In 1997, the most popular program on Russian TV was The…

In 1997, the most popular program on Russian TV was The Intercept – a game show that pitted real-life car thieves against real-life police officers in an attempt to see if the criminals could avoid being caught by the authorities after stealing a car.

The rules were simple: contestants were given the keys to a car and a short head start. Minutes later, the police would set off in pursuit of the stolen vehicle – a task made easier by the fact that their target car had a GPS tracker installed. If the thieves could successfully avoid being caught for 35 minutes, they got to keep the car – a brand new Daewoo Espero.

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