‘The Gold’ first look: Hugh Bonneville stars in BBC’s 1980s heist series

BBC iPlayer has released an epic trailer for some of 2023’s upcoming new shows.

There’s a lot packed in to the 30-second preview, including our first glimpse of BBC One’s much-anticipated The Gold.

Inspired by the true story of the Brink’s-Mat robbery in 1983, the new mini-series dramatises the ‘crime of the century’ and the decades-long chain of events that followed.

The Gold is written by the creator of Guilt, boasting Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Charlotte Spencer (Sanditon), Jack Lowden (Benediction), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!), Emun Elliott (The Paradise), Sean Harris (Southcliffe), Stefanie Martini (The Last Kingdom), and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) amongst its brilliant cast.

Take a sneak peek in BBC iPlayer’s 2023 trailer here:

You’ll spot clips from Marie Antoinette, made by the creators of Versailles, and the final season of Happy Valley, as well as the return of The Apprentice and Waterloo Road.

There’s also footage from Northern Irish police drama Blue Lights, starring Siân Brooke (Sherlock) and Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), and Daisy May Cooper’s dark comedy Rain Dogs.

Look out too for Life On Mars star Philip Glenister in Steeltown Murders!

The new ’70s crime drama comes from the makers of 2021’s hit ITV mini-series The Pembrokeshire Murders.

It’s The Gold that we’re most excited about here though!

Based on extensive interviews with the real people involved, the six-part drama will take “a pulsating journey into a 1980’s world awash with cheap money and loosened morals to tell this extraordinary and epic story for the first time in its entirety.”

Watch the full trailer for The Gold here:

Piers Wenger, the BBC’s Director of Drama, previously commented: “This is so much more than the story of an armed robbery.”

He teased: “The Gold looks beyond the auspices of the theft itself to explore how the case united the criminal underworld with corporate finance, caused personal tragedy and spawned one of the most shocking, influential and mysterious cases in British criminal history.”

Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville recently released a memoir about his life.

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