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|Banged Up Abroad|
|Also known as||See International airings below|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||13|
|No. of episodes||112|
|Running time||60 minutes (with commercials)|
|Production company||Raw TV|
|Original network|| Channel 5 (UK)|
National Geographic Channel
|Original release||March 2006 –|
Banged Up Abroad (rebadged as Locked Up Abroad in Asia and the United States, and Jailed Abroad in India, for the National Geographic Channel) is a British documentary/docudrama television series created by Bart Layton that was produced for Channel 5 and that premiered in March 2006. Most episodes feature stories of people who have been arrested while travelling abroad, usually for trying to smuggle illegal drugs, although some episodes feature people who were either kidnapped or captured while they were either travelling or living in other countries. Some episodes have featured real-life stories that first became well known when they were made the subject of a film: films that have been 're-made' in this way include Midnight Express , Goodfellas , The Devil's Double , Argo , Mr Nice and, to a lesser extent, Casino (with the story of Frank Cullotta).
Since 2006, there have been a total of 13 regular series, plus a special series called Kidnapped Abroad. The thirteenth series began airing in January 2020.
The episodes typically contain a mixture of interviews with the real people and actors reconstructing the events. The convicted or captured are shown talking about their experiences, combined with dramatic reenactments of their respective experiences. The episodes focus on the events leading up to the arrest or time in captivity.
In a few of the cases, at the end of the episode, the convicted are shown sitting with hand-cuffs on if they are still in jail.In most cases, the convicted or captured have returned home. In some episodes, the convicted or captured are shown revisiting the region in which the incident occurred.
In 2008, five additional episodes were produced, each one about a kidnapping, under the alternate title "Kidnapped Abroad."
Episode 1: Mexico/Plane Crash Marijuana
Episode 2: Bangkok/Thai Prison Hell
Episode 3: Colombia/Bogota Belly Bust
Episode 4: Somalia/Somali Pirate Hostage Hell
Episode 5: Philippines/Jungle Terror
Episode 6: Libya/Gadaffi's American Prisoner
Episode 1: Ecuador/Breaking Bad in Britain
Episode 2: Syria/Escape from Al Qaeda
Episode 3: Bolivia/Narco at Nineteen
Episode 4: Sudan/Double Crossed in the Desert
Episode 5: Mexico/Mexican Border Bust
Episode 6: Colombia/Bad Bromance
Episode 1: Thailand/Thai Meth Bust
Greek Border Bust
Episode 3: Dominican Republic/Caribbean Coke King
Episode 4: Mexico/Mexican Cartel Hell
Episode 5: Argentina/Narco Wine Bust
Episode 6: Thailand/Bangkok Betrayal
Episode 7: Colombia/Jungle Crash
Episode 8: Panama/Panamania
Episode 9: India/Indian Hash Bust
Episode 10: Peru/Peruvian Parent Trap
Episode 1: Undercover Biker
After his arrest, drug dealer Charles Falco strikes a deal and becomes an undercover confidential informant. For the first time, Charles tells his story of how he infiltrated the Vagos, one of the most violent biker gangs in the US.
Episode 2: Thailand/Korean Ecstasy King
In South Korea, English teacher Jesse Moskel becomes the kingpin of a huge MDMA smuggling operation - and one of Southeast Asia's most wanted men.
Episode 3: Dominican Republic/Pop Star Smuggler
Jimmy Bauer is on the cusp of breaking into the music industry and only one thing stands in his way. Money. He faces moral temptation and life-changing decisions, all as he works out what's more important to him. The fame? Or the music?
Episode 4: India/Undercover Arms Dealer
When legitimate arms dealer Peter Bleach is asked to supply weapons for a suspected Indian terrorist cell, he agrees to go undercover for British Intelligence to capture the ringleader.
Episode 5: France/Model Drug Runner
Garrain Jones moves to L.A and launches a modeling career. Soon he has it all - the money, the lifestyle, the status but he loses everything when he is drawn into a shadowy drug-smuggling operation from which he cannot escape.
Episode 6: Ecuador/Drug Runner Mom
Single mom Melanie Di Egidio is set up by her Colombian contact during her drug run to Ecuador. Caught by the police, she turns informer but is imprisoned anyway. In prison, she falls in love, marries a fellow inmate and gets pregnant.
Episode 7: United States/King of Weed
Canadian Hockey Pro Ryan Phillips is destined to become a star but as he climbs the ranks, he starts running a more profitable business alongside his hockey career - smuggling hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Canada into the US.
Episode 8: Colombia/Colombian Double Cross
Single mom Heather Ebling's dream vacation to Colombia doesn't live up to expectations. Then disappointment turns to terror when on her way home she's arrested for drug trafficking.
Episode 9: Peru/Peruvian Prison Break
Tina Myers is an exotic dancer and part time drug dealer. After she decides to make money on a Peruvian drug run, she embarks on a dangerous ride to the dark side of Peru's underworld, culminating in an insane prison escape.
Episode 10: Panama/Miami Mobster Take Down
When Miami mobster Tony Galeota opens a club in Panama City, the competition frames him for drug dealing and human trafficking. Locked up in one of the world's worst prisons, Tony has to prove his innocence and attempt an audacious escape.
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|United Kingdom||"Banged up Abroad"||Channel 5 & National Geographic Channel||Country of origin|
|Albania||"Të arrestuar jashtë shtetit" (Eng.: "Banged up abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Croatia||"Zatočeni u inozemstvu" (Eng.: "Banged up abroad")||National Geographic Channel, HRT2|
|France||"Voyage au bout de l'enfer" (Eng.: "Journey to the depths of hell")||National Geographic Channel, Voyage|
|Norway||"Fengslet i Utlandet" (Eng.: "Imprisoned Abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Sweden||"Farlig Resa" (Eng.: "Dangerous Journey")||Sveriges Television & National Geographic Channel|
|Denmark||"Fra Paradis til Helvede" (Eng.: "From Paradise to Hell")|
"Fanget i Udlandet" (Eng.: "Banged Up Abroad")
| TV2 |
National Geographic Channel
|Finland||"Vankilassa ulkomailla" (Eng.: "In Prison Overseas")||Fox (Finland) & National Geographic Channel|
|Czech Republic||"Vězněm v cizině" (Eng.: "Prisoner Abroad")||Česká televize & TV Fanda & National Geographic Channel|
|United States||"Locked up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel|
|India||"Banged up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel||It is aired as "Jailed Abroad" on National Geographic Adventure.|
|New Zealand||"Banged up Abroad"||TV1|
|Ireland||"Banged up Abroad"||TV3 & National Geographic Channel|
|Australia||"Banged up Abroad", "Trouble In Paradise" (7mate)||National Geographic Channel & 7mate|
|Colombia||"Banged up Abroad", "Preso en el Extranjero"||National Geographic Channel|
|Canada||"Banged up Abroad" and "Locked up Abroad"; French version: "Voyage d'enfer" (Eng.: "Voyage of Hell")||National Geographic Channel (English) and Canal D (French)||Aired originally as "Banged up Abroad" and as "Locked up Abroad" starting Dec 2011|
|Poland||"Podróż do piekła" (Eng.: "Journey to hell")|
"Koszmarna wyprawa" (Eng.: "Nightmarish Travel")
| Discovery Channel |
National Geographic Channel
|Netherlands||"Gevangen in het Buitenland" and "Locked up Abroad"||SBS6 and National Geographic Channel|
|Italy||"Prigionieri di viaggio" and "Prigionieri di viaggio: ostaggi"||National Geographic Channel|
|Belgium||"Locked up Abroad" and "Banged up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel||Aired as "Locked up Abroad" until 2009 and as Banged up Abroad in 2010|
|Romania||"Pierdut printre străini" (Eng.: "Lost among foreigners")||National Geographic Channel|
|Estonia||"Vangistatud Välismaal" (Eng.: "Imprisoned Abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Singapore||"Locked up Abroad" and "Banged up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel & National Geographic Adventure & Mediacorp Okto||It is aired as "Locked up Abroad" on National Geographic Channel and "Banged up Abroad" on National Geographic Adventure and Mediacorp Okto.|
|Spain||"Encarcelados en el extranjero" (Eng.: "Imprisoned abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|South Africa||"Banged up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel|
|Panama||"Preso en el Extranjero" (Eng.: "Jailed abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Mexico||"Preso en el Extranjero" (Eng.: "Jailed abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Venezuela||"Preso en el Extranjero" (Eng.: "Jailed abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Argentina||"Preso en el extranjero" (Eng.: "Jailed abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Dominican Republic||"Preso en el extranjero" (Eng.: "Jailed abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Thailand||"Locked up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel (TrueVisions 49)|
|Germany||"Horror Trips – Wenn Reisen zum Albtraum werden" (Eng.: "Horror Trips – when traveling becomes a nightmare")||National Geographic Channel|
|Brazil||"Férias na Prisão (Vacation in Prison)"||National Geographic Channel|
|Hungary||"Bekasztlizva Külföldön" (Eng.: "Locked up abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Philippines||"Locked Up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel|
|Malaysia||"Locked Up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel|
|Indonesia||"Locked Up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel|
|Israel||"כלואים בארץ זרה" (Eng.: "Locked up in a foreign land")||National Geographic Channel||It is aired as "Banged up abroad" on National Geographic Channel|
|Bulgaria||"Арестувани зад граница" (Eng.: "Arrested beyond border")||National Geographic Channel|
|Taiwan||"異鄉歷劫" (Eng.: "Foreign land saga")||National Geographic Channel|
|Turkey||"Kabusa Dönen Yolculuklar" (Eng.: "Travels turned to nightmare")||National Geographic Adventure|
|Serbia||"Ćorkirani u inostranstvu" (Eng.: "Banged Up Abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Portugal||"Presos no Estrangeiro" (Eng.: "Arrested Abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|United Arab Emirates||"مسجون في الغربة" (Eng.: "Imprisoned Abroad")||National Geographic Abu Dhabi|
|Greece||"Εφιάλτης πέρα από τα σύνορα" (Eng.: "Nightmare beyond borders"), "Φυλακισμένοι στο Εξωτερικό" (Eng.: "Imprisoned Abroad")|| Skai TV, |
National Geographic Channel,
|Russia||"Злоключения за границей" (Eng.: "Locked Up Abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Vietnam||"Bị Quản Thúc Ở Nước Ngoài" (Eng.: "Locked Up Abroad")||National Geographic Channel|
|Lithuania||"Locked Up Abroad"||National Geographic Channel|
|Mongolia||"Харийн шоронд" (Eng.: "Locked Up Abroad")||National Geographic Channel|