Tough Nuts trailer

17 June, 2010 by IF

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.

Through expert analysis, psychological profiling and unprecedented access to those who were there, Tough Nuts: Australia's Hardest Criminals 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, the show, which was produced by Bryan Cockerill, exposes the facts behind the fiction and offers a revealing – and often shocking – insight in to what these criminals were really like.

The 8 x 1 hour series profiles a different criminal in each episode, featuring: Christopher Dale Flannery, Chow Hayes, Alphonse Gangitano, Dennis Allen, Russell Cox, Michael Sayers, Raymond Bennett and Lenny McPherson.

In episode one, premiering on June 24, we are introduced to Christopher Dale Flannery, aka ‘Rentakill’. A hit man and gun for hire if the price was right, Flannery killed in cold blood before returning home to dote on his wife and children.

Through psychological profiling and interviews with police detectives, forensic psychologists, journalists, friends of Flannery’s and other associates including former criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read and former underworld figure Graham Henry, Tough Nuts gets inside the mind of this violent killer.

Tough Nuts: Australia's Hardest Criminals premieres on Thursday, June 24 at 7.30pm AEST on the Crime and Investigation Network, which airs on the last Thursday of every month.