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Kidnap And Ransom (ITV 2011-2012, Trevor Eve, Helen Baxendale)

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Crime drama series Kidnap and Ransom focuses on the work of a team of hostage negotiators led by expert Dominic King who are called in when a prominent business woman is kidnapped in South Africa. What at first seems to be a fairly straight forward case soon reveals itself to be far more complicated with kidnapper Willard making events turn a more sinister shade. King and his team – which includes his boss Angela and assistant Carrie, are pushed to the ragged edge to bring the hostage home safely.

The action in the second season moved to India where a group of tourists were kidnapped. Again it’s far from a straight forward case.

Like any good modern day tv hero King has more than a few troubles on the home front and there are strained relations with wife Sophia.

Kidnap and Ransom was the first fruits of Trevor Eve’s production company Projector’s team up with TalkBack Thames. Filmed on location in South Africa, Eve and his production team brainstormed the initial premise and then brought in Harbinson to flesh out the story.

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The first season saw an appearance from Eve’s real life wife Sharon Maughan.

production details
UK / ITV1 Network – Talkback Thames – Projector Pictures / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 13 January 2011 – 8 March 2012

Creators: Patrick Harbinson, Trevor Eve / Executive Producers: Trevor Eve, Jonathan Young. Rachel Gesua / Producer: Trevor Hopkins / Directors: Andy Wilson (story 1), David Drury (story 2)

regular cast
Trevor Eve as Dominic King
Helen Baxendale as Angela Beddoes
Natasha Little as Sophia King

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season one cast
John Hannah as Alexander Willard
Amara Karan as Carrie Heath
Emma Fielding as Naomi Shaffer
Patrick Baladi as Philip Shaffer
Sharon Maughan as Jane Wickenham
Tumisho Masha as Inspector Clive Lanning
Scott Sparrow as Frank Egan
Bandile Mbana as Samuel
Damien Snyders as Mikey

season two
Amara Karan as Carrie Heath
Kimberley Nixon as Florence Holland
Sean Gilder as Sean Cooper
Christopher Fairbank as Chris Taylor
Barbara Marten as Janet Taylor
Owen Teale as Robert Holland
Sharon Small as Beth Cooper
Madhur Mittal as Anwar Razdan
Hasina Haque as Leela Nishad
Gregg Chillin as Mahavir Mehta


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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