Locked Up Abroad Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Locked Up Abroad: Season 8 (2013)

  • Season 8 Episode 10: Hunting Mr. Nice

    Investigating how university student Howard Marks became one of the world's biggest cannabis traffickers and how his vast empire eventually began to unravel

  • Season 8 Episode 9: Fast, Furious and Busted

    Rick Cedar began stealing radios as a desperate bid to support his family, but one crime led to another and he soon found his life and freedom on the line

  • Season 8 Episode 8: Vegas Mobster

    The FBI pulls off a sting operation to capture mobster Frank Cullotta.

  • Season 8 Episode 7: Peru/House of the Devil

    Former drug-smuggler Eddie Padilla shares the story of how he managed to escape from one of Peru's most notorious prisons despite being told he would be killed by the guards if he attempted it. Nicknamed the House of the Devil, he and two friends were placed in the Lurigancho Prison after a run-in with the police while on a smuggling trip

  • Season 8 Episode 6: Mexico/Mexican Prison Escape

    A storm ruins plans to take more than a ton of marijuana back to the U.S., surfers Mike Cooke and Mace Stanley and smuggler Frank Sayre are sent to a Mexican prison; then they tunnel their way out of it.

  • Season 8 Episode 5: Iran/ Real Argo

    The story behind Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning film Argo as told by retired CIA officer Antonio Mendez who freed American diplomats from Iran by pretending to be a film producer. Including interviews with two of the embassy staff whose lives he saved, Cora Amburn-Lijek and Mark Lijek

  • Season 8 Episode 4: Iraq//Buried Alive

    Former American contractor Roy Hallums was working in Baghdad providing food to the US Military in 2004 when a masked gang kidnapped him and five others. They spent 311 days held by the Iraqi resistance group before being rescued by members of the US Army's Delta Force

  • Season 8 Episode 3: USA/Raving Arizona

    Documenting the story of ex-English stockbroker Shaun Attwood who decided to quit his job and deal ecstasy in Arizona before being sentenced to Maricopa County Jail

  • Season 8 Episode 2: Belize/Snakes on a Plane

    One of America's biggest reptile smugglers, Tom Crutchfield, flees to Belize in a vain attempt to evade prosecution after his operation is smashed by undercover agents.

  • Season 8 Episode 1: Vietnam POW's: McCain & Brace

    The story of Vietnam Prisoners of War Ernie Brace and John McCain and the friendship they formed through the cell walls of Hanoi Hilton prison

Locked Up Abroad: Season 7 (2012)

Locked Up Abroad: Season 6 (2011)

Locked Up Abroad: Season 5 (2010)

Locked Up Abroad: Season 4 (2009)

  • Season 4 Episode 13: India/Delhi/Party Girl

    The story of Clare Matthews, a traveller in India who found herself short of money and turned to drug smuggling - a decision that led to her being jailed for five years

  • Season 4 Episode 12: Jamaica/Jamaican Getaway

    Two women are imprisoned in Kingston's Central Jail after attempting to bring marijuana back to the U.S. in exchange for Jamaican vacation and $5,000.

  • Season 4 Episode 11: Sierra Leone/Jungle Siege

    Dramatic reconstruction of the story of Major Phil Ashby of the Royal Marines, who was attacked by child soldiers during a UN peacekeeping mission to disarm warring factions in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Surrounded, outgunned and outnumbered, he risked everything in a desperate bid to escape through 50 miles of rebel-controlled jungle in 2000

  • Season 4 Episode 10: Ecuador/Master of Deception/Betrayed in Ecuador

    The story of Zoe McGarry, an Irish woman who thought she had made a friend when she met a man on holiday in Nigeria - only for him to betray her trust months later after asking her to visit Ecuador to help him, where she was subsequently imprisoned. Police found the man's cocaine in Zoe's rucksack - and the culprit was nowhere to be seen

  • Season 4 Episode 9: Barbados

    A pregnant single mother is apprehended attempting to bring drugs back from Barbados and is sentenced to five years in prison.

  • Season 4 Episode 8: Iraq/Kidnapped in Iraq

    Documentary examining the kidnapping of journalists Scott Taylor and Zeynep Tugrul by insurgents in Iraq in 2004. They were subjected to threats of torture and execution after being abducted from the city of Tal Afar, and passed around a number of militant groups before being freed days later

  • Season 4 Episode 7: Cuba

    A man abandons his girlfriend in Panama with 18 pounds of cocaine and tells her she must smuggle drugs if she wants to see her daughter again.

  • Season 4 Episode 6: Busted in Mexico

    The case of Alex Silva, who stopped working at his uncle's tyre shop in El Paso, Texas, to try his hand at smuggling drugs - a situation that ended in imprisonment after he tried to carry marijuana from Mexico into the US

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Escape from Hell

    The story of Australian Chris Parnell, who spent 11 years in an Indonesian prison after being wrongly convicted of smuggling hashish in 1985. Determined to get out and prove his innocence, he made several failed escape attempts, but was freed in 1996 after a long campaign by family and friends

  • Season 4 Episode 4: Brazil/Brazil's Worst Prison/Busted in Brazil

    The story of four friends who tried to smuggle cocaine worth more than £30,000 out of Brazil in 1993 and were jailed for four-and-a-half years in Carandiru prison, made notorious by a riot a year earlier that resulted in the deaths of 111 inmates

  • Season 4 Episode 3: Puerto Vallarta

    Documentary charting the story of Jake Libbon who travelled to Mexico in search of adventure but ended up being shot and imprisoned in the aftermath of a disastrous drug deal

    Saturday 26th July 4:00am EDT - National Geographic Channel
  • Season 4 Episode 2: Philippines/Terror Island

    Dramatic reconstruction of the story of Greg Williams, an American missionary who was kidnapped and held for ransom by a terrorist gang in the Philippines in 1996. He was shackled to a tree and tortured for information - but as his hopes of escape diminished, he discovered one of his captors could present him with an opportunity to flee

  • Season 4 Episode 1: Caracas/Venezuela Blues

    The experiences of struggling musician David Evans, who was imprisoned in the notorious Los Teques jail in Venezuela for trying to smuggle cocaine out of the country. He explains how he came to be involved in the scheme, the events of his arrest and the importance of his guitar during his incarceration, with the programme ending as he is reunited with his girlfriend at the end of his sentence

Locked Up Abroad: Season 3 (2008)

  • Season 3 Episode 8: South Korea

    The story of Cullen Thomas, a university graduate from New York who was caught smuggling drugs into South Korea when he visited the country for a short stint as a teacher. He was sentenced to three and a half years, and had to endure the atrocious conditions of two Korean prisons, including a cell so small he could not extend his arms above his head and a toilet that did not flush

  • Season 3 Episode 7: Ecuador

    The story of Daniel Van De Zandrewe, a student who moved to Miami after the death of his father in 1995, embarking on a hedonistic lifestyle in the city. To free himself from mounting debt, Daniel began smuggling drugs, but was convicted of drug trafficking after his second assignment, spending three years in the squalid conditions of an Ecuadorian jail

  • Season 3 Episode 6: Taiwan

    The story of South African military attache Colonel McGill Alexander who was taken hostage with his wife and three children in 1997 by Chen Chin-hsing, one of Taiwan's most notorious criminals. Chen's demands included the release of an accomplice and safe passage out of the country. Following a gun battle with police, McGill and his daughter were freed and further negotiations took place over several days, eventually leading to the release of the remaining hostages. Last in series

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Cuzco

    The story of Sarah Jackson from Milton Keynes, who agreed to become a drugs courier to pay off a £3,000 debt. Jackson, along with a friend she had duped into helping her smuggle cocaine from Peru to the UK, was seized by police at Lima airport and the pair were sent to different jails to await trial - one an easy-going women's prison, the other an overcrowded all-male prison

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Pakistan

    The story of British reporter Amardeep Bassey, who arrived in Pakistan in 2002 on a professional and personal journey to tell the stories of Afghan people in the wake of the US-led attack on the Taliban. However, his trip turned into a nightmare when passport control discovered he did not have a valid visa and declared him to be an Indian spy. The journalist was given a 15-year prison sentence, but was released after 28 days

    Saturday 2nd August 3:00am EDT - National Geographic Channel
  • Season 3 Episode 3: Bangladesh

    The story of Lia McCord from Texas, who travelled to Bangladesh in 1992 as a promising 18-year-old student with dreams of attending business school. She was offered $20,000 to deliver a consignment of heroin and, despite her attempts to pull out at the last minute, she was forced to carry the drug. She was caught and sentenced to life in prison, but the intervention of congressman Bill Richardson saw her released after four years

  • Season 3 Episode 2: Peru/Lima

    The story of Russell Thoresen, who moved from Tennessee to the Florida Keys when he was 20 years old and fell in love with a cocaine addict who asked him to smuggle the drug from the Peruvian capital Lima to Miami. Although he initially refused, gang members threatened to kill him if he did not transport the drug, and he ended up being caught and sent to the South American country's notorious Callao prison

  • Season 3 Episode 1: Kuwait

    The story of Scott White, whose party lifestyle as a young man in Kuwait during the late 1980s saw him using his wealthy father's money to illegally brew alcohol and purchase hashish. He was eventually arrested for drug dealing and sentenced to half a decade in prison, but he was able to escape amid the confusion caused when Saddam Hussein invaded the country two years after his incarceration

Locked Up Abroad: Season 2 (2007 - 2008)

  • Season 2 Episode 4: Colombia

    A US martial-arts teacher recounts his experience of being kidnapped by rebels in Colombia while journeying through South America on his motorcycle, and the desperate measures he attempted to escape his captors - including refusing food and medicine. Last in series

  • Season 2 Episode 3: Nepal

    Profiling a Briton and his three accomplices who were persuaded to smuggle gold from Hong Kong to Nepal by gangsters. The travellers were caught by the authorities at Kathmandu airport and sentenced to four years in prison. Their hopes of release rested on the King of Nepal's birthday, when he is known to pardon certain prisoners

  • Season 2 Episode 2: Peru

    Profiling two young women from Los Angeles who agreed to smuggle cocaine, in return for an all-expenses paid holiday. However, they were caught at the airport and sentenced to 10 years in Peru's Chorrillos Prison

  • Season 2 Episode 1: Venezuela

    New drama-documentary series. Jim and Paul, two teenagers from Leicester, agree to smuggle drugs from Venezuela thinking it would lead to a life of riches and glamour. Their dream turns to a nightmare when they are arrested at the airport and imprisoned in one of the country's most notorious prisons

Locked Up Abroad: Season 1 (2008)

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Venezuela: Denis and Donald's Story

    The cautionary tale of freelance yachtsman Donald MacNeil who flew out to the Mediterranean under the belief that he was being hired by acquaintances to teach them to sail a boat back to England. Instead he was drawn into a cocaine-smuggling operation which ended in almost seven years spent in a Venezuelan prison. Last in series

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Sydney

    The story of traveller Mark, who got caught up in drug trafficking when he tried to put his life back on track. Agreeing to smuggle a kilo of cocaine from San Francisco to Australia in exchange for $100,000, he was caught during the attempt - little realising the narcotics he had swallowed to transport were slowly killing him

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Thailand

    The story of Sandra Gregory, who had to give up her job teaching English as a foreign language in Thailand due to ill health. As a way of prolonging her stay, she attempted to smuggle 90 grams of heroin into Japan in exchange for £1,000 - but was arrested at Bangkok airport and sentenced to life in the city's notoriously tough Lard Yao prison

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Mexico

    Documenting the stories of Britons who have been incarcerated abroad. In the first programme, a couple explain how, eager to make enough money to see them through the Ibiza winter, they ended up getting involved in smuggling marijuana from Costa Rica to Amsterdam - before being imprisoned in Mexico

Locked Up Abroad: Special (2008)

  • Special Episode 5: Malaysia

    The story of Callie and Monique Strydom, a South African couple who were taken hostage by Islamic extremists while on holiday in Malaysia in April 2000. The pair, along with 19 other hostages, were sent to Jojo Island in the Philippines, where they were held for four months, until Colonel Gaddafi agreed to pay the gang out, and after a total of 127 days in captivity, Callie and Monique arrived back in South Africa to a hero's welcome. Last in the series

  • Special Episode 4: Philippines

    A couple on an anniversary trip in the Philippines is taken hostage, along with 18 others, by an Islamic extremist group.

  • Special Episode 3: India

    In 1994 the worlds of Rhys Partridge and Bela Nuss became horribly entwined as they backpacked independently through India. They were kidnapped within weeks of each other by Islamic fundamentalists and threatened with beheading

  • Special Episode 2: Chechnya

    A couple in Chechnya to help local children is kidnapped by rebels and held in captivity for 14 months before the intervention of Russian a billionaire leads to their release.

  • Special Episode 1: Uganda

    A safari party's journey of a lifetime turns into a bloodbath when members of the group, including safari guide Mark Ross, are kidnapped by rebels in Uganda.

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