Locked Up Abroad

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March 2020
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. Attracted by the easy money and the thrill of being a smuggler, he is soon running a huge transatlantic operation and believes he is unstoppable. But when one of his loads is busted...
In 1972, surfers Mike Cooke, Mace Stanley, and their high school buddy are sailing down the west coast of Mexico looking for adventure. Seduced by an offer of $10,000 each, they get involved in a doomed venture to transport more than a ton of weed back to the states by yacht with two smugglers. After a shipwreck leaves the...
When Eddie Padilla takes LSD for the first time, his life suddenly changes. Before long, he has helped form a movement called the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, dedicated to taking acid and smuggling dope across the border from Mexico to make money. But his hippie dream crumbles when Eddie falls in love with a beautiful coke...
In Las Vegas, mafia associate Frank Cullotta works for the notorious mob boss Tony Spilotro. For years Cullotta's burglary crew, the ‘Hole in the Wall Gang’, run riot on the streets of Las Vegas, committing robberies and burglaries worth around $1.5 million dollars. But the FBI develops an informant on the inside of the ga...
When hotshot street racer Rick learns that his girlfriend is pregnant, he worries that he doesn’t earn enough money to support a family. When his friend Jimmy offers him the chance to earn some cash stealing radios from cars, Rick is nervous, but tempted. He goes along with Jimmy as a lookout, but soon he is breaking into ...
This episode tells the story of two pilots imprisoned during the Vietnam War, who ended up depending on each other for survival but never met face-to-face during the war. One of them, Senator John McCain, was a U.S. Navy pilot who was forced to eject during a strike over Hanoi only to be caught after landing in a lake. The...
Carpet salesman, Tom Crutchfield, fulfills a dream for adventure, world travel and reptiles by becoming one of America's biggest reptile smugglers with a worldwide operation. As undercover agents prepare to arrest him for illegally trading the world’s rarest and most endangered species he flees to Belize to avoid prosecuti...
When Englishman Shaun turns to Ecstasy as a relief from the stresses of his new life as a stockbroker in Phoenix, Arizona, he soon finds himself seduced by the money and glamour of dealing the drug on an industrial scale. As the cash rolls in, Shaun lives the high life of parties, girls and fast cars. But when a local mafi...
When contractor Roy Hallums is kidnapped in Iraq, his mind quickly turns to his family. They have no idea he's there. Having taken a job providing support to the U.S. military, he's only too aware of the dangers and doesn't want them to worry. So when a masked gang storms his office, he knows his loved ones are about to di...
Retired CIA officer and master of disguise Antonio Mendez tells the story of how, at the height of the Iranian hostage crisis he came up with an audacious plan to rescue six diplomats who had escaped the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Desperate for a cover story that would allow him to swoop into Iran and smuggle the diplomats ou...
September 2016
Student nurse Lucy Wright had a promising career before she succumbed to a crack cocaine addiction. She ended up a wanted fugitive on the run in Argentina. This is her story.
American mother Ruthie Lambert turns to drug trafficking to help make ends meet. She makes numerous successful trips smuggling cocaine out of Peru, until she is finally caught and locked up.
Jayne Blaydon thought she had landed her dream job when she accepted an offer to teach lap dancing in a Caribbean nightclub. But soon after she was forced to smuggle multiple kilos of liquid cocaine at gunpoint.
August 2016
Looking for adventure, Thomas Hamill takes a job as a civilian truck driver for the US military in war-torn Iraq. When his convoy is attacked and he is taken hostage by insurgents, Thomas knows he could be killed at any moment. Will he find a way to survive captivity and make it home alive?
July 2016
Facing torture and beatings, Hollywood actor Erik has to fight to save his life and clear his name.
Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia is fighting in the Iran-Iraq War when Saddam Hussein's oldest son Uday demands Latif become his body double. He doesn't want the role, but has no choice.
British gay nurse Stephen Comiskey has takes a high-paying nursing job in Saudi Arabia, where he discovers that homosexuality is punishable by death.
September 2015
With the UN, Phil Ashby is disarming child soldiers controlled by a rebel warlord but they go on a violent, vengeful rampage against the UN team.
Young mother Zara Whittaker discovered she was pregnant again while behind bars, having been caught with cocaine. Would she get to keep the baby?
Two journalists reporting from the frontline in Iraq were kidnapped by insurgents in 2004 and accused of being US spies. Would they escape alive?