Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter), Robert Glenister (Hustle), Tom Chambers (Waterloo Road), Tim Pigott-Smith (The Hour), Tom Beard (Hunted), James Wilby (Titanic) and James Fox (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) have been cast in The Coppers Tale, the second part of BBC One’s two part serial The Great Train Robbery.
The Coppers Tale details how the police team, led by Tommy Butler (Jim Broadbent), faced up to the pressure of media focus and carried out an operation of plain, old-fashioned coppering in the full glare of the nation. In a race against time, they try and identify every criminal involved with the Great Train Robbery and put them behind bars before they flee the country.
The Great Train Robbery is a new two part drama from Broadchurch scribe 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.
“I’m thrilled to be part the Great Train Robbery film”, said Jim Broadbent. “I have such strong memories of the massive impact of the actual robbery and it is wonderful to find out from the script so much of the real story. Tommy Butler is a fascinating copper of the old school and I anticipate great fun playing him.”
While Writer and Executive Producer Chris Chibnall added: “I’ve enviously watched Jim’s work on other writers’ scripts for years and I have to keep pinching myself that he’ll be bringing Tommy Butler to life in ‘A Copper’s Tale’. It’s a dream piece of casting, leading an ensemble of thoroughbred great British actors.”