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From kidnapping to drug smuggling, this series tells stories of people who have been locked up abroad.

From kidnap and torture to foolish plans to smuggle drugs, this nail-biting series tells the harrowing stories of people who set out hoping for adventure or easy money, only to end up in situations beyond their worst nightmares. In these brand new episodes, follow the stories of more people who have found themselves in situations beyond their most terrible fears. From a run-down South London estate to a Barbados prison, Busted and Pregnant is Zara Whittaker’s tale about poverty, heartbreak, and international drug smuggling. Zara knew exactly what she was doing when she agreed to smuggle cocaine into Britain. But at that stage she didn’t know she was pregnant, would get caught, give birth behind bars and have to give her baby up. This is her story. As US forces attacked insurgents in the Iraqi town of Tall 'Afar in 2004, journalists Scott Taylor and Zeynep Tugrul were there to report from the front line. However, they soon became the story themselves, as they were kidnapped by insurgents and accused of spying for America. Descending into a hellish world of torture and threats of execution, could the pair survive being Kidnapped in Iraq? When Zoe McGarry met a man on holiday in Nigeria, she thought she had made a new friend. However, when he called her a few months later begging her to come to Ecuador to help him, he proved to be anything but trustworthy. In Master of Deception police find Zoe’s rucksack packed with cocaine from her friend. She ends up with an eight year sentence for drug smuggling, while the man simply disappeared. Missed an episode or want to know when the next one is showing? Click here to access the episode guide for this series.


  • 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.
  • 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: Hippie Mafia
    The story of Eddie Padilla, who helped form the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, dedicated to smuggling dope across the Mexican border.
  • 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.