Hostage Tapes

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Wednesdays from 3 September, 9.30pm

Hostage Tapes follows some of the world’s most dramatic sieges, hostages and standoffs. Each event is re-told in compelling detail and each decision examined to see how it influences the outcome of the situation. Using footage shot by news crews for live broadcast, as well as amateur video and CCTV, the sense of urgency and drama unfolds. Hearing from those most closely involved the series comes to understand the motivation and social environment of the kidnappers, hostages and police negotiators. Who are they? What is their background? Who is waiting for them back at home? How did it come to this?