Border Security

7:30pm Monday, September 12 on TV One

Border Security is back, with more action from the daily lives of the people who devote their careers to keeping Australia safe from invaders.

Tonight, on Border Security: Best Concealments a parcel apparently containing incense sticks has Sue at the International Mail Centre taking a closer look.

A Chinese woman is found to have a lot of food in her bags. She refuses to believe quarantine officers when they tell her it is food.

Customs and Quarantine are confused because of a macabre find: a seven-foot stuffed bear that is packed in a bag.

DIMA officers raid a furniture factory in Strathfield, Sydney. There, they discover a locked room, home to illegal workers.

7:30pm Monday, August 29 on TV One

Border Security is back, with more action from the daily lives of the people who devote their working lives to keeping Australia safe from invaders.

Tonight, on Border Security: Men Behaving Badly Australian Immigration has been given a tip-off in regards to a male passenger who is intending to come to work in Australia as a welder. Unfortunately for Mr Fong, his profile matches the information.

Craig returns to Sydney from LA in a very grumpy mood and starts abusing the Customs officers. Officer Jacko remains calm and conducts a baggage search, which reveals undeclared money and prescription medication which does not belong to the passenger.

Osmond arrives with his wife from London and is infuriated at the prospect of having his bag searched. This is the seventh time he’s been approached in Australia and he’s had enough.

7:30pm Monday, January 17 on TV One

Narrated by Grant Bowler, Border Security is back with more action from the daily lives of the people who work to keep Australia’s borders safe.

The stars of Border Security remain the officers of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Quarantine and Inspection Service and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

While most of the series is filmed at Australia’s busy airports and features tourists and people seeking a new life in Australia, some remarkable stories also come out of international mail centres, in the field with immigration officials and on Customs vessels and aircraft in the waters of Northern Australia.

7:30pm Monday, October 11 on TV One

More than 20,000 people enter Australia every day by sea and by air. How many of these people are really who they say they are? Are they on holidays or do they have more sinister intentions?

Voiced by Grant Bowler, Border Security (7.30pm, tonight on TV ONE), takes viewers behind-the-scenes of Australia’s immigration, customs and quarantine departments.

Bowler tells AAP why he thinks Border Security has proved so popular, “Australia is one of the most travelling nations on earth, so it really strikes a chord with us because we all have standing in that line in common. I think that’s a huge part of what makes Border Security so popular,” he continues.

However Bowler’s hosting duties don’t result in any special treatment from the Customs and Border Protection Service, “It doesn’t matter who you are … I think even when the immigration officers go through they get nervous!”

He continues, “it’s just one of those human things. You’re thinking `I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong. I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong. Have I done anything wrong? Are they going to profile me? Do I look like the profile? What’s the profile? We all go through it.”

Bowler says he is left stunned by some of the strange things people try and bring into the country. “I remember a few years ago there was a guy who brought back his suitcase full of weapons and porn.”

“What planet are you from when you think `oh, I’m going to waltz through with this stuff’?” he exclaims.

But Bowler’s favourite characters on the show are the ones who are caught and tell enormous lies to escape, “I loved the guy who said he was an African ambassador and just decided to trot that out to get through,” he says.

“Or the other one who said he was a friend of the president. I just love that stuff. I love the bravado of it … I’m not going to try and eke this out, I’m going to try and hit this one out of the park. I like that. I respect that.”

In tonight’s show, a young male passenger arrives from New York and customs see him behaving strangely at the baggage carousel; a passenger arrives from Nigeria, his recent travel movements are concerning to officers and they decide to examine his bags, take drug swabs and conduct a frisk search; a Kiwi arrives in Brisbane – he claims he is here to attend his auntie’s 50th birthday party, but immigration in New Zealand have warned customs that there may be more to his visit; and a husband and wife from Malaysia have their bags x-rayed to reveal nothing but food inside.

7:30pm Monday, October 4 on TV One

More than 20,000 people enter Australia every day by sea and by air. How many of these people are really who they say they are? Are they on holidays or do they have more sinister intentions? Voiced by Grant Bowler, Border Security (7.30pm, tonight on TV ONE), takes viewers behind-the-scenes of Australia’s immigration, customs and quarantine departments.

Monday 20 April, 7.30pm

Border Security returns to TV ONE at 7.30pm tonight, with a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the detective work carried out 24 hours a day by immigration, customs and quarantine officers.

At Sydney Airport, a passenger who is sweating profusely and looks physically uncomfortable claims that he has been poisoned. His answers to Customs officers’ questions are bizarre. Is the man telling the truth, or is he suffering from the potentially deadly effects of an internal drug concealment that has ruptured? The officers need answers – and fast, in case the man’s life is really in danger. Out at sea, officers spot a massive cargo ship that looks clean and ordered – but it has been in some high-risk ports. Customs has to check out the ship, which is carrying coal, as well as its crew. Will officers find any signs of illegal activity?

Back at Sydney Airport, Quarantine officers have spotted something suspect in the bag of a passenger just arrived from Hong Kong. The man is in transit in Australia for just two days before he returns home to French Polynesia, and has recorded on his landing card that he has nothing to declare. But he’s brought with him dozens of packets of traditional medicines and what appears to be soup. The man appears amused by the officers’ interest – but for the Quarantine officers, it’s no laughing matter.