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BBC launch Great Train Robbery drama

ct-bbcThe BBC is coming under fire for glorifying criminals after it announced the launch of a new drama based around the events of the Great Train Robbery – at the time Britain’s largest robbery.

The drama is the true story of the key protagonists, led by Bruce Reynolds, and their role in the crime of the century. Told from the perspective of the perpetrators, it details how a group of mid-level criminals teamed together with a corrupt solicitor to pull off an audacious heist that baffled and frustrated the police, and thrilled the general public.

Starting from November 1962 and going through to the night of 8 August 1963 and its immediate aftermath, “A Robber’s Tale” tells the story of how the robbery was inspired, planned, rehearsed and executed. Beginning with a previous robbery at Heathrow Airport in November 1962, the film tells how Bruce Reynolds assembled and led the gang that targeted the August Bank Holiday 1963 mail train from Glasgow. It shows the characters involved, the inside information, the madness and humour of some of the preparations-gone-wrong, building to a tense blow-by-blow account of the night of the robbery itself.

It details what happened as the robbers retreated to a nearby farmhouse to divide up the money and lie low until it was safe to leave the area. It also explores the fall-out from the coshing of the driver, Jack Mills, and why, within days of the robbery, the best laid plans had to be abandoned, the safe house evacuated and all those involved forced to go on the run – some for the rest of their lives.

“A Robber’s Tale”, says the BBC,  is a classic heist movie filled with memorable set-pieces, wit, suspense, action, daring, and a joyous sense of period.


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One Response to BBC launch Great Train Robbery drama

  1. Mike Gray Reply

    November 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    The BBC are spending Millions on the two part dramas about The Great Train Robbery, as 12 months ago ITV produced a five-part drama called ‘Mrs Biggs’ telling of Ronnie Biggs and his first wife Charmians life, after the 1963 train robbery.

    BBC have widened the scope by covering the robbery (A Robbers Tale) and the police man-hunt (A Coppers Tale), BBC Drama have not identified an exact date for airing as yet, but rumours are that its going to be the Christmas week.

    I for one am very much looking forward to it, as my latest book “The Great Train Robbery Quiz Book” is published on Amazon the same week,

    Mike Gray (Author: The Ronnie Biggs Quiz Book)

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