Customs, the series that gives viewers unprecedented access to the real crusaders serving on the frontline of border control operations, returns to Channel Nine on Tuesday, April 26, at 7.30pm.
Hosted by actor Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly), Customs goes to the heart of the action and danger that border security and Customs officers face every day to prevent penetration from criminal and terrorist threats.
This powerful series from the United Kingdom opens viewers’ eyes to the dangerous realities of modern-day border control. Charged with protecting borders and shorelines, Customs and security officers are put to the test dealing with a relentless range of threats, from discovering prohibited activities, tax evaders, money launderers and people smugglers to nailing drug traffickers, illegal immigrants and terrorists putting the safety of the nation at risk.
At Gatwick Airport, Customs officers discover a suspicious parcel while searching an air freight container in the cargo area. The parcel, covered with diplomatic seals, has arrived from South America and caught the attention of a sniffer dog. Prevented by law from opening diplomatic parcels, Customs officers must confirm the legitimacy of the parcel before they can investigate the contents.
At Birmingham Airport, UK Border Agency Officers and their sniffer dogs conduct routine rounds to check passengers waiting in the departure lounges. They detect one passenger waiting to board a flight to China, carrying a large amount of cash. Concerned that he could be involved in something illegal, the officers pull him aside for questioning to determine the origins of the money.
Off the coastline, the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron chases down a foreign trawler suspected of fishing illegally in UK waters, while back at Gatwick’s baggage handling area Customs officers are alerted to a number of suitcases that have come off a plane from Libya emitting a strange odour.
Customs is a compelling series that underlines the vigilance needed to protect a society from the ever-increasing threats to national security right on its doorstep.
CUSTOMS: Tuesday, April 26, at 7.30pm on Channel Nine