Meeting Place Sketch
by James Story
This is the first sketch I’m going to send in as part of a call from the BBC Writer’s Room for radio sketches based around different genres. This one is for Thriller/Suspense.
F/X: Phone Rings
Kidnapper: (D) Mr Reynolds? John Reynolds?
Kidnapper: (D) We have your wife, she’s safe for now.
Give her back now!
Kidnapper: (D) Easy now. We wouldn’t want any harm to come to her would we?
John: Just tell me what you want.
Kidnapper: (D) One million pounds. Meet us at the disused car lot across town at midnight tonight with the money.
Kidnapper: (D) What? What is it?
John: Well, I really would like to get my wife back. But, the truth is I have no idea where that is.
Kidnapper: (D) Really? Fine. We’ll be at the southern entrance to Riverside Park. Midnight.
John: Nope. Don’t know that one either.
Kidnapper: (D) Come on. You know, it’s opposite the cinema that shut down when all those people got stabbed.
John: Well I’m not going to come now.
Kidnapper: (D) That was months ago! Well, that was weeks ago!
John: Absolutely not.
Kidnapper: (D) Well, where do you know?
John: Erm, Adams Street. There’s a closed down takeaway there.
Kidnapper: (D) Yeah and a police station. I’m not falling for that one mate.
John: How about the old mecahnic’s then?
Kidnapper: (D) That’ll do. Yeah. Midnight then.
John: Oh right, yes…
Kidnapper: (D) What is it now?
John: Only I’ll need some time to get the money together.
Kidnapper: (D) How long?
John: A couple of days.
Kidnapper: (D) That’s too long.
John: Look, I would get it today but it’s already past 4. I mean it’s not a very good idea ringing up in the middle of the day asking for ludicrous amounts of money when you know the bank’s shut. And it’s Sunday tomorrow.
Kidnapper: (D) Well, you do have a point there.
John: So if you want your money you’re just going to have to wait. Unless you want me to do it online, I’ll need your bank info though.
Kidnapper: (D) God no. I’m not going to just give you my details. You think I’m stupid?
F/X: Phone HANGS UP