The Great Train Robbery (2013)


This two-part drama was written by Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall telling the story of the most infamous heist in British history.

Part 1 A Robber’s Tale : After a robbery at Heathrow Airport in 1962, Bruce Reynolds sets his sights on another target – the plan being to rob the overnight mail train from Glasgow to Euston. A team is assembled, schemes are laid out and rehearsals begin. But despite their meticulous planning, the operation is compromised by an attack on the train driver and a botched getaway. Before long, the gang have become the most wanted men in Britain.

Part 2 A Copper’s Tale : The police wake to the news of a robbery, but the full extent of the crime and its haul – £2.6million – only becomes evident over the following days. It’s clear the local CID is ill-equipped to solve a case of such magnitude, so Scotland Yard is called in, with a six-strong team of detectives headed by the Flying Squad’s enigmatic chief Tommy Butler. In a race against time, they set out to identify every criminal involved and bring them to justice before they flee the country – but even if they can, will they find the money?

Drama, starring Luke Evans, Paul Anderson, Martin Compston, Jack Roth, Neil Maskell, Jack Roth, Bethany Muir, Jim Broadbent, George Costigan, Robert Glenister, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nick Moran, James Fox and James Wilby.

Before watching this drama, I didn’t know the details of this true story. Both parts are brilliantly written and played by a great cast. Since the forties, so many movies showed us bad guys succeeding in escaping the justice, “unfortunately”, in real life they usually always get caught.

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