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Banged Up Abroad

Season 1 2007 - 2008
TV-14

  • 2007-07-24T21:00:00Z on Channel 5 (UK)
  • 50 mins
  • 6 hours, 17 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary

Banged Up Abroad is a British documentary/docudrama television series that was produced for Channel Five and that premiered in March 2006. It is broadcast under the title Locked Up Abroad in the United States and other parts of the world on the National Geographic Channel.

It features stories of people who have been arrested while travelling abroad, usually for trying to smuggle illegal drugs out of a particular country and have received lengthy prison sentences as a result. Among the stories to have been told is that of British woman Sandra Gregory, who spent several years in the Klong Prem Central Prison after being convicted of trying to smuggle heroin out of Thailand.

A second series was broadcast in 2007 with a third series during August and September 2008, and a fourth in October 2008.

8 episodes

1x01 Peru

  • Series Premiere

    2007-07-24T21:00:00Z — 45 mins

Someone is always looking for a free vacation. However, nothing in life is free. This episode features two Americans who want just that. These people were promised a nice vacation Peru. Towards the end of the vacation, they would have to pay. They had to pay for the trip by smuggling drugs out of the country. They would have to pay by facing up to six years in a Peruvian prison

1x02 Venezuela

  • 2007-08-22T21:00:00Z — 44 mins

Two teenage boys from Leicester get offered the opportunity of a lifetime. An all expenses trip to Venezuela but it doesn't come for free. Part of the deal is that they have to smuggle drugs back to the UK on their return. They get caught in the airport and spend 4.5 years in life threatening prisons until they managed to escape.

1x03 Nepal

  • 2007-09-12T21:00:00Z — 44 mins

The true story of a Briton who was caught smuggling gold from Hong Kong to Nepal. He was sentenced to four years in jail, but was pardoned eventually and released early.

1x04 Colombia

  • 2007-09-25T21:00:00Z — 44 mins

Colombia, the kidnapping capital of the world, is where Glen Heggstad was taken captive by the National Liberation Army. After five weeks of torture, beatings and marches, Glen was released and sits down to tell his story.

1x05 Mexico

  • 2008-03-31T21:00:00Z — 50 mins

The true account of a British couple who were sentenced to 10 years in a Mexican prison after having been caught trafficking drugs from Costa Rica to Amsterdam.

1x06 Sydney

  • 2008-04-07T21:00:00Z — 50 mins

An international drug deal gone wrong ends up sending a young couple to prison in Sydney for smuggling of cocaine.

1x07 Margarita Island

  • 2008-04-14T21:00:00Z — 50 mins

Three American citizens who were held in a Venezuelan prison for six years after smuggling cocaine, discuss their experiences and the conditions they endured.

1x08 Thailand

  • 2008-04-21T21:00:00Z — 50 mins

A young British woman in Thailand agrees to smuggle an addicts personal stash of heroine to Tokyo to raise money for her trip home.

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