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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to your final destination: a long, lonely stretch in a dark and dangerous prison, far from home.

Banged Up Abroad takes you inside accounts of capture, incarceration and terror far away from home with intimate personal interviews and dramatic re-enactments. 

You’ll hear more first-hand accounts not only from those who were locked up, but also from those who were directly part of the story. 

Whether it is the undercover agent compiling the evidence against the suspect, or the person making the drug-dealing offers, you relive the stories from every angle. 


  • Banged Up Abroad: Mexican Prison Escape
    Surfers Mike and Mace were caught smuggling marijuana while sailing down the Mexican coast. Did they manage to escape prison and make it home?
  • Banged Up Abroad: Raving Arizona
    Englishman Shaun was seduced by the money and glamour of drug dealing. But when a local Mafia boss took offence, his world turned upside down.
  • Banged Up Abroad: Snakes On A Plane
    Tom Crutchfield was one of America's biggest reptile smugglers. But when he was finally caught, he was sent to a notoriously brutal prison.
  • Banged Up Abroad: Vietnam POWs: McCain & Brace
    The incredible story of two pilots imprisoned during the Vietnam War, John McCain and Ernest Brace, who depended on each other for survival.
  • Banged Up Abroad: Vegas Mobster
    When the Mafia put a hit on his life, Frank entered the witness-protection programme and lifted the lid on criminal activity in Las Vegas.
  • Banged Up Abroad: Buried Alive
    When Roy is kidnapped in Iraq while working for the US military, the race is on to find where he is being held – before it's too late.
  • Banged Up Abroad: Fast, Furious And Busted
    When hot-shot street-racer Rick learns that his girlfriend is pregnant, he is drawn into a life of crime to provide for his family.
  • Banged Up Abroad: The Real Argo
    Discover the true story behind the Oscar-winning film 'Argo', and Mendez's daring plan to rescue six diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis.
  • Banged Up Abroad: House Of The Devil
    Follow travellers who find themselves fighting for survival while being held captive in some the world’s deadliest regions.
  • Banged Up Abroad: Hunting Mr Nice
    When schoolteacher Howard Marks agrees to help an old friend finish off a drug deal, he has no idea that it will be the start of a new career.