Hugh Bonneville and Dominic Cooper to star in BBC series about Brink's-Mat robbery

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Hugh Bonneville, Jack Lowden and Dominic Cooper will star in a BBC series inspired by the infamous Brink’s-Mat robbery.

The Gold will follow the decades-long chain of events that followed what has been described as ‘the crime of the century’ and air across six episodes on BBC One and Paramount+ globally. 

In 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 £26 million. 

Actors: Hugh Bonneville (pictured), Jack Lowden and Dominic Cooper will star in a BBC series inspired by the infamous Brink's-Mat robbery - and filming has started at the mansion where Kenneth Noye killed policeman John Fordham

Actors: Hugh Bonneville (pictured), Jack Lowden and Dominic Cooper will star in a BBC series inspired by the infamous Brink’s-Mat robbery – and filming has started at the mansion where Kenneth Noye killed policeman John Fordham

In 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 £26 million.

Much of the three tonnes of stolen gold has never been recovered and four of the suspects were not convicted. 

The disposal of the bullion was among the largest international money laundering operations of the time and left a string of killings in its wake. 

In 1985 Detective Constable Fordham went to Noye mansion to investigate his involvement in the money laundering after the robbery. 

After entering the grounds, DC Fordham disturbed Noye’s rottweilers which attracted the attention of Noye who stabbed him to death.

The gangster, now 74, was cleared of murder after a jury accepted his claim that he had acted in self-defence.

Crime: DC Fordham was acting undercover and part of a surveillance operation looking into Noye's part in laundering £26 million of gold bullion from the Brinks-Mat robbery (Kenneth Noye's mug shot is pictured)

Crime: DC Fordham was acting undercover and part of a surveillance operation looking into Noye’s part in laundering £26 million of gold bullion from the Brinks-Mat robbery (Kenneth Noye’s mug shot is pictured) 

He was jailed for 14 years in July 1986 for handling stolen gold bullion, and was freed in 1994.

In 1996 – while Noye was out on licence from prison – he stabbed Stephen Cameron, 21, to death on an M25 slip road near Swanley, Kent. 

After the attack, Noye fled to Spain where he lived under a false name until his arrest in 1998. When he was convicted of murder in 2000 he was given a life sentence with a minimum of 16 years.

He served nearly 20 years in prison for the murder, which took place in front of Mr Cameron’s 17-year-old fiancée Danielle Cable.

Prison: Noye was released in 2019 after it was decided he no longer posed a risk. He was last pictured in Kent in 2020 (above)

Prison: Noye was released in 2019 after it was decided he no longer posed a risk. He was last pictured in Kent in 2020 (above)

Noye was released in 2019 after it was decided he no longer posed a risk. He was last pictured in Kent in 2020.      

A younger Noye will be played by Jack Lowden while DC Fordham will be played by Hadley Fraser.

Inspired by research and interviews with some of those involved in the events, show bosses describe The Gold as ‘a pulsating dramatisation which takes a journey into a 1980s world awash with cheap money and loosened morals’.

The cast also includes Charlotte Spencer from The Duke, Tom Cullen from Black Mirror, Guilt actor Emun Elliott and Sean Harris from Southcliffe and Mission: Impossible.

The Gold is a co-production between Tannadice Pictures, a joint venture set up by Guilt writer Neil Forsyth and Objective Fiction, and VIS, Paramount’s international studio division.

Star: Dominic Cooper will also star in the new series - which will be directed by Aneil Karia and hit screens next year

Star: Dominic Cooper will also star in the new series – which will be directed by Aneil Karia and hit screens next year 

Role: A younger Noye will be played by Jack Lowden (pictured) while DC Fordham will be played by Hadley Fraser

Role: A younger Noye will be played by Jack Lowden (pictured) while DC Fordham will be played by Hadley Fraser

Forsyth has also penned the new series, which will be directed by Aneil Karia, who won the Oscar for best live action short film recently for The Long Goodbye, along with Lawrence Gough.

BBC commissioning editor Tommy Bulfin said: ‘The fact that we have assembled such a talented and exciting ensemble cast is testament to Neil’s incisive interrogation of one of the most infamous robberies in British history and the remarkable events which came in its wake.

‘And to have the brilliant Aneil Karia join fresh from his Oscar win is the icing on the cake. 

‘The BBC One audience are in for a real treat when this hits the screen.’

Ben Farrell, executive producer, said ‘Tannadice Pictures are excited to be working on their debut drama with such an incredible ensemble cast alongside the BBC and Paramount+ to tell, for the first time, the full, immersive, thrilling story of the Brink’s-Mat gold crime.’

Kate Laffey, co-managing director of VIS, said, ‘The Gold is a captivating story of one of the most remarkable events in British Criminal history, and we look forward to bringing this story to life for Paramount+ and BBC audiences around the world.’

Trial: The gangster, (pictured) now 74, was cleared of murder after a jury accepted his claim that he had acted in self-defence

Trial: The gangster, (pictured) now 74, was cleared of murder after a jury accepted his claim that he had acted in self-defence 

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