New Series Captures High-Stakes Drama Unfolding at Canada’s Borders

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Border Security: Canada’s Front Line premieres on Thursday, September 6

at 9pm ET / 10 pm PT on National Geographic Channel

(August 16, 2012 – Vancouver, B.C.)  Every day, tens of thousands of people arrive at Canada’s border crossings. Most are legitimate travellers, but not all of them. From Canadian citizens with undeclared food to international drug smugglers; from confused visitors to phony immigrants; from impaired drivers to wanted felons. Border services officers see them all, and need to figure out which is which – keeping Canada safe from threats of all kinds, big and small.

This fascinating day to day drama is revealed in the new half-hour documentary series Border Security: Canada’s Front Line premiering on Thursday, September 6th at 9 pm ET / 10 pm PT with back-to-back episodes on National Geographic Channel.

The series features exclusive access behind the scenes at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Produced by Vancouver’s Force Four Entertainment for Shaw Media, Border Security: Canada’s Front Line shadows CBSA officers at work at air, land, and marine crossings in BC’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

Cameras document the officers as they interrogate suspicious passengers from around the world. They meet illegal workers posing as tourists and visitors smuggling contraband. They find toys packed with drugs and weapons disguised as cell phones. Some of the travellers lie and argue, while others play the victim or plead ignorance. Through all of these encounters, officers are ready with an arsenal of investigative tactics.  Each episode follows CBSA officers on actual cases as they examine those travellers that raise suspicion, chipping away at the inconsistencies until the truth is finally revealed.

“They have an enormous responsibility,” said Rob Bromley, Executive Producer and Partner, Force Four Entertainment. “The CBSA officers rely on technology and instincts to uncover the truth. Viewers witness real-life situations that are tense, dramatic and at times even bizarre. And of course sometimes they’re just legitimate travellers who have had something unfortunate in their story that triggers the officers’ interest or requires their assistance. It’s the investigation that’s so compelling.”

 

Border Security: Canada’s Front Line is based on an Australian series now in its eleventh season.  The Australian version is a ratings hit and won Most Outstanding Factual Program at the Australian Television Awards in 2009.

National Geographic Channel is a Shaw Media Channel. For more information on National Geographic Channel, please visit http://natgeotv.com/ca

 

About Force Four Entertainment

Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment Inc. began operations in 1983, and has now grown into one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies. Force Four has produced more than 300 hours of primetime broadcast programming, earning accolades on the national and international stage.

The company’s highly successful television programs include lifestyle, documentary, and scripted programming that is sold and aired around the world.  Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and is owned by President Rob Bromley, Executive Producer John Ritchie, and Director of Business Affairs Gillian Lowrey.  www.forcefour.com

 

About Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is the Government of Canada organization responsible for managing who and what crosses the Canadian border. The Agency’s ultimate goal is to provide integrated border services that support national security and public safety priorities while also welcoming legitimate visitors and Canadians to Canada.

Public safety is of paramount concern to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

 

For additional information, please contact:

Andrew Poon

Publicist

Border Security: Canada’s Front Line

Force Four Entertainment Inc.

 E: vanfilmbuff@novuscom.net

 T:  (604) 318-1882