Inspired by extensive research and interviews with some of those involved in the events, The Gold is a pulsating dramatization which takes a journey into a 1980s world awash with cheap money and loosened morals to tell this extraordinary and epic story for the first time in its entirety.
On the 26th November 1983, six armed men broke into the Brink’s-Mat security depot near London’s Heathrow Airport, and inadvertently stumbled across gold bullion worth £26m.
What started as 'a typical Old Kent Road armed robbery' according to detectives at the time, became a seminal event in British criminal history, remarkable not only for the scale of the theft - at the time the biggest in global history - but for its wider legacy.
The disposal of the bullion caused the birth of large-scale international money laundering, provided the dirty money that helped fuel the London Docklands property boom, united blue and white collar criminals and left controversy and murder in its wake.
The Gold stars Hugh Bonneville alongside Jack Lowden, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Spencer, Tom Cullen, Emun Elliott, Sean Harris, Ellora Torchia and Stefanie Martini.
Further casting has also been announced. Daniel Ings joins the cast alongside James Nelson-Joyce, Sophia La Porta, Dorothy Atkinson, Adam Nagaitis, Hadley Fraser, Silas Carson, Sean Gilder, Nichola Burley, Amanda Drew, Sam Spruell, Frankie Wilson, Paul Thornley, Dan Li, Chris Coghill, Micah Balfour, Ruth Bradley, and Peter Davison.
The Gold is written by Neil Forsyth (Guilt, Eric, Ernie & Me) and directed by Academy Award-winning Aneil Karia (The Long Goodbye) along with Lawrence Gough (The Last Bus, Snatch, Misfits).
The Gold is coming soon to BBC One and iPlayer.