Just as the news came through of Ronnie Biggs’ death than I realised the BBC had scheduled a drama on the event that just so happened to be airing tonight…too good an opportunity to miss Ithought; particularly as it has been written by Chris Chibnall who counts the excellent Broad church on his CV.
The resulting drama spread over two nights (the first showing things from ‘the robbers’ point of view and the next from ‘the cops’ point of view. For this not familiar with the story it is a good introduction to the events of August 8 1963 where a gang of well-organised criminals stopped a post office train carrying ‘spare money’ (quantative easing in 1962; who’d have thought it?) And stole an estimated £2.6 million pounds of loot.
The story is told through the eyes of master-planner Bruce Reynolds and you really get a feel for the pressure he is under with his decisions.
The dialogue between the protagonists is quite interesting; their preparations meticulous. But it all doesn’t quite go to plan and they have a rushed getaway from their farmhouse hideout (which they had to buy next to the ‘right’ bridge for the robbery) amongst other things, resulting in the arrest of many of the robbers.
The violence isn’t downplayed and their aggression is there for all to see, particularly in the brutal assault of the driver, Jack Mills, who never really recovered from the attack.
The whole ‘warts n’all’ affair is well documented but I do have an issue with the glamorising of a violent and brutal robbery. This certainly wasn’t the ‘victimless crime’ it has often been perceived in the light of Biggs’ trevails.
My thoughts are with the Biggs family at this time.
I needed some light relief so turned over to channel four to watch one of my favourite programmes, Gogglebox.
Gogglebox is a fun show where we get to see the comments that people make whilst watching various TV shows; it’s as simple as that!
Most of the households featured leave me in stitches; my favourites being Leon and June and Stephenie and Dom. Leon always slouches down in a ‘Jim Royle’ stylee making comments about knickers and what Miley Cyrus is up to; whilst Stephen and Dom are always nattily dressed and full of the joys of a drink or two on their guest house sofa.
I love Gogglebox; check it out if you haven’t already!