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AMOK

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A compelling psychological drama

Will the hostages survive?

An unsparing hostage situation which is broadcast to millions of transfixed radio listeners.

  • Adrian Lester

    (Hustle, Merlin, Othello theatre production) delivers a desperate and driven performance as Jan May, the leading hostage taker.

  • Natascha McElhone

    (Californication, The Truman Show, Solaris) captures the emotional turmoil faced by Ira Samin. A renowned criminal psychologist who struggles with her own personal demons following the suicide of her daughter.

  • Rafe Spall

    (Prometheus, Life of Pi, Shaun of the Dead) leads the Special Operations Command (SOC) as Oliver Götz and assists in the negotiations as they are broadcast live in Berlin.

A psychopath playing a morbid game...

This would be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin had prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience ever since the terrible event occurred. Unexpectedly, and in the midst of profound alcohol withdrawal, she is called in to handle a tense hostage situation at a Berlin radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game. While the national breakfast show is on air, he calls people from the phone directory at random. If they pick up the phone with his special slogan, a hostage is set free. If they don’t, then the hostage is shot. The man threatens to continue playing this game until his fiancé arrives at the studio...or all of the hostages are dead. The only problem being that his fiancé died several months ago. Facing seemingly impossible odds, Ira finds herself being drawn further and further into the deadly negotiation; followed at every twist and turn by millions of radio listeners.

The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin had prepared her suicide thoroughly following the death of her eldest daughter. Unexpectedly, and in the midst of profound alcohol withdrawal, she is called in to handle a tense hostage situation at a Berlin radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game. While the national breakfast show is on air, he calls people from the phone directory at random. If they pick up the phone with his special slogan, a hostage is set free. If they don’t, then the hostage is shot. Facing seemingly impossible odds, Ira finds herself being drawn further and further into the deadly negotiation; followed at every twist and turn by millions of radio listeners.

"The idea came to me whilst I was editor of the morning show at Berlin's most famous radio station 104.6 RTL. One day a group of visitors passed through the station foregoing any identity and belonging checks – no safeguards whatsoever. If a hostage taker was posing as a visitor the effect would be horrifying because of the direct contact with the outside world. Each listener would be "live" and could communicate with the offender even. This fascinating and terrifying idea never let go of me again and I had to write AMOK." - Writer Sebastian Fitzek
As an actor the challenge of being stripped of all tools other than your voice is daunting yet liberating – you only have the nuances of language, accent, intonation and tone in your voice to portray your character to the audience. Amok has a thrilling story line which I think will really draw listeners in and keep them on tenterhooks right to the very end.- Rafe Spall
Breath taking and full of wild twists- Harlan Coben, Number 1 New York Times bestselling author
It’s great getting to work on an audio drama like Amok. The scale of the piece really tests your abilities to convey so much just using your voice. Fitzek’s layered and incredibly detailed writing set to a huge plot with a large main cast, means we get to play some fantastic characters caught up in very stressful situations. It’s like an action film, for the radio.- Adrian Lester
I love to hear a great performance by a good reader. Mostly it's about being able to listen to a book when walking, driving, doing housework or making art. Before I listened to audiobooks my annual reading list was woefully small because of lack of time, but now I 'read' a lot more than anyone I know!- Rachel Webb - Audible member since 2013

Also available by Sebatian Fitzek is The Child.
A finalist in both the Audible Awards & shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015.

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