Banged Up Abroad




More heart stopping first-hand accounts of bravery, misguided plans and endurance that lead to imprisonment in some of the toughest places on earth.
Amongst other extraordinary tales, this season features the mother of all Locked Up Abroad's. Billy Hayes experiences in Turkey inspired the feature film 'Midnight Express' - now Billy adds many new explosive revelations to this classic 'Locked Up' tale. Then there is Jackie Nichols, a model who escapes to Japan to forget the tragic death of her boyfriend but find's herself in a far worse situation. Or there's classic dilemma from Tom Lynch and John White's in Iraq when they are forced to choose between friends or family. And there's more, much more in this exciting new series of 'Locked Up Abroad'.



  • Not Without My Baby


    All Susan Haglof ever wanted was to be a mother. By her forties, she thought she'd lost her chance, but then after moving to Egypt, she gets the opportunity to adopt Marko, shortly after his birth. It was love at first sight, but as soon as she had him in her arms, it became clear something wasn't quite right with the adoption. Marko didn't come with any papers; there was no proof that Susan was his adoptive mother. So she made the decision to get a birth certificate with her, and her husband's name on it. What started as a small lie soon spun out of control, and less than a year into motherhood Susan was facing the possibility of being thrown...

  • My Dad The Smuggler


    Scott Campbell can't wait to go traveling in China with his estranged father Lockie, and then he finds out his dad is secretly planning to smuggle 20 kilos of cannabis. When they're arrested, dad Lockie is jailed but Scott is released with a bag containing some of the undiscovered cannabis. Incredibly, Scott risks all by continuing the smuggling mission to Tokyo in order to raise money to pay for his father's lawyer.

  • I Am Not A Terrorist


    Jobless Duane Wollum needs money to maintain his party life style and support his daughter. The lure of easy cash leads him to smuggle cocaine from Nicaragua into the US. At the airport, a routine security check reveals he is concealing a package on his body. Suddenly people around him are diving for cover. Duane is surrounded and looking down the barrel of several rifles.

  • Hasidic King of Coke


    Samuel Leibowitz comes from a strict, Hasidic orthodox Jewish community in London. Forced into an arranged marriage which very quickly fails, Sam decides to start afresh in Antwerp, Belgium, and goes to work in the local Hasidic community as a greengrocer. A new friend offers Sam a free holiday in Brazil and on his return, he is asked to take a package back for his friend. It turns out to be cocaine. Sam has never heard of it, but is intrigued when he learns how much profit there is in drug dealing. He decides to get involved and his traditional clothing and hairstyle make him almost invisible to customs officers who assume he is strictly religious....

  • Chilean Prison Break


    Californian Tom Hanway takes the hippie trail to South America where cocaine is cheap and available. He plans to take 500 hits of LSD with him and trade it for a kilo of coke which hell bring back to the States. But while doing the deal in Chile, Tom is caught and sentenced to five years and a day in prison. Tom decides that the only way he will survive is to escape with the help of a fellow prisoner, Chosco. But once they make it out of the jail Tom and Chosco are fugitives and are forced to flee the country on foota fatal journey through the desert which leaves Tom alone and on the run with the police drawing ever closer.

  • The Orchid Hunters


    Tom Hart Dyke is travelling through Central America in search of wild orchids. Paul Winder is in search of adventure. Together they attempt to cross from Panama to Colombia via the notoriously dangerous Darien Gap but are captured and held hostage by a revolutionary guerrilla group. With a $3 million dollar ransom placed on their heads they realize that their only chance of survival is to escape but any plans to make a dash for it are shattered when Tom discovers maggots have infested his leg. After a makeshift operation where the maggots are removed with a razor blade they are forced marched deep into the jungle. Angry at the lack of progress...

  • Venezuela Hustle


    In a desperate attempt to keep his life and family afloat, Paul Keany's agrees to smuggle six kilos of cocaine from Venezuela.

  • Nightmare In Somalia


    In July 2008, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan travels with Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout to report on the war in Somalia. Little did he know that the price of telling the story would be more than a year in captivity. On their way to record conditions in a refugee camp, Nigel and Amanda are kidnapped by a criminal gang. The ransom is set at $3 million; if it's not paid, they will be killed. While their families attempt to secure the money, Nigel and Amanda form a plan to escape after 5 months of captivity, eventually jerking themselves to freedom through a small bathroom window. After hitting the ground running, a Somalian child screams,...

  • Busted In Bangkok


    A Chicago woman, dumped by her lover, smuggles heroin from Thailand to fund a new life. When caught at Bangkok airport shes sentenced to life at a notorious Bangkok prison. Unable to endure the prospect of a lifetime behind bars she attempts suicide but fails. While in recovery she finds salvation. Ordered to nurse a fellow inmate with a heroin addiction, Angela Carnegie has an epiphany. It allows her to face the future with a new resolve and win back the love of her life.

  • Escape From The Gulag


    In 1976 Jerry Amster is having the time of his life traveling around Amsterdam. But when funds run low, he and two American friends, agree to smuggle heroin from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam. However, things don't go to plan. Jerry and his accomplices are busted when their plane stops in Moscow; they're sentenced to a lengthy spell in a Russian labor camp. After nearly four years in prison, when Jerry's at his lowest ebb, he finds himself in the midst of an unbelievable turn of events.