LOCKED UP ABROAD “The Real Midnight Express” Early Review

Locked Up Abroad IV The Real Midnight Express aka Turkey Episode code: 4735

National Geographic will be returning for its 4th season of LOCKED UP ABROAD Wednesday June 30th at 10pm. The new season is kicking off in a big way with an episode called “The Real Midnight Express”, featuring the infamous Billy Hayes; author of the book The Midnight Express and subject of the Oscar Award-Winning, Oliver Stone screenplay by the same name.

Now if you’ve read the book, or have seen the film you may be familiar with the story: 23 year old Billy Hayes was brining hash back from Turkey in 1970 and was caught by authorities and sentenced to 4 years 2 months in a Turkish prison. Hayes carried out his sentence, and with only 54 days left to serve the government decided to make an example of him by changing his sentence to life (which they reduced to 30 years). So, Hayes escapes prison and makes it across the Greek boarder where he’s flown safely back to America.

That’s what you may already know. What you may NOT know, is that due to legal reasons Hayes was never allowed to tell his full story…until now. I got the opportunity to do a 10 minute interview with Hayes recently; you can check it out here.

I’ve also had the opportunity to see “The Real Midnight Express” and I can tell you it’s one story you’re not going to want to miss. If you’re already familiar with the story you may be surprised to know that Hayes actually brought hash over from Turkey a few times before he was caught. Hayes obviously didn’t want to admit this to the authorities when he was first captured or when he was initially brought home, which is why it never made it into the book or film. However, now that all the charges brought against him have been dropped, he’s dishing the dirt about what really happened.

Don’t miss Season 4 of Locked Up Abroad airing Wednesday June 30th at 10 PM. It’s honestly one of the best season premieres I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s an incredibly emotional story, that’s done well and narrated by the man that lived it. So check it out and let me know what you think!