BBC One has assembled the cast for the first part (titled The Robbers Tale) of its two part serial The Great Train Robbery.
Luke Evans (The Three Musketeers), Jack Roth (Bedlam), Neil Maskell (Utopia), Paul Anderson (The Firm), Martin Compston (Line of Duty), Del Synnott (The Silence) and Jack Gordon (Panic Button) have all been cast in The Great Train Robbery: The Robbers Tale. The film tells the true story of the key men, led by Bruce Reynolds (Luke Evans), and their heist. Told from the perspective of the Reynolds, it details how a group of criminals teamed together with a corrupt solicitor to pull off a major theft that baffled and frustrated the police.
The Great Train Robbery is a new two part drama from Chris Chibnall which tells the story of the infamous robbery. The two part drama tells the stories behind the most infamous heist in British history on its 50th anniversary: ‘The Robbers’ Tale’ tells the story of the gang whose audacious crime secured unheard of wealth and the wrath of the Establishment. While ‘The Coppers’ Tale’ tells the story of Tommy Butler and the crack team of detectives he assembled in his relentless quest to bring the robbers to justice. World Productions is producing, Simon Heath and Poly Hill are executive producing, while James Strong is attached to direct.
Speaking of the cast writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall said: “The Great Train Robbery has passed into modern folklore. How fantastic that such a magnificent bunch of talented young stars have come together for our first film, to tell how one gang planned – and almost got away with – the British Crime of the Century.”
While Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “In the first of two films, Chris Chibnall’s unique drama about morality sees the infamous crime from the view of Bruce Reynolds and his gang – this is a stellar cast who will bring this notorious story to life in a surprising and revelatory way.”