The BBC has released a trailer for its six-episode crime mini-series The Gold. This will tell the story of the Brink’s-Mat heist. This is Britain’s biggest robbery and, at the time, was the largest heist in the world. £26 million (equivalent to nearly £100 million today) worth of gold bullion, diamonds, and cash was stolen from a warehouse near Heathrow airport in November 1983.
The gang gained entry to the warehouse from security guard Anthony Black, who was in on the robbery. Once inside, they poured petrol over the staff and threatened them with a lit match if they did not reveal the combination numbers of the vault.
The robbers thought that they were going to steal £3.2 million in cash, but they found three long tons of gold bullion, plus the diamonds alongside the cash.
The crime is particularly notable in that most of the gold has never been recovered, but its impact is still felt to this day throughout international money laundering and organised crime. Brinks-Mat gold was even mentioned in the infamous Panama Papers investigation.
The crime also has a dark epilogue – the so-called Brinks-Mat curse. Seven of those who have come into contact with the gold have been murdered, or died in mysterious circumstances, as the London criminal underworld sought to cover its tracks.
The Gold will star a large roister of UK talent including Hugh Bonneville (Paddington), Jack Lowden (Slow Horses), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia), Charlotte Spencer (Sanditon), Tom Cullen (Weekend), and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout).
The Gold has been created by Oscar-winning filmmaker Aneil Karia, with Lawrence Gough directing from a screenplay written by Neil Forsyth.
A deal has been struck for US distribution via Paramount+.