The Great Train Robbery: Season 1, Episode 1

A Robber's Tale (18 Dec. 2013)

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Following a vicious attack on a wages van at Heathrow airport in November 1962 the gang concerned are disappointed that the haul is less than expected and their leader, Bruce Reynolds, ... See full summary »

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Roy James
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Charlie Wilson
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Nigel Collins ...
Bert Turner
Bethany Muir ...
Franny Reynolds
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DI Frank Williams
George Ward ...
Nick Reynolds
Del Synnott ...
Brian Field
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The Ulsterman
Nicholas Murchie ...
Roger Cordrey
Jordan Long ...
Tommy Wisbey
John De Main ...
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Gareth Cassidy ...
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Following a vicious attack on a wages van at Heathrow airport in November 1962 the gang concerned are disappointed that the haul is less than expected and their leader, Bruce Reynolds, despite his wife's request that he eschews crime, is greedy for a bigger heist. This comes about when an anonymous Ulsterman alerts the gang to the Glasgow to Euston mail train, said to be carrying a million pounds. Recruiting more villains Reynolds begins his meticulous plan to halt the train with false signals at a lonely Buckinghamshire crossing and, on August 8 1963, a night later than planned, the robbery takes place. Despite Reynolds' desire to play down violence train driver Jack Mills is injured and the getaway bungled as the gang, dressed as soldiers, hole up in a farmhouse. The haul is also far more than they imagined and Reynolds is conscious that it will be harder to dispose of as the robbers go their separate ways. Soon afterwards Reynolds sees in a newspaper headline that he is a suspect ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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The sounding horn that is supposed to be from the diesel locomotive of the British Rail Class 40 is clearly not a Class 40 but rather an American type of horn. Also the engine sound from the locomotive they steal at first is not from an English Electric Engine. See more »

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Written by Peggy Lee
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A Good Effort
18 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately I missed the fist 20 minutes, so this might not qualify as a completely valid review.

Quite slow at first, once I got into it, it panned out really well - it had 'made for TV' feel to it - but the most of writer Chris Chibnall's work of that ilk, so no surprise.

There was never any attempt to glamour this, and from my knowledge of the events of the Great Train Robbery, this was a faithful and accurate account (but then, who's to know?).

Luke Evans, playing Bruce Reynolds, I enjoyed. It felt like a well- tempered performance - leading, but always on the edge, trying to keep his men together, but always being challenged -- it really felt like it was an act of will to keep all these guys working towards the plan.

There were some scenes that felt a little overly-long, but the story had to fit neatly into a hour and a half, so that's forgivable.

I loved the lighting, really added to the mood of the piece, without ever encroaching too much.

This was a simple re-telling, and didn't try to delve too much in motivation (apart from a bit of greed; opportunity, and a shade of glory). Families and sub-texts didn't really play a part, leaving us to focus on the events to hand, played chronologically.

Once you got into this, there was a gentle and pervasive grip that kept you comfortably hooked - not earth-shattering, but very satisfying.


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