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Mrs Biggs 

The true story of Charmian Brent (née Powell), the rebellious product of a strict 1950s upbringing, and her whirlwind romance with Ronald Biggs leading to a descent into crime, most infamously 1963's Great Train Robbery.
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Series cast summary:
Sheridan Smith ...  Charmian Biggs 5 episodes, 2012
Daniel Mays ...  Ronald Biggs 5 episodes, 2012
Caroline Goodall ...  Muriel Powell 4 episodes, 2012
Adrian Scarborough ...  Bernard Powell 4 episodes, 2012
Tom Brooke ...  Mike Haynes 3 episodes, 2012
Mickey Morris Mickey Morris ...  Nicky Biggs / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Josh Condon Josh Condon ...  Twiz (aged 6) / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Oscar Sanders ...  Nicky Biggs / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Blake Nicholson Blake Nicholson ...  Twiz / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Jay Simpson ...  Bruce Reynolds 2 episodes, 2012
Jack Lowden ...  Alan Wright 2 episodes, 2012
Claire Rushbrook ...  Ruby Wright 2 episodes, 2012
Leo Gregory ...  Eric Flower 2 episodes, 2012
Denise Roberts ...  Annie Pitcher 2 episodes, 2012
Ron Cook ...  Peter 2 episodes, 2012
Jamie Croft ...  Sam 2 episodes, 2012
Jon Foster Jon Foster ...  Gordon Goody 2 episodes, 2012
Libby Tanner ...  Norma 2 episodes, 2012
Iain McKee ...  Charlie Wilson 2 episodes, 2012
Matthew Cullum Matthew Cullum ...  Buster Edwards 2 episodes, 2012
Tim Draxl Tim Draxl ...  Craig 2 episodes, 2012
Freya Stafford ...  Julie Flower 2 episodes, 2012
Luisa Hastings Edge ...  Lindy 2 episodes, 2012
Phil Cornwell ...  DS Jack Slipper 2 episodes, 2012
Trudy Hellier ...  Elsie 2 episodes, 2012
Alison Bell ...  Joan Walter 2 episodes, 2012
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Sheridan Smith steps into the role of Charmian, the wife of the infamous great train robber, Ronnie Biggs. Chronicling Charmian's dramatic life, from that fateful moment when her path crossed with Ronnie (Danny Mays) as a teenager, to the devastating consequences of the Great Train Robbery in 1963. An event which left Charmian and her family on the run with one of the world's most wanted men. Facing an uncertain future in foreign lands, how long will they be able to avoid capture, with their young children in tow?

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The real Charmian Biggs acted as a consultant on the series, she flew to Britain from Australia in February 2012 See more »

Goofs

The opening scene is set in 1957. The train depicted is hauled by a Class 47 locomotive not introduced until 1962. See more »

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Compelling. I couldn't stop watching.
6 October 2012 | by steven-222See all my reviews

When I started watching this 5-part true-life drama, I had little knowledge of the so-called Great Train Robbery of 1963, and not a great deal of curiosity to know more. But my, how this drama sucked me in!

This is the dramatized biography of the wife of one of those train robbers, beginning with her days as the bright but rebellious daughter of a clergyman who, for better or worse, finds herself drawn to a charming petty crook. At the outset, it's impossible to imagine where this journey will lead.

This show does not romanticize its subject; nor does it take a satirical view, or descend into sensationalism. At every turn, the motivations of all the characters seem absolutely authentic. You can believe this is how it really felt to live such a life. The acting and writing are so good, you simply never think about them; you just want to know more about these people, and to find out what happened next.

The evocation of times and places--England, Australia, and Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s and '70s--is wonderful.

I'm a very analytical viewer, and it's rare that a drama not only engages me intellectually, but sweeps me up emotionally. "Mrs. Biggs" accomplished that.


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5 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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