After Mystery Road, BBC Four’s Saturday-night crime drama slot takes a break this week, only to return the week after with a new, two-part German hostage drama, 54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis.
Here’s the story:
As life slows down on a hot summer’s day in 1988, an armed bank robbery goes awry. While fleeing from the police, the two gangsters take an entire busload hostage. The ensuing manhunt, however, turns into a disaster. The police make fools of themselves with their amateurish operations and, above all, are obstructed by the nation’s media who swoop down on the events in their rat race for the juiciest pictures and live interviews with the kidnappers. As Rösner, the driving force of the duo, orchestrates their 54 hours of fame in cold blood, his accomplice Degowski derives sinister pleasure from manipulating the media. But Degowski is also unpredictable and violent. When he loses his nerve and kills a teenage passenger in the bus, the two men choose two young women as their hostages while leaping into another getaway vehicle. Thus begins an odyssey that goes completely out of control…
And here’s the trailer:
54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis: Saturday 20th October, 9pm, BBC Four