Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

The Weapon

On 21 December 1975, Venezuelan Marxist pin-up Carlos the Jackal storms the OPEC HQ in Vienna. He takes 96 hostages, including 11 oil ministers from OPEC countries.

Zubin Varla and Joseph Balderrama star in Jonathan Myerson's thriller - a tense dramatisation of the real-life OPEC siege.

After the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War, OPEC used an oil embargo to punish the US and Europe for its support for Israel.

By early 1974, the embargo had plunged the world into an economic crisis.

Then on 21st December 1975, Venezuelan Marxist pin-up Carlos the Jackal storms the OPEC HQ in Vienna. He takes 96 hostages, including 11 oil ministers from OPEC countries.

This is the story of the siege.

The Price of Oil season of factual dramas explores the history of oil - and the price we've paid for it. All this week, The Price of Oil takes us from 1951 to 2045, and around the world from Iran to Alaska, Libya, Nigeria, Turkmenistan, Washington and onto Scotland's offshore rigs, to explore the role oil has played in shaping our world.

The season is devised by Nicolas Kent, with Jack Bradley & Jonathan Myerson, and produced by Jonquil Panting for BBC Radio Drama.

As director of London's Tricycle theatre for almost 30 years, Nicolas Kent championed responsive factual and political drama, including seasons of plays by renowned writers about Afghanistan (The Great Game) and nuclear weapons (The Bomb). Now he brings that experience to BBC Radio 4, to tell the story of oil.

The Weapon is directed by Jonquil Panting.

45 minutes

Clip

Credits

Role Contributor
Carlos 'the Jackal' Martinez Joseph Balderrama
Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani Zubin Varla
'Nada' Kristin Atherton
'Angie' Mark Edel-Hunt
Jamshid Amouzegar Bijan Daneshmand
Riad Al-Azzawi Amir El-Masry
Chief Feyide Alex Lanipekun
Grizelda Carey Rhiannon Neads
Eddie Hinterecker Sam Dale
Pilot Stephen Critchlow
Writer Jonathan Myerson
Director Jonquil Panting
Producer Jonquil Panting

Broadcast

Featured in...

Four Minute Read: A quick drilling in oil

Four Minute Read: A quick drilling in oil

We bring you nine facts exploring the history of oil - and the price we've paid for it.

Audio Books - great readings

Audio Books - great readings

A selection of highlights available to download via the iPlayer Radio app

The Shakespeare Sessions

The Shakespeare Sessions

Immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s world