TV Tonight has taken a sneak peek at Nine’s new series Trouble in Paradise.
As only one of two stories was supplied by Nine, this isn’t a full review, so much as a teaser of what to expect…
The story entailed two Aussies on a surfing holiday in Mexico, who, in a beach outpost find themselves at the mercy of corrupt local police.
Like true crime tales, such as Crime Investigation Australia, the format here is a mix of witness accounts and re-enactments.
The two men who were subjected to a terrifying ordeal at gunpoint now relive their experience from the safety of a television studio, as actors depict their experience before the cameras.
The incident would certainly be enough to deter anyone from wandering off the beaten track. They were lucky to survive.
The production values in this series, shot by Mason Media Group (The Mole, Who Dares Wins), are very handsome. This is well shot and well packaged, with strong reconstruction. If the sequence wasn’t actually shot in Mexico it certainly passes for it well enough.
A second, unpreviewed story in the first ep will take place in Poland.
While some have commented on the incongruous programming of following an uplifting travel series in Getaway with the foreboding Trouble in Paradise therafter, it shouldn’t detract from what at first glance looks like a promising series.
It airs 8:30pm June 25th on Nine.