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The Kidnapping

The 1931 mystery of a hijacked plane - and passenger Hugh Conway's arrival at the lamasery of Shangri-La. Stars Derek Jacobi.

During May 1931, the revolutionary situation in Baskul worsened and Air Force machines arrived from Peshawar to evacuate the residents.

A few miscellaneous aircraft were also employed - among them one lent by the Maharajah of Chandapore. In this, four passengers embarked: Miss Roberta Brinklow, of the Eastern Mission; Henry D Barnard, a US citizen; Hugh Conway, HM Consul; and Captain Charles Mallinson, HM Vice-Consul.

Mysteriously none of them reached their destination.

James Hilton's novel about Shangri-La, the mystical lamasery hidden in the mountains of Tibet.

Three-part dramatisation by Barry Campbell.

Starring Derek Jacobi as Hugh Conway, Andrew Branch as Mallinson, Alan Tilvern as Barnard, Carol Marsh as Miss Brinklow, John Livesey as Rutherford, Sion Probert as Wyland, Alaric Cotter as Hilton, Gary Cady as Sanders, John Bull as the Doctor and Garard Green as Chang.

Pianist: Antony Miall

Producer: Graham Gauld

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981.

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