Watch Jack Lowden in the trailer for The Gold

On November 26, 1983, six armed men broke into the Brinks Matt security warehouse near London’s Heathrow Airport, and inadvertently found gold bars worth £26 million.

What began as a “typical armed robbery on the old Kent road” according to detectives at the time, became a landmark event in British criminal history, not only in terms of the scale of the robbery, which at that time was the largest in world history, but also of a wider legacy.

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The dumping of bullion gave birth to large-scale international money laundering, providing the dirty money that helped fuel the London Docklands property boom, unite blue and white collar criminals and leave controversy and murder in its wake.

Based on extensive research and interviews with those involved in the events, The Gold takes a pulsating journey into the 1980s world of cheap money and lax morals to tell this extraordinary and epic story for the first time in its entirety.

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Raised in Oxton, Lowden is tipped to become the new James Bond and has recently enjoyed critical acclaim for his portrayal of MI5 officer River Cartwright in Slow Horses.

He appeared with writer Mick Heron at last year’s Border Book Festival.

Gold is the first commission from Tannadice Pictures, the joint venture created by Neil Forsyth and Objective Fiction. Tommy Bulvin will be executive producing for the BBC. Neil Forsyth and Ben Farrell for Tannadice Pictures; and Kate LaVey, Vice President, VIS, and Jill Offman, Managing Director at 66 Media for VIS.

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Neil Forsyth says: “We are delighted to be working with the BBC on our first Tannadice Pictures production. Brinks Matt’s golden story is a thrilling, surprising and tragic story and I am excited to be able to tell it.”

Piers Finger, director of BBC Drama, says: “This is much more than an armed robbery story. Gold looks beyond sponsoring the robbery itself to explore how the case united the criminal underworld with corporate finance, triggered personal tragedy and spawned one of the most shocking and Influential and obscure in British criminal history.

No date has been announced but the BBC says gold is “soon”.

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