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The Great Train Robbery 

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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:
Robert Glenister ...  DI Frank Williams 2 episodes, 2013
Jack Roth ...  Charlie Wilson 2 episodes, 2013
Paul Anderson ...  Gordon Goody 2 episodes, 2013
Luke Evans ...  Bruce Reynolds 2 episodes, 2013
Nicholas Murchie Nicholas Murchie ...  Roger Cordrey 2 episodes, 2013
Martin Compston ...  Roy James 2 episodes, 2013
Del Synnott Del Synnott ...  Brian Field 2 episodes, 2013
Bethany Muir ...  Franny Reynolds 2 episodes, 2013
Eric Hulme Eric Hulme ...  Jack Mills 2 episodes, 2013
Neil Maskell ...  Buster Edwards 2 episodes, 2013
Jack Gordon ...  Ronnie Biggs 2 episodes, 2013
James Bye ...  John Daly 2 episodes, 2013
George Ward George Ward ...  Nick Reynolds 2 episodes, 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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2013 (UK) See more »

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Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

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Additional scenes were filmed in Bradford, Shipley, Haworth and Goole in West Yorkshire See more »

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The robbery took place in August (1963) in the summer and yet the scenes shown are clearly shot in winter/early spring due to the trees lacking leaves. See more »

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Far too long
2 October 2018 | by ogdendcSee all my reviews

The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early hours of 8 August 1963, at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire. After having tampered with the lineside signals in order to bring the train to a halt, a 15-strong gang of robbers led by Bruce Reynolds attacked the train. Other gang members included Gordon Goody, Buster Edwards, Charlie Wilson, Roy James, John Daly, Jimmy White, Ronnie Biggs, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Bob Welch and Roger Cordrey.. With careful planning based on inside information from an individual known as "The Ulsterman" (named as Patrick McKenna in 2014), the robbers escaped with over £2.6 million (equivalent to £50 million today). The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered.

The film was designed to be releaed at the 50th anniversary of the robbery. It sticks closely to the historical chain of events but this leads to a plodding progression without much drama. At 3 hours, this is far too long and a number of competent performances by the (male) actors cannot redeem this.

The period details - the cars and clothing - were interesting, and it is always tempting to list the anachronisms as other reviews have done. But ultimately I didn't enjoy this and wouldn't recommend it


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