John Godey - The Taking Of Pelham 123

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0120120218 (BBC7)
20161111 (BBC7)
20161110 (BBC7)

John Godey's story of a busy commuter train hijacked by armed men on the New York subway.

John Godey's story of a busy commuter train hijacked by armed men on the New York subway.

Grand Central station, New York. 1:23pm. What starts as a normal day on the city subway becomes a race against time when a busy commuter train is hijacked - by four armed men. As the hostages await their fate, a terrifying game of cat and mouse begins...

Read by William Hope.

John Godey's thriller abridged in 5-parts by Neville Teller.

A best-seller in 1973, 'The Taking of Pelham 123' was made into the 1974 film starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, a 1998 TV-movie remake of the same title, and a 2009 film starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. The novel's impact - and that of the subsequent 1974 film - apparently resulted in New York's City Transit Authority banning any scheduling of a train departing Pelham station at 1:23 for many years.

Using the pen name John Godey, Brooklyn-born author Morton Freedgood's crime novels include 'A Thrill a Minute With Jack Albany', 'Never Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Kill Today' and 'The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome'.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio Extra by BBC Northern Ireland.

First broadcast in 2012.

0220120225 (BBC7)
20161112 (BBC7)
20161111 (BBC7)

With terrified hostages, the brutal hijackers make demands to the Transit Authority.

With terrified hostages, the brutal hijackers make demands to the Transit Authority.

With terrified hostages, the brutal hijackers make demands to the Transit Authority. William Hope reads John Godey's thriller.

0320120303 (BBC7)
20161115 (BBC7)
20161114 (BBC7)

Tensions mount for New York's hostages, as the hijackers' demands reach the Mayor.

Tensions mount for the terrified New York's hostages aboard a busy commuter train, as the demands of the heavily-armed hijackers reach the Mayor.

Read by William Hope.

John Godey's thriller abridged in 5-parts by Neville Teller.

A best-seller in 1973, 'The Taking of Pelham 123' was made into the 1974 film starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, a 1998 TV-movie remake of the same title, and a 2009 film starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. The novel's impact - and that of the subsequent 1974 film - apparently resulted in New York's City Transit Authority banning any scheduling of a train departing Pelham station at 1:23 for many years.

Using the pen name John Godey, Brooklyn-born author Morton Freedgood's crime novels include 'A Thrill a Minute With Jack Albany', 'Never Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Kill Today' and 'The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome'.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio Extra by BBC Northern Ireland.

First broadcast in 2012.

Tensions mount for New York's hostages, as the hijackers' demands reach the Mayor.

0420120310 (BBC7)
20161116 (BBC7)
20161115 (BBC7)

Having agreed to pay the ransom, the city authorities race to meet the cash deadline.

Having agreed to pay the ransom, the city authorities race to meet the cash deadline.

After agreeing to pay the ransom demanded by the heavily-armed train hijackers, New York's city authorities race to meet the deadline for the cash handover.

Read by William Hope.

John Godey's thriller abridged in 5-parts by Neville Teller.

A best-seller in 1973, 'The Taking of Pelham 123' was made into the 1974 film starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, a 1998 TV-movie remake of the same title, and a 2009 film starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. The novel's impact - and that of the subsequent 1974 film - apparently resulted in New York's City Transit Authority banning any scheduling of a train departing Pelham station at 1:23 for many years.

Using the pen name John Godey, Brooklyn-born author Morton Freedgood's crime novels include 'A Thrill a Minute With Jack Albany', 'Never Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Kill Today' and 'The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome'.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio Extra by BBC Northern Ireland.

First broadcast in 2012.

0520120317 (BBC7)
20161117 (BBC7)
20161116 (BBC7)

Having delivered their final demands, the hijackers prepare to make their escape.

Having delivered their final demands, the hijackers prepare to make their escape.

After delivering their final list of demands to the authorities, the heavily-armed gang of hijackers aboard a New York subway train prepare to make their escape.

Concluded by William Hope.

John Godey's thriller abridged in 5-parts by Neville Teller.

A best-seller in 1973, 'The Taking of Pelham 123' was made into the 1974 film starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, a 1998 TV-movie remake of the same title, and a 2009 film starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. The novel's impact - and that of the subsequent 1974 film - apparently resulted in New York's City Transit Authority banning any scheduling of a train departing Pelham station at 1:23 for many years.

Using the pen name John Godey, Brooklyn-born author Morton Freedgood's crime novels include 'A Thrill a Minute With Jack Albany', 'Never Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Kill Today' and 'The Three Worlds of Johnny Handsome'.

Producer: Heather Larmour

Made for BBC Radio Extra by BBC Northern Ireland.

First broadcast in 2012.