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WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER
CRITIC'S CHOICE: The Great Train Robbery

BBC One, 8.00pm

Remarkably prescient timing for the screening of this new two-part drama. The death of Ronnie Biggs has, once more, highlighted the UK's ongoing obsession with the events of August 8, 1963 and in the coming weeks we can expect a large amount of analysis of both Biggs the man and the mythology which has grown up around the Robbery. This sophisticated piece from Chris Chibnall, the man behind the hugely popular Broadchurch, is an even-handed affair, telling the story from the perspective of both the criminals and the police. It is really two separate films with tonight’s A Robber’s Tale being a terrifically pacy and tense caper-style account of the planning, build up and execution of the raid of the Glasgow to London mail train which netted the crew of thieves an astonishing haul of £2.6million in used banknotes. Chibnall puts the focus on Bruce Reynolds, the career-criminal ringleader who planned and organised the raid (and who died earlier this year). In this depiction he is a charismatic figure (Luke Evans excels in the role) though far from the “criminal mastermind” he has sometimes been portrayed as. It is all very stylish, with loving attention to period detail and attitudes, and a superb cast. A Copper’s Tale follows on Thursday at 8.00pm. GO
WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER
CRITIC'S CHOICE: The Great Train Robbery

BBC One, 8.00pm

Remarkably prescient timing for the screening of this new two-part drama. The death of Ronnie Biggs has, once more, highlighted the UK's ongoing obsession with the events of August 8, 1963 and in the coming weeks we can expect a large amount of analysis of both Biggs the man and the mythology which has grown up around the Robbery. This sophisticated piece from Chris Chibnall, the man behind the hugely popular Broadchurch, is an even-handed affair, telling the story from the perspective of both the criminals and the police. It is really two separate films with tonight’s A Robber’s Tale being a terrifically pacy and tense caper-style account of the planning, build up and execution of the raid of the Glasgow to London mail train which netted the crew of thieves an astonishing haul of £2.6million in used banknotes. Chibnall puts the focus on Bruce Reynolds, the career-criminal ringleader who planned and organised the raid (and who died earlier this year). In this depiction he is a charismatic figure (Luke Evans excels in the role) though far from the “criminal mastermind” he has sometimes been portrayed as. It is all very stylish, with loving attention to period detail and attitudes, and a superb cast. A Copper’s Tale follows on Thursday at 8.00pm. GO
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