Thursday, 8.30PM, SBS One This is the gripping true story of Van Nguyen (played by Remy Hii) who was caught at Singapore airport on December 12, 2002, carrying heroin strapped around his middle. A Vietnamese Australian, Van, 25, was hanged in 2005 despite an outpouring of support from Australians, including then prime minister John Howard, to have his death sentence commuted. Written and directed by a former Young Australian of the Year, Khoa Do, it’s the compelling story of how a young man, desperate to pay off $20,000 in family debts, falls in with a drug boss who promises to solve his financial problems if he carries the drugs from Cambodia to Sydney. Van had an unblemished record; he was a student representative at university and often worked three jobs to help his single mother and twin brother, but naively trusted Soon, who threatened to harm the family if Van reneged. Even the police officer who interviews him at the airport is taken by his story and stops him from signing a statement admitting to trafficking, which would result in execution. Episode one ends with Bernadette McMahon (Claudia Karvan) from the Australian high commission racing to reach Van before he incriminates himself. Harrowing but well worth watching.