The Great Train Robbery (2013)

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A two-part drama which portrays The Great Train Robbery of 8 August 1963, firstly from the point of view of the robbers and then from the point of view of the police who set out to identify and catch the robbers.


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Series cast summary:
 DI Frank Williams (2 episodes, 2013)
 Charlie Wilson (2 episodes, 2013)
 Gordon Goody (2 episodes, 2013)
 Bruce Reynolds (2 episodes, 2013)
Nicholas Murchie ...
 Roger Cordrey (2 episodes, 2013)
 Roy James (2 episodes, 2013)
Del Synnott ...
 Brian Field (2 episodes, 2013)
Bethany Muir ...
 Franny Reynolds (2 episodes, 2013)
Eric Hulme ...
 Jack Mills (2 episodes, 2013)
 Buster Edwards (2 episodes, 2013)
 Ronnie Biggs (2 episodes, 2013)
 John Daly (2 episodes, 2013)
George Ward ...
 Nick Reynolds (2 episodes, 2013)


A two-part drama which portrays The Great Train Robbery of 8 August 1963, firstly from the point of view of the robbers and then from the point of view of the police who set out to identify and catch the robbers.

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Der große Eisenbahnraub 1963  »

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Ronald Biggs, one of the last surviving Great Train Robbers, died on 18 December 2013, the same day that this two-part series was first shown. See more »


Police Officers are shown wearing white shirts. In 1963 Constables and Sergeants in all English police forces wore blue shirts. The change to white shirts came in the late 1970s. See more »

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Crooks and cops
19 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This two part drama was a retelling of the The Great Train of 1963. The first part was the Robbers Tale which was a straightforward story of the planning and execution of the robbery. This was the most fascinating aspect of the drama as over the years, the personalities of some of the robbers (Ronnie Biggs, Buster Edwards) has overshadowed the events of the Train Robbery and the main players involved. Luke Evans, Martin Compston and Paul Anderson give the best performances.

The second part was the Policeman's Tale and featured Jim Broadbent as DCS Butler, hell bent in getting the gang like the sheriff of an old wild west town which was very much how he was introduced. This was more procedural and not as interesting or riveting as the first part.

Incidentally both parts had different directors but Butler was just too much of a dullard and Broadbent looks too old to even be playing a cop on the verge of retirement. Able support by Robert Glenister as the exasperated and interesting to see that 'Slipper of the Yard' (played by Nick Moran) who in later years seemed to have been more prominent in the media as the cop hunting the train robbers was more of a relegated character in this drama. Well now Slipper is dead he will not be able to sue for his lack of prominence as in the past when he was alive he was rather quick to shout libel for any slight shown on his character!

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