or


[04/29/13 - 10:52 AM]
See the True, Declassified Story Behind the Film Argo on "Locked Up Abroad: The Real Argo" Sunday, May 5, 10 PM
The special Sunday night episode of the National Geographic Channel series features Tony Mendez.

[via press release from National Geographic Channel]

*JUST ANNOUNCED!*JUST ANNOUNCED!*

SPECIAL SUNDAY EPISODE OF LOCKED UP ABROAD TELLS THE TRUE, DECLASSIFIED STORY BEHIND THE OSCAR(R)-WINNING HIT FILM ARGO

Tony Mendez - CIA Agent Portrayed by Ben Affleck - and Two Diplomat Hostages Mark and Cora Lijek Give Their Firsthand Accounts of the Audacious Rescue During the Iran Hostage Crisis

"I had three days to turn six diplomats into a Hollywood film crew. My heart was racing. It was game time." - Tony Mendez

Locked Up Abroad: The Real Argo Premieres This Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 10 PM ET/PT on National Geographic Channel

(WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 29, 2013) This year's "Best Picture" Academy Award(R) winner, "Argo," was Hollywood's thrilling version of the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans that unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. Now, in a special Sunday night episode of Locked Up Abroad, get the real story of the harrowing mission, directly from the actual CIA agent and two diplomats involved.

The nail-biting firsthand account of being under siege in Tehran and the risky cover plan to smuggle them out using a fake science-fiction movie is profiled in the episode Locked Up Abroad: The Real Argo on Sunday, May 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel - following part one of the two-part Wicked Tuna series finale (go to natgeotv.com/lockedupabroad and Twitter at @NGC_PR).

Locked Up Abroad - which began the new season with the riveting account of Vietnam POWs Senator John McCain and Ernie Brace -- is a critically acclaimed international hit series and cult cable favorite known for taking viewers inside accounts of capture, incarceration and terror far away from home with intimate personal interviews and dramatic reenactments. The series also continues on its regular night of Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In this episode, get the behind-the-scenes details the hit movie was based on from the personal accounts of Antonio "Tony" Mendez, a retired CIA officer - portrayed in the film by Oscar(R)-winning producer Ben Affleck - and married diplomats Mark Lijek and Cora Amburn-Lijek.

The show begins with U.S. Embassy workers Mark and Cora taking us back to November 4, 1979 - the day the Embassy is taken over by militants. While demonstrations were happening daily, this day would be different. "I don't think there's any way we could've had any sense of what would happen that day and what it would be like when we next saw each other," says Mark.

The duo describes the noises outside, the Marines in riot gear, the lockdown ordered and tear gas grenades tossed. And soon after hearing colleagues talking about the Embassy gates being breached, the couple knows that protestors will break in. "It was kind of a moment you hold your breath," says Cora.

They decide to leave the Embassy with a group of diplomats and try to find the British Embassy. But with protestors blocking their way, they formulate a new plan and eventually find refuge at a Canadian diplomat's residence. But they know that's not a permanent solution; they need to be rescued. "Everyone understood we were now a sitting target," says Mark.

The story then turns to the firsthand account of U.S.-based CIA Agent Tony Mendez as he describes how he is charged with developing a plan to rescue the diplomats. "I was home and thinking of all the things that we needed to do. I stopped for a moment. And I thought �Hollywood.' They knew how to cheat�They knew how to lie," says Tony.

His crazy (and the only viable) idea: pose as a Hollywood film crew, allowing him to swoop into Iran and smuggle the diplomats out through the airport. "This was one of the most dangerous missions that I've embarked upon. But this is the best bad idea we had," says Tony.

After traveling to Hollywood to set up the cover story and pick a script - a science-fiction movie he calls Argo - he flies to Tehran. His task is immense. He has three days to turn six diplomats into a Hollywood film crew. All he can do is hope that they'll be convincing enough.

Mark starkly describes his initial reaction to Tony's arrival: "My first impression was, anybody who had the balls to come into Iran voluntarily�has got to be a pretty brave guy."

In Locked Up Abroad: The Real Argo, Cora and Mark recount Tony's distribution of false identities and Canadian passports, the time they spent learning their new "characters," the fake interrogation Tony gave them for practice, their nerves entering the airport, the panic that ensued when their flight was delayed and the jubilation when the plane finally took off.

"In my memory there was nothing that gripped the United States any more than the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The fact that I was there and was contributing to a solution to some of the problems, made me happy," concludes Tony.

This season on Locked Up Abroad, we hear the firsthand accounts not only of those who were locked up but also of those who were directly part of the story, such as the agent compiling the evidence against the suspect or the person offering the drug deals. Upcoming episodes include stories of Californian surfers arrested in Mexico after the shipwreck of their marijuana-filled yacht, who attempt to dig their way out of prison; an American hippie turned cocaine smuggler who ends up in a Peruvian hell; and a spectacular FBI sting operation that captures mobster Frank Cullotta.

Locked Up Abroad is produced for National Geographic Channel by Raw TV Ltd. For Raw, series producer is Srik Narayanan. Executive producers are Richard Bond, Dimitri Doganis and Bart Layton. For NGC, Kevin Mohs is vice president of production and development; Madeleine Carter is executive producer; Noel Siegel is senior vice president, development and production; and president is Howard T. Owens.

###

National Geographic Channel

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 84 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.





  [april 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· LOCKED UP ABROAD (NGC)





[01/15/17 - 10:05 AM]
PBS and Stations Launch 24/7 PBS Kids Channel, Expanding Access to the #1 Children's Educational Media Brand on TV and Digital Platforms
The free service ensures that PBS Kids' high-quality content is available to all children and caregivers on a platform and at a time that works for them, including primetime, weekends and other out-of-school times when they are most likely to tune in.

[01/15/17 - 10:04 AM]
PBS and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios Celebrate 40th Anniversary of NASA Voyager Launch in "The Farthest" (w.t.)
The twin Voyager spacecraft revolutionized planetary science, resolved key questions about the outer planets and raised intriguing new ones about the evolution of our solar system.

[01/15/17 - 10:03 AM]
PBS and Time Inc. Announce "Beyond a Year in Space"
The two specials explore the human limitations for space travel and what a mission to Mars will require.

[01/15/17 - 10:02 AM]
PBS Announces New Summer of Adventure
Look for six new limited series that take viewers to some of the world's most amazing places and cultures.

[01/15/17 - 10:01 AM]
PBS Series "Nova" Shares the Great American Solar Eclipse with Audiences Across the U.S. in Special Day-of-Event Presentation
On Monday August 21, 2017, America's eyes will be glued to the skies as the mainland United States experiences the first total solar eclipse since 1979.

[01/15/17 - 09:38 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Playoff Coverage Tops Charts for CBS
The Eye's telecast of the Texans/Patriots showdown easily wins the night.

[01/15/17 - 08:41 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Is the #1 Non-Sports Telecast of the Night on the Big 4 Networks
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, January 14.

[01/14/17 - 05:06 PM]
AMC Announces 2017 Winter and Spring Premiere Dates for New and Returning Original Series
The cable channel sets premieres for the martial arts drama "Into the Badlands," new epic "The Son" and the Emmy(R)-nominated "Better Call Saul."

[01/14/17 - 05:05 PM]
On the Heels of Three Golden Globe(R) Wins for "The Night Manager" AMC and the BBC Team Up Again with Best-Selling Author John le Carre
"The Spy" is being distributed internationally by Paramount and adapted by Academy Award winner Simon Beaufoy.

[01/14/17 - 05:04 PM]
AMC Greenlights New Documentary Series "James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction" (Working Title) from the Acclaimed Filmmaker
The series, which explores the evolution of sci-fi from its origins as a small genre with a cult following to the blockbuster pop-cultural phenomenon we know today, will consist of six one-hour episodes and will debut on AMC in 2018.

[01/14/17 - 04:57 PM]
IFC's Flagship Sketch Series "Portlandia" to Return for Eighth and Final Season in 2018
"I am so proud to have worked with Fred, Carrie and the entire cast and crew-family of 'Portlandia' to make something so funny and so special," said Jonathan Krisel.

[01/14/17 - 04:50 PM]
Video: First Full Trailer for IFC's "Brockmire" Starring Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet
The network's newest original comedy premieres Wednesday, April 5 at 10:00/9:00c.

[01/14/17 - 02:19 PM]
Discovery's "Cooper's Treasure" Sets Out to Uncover Shipwrecks from Space
The new series premieres Tuesday, April 18 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[01/14/17 - 02:18 PM]
What Was Lost, Is Now Found: TLC's Hit Docu-Series "Long Lost Family" Returns for a Second Season on Sunday February 12th
Plus: look for spin-off series "Long Lost Family: What Happened Next" to launch this Sunday.

[01/14/17 - 02:17 PM]
Investigation Discovery Teams with Academy Award(R)-Nominated and Emmy(R)-Winning Filmmaker Joe Berlinger to Present World Premiere Docu-Series "Killing Richard Glossip"
The world premiere two-night event kicks off Sunday, March 5 at 9:00/8:00c.