A Kidnapping

Winner of the 2015 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Debut Performance (Jade Matthew) in an audio drama

A KIDNAPPING with captions Three-part thriller, starring DANIEL RYAN and JADE MATTHEW as teachers at an international school in Manila with a plan to kidnap the 10-year-old son of a prominent Filipino politician. It’s a simple get-rich-quick scheme that turns out not to be quite as straightforward as they hope.

BBC Radio 4 – Tuesdays 3rd, 10th & 17th February 2015


Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer

Episode 2 on BBC iPlayer

Episode 3 on BBC iPlayer

Mark – Daniel Ryan 
Rachel – Jade Matthew
Rami – Art Acuna
Paolo – Nacio Samonte
Headmistress – Madeleine Nicolas
Debbie – Jane Fisher
Lily – Geraldine Tan
Senator Amantez – Bart Guingona 
Mrs Amantez – Roselyn Perez
Colonel Reyas – Leo Rialp
Louis – Amiel Mendoza
Andreas  – Joel Trinidad
Jonathan – Andy Mulligan
School children – Seth Argar, Rachel Greenhow & students of the British School Manila
Other parts – Rona Lou San Pedro, Francis Matheu, Paulo Rodriguez & Max Adarme
Recorded in the Philippines at the British School Manila and the Joya Towers Manila
Line Producers – Monique Wilson & Rosanna Abueva, New Voice Theatre Company, Manila 
Production Manager – Rona Duldulao
Production Assistant – Datshiane Navanayagam
Casting (UK) – Marilyn Johnson
Casting (Philippines) – Monique Wilson
Script Editor – Mike Walker
Sound Design  – Steve Bond
Original Music  – Sacha Putnam
Producer – Nadir Khan
Writer – Andy Mulligan
Director – John Dryden

A Goldhawk Essential Production for BBC Radio 4

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 17-19 March 2014


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  1. Oliver says:

    This was an absolutely wonderful and thrilling series I wish I could listen to it again though could you make it available for download again or on a cd?

  2. J Carter says:

    Is this available as a CD?

  3. Phil Brown says:

    This was marvellous. I have greatly enjoyed A Tokyo Morder, The Reluctant Spy and Pandemic, Goldhawk’s other three-part radio dramas. There is an undefined feel and quality about recording on location.

    Phil Brown

  4. Lisa Caldwell says:

    I was listening to this on catch up on my way to work, couldn’t wait to see how it ended, exciting twists and turns and so unpredictable. Lost my connection this afternoon half way through episode three, got home to complete the drama only to find BBC had removed it! ahhh! I need to listen to the end HELP Lisa Caldwell

  5. Elizabeth Shorthouse says:

    The sound effects on The Kidnapping really made the atmosphere so vivid. Excellent radio listening.

  6. What a roller coaster of drama and intrigue in so many ‘locations’. Edge of the seat stuff. I should have been working but… Mr Mulligan’s writing and Mr Dryden’s directions were spellbinding. And a thank-you for including the name of the composer. It used to be a matter of course, wish they’d bring that courtesy back.

    All good wishes, Susie Cornfield, one-time radio critic, Sunday Times

  7. Hilly Barber says:

    This was so exciting. Felt like I was in the Philipines while listening to it. A great piece of radio drama…

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