3 items from 2014
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Writer: Richard Bean
Synopsis: Set in a fast paced, quick talking news room, Great Britain follows an ambitious news editor who stumbles across the ability to hack phones.
Great Britain arrives at The Theatre Royal Haymarket on the back of some wonderful exposure and a lot of love pushed towards its satirical take on the world of Britain today. ‘Press. Police. Politics’ is the tagline, and each one is deconstructed and overblown to the point of absurd comedy that has a worrying sense of truth behind it all.
Richard Bean’s play is certainly a brave and bold attack on the British media and other such institutions, but it’s also something we are all aware of. There are many times when the script dances into serious territory, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In the United Kingdom, just like any other country, we have our tales of gangsters and crooks that become legendary, not only for the crime but for the characters who took part in them. One of the biggest legends was The Great Train Robbery, which personally I first found out about through Buster starring Phil Collins, and now of course we have the BBC mini-series that was shown at the end of 2013, and is now released on DVD.
The Great Train Robbery comes in two parts, first looking at the robbery from the view-point of the criminals themselves, then the hunt which focuses on the police and their struggles to capture each member of the gang. With more of a focus on Bruce Reynolds (Luke Evans), the so-called mastermind and planner of the robbery the drama looks to take the glamour out of the tale, not focusing on the characters »
- Paul Metcalf
The Great Train Robbery, 2013.
Created by Chris Chibnall.
A two-part television adaption of Britain's biggest ever heist - the 'great train robbery' of 1963.
Having your life adapted for the screen seems to be the kiss of death these days. Shortly after Nelson Mandela's passing was announced at the premiere screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the convicted criminal Ronnie Biggs died just a week before the television dramatisation of his most famous heist. You can't buy publicity like that.
Biggs, however, doesn't feature that prominently in The Great Train Robbery. It was his prison escape that really made his name, not his part in the heist itself. Instead, the adaptation pivots upon two men - the robbery's mastermind Bruce Reynolds (Luke Evans, Fast & Furios 6) and the detective who hunted him down, Tommy Butler (Jim Broadbent, »
- Oliver Davis
3 items from 2014
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