Negotiators

A series in which Dr Raj Persaud looks into the secretive world of hostage negotiation.

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19970627]

In a four-part series, Dr Raj Persaud reveals the secretive world of hostage negotiation and talks to negotiators who have been in high-profile situations. 1: The South Moluccan Train Seige 1977. Two days before the general elections in the Netherlands, a group of young South Moluccans hijacked a train and a school, threatening to kill both children and passengers. Chief negotiator Dr Mulder was at the centre of this volatile situation. Producer Sally Flatman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970627]

Unknown: Dr Raj Persaud

Producer: Sally Flatman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970704]

The second in a four-part series in which Dr Raj Persaud reveals the secretive world of hostage negotiation. The Spaghetti House Siege (1975)This was a robbery that went wrong. As the police arrived, the gunmen took refuge in the storeroom of the Knightsbridge restaurant, taking the staff hostage. The siege lasted five days and was the first of its kind in Britain. Producer Sally Flatman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970704]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970711]

Dr Raj Persaud reveals the secretive world of hostage negotiation.

3: Stansted, 1982. Britain's first plane hostage situation happened when an Air Tanzania plane was hijacked and brought to Stansted Airport in 1982. British negotiators had to learn fast when the hijackers demanded, "We want 100 coffins". Producer Sarah Bowen

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970711]

Unknown: Dr Raj Persaud

Producer: Sarah Bowen

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970718]

The last of four programmes revealing the secretive world of hostage negotiation. New York, 1975 "Cat" Olsen walked into a bank in Greenwich Village and took the employees and customers hostage. He was armed and on drugs and insisted on talking live on air to his favourite New York DJ. Dr Raj Persaud meets Frank Bolz , the man responsible for the release of the 850 hostages. Credited by many with developing the techniques used by American negotiators today, Bolz explains how he developed his methods while working as a policeman on the streets of New York. Producer Sally Ratman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970718]

Unknown: Dr Raj Persaud

Unknown: Frank Bolz

Producer: Sally Ratman

0101The South Moluccan Train Seige 19771997062719980412

Two days before the general elections in Holland, a group of young South Moluccans hijacked a train and a school, threatening to kill children and passengers. The chief negotiator, a psychiatrist called Dr Mulder, arrived at the scene prepared to play the waiting game.

0102The Spaghetti House Siege 19751997070419980419

This was a robbery that went dreadfully wrong. As the police arrived, the gunmen took refuge in the small storeroom of the Knightsbridge restaurant, taking with them the staff of the Spaghetti House. The siege lasted five days and was the first of its kind in Britain. From the start, the police refused to make any deals. Storming the storeroom was thought to be too risky, so it was down to the negotiators to find a way out.

0103Stansted 19821997071119980426

Britain's first plane hostage situation happened when an Air Tanzania plane was hijacked and brought to Stansted airport in 1982. British negotiators had to learn fast when the hijackers demanded, `We want 100 coffins'.

0104 LASTNew York 19751997071819980503

When `Cat' Olsen held hostage the employees and customers of a Greenwich Village bank, police efforts to negotiate were hampered by his insistence on talking live on air to his favourite New York DJ.