mumbai last year.
Episode one begins with what was supposed to be the surfing trip of a lifetime for Peter “Buzz” Buswell and Warren “Ed” Poulter, two Aussie surfers from Sydney’s northern beaches. But their holiday in Mexico turns into a nightmare when their camp by the beach is stormed by armed police, the Federales. Dragged away, held at gunpoint and beaten, they witness the cold-blooded murder of a Mexican man and are convinced they are about to be shot too.
Also in episode one, a sightseeing tour of China turns to terror when a suicide bomber holds a group of Australians hostage. Ten Australian women are on a travel agents’ familiarisation tour of the city of Xian when a Chinese man steps onto their bus with a bomb strapped to his chest, taking all onboard hostage. As the bomber waves the detonator trigger in the faces of the terrified passengers, making the demands he has been planning for the past three years, any attempt to negotiate with him could end in disaster.
Trouble in Paradise, a riveting new series about the hidden dangers that can lurk in any foreign trip, premieres Thursday, June 25 at 8.30pm on Nine