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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: Venezuela Blues
    April 2006: Atlanta musician David Evans loves his girfriend Julie Goldstein but they're always broke. In a rash attempt to prove he could make some cash, he agrees to act as a drug mule. He deceives Julie by telling her he is going to Europe when actually he flies to Caracas Venezuela. There he picks up 7 pounds (3.2 kilos) of cocaine carried in cans of hairspray. Despite believing that 'everyone is paid off' at Caracas airport, he is caught and arrested. Julie meanwhile has gone to meet him in Amsterdam. She has no idea why he is not there to meet her - until he calls. Over the ensuing months he sinks deeper into the hell of the Venezuelan penal system and Julie has to take care of herself. Their lives drift apart. October 2008: After 27 months David is finally free and they arrange to meet. Is there a chance they will get back together? We end the film with David and Julie's actual reunion in Atlanta - and David pays the price for his deception._x000D_
  • Banged Up Abroad: Philippine Terror
    Greg Williams travelled to the Philippines in 1996 in the hope of turning his life around as a church volunteer. But within days of arriving, he was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf - a brutal Islamic terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda. Greg realized his only chance of survival was to escape._x000D_
  • 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: Mexico Or Bust
    In 1977 Jake Stanford was fresh out of high school and headed off to Mexico in search of adventure and excitement. He got both - but not in quite the way he anticipated. Funding his stay by selling Marijuana to tourists, he unwisely attempted a deal too far when he agreed to supply another American with two kilos of the drug. A resulting drugs bust would see him witness two policemen shot point blank as well as being gunshot himself. After three days holed up in a friend's house he made a doomed escape attempt disguised as a woman before falling into the clutches of the town's menacing chief of police, who soon made it clear he would only save his leg by confessing to a crime he didn't commit…_x000D_
  • 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: Sao Paulo Death Trap
    In 1993 Brendan Cosso was partying and mixing with celebrities in Hollywood. He didn't need the money. But when the offer came to smuggle cocaine out of Brazil for $50,000, he took it. He was arrested with three friends at Sao Paulo airport. Thanks to the efforts of his father in securing a top criminal lawyer, Brendan received a sentence of four years rather than the 25 demanded by the prosecution. But he was sent to Carandiru prison, the most violent prison in South America, where a year previously 111 prisoners had been massacred._x000D_
  • 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: Busted In Bali
    In 1985 Australian businessman Chris Parnell was arrested and accused of smuggling twelve kilos of hashish in Bali , Indonesia. To avoid going to court and a possible death sentence, he feigned madness, and was locked up in a mental hospital. An early escape attempt ended in disaster when he crashed through a roof into a secure lunatic asylum. After this he stood trail and was sentenced to life in prison. Determined to prove his innocence, he made a further daring escape attempt disguised as a woman, but was recaptured. He spent the next eleven years in a spiraling prison nightmare which in culminated in him being declared dead in a prison mortuary. Following pressure from the Australian government, Chris was granted a Presidential pardon and was released on 26th September 1996._x000D_
  • 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: Teen Smuggler
    El Paso, 1989: Alex Silva is a bored and disaffected teenager, whose life is going nowhere fast. Worried he'll end up on the streets, Alex's uncle gets him a job in a tire shop. But instead of keeping his head down, Alex is distracted by some wealthy Mexican customers. Chasing the scent of money, he discovers that they are drug smugglers, who bring marijuana into the US from Mexico. Alex begs to be let in on the action and finds himself driving marijuana-laden cars across the border from Juarez into El Paso. Thinking this is easy money, he asks for a bigger job. For the next task, Alex, who has never been south of Juarez, will have to drive deep into unfamiliar territory and get the drugs past further checkpoints in the US. Dumb luck is on his side, and he gets away with it. By the second run he's cocky - an attitude which is paid off by his arrest in Mexico. What follows is a coming-of-age story, as torture, imprisonment, falling in love, and a jail break conspire to finally make Alex a man._x000D_
  • 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: Hooked In Havana
    When Kahlilah Saleem meets big-shot music producer Roy her life is completely transformed. She moves from Philadelphia to Miami with her six-year-old daughter. But when Roy offers Kahlilah the chance to travel to Panama to see the Carinval, her hopes are turned upside-down. Roy abandons Kahlilah in Panama with a bag stuffed with 8 kilogrammes of pure cocaine. He returns to the US and he holds her daughter hostage to force Kahlilah to smuggle the bag to Paris. But it's no easy journey. Kahlilah must first travel from Panama to Costa Rica and then to Cuba. Along the way she makes friends with English backpacker Laura who is also travelling to Paris. But just before they are about to board their final flight together Kahlilah discovers Laura's secret - she is also a drug mule. Laura makes it onto the plane but Kahlilah pays the price. She is pulled aside and caught with the drugs. After six years in prison in Cuba, Kahlilah is finally reunited with her daughter._x000D_
  • 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: Kidnapped In Iraq
    September 7, 2004: US forces are about to attack Tal Afar in North West Iraq. Journalists Scott Taylor and Zeynep Tugrul rush to the remote city to report from the frontline. But they are kidnapped by insurgents who think they're American spies. From then on their lives hang in the balance as the American military pound the City and the journalist face execution and torture and witness scenes few westerners have ever survived._x000D_
  • 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: Busted And Pregnant
    Zara Whittaker, from a poverty-ridden housing project in South London, left behind her 8 month old baby, to go to Barbados and smuggle cocaine back. She never thought anything could go wrong - her partner in crime had done it 12 times before. Three days before the run, she found out she was pregnant, but she'd already spent too much of the drug dealers' money to pull out. Stopped by the police at the airport, Zara was given a five year prison sentence - she gave birth in Barbados, and, after three heartbreaking months, had to give the baby up._x000D_
  • Banged Up Abroad: Conned In Quito
    In 2003, Zoe McGarry's life changed forever after a chance encounter with a man called Tony. She met him in Nigeria while visiting the country with her Nigerian husband Olu, and they soon all became close friends. Tony had family in London and Zoe and Olu invited him to stay in their house. But within months his personality started to change, he was no longer the happy, warm person they once knew. And then, one day, he just disappeared. A few months later, he called Zoe from Ecuador begging her for help to re-new his visa so he could return to the UK and make a fresh start. Eventually, Tony persuaded Zoe to visit him to help with his paperwork. But once there, Tony's behaviour proved untrustworthy. He avoided visiting the embassy every time she brought the subject up. They visited a local tourist market where Zoe bought several souvenirs. Tony gave her a rucksack to carry them home in. Eventually after 4 days, Zoe decided to return to London, but never made it. As she boarded the flight home, police arrested her and discovered 2.6 kilogram's of cocaine in the lining of the rucksack that Tony had given her. She was locked up and despite protesting her innocence was given a 16 year jail term in a Quito jail. After serving 4 she was released on parole and finally returned home to her native Ireland. Tony was never caught or brought to trial._x000D_
  • 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: Jamaican Getaway
    TK White and her girlfriend are offered a vacation to Jamaica and $5,000 in return for bringing back marijuana. Without knowing that marijuana is illegal in Jamaica, the couple takes off, playing the tourist and enjoying the beach. After a few days, the women head back to the airport with suitcases that barely conceal the drug packages. They are caught, handcuffed and sent to Kingston's over-crowded, roach-infested Central Jail, where they end up defending their gay lifestyle to hostile Jamaicans. TK's family secures her release back home to New York after paying a lawyer, but now, the guilt-ridden TK must convince her girlfriend's grandmother to pay for her friend's release as well.
  • Banged Up Abroad: Sierra Leone
    January 2000: Major Phil Ashby has joined the United Nations to disarm warring factions in Sierra Leone, West Africa. What he finds are bloodthirsty child soldiers controlled by a menacing rebel warlord. When some rebels turn in their weapons to Phil, the angry warlord goes on a violent rampage, and closes in on the UN team for revenge. Surrounded, outgunned and vastly outnumbered, Phil risks everything in a desperate 50-mile escape through rebel-controlled jungle.
  • Banged Up Abroad: Delhi
    In 1999, heartbroken Londoner Clare Matthews decides to travel to Goa, India. She loves it so much that when her money runs out, she overcomes her initial fears and hides 2 pounds of hashish in a statue, mailing it off to Europe to make some quick cash. But her party lifestyle spirals out of control, and she needs more money. She ships another parcel, and then another-but the third one doesn't reach Europe. The courier company says they've lost the address and ask her to go to the post office to pick up a fax. Desperate for money but suspecting a trap, Clare reluctantly picks up the fax. She's arrested and ends up spending years in one of Asia's largest jails, waiting trial. Finally, she's given a 5 year sentence which she's already served. But just after she's released, Clare's lawyer tells her that her sentence has been extended for another 5 years. Devastated, Clare waits in jail for 3 months until the judge relents and allows her to return to London.