Caption: Gill Hicks
Gill Hicks 

Conversations 101: Gill Hicks

From: Richard Fidler
Series: Conversations with Richard Fidler
Length: 53:35

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Richard Fidler's conversation with Gill Hicks, survivor of the 2005 London Underground bombings.

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Richard Fidler talks with Gill Hicks, survivor of the 2005 London Underground bombings.

Gill Hicks was living in London in 2005. One morning she boarded a train on the Picadilly Line. Right next to her in that crowded carriage was a man who was carrying a bomb.

As the bomb detonated, Gill felt as though she was being enveloped in inky blackness. When the emergency lights came on she saw her legs and feet were shattered.

Gill heard two insistent voices in her head: one was female, inviting her to surrender into the peace of death. The other voice was male, demanding that she choose to live.

As Gill waited for help to come, she made a contract with herself to survive. But as she now says, she wasn't fully aware of the 'fine print'.

Today Gill has become close friends with the many police officers and medical staff who saved her life. She says the kindnesses she received from complete strangers is much more important to her than the hateful attack on herself and her fellow passengers.

(Edited for a US audience)

Piece Description

Richard Fidler talks with Gill Hicks, survivor of the 2005 London Underground bombings.

Gill Hicks was living in London in 2005. One morning she boarded a train on the Picadilly Line. Right next to her in that crowded carriage was a man who was carrying a bomb.

As the bomb detonated, Gill felt as though she was being enveloped in inky blackness. When the emergency lights came on she saw her legs and feet were shattered.

Gill heard two insistent voices in her head: one was female, inviting her to surrender into the peace of death. The other voice was male, demanding that she choose to live.

As Gill waited for help to come, she made a contract with herself to survive. But as she now says, she wasn't fully aware of the 'fine print'.

Today Gill has become close friends with the many police officers and medical staff who saved her life. She says the kindnesses she received from complete strangers is much more important to her than the hateful attack on herself and her fellow passengers.

(Edited for a US audience)

Broadcast History

Originally broadcast on ABC Local Radio and ABC Radio National, Australia.

Timing and Cues

Billboard
In cue: "everything conspired.."
Out cue: "..that's coming up"
Dur: 0'59"

Segment 1
In cue: program theme
Out cue: "..rescue them..that's coming up"
Dur: 17'31

Break 1
In cue: music
Out cue: music
Dur: 1 min

Segment 2:
In cue: music
Out cue: "cycle of violence..that's just ahead"
Dur: 22'23"

Break 2
In cue: music
Out cue: music
Dur: 1 min

Seg 3:
In cue: music
Out cue: "... thanks for listening"
Dur: 10'41"

Single File
In cue: Theme music
Out cue: "Thanks for listening."

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Right now: 'Conversations with Richard Fidler' (pron: FY-dler) features Gill (pron: JILL) Hicks, survivor of the 2005 London Underground bombings.

OUTRO:

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Hollywood Sunset Barry Adamson Lost Highway. Fontana Interscope 1997 02:01

Related Website

www.abc.net.au/conversations