The BBC has announced a documentary exploring the true story behind The Gold!
Inspired by the true story of the Brink’s-Mat robbery in 1983, the mini-series has been a hit on Sunday nights for BBC One.
Paramount+ will be streaming the show in the US and internationally later this year.
Watch the trailer here:
If you’ve been enjoying The Gold, you’ll want to see The Gold: The Inside Story.
Coming soon to BBC One and BBC iPlayer, the one-off 60-minute documentary will hear from the detectives who investigated Britain’s biggest bullion heist and led the hunt for three tonnes of gold.
It’ll feature the real-life Detective Chief Superintendent Brian Boyce, played by Hugh Bonneville in The Gold, speaking on film for the very first time since the robbery nearly four decades ago.
He’ll be joined by DC Tony Yeoman, as the pair disclose the challenges they faced and the strategy they used in the hunt for the gold.
Boyce told the documentary makers: “Our task was far greater than just arresting the robbers, we hadn’t even recovered the dust of the gold. We had to work extremely hard, follow the trail and recover as much of the gold as possible.”
The BBC’s Head of History, Simon Young commented: “Few robberies are as iconic as Brink’s-Mat or have had such a profound effect on the country. That’s why it’s so fascinating to hear Brian Boyce and his colleagues give such a frank and unvarnished account of the challenges the police faced in attempting to solve such a colossal crime.”
When’s the release date?
The Gold: The Inside Story will premiere at 9pm on Monday 20th March on BBC One and streaming on BBC iPlayer.
The documentary will look into how the robbers and handlers were aided by loopholes in banking practices in the 1980s, the desire to rebuild London’s docklands, inadequate security mechanisms and a lack of regulation to tackle money laundering.
We’ll learn how these loopholes enabled the transformation of the biggest gold bullion haul in history into cash!
The official synopsis for The Gold: The Inside Story reads: “In November 1983, armed robbers stole £26 million worth of gold from the Brink’s-Mat security depot near London’s Heathrow airport. They escaped with 6,800 bars of gold with an equivalent value in today’s money of nearly £100 million. It was a race against time before the gold was smelted, disguised and sold back on the open market, fuelling criminal enterprise on an unprecedented scale.
“They reveal how tragedy unfolded with the death of DC John Fordham as they staked out Kenneth Noye, one of the men at the epicentre of the gang transforming the gold into cash.
“Archive footage and eyewitness testimony detail the cat-and-mouse chase across borders and continents and the tracking of a corrupt network of professionals, lawyers and accountants who helped to launder the money through a complex network of foreign bank accounts and companies.”
The Gold star Hugh Bonneville recently published a memoir about his life.
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