Locked Up Abroad

Locked Up Abroad

2007 - 2016, Crime, Drama, True Life, Other
Documenting the stories of Britons who have been incarcerated abroad.
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Episode Guide

  • Locked Up Abroad - Nightmare in Somalia (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Nightmare in Somalia

    In July 2008, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout end up spending over a year in captivity while reporting on the war in Somalia.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Hunting Mr. Nice (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    Hunting Mr. Nice

    Howard Marks becomes one of the world's biggest cannabis smugglers until a DEA Agent tracks him down and sends him to one of America's toughest prisons.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Fast, Furious and Busted (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    Fast, Furious and Busted

    Hot-shot street racer Rick breaks into cars to support his young family but soon he's involved in a criminal gang and the police are on his tail.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Vegas Mobster (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    Vegas Mobster

    When the FBI pulls off a sting operation to capture Frank Cullotta in 1979, the Chicago mobster agrees to testify against the mob and enter the witness protection program.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Hippie Mafia (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Hippie Mafia

    An American hippie, Eddie Padilla, turns cocaine smuggler to save his relationship and ends up in a Peruvian hell.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Mexican Prison Escape (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    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.

  • Locked Up Abroad - The Real Argo (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    The Real Argo

    Antonio Mendez, the CIA officer portrayed by Ben Affleck in 'Argo,' along with former hostages give firsthand accounts of the operation to rescue six American diplomats from Iran by having them pose as a movie crew.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Buried Alive (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Buried Alive

    When American contractor Roy Hallums is kidnapped in Iraq, his fate looks sealed; his nearly yearlong ordeal sees him beaten and practically buried alive.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Raving Arizona (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Raving Arizona

    Shaun Altwood upsets the local mafia; he builds an Ecstasy dealing empire.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Dangerous Liaisons (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Dangerous Liaisons

    Revealing how British nurse Stephen Comiskey drew the unwelcome attention of the Saudi religious police after a series of illicit gay affairs.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Snakes on a Plane (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    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.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Vietnam POW's: McCain & Brace (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Vietnam POW's: McCain & Brace

    The incredible story of how two Vietnam prisoners of war, Sen. John McCain and Ernest Brace, found a way to survive imprisonment.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Escape From the Gulag (Season 6 Episode 20)
    Season 6 Episode 20:

    Escape From the Gulag

    An American is arrested for smuggling heroin in Cold War Moscow and winds up incarcerated in a soviet prison camp, but seizes the opportunity to escape when the power goes out.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Busted in Bangkok (Season 6 Episode 19)
    Season 6 Episode 19:

    Busted in Bangkok

    Dumped by her lover,a Chicago woman smuggles heroin from Thailand to fund a new life. When caught and sentenced to life at a notorious Bangkok prison, she attempts suicide but fails.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Nightmare in Somalia (Season 6 Episode 18)
    Season 6 Episode 18:

    Nightmare in Somalia

    While reporting on the conditions in a refugee camp, a photojournalist and a reporter are kidnapped by a criminal gang in Somalia, where they are held captive for a year and convert to Islam to gain the trust of their captors.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Venezuela Hustle (Season 6 Episode 17)
    Season 6 Episode 17:

    Venezuela Hustle

    An Irish plumber, desperate to keep his family afloat, agrees to smuggle cocaine from Venezuela back to Dublin.

  • Locked Up Abroad - The Orchid Hunters (Season 6 Episode 16)
    Season 6 Episode 16:

    The Orchid Hunters

    After being captured by revolutionary guerillas while attempting to cross from Panama to Colombia via the notorious Darien Gap, two backpackers realize their only chance of survival is to escape.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Chilean Prison Break (Season 6 Episode 15)
    Season 6 Episode 15:

    Chilean Prison Break

    Tom Hanway makes a daring escape from a Chilean jail after being arrested trying to smuggle LSD, but must make an exhausting journey across the country to secure his freedom.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Hasidic King of Coke (Season 6 Episode 13)
    Season 6 Episode 13:

    Hasidic King of Coke

    Greengrocer Samuel gets involved with drug-dealing, in particular, cocaine.

  • Locked Up Abroad - I Am Not a Terrorist (Season 6 Episode 12)
    Season 6 Episode 12:

    I Am Not a Terrorist

    For money to party and to support his daughter, a jobless man, Duane Wollum, smuggles cocaine from Nicaragua into the U.S.

  • Locked Up Abroad - My Dad the Smuggler (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    My Dad the Smuggler

    Scott Campbell continues the smuggling mission his estranged father started and was arrested for, to Tokyo to raise money to pay for his father's lawyer.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Son of Saddam (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    Son of Saddam

    After first spending time in prison for refusing, Latif Yahia, an Iraqi soldier, is forced to become a body-double for Saddam Hussein's son Uday.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Caribbean Nightmare (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    Caribbean Nightmare

    An exotic dancer and husband are forced at gunpoint to smuggle liguid cocaine and end up in a Caribbean prison when caught.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Colombian Kidnap (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Colombian Kidnap

    After months of captivity, a group of backpackers snatched by Colombian guerillas splits as to which survival strategy they should use - cooperation with their kidnappers or resistance.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Dangerous Liaisons (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    Dangerous Liaisons

    British gay nurse Stephen Comiskey is arrested in Saudi Arabia where homosexuality is punishable by execution.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Cocaine Mule Mom (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Cocaine Mule Mom

    Struggling to pay her mortgage, newly single mom-of-three Ruthie Lambert agreed to smuggle cocaine. However, the much-needed cash came at a terrible price.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Black Palace of Horrors (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Black Palace of Horrors

    A man, Dwight Worker, busted for smuggling attempts a daring escape from one of Mexico's most notorious prisons.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Highway to Hell (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Highway to Hell

    Thomas Hamill, a civilian truck driver for the U.S. military, is taken hostage by insurgents in war-torn Iraq.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Escape From Argentina (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Escape From Argentina

    Lucy Wright, a student nurse caught smuggling drugs out of Argentina, decides to make a daring escape back to England.

  • Locked Up Abroad - The Juggler Smuggler (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    The Juggler Smuggler

    Mark Greening, a magician in Bali, learns he's going to be a father and turns to smuggling hash inside pellets that he swallows in order to raise money for his new responsibilities.

  • Locked Up Abroad - From Hollywood to Hell (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    From Hollywood to Hell

    A Hollywood actor, Erik Aude, finds himself locked up in Pakistan for opium smuggling.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Backstabbed in Thailand (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Backstabbed in Thailand

    A Thailand vacation becomes a nightmare when a woman discovers her friend's plan to smuggle heroin back to the U.S.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Teenage Drug Smuggler (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Teenage Drug Smuggler

    An overweight teenager, Vivian Carrasquillo, agrees to smuggle drugs out of Colombia in a desperate bid to finance her gastric bypass surgery.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Drug Dealer Revenge (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Drug Dealer Revenge

    Addicted to cocaine, incapable of holding a job and desperate for money, Robert Pringle agrees to smuggle cocaine out of Peru.

  • Locked Up Abroad - The Cocaine Trap (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    The Cocaine Trap

    An Australian thinks his luck has changed when a businessman offers him $15,000 to smuggle gold but when it turns out to be cocaine, he must battle illness and hostile inmates in an Argentine prison.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Daredevil Drug Runner (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Daredevil Drug Runner

    A martial arts instructor, Chris Chance, turns hash smuggler in an effort keep his business afloat, but must reveal his secret life to his wife when he falls into a police ambush.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Heroin Sting (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Heroin Sting

    A family vacation on the island of Mauritius becomes a nightmare for a young woman, Brigene Young, who is busted for smuggling drugs in her shoes.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Mexican Money Machine (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Mexican Money Machine

    A man, Jeremy Khinoo, regrets his decision to obtain illegal prescription drugs in Mexico using counterfeit money he made on his computer.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Prisoner of Love (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Prisoner of Love

    A man, David Scott, who meets his soul mate in the Philippines comes up against the country's adultery laws and finds himself facing up to 14 years in prison.

  • Locked Up Abroad - The Real Goodfella (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    The Real Goodfella

    The gangster, Henry Hill, who inspired the classic movie 'Goodfellas' shares the story of his rise and fall as a wiseguy in the New York mob.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Saudi Whisky Run (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Saudi Whisky Run

    Scottish chef Gordon Malloch embarks on a lucrative sideline as a bootlegger in Saudi Arabia.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Colombia Ambush (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Colombia Ambush

    Young backpacker Mark Wedeven and his companions are ambushed by murderous paramilitaries while crossing from Panama to Colombia overland through the notorious Darién Gap.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Smuggler Makeover (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Smuggler Makeover

    When music-loving hippie Michael Morey learned he and his girlfriend were expecting a baby, he agreed to smuggle cocaine from Ecuador to Europe.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Bangkok Underworld (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Bangkok Underworld

    Australian teacher Tim Schrader tries to smuggle heroin from Bangkok to the U.S, but is caught with more than a hundred times the amount required to secure a death sentence.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Tokyo Takedown (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Tokyo Takedown

    A woman, Jackie Nichols, is caught smuggling hash from Nepal and is locked up in Japan's prison system.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Saddam's Iraq (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Saddam's Iraq

    Two men suffer a terrifying ordeal at the hands of Saddam Hussein's secret police.

  • Locked Up Abroad - The Real Midnight Express (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    The Real Midnight Express

    Billy Hayes, subject of the 1978 film 'Midnight Express,' tells the real story of being sent to the infamous Turkish Sagmalcilar prison.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Delhi (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:


    Londoner Clare Matthews spends over five years in one of Asia's largest jails while she awaits trial for smuggling drugs from India to Europe.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Jamaica (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:


    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.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Sierra Leone (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Sierra Leone

    A Royal Marine working with the United Nations to disarm rebel forces in Sierra Leone must make a daring jungle escape after his camp is attacked.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Betrayed in Ecuador (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Betrayed in Ecuador

    An unsuspecting woman, Zoe McGarry, is given a suitcase full of cocaine and is arrested when attempting to board a plane with it.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Barbados (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:


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

  • Locked Up Abroad - Iraq (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:


    While reporting from Iraq, two journalists are kidnapped by insurgents.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Cuba (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:


    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.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Busted in Mexico (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Busted in Mexico

    A teenager is caught attempting to smuggle 33 pounds of marijuana out of Mexico and must spend years struggling to survive among hardened criminals in prison.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Indonesia (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:


    During his 11 years in an Indonesian prison after being convicted of smuggling hashish, Chris Parnell attempted escape five times.

  • Locked Up Abroad - São Paulo Death Trap (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    São Paulo Death Trap

    Four friends are arrested trying to smuggle cocaine out of Brazil and end up in a notorious South American prison where 111 prisoners had been murdered a year earlier.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Puerto Vallarta (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Puerto Vallarta

    Jake Stanford is wrongly accused of shooting two policemen during a 1977 drug bust in Mexico.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Kidnapped in the Philippines (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Kidnapped in the Philippines

    Missionary Greg Williams escapes after being kidnapped by members of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf and tortured for 13 days.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Caracas (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:


    When struggling blues musician David Evans has trouble making ends meet, he attempts to make some money by smuggling cocaine out of Venezuela to Europe.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Cuzco (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:


    An American innocently thinks he's simply been invited along on a nice trip to Peru with a new female friend until he gets thrown in jail after she gets caught trying to smuggle two suitcases packed with cocaine back to the United States.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Ecuador (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:


    Desperate for cash, an American man agrees to transport cocaine from Ecuador to Europe for $7,000 and gets busted, ending up in one of Ecuador's most notorious prisons.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Taiwan (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:


    In 1997, Taiwan's most wanted criminal breaks into the home of a diplomat and his family and holds them hostage for 26 hours in an attempt to negotiate the release of his imprisoned wife.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Malaysia (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:


    Monique and Callie Strydom are kindapped by a Muslim militant group while vacationing in Malaysia and held captive for four months.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Pakistan (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:


    British journalist Amardeep Bassey travels to Afghanistan, on assignment, but ends up jailed in Pakistan, accused of being a spy.

  • Locked Up Abroad - India (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:


    While traveling in India, Rhys Partridge gets kidnapped by a terrorist who had been involved in the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Chechnya (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    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.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Kuwait (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:


    Amid the chaos of the Iraqi invasion, a 19-year-old man manages to escape from a Kuwaiti prison during the second of his 5-year sentence for drug dealing.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Philippines (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


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

  • Locked Up Abroad - Bangladesh (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:


    Lia McCord from Texas attempts to smuggle heroin from Bangladesh and is imprisoned for life before congressman Bill Richardson intervenes.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Uganda (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:


    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.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Korea (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    Cullen Thomas is caught mailing hashish to himself from the Philippines to Korea and is imprisoned for three and a half years.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Thailand (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:


    A woman is locked up for five years after getting caught taking a neighbor up on an offer to smuggle heroin out of the country in exchange for cash and airfare.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Margarita Island (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Margarita Island

    Two wealthy boat owners convince their yachting coach to reroute to Venezuela on their trip from Crete to the U.K. in order to pick up a large shipment of cocaine.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Sydney (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:


    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

  • Locked Up Abroad - Mexico (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:


    Two Americans working little and playing hard for a summer season in Ibiza agree to smuggle some cannabis into Amsterdam when they begin running short on money.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Colombia (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Glen Heggstad recounts his experience of being kidnapped by rebels in Colombia, and how they subjected him to constant interrogations.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Nepal (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:


    Piers Hernu, a traveler from England, runs out of money in Hong Kong and agrees to smuggle gold to Nepal.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Venezuela (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:


    After a chance encounter with a Russian drug lord, two young men agree to smuggle drugs and end up serving 10 years in a Venezuelan prison.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Peru (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Two young Americans are promised a luxury holiday in Peru in exchange for bringing back cocaine, but instead find themselves facing six years in prison.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Prison Nightmares (Special)

    Prison Nightmares

    A recap of some of the worst prison stays suffered by travelers who found themselves on the wrong side of the law a long way from home.

  • Locked Up Abroad - I Was the Enemy (Episode 136)
    Episode 136:

    I Was the Enemy

    In 2004, reporters Scott Taylor and Zeynep Tugrul rush to the front line in Iraq, but both are captured by insurgents who are convinced the two are U.S. spies.

  • Locked Up Abroad - We're the Kings (Episode 135)
    Episode 135:

    We're the Kings

    Nightclub promoter Brendan Cosso gets busted in Brazil trying to take a package to Hungary, and serves four years in one of the most violent prisons in South America.

  • Locked Up Abroad - The Cuban Layover (Episode 134)
    Episode 134:

    The Cuban Layover

    Music producer Roy forces Kahlilah Saleem to smuggle drugs so she can see her daughter again.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Human Shields in Iraq (Episode 133)
    Episode 133:

    Human Shields in Iraq

    Tom Lynch and other contractors tried to escape Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion, but they were caught and taken to a notorious Baghdad prison.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Sold My Soul (Episode 132)
    Episode 132:

    Sold My Soul

    Michael Morey agreed to smuggle cocaine from Ecuador to Europe after learning his girlfriend is pregnant.

  • Locked Up Abroad - Death in the Jungle (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Death in the Jungle

    Safari guide Mark Ross and his tour group are kidnapped by Hutu rebels in Uganda.

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