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PR National Geographic Channel's cult favorite Locked Up Abroad is back for a 6th season Wed Apr 25

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In the special premiere episode, Hollywood actor Erik Aude is on the brink of stardom after acting in a supporting role in "Dude, Where My Car?", never imagining the possibility of being locked up in Pakistan, beaten and tortured routinely, unless as part of a movie script. But his nightmare is realized when Pakistani police discover opium in the lining of his suitcase -- a crime he didn't know he was committing. This setup resulted in a nearly three-year nightmare that not many would have survived to tell. Now, Aude tells his story and re-enacts each moment -- from innocently traveling in a new country to his initial detainment and endless brutal beatings.

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW SEASON OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL'S CULT FAVORITE LOCKED UP ABROAD RETURNS, INCLUDING PAKISTAN IMPRISONMENT AND TORTURE OF HOLLYWOOD ACTOR ERIK AUDE

In a Compelling Locked Up Abroad First, "Dude, Where's My Car" Supporting Actor Aude Tells His Real-Life Fright Story and Re-enacts Every Emotional Scene Himself

LOCKED UP ABROAD PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, AT 10 PM ET/PT A SPECIAL LOCKED UP ABROAD: POPPED MARATHON

AIRS FRIDAY, APRIL 20, STARTING AT 8 PM ET/PT
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(Washington, D.C, March 27, 2012) - Being held captive far from home is every traveler's worst nightmare. Now, imagine not only detailing the nightmare to the world, but reliving the captivity in front of cameras -- the interaction with hostile inmates, beatings, torture and months of emotional and physical turmoil. In a Locked Up Abroad first, the international hit series returns with its first subject offering his personal imprisonment account ... and re-enacting every scene himself.

Beginning Wednesday, April 25, at 10 PM ET/PT, National Geographic Channel's cult favorite Locked Up Abroad is back for a sixth season, taking viewers inside firsthand accounts of capture, imprisonment and pure terror far from home. Presented entirely from the subject's point of view, hear every critical detail and watch each heart-pounding moment of the harrowing journey unfold. Combining revealing, intimate personal interviews with dramatic re-enactments, each one-hour episode focuses on an extraordinary situation, recounting the brutality, the bravery and, in some cases, the bad decisions that put the traveler in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In the special premiere episode, Hollywood actor Erik Aude is on the brink of stardom after acting in a supporting role in "Dude, Where My Car?", never imagining the possibility of being locked up in Pakistan, beaten and tortured routinely, unless as part of a movie script. But his nightmare is realized when Pakistani police discover opium in the lining of his suitcase -- a crime he didn't know he was committing. This setup resulted in a nearly three-year nightmare that not many would have survived to tell. Now, Aude tells his story and re-enacts each moment -- from innocently traveling in a new country to his initial detainment and endless brutal beatings.

"I have waited more than eight years to share the details of my story," said Aude. "Locked Up Abroad provided me an opportunity to share exactly what happened in my own words, with my own re- enactment and on my own terms. Through this experience, I can now move beyond those excruciating times."

Additionally, NGC takes a brand-new approach to the series with the debut of Locked Up Abroad: Popped, based off VH1's retro hit show Pop-Up Video. It's the heart-pounding Locked Up Abroad episodes viewers love, but now with the beloved, bubbled bits of knowledge and insight added to the screen action. A four-hour marathon kicks off Friday, April 20, at 8 PM ET/PT.

Other regular Locked Up Abroad episodes this season include:
* A magician's smuggling act of swallowing pellets of hash and transporting them from Nepal provides easy cash, but when diahhrea hits, he's forced to body-pack the hash instead.
* A divorced mother of three is locked in a Peruvian jail and thinks her breast cancer -- once in remission -- has returned. Jumping her parole, she makes a bold escape for Ecuador.
* Stephen Comiskey starts a romance with another man in Saudi Arabia -- where homosexuality is outlawed. When religious police track him down, he fears execution.

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REENACTMENT: Erik Aude being tortured
Premieres include:
Locked Up Abroad: From Hollywood to Hell Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

My whole mentality is I'm going to be John Wayne up in this mug. If I'm going to be executed, I'm going to ... flip the hangman a nickel and go down with both thumbs up. - Erik Aude

Hollywood actor Erik Aude is on the brink of stardom after acting in a supporting role in "Dude, Where My Car?" But almost famous doesn't always pay the bills. A gym friend offers him a free trip to Turkey and $800 to bring back leather goods. When the trip goes smoothly, Erik takes a similar trip to Pakistan. But this time, authorities discover opium in the lining of Erik's suitcase -- a crime he didn't know he was committing. With nothing but his pride and innocence to hold on to, Erik endures months of torture and hostile inmates at Pakistan's largest prison, refusing to plead guilty. Erik describes his reaction to the brutal conditions and, in a Locked Up Abroad first, he even re-enacts the entire emotional saga himself.

Locked Up Abroad: The Juggler Smuggler Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

"I located the kilo and I'm still keeping one eye on the soldier as he's questioning those people.... The guy next to me is looking at it, and I could tell he's pretty much crapping on himself too..."

Mark Greening
Mark Greening has the easy life as a magician in Bali ... until he finds out he's going to be a dad. Needing fast cash for his new responsibilities, he smuggles a kilo of hash from Nepal inside pellets he actually swallows -- which proves to be an easy act for this magician to perfect. He's saved more than $80,000 through his scheme and decides to make another (doomed) trip to Nepal. A bad bout of diahhrea means problems swallowing the pellets. He breaks the golden rule to never body-pack hash, and enhanced airport security for the soccer World Cup in Tokyo during a stop home gets him busted.
Locked Up Abroad: Escape from Argentina Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

"My heart was pounding in my chest. I felt sick to my stomach... When she got the coke out, it was the realization of the severity of it." Lucy Wright
Lucy Wright is a nursing student when her life goes from bad to worse to hell. Her boyfriend leaves, she becomes addicted to crack, and the bills keep piling up. To get out of debt, she smuggles cocaine from Argentina back to the U.K. But she's busted in Argentina -- facing 16 to 25 years. She decides her only chance at freedom is escaping to Brazil. She makes a decision to jump bail, become a fugitive from the law and flee across the border. But without a passport, she must cross the old-fashioned way: swim. Emerging miraculously on the other side, she believes she is free and starts a new life back home. But two years later, police come knocking.

For more information visit www.natgeotv.com/lockedup.

National Geographic Channels
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 83 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 435 million homes in 173 countries and 37 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.

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April 24, 2012, 8:27 pm - PR
Keywords: television





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