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The Great Train Robbery

A Copper's Tale (Season 1, Episode 2)
TV Episode | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Four days after the robbery Home Secretary Brooke puts Flying Squad Chief Superintendent Tommy Butler in charge of the case. Though a dour loner and not a popular colleague he assembles an efficient team including Inspector Frank Williams,...See moreFour days after the robbery Home Secretary Brooke puts Flying Squad Chief Superintendent Tommy Butler in charge of the case. Though a dour loner and not a popular colleague he assembles an efficient team including Inspector Frank Williams, who knows Reynolds of old and places him high on his suspect list, and Sergeant Jack Slipper. The discovery of a suitcase containing stolen notes leads to the first arrest whilst a tip-off takes Butler to the farmhouse HQ and a mass of forensic evidence. This begins to yield results despite Butler's superiors' Wanted poster campaign which encourages hoax callers and sends the criminals into hiding. Soon, however, Williams' work with his informants based on his suspect list starts to reel in the robbers and the cash. In January 1964 most of them stand trial and three months later receive sentences of thirty years. The police team celebrates but not Butler who, though due for retirement, stays on until the job is completed and, three years on, arrests the last gang member at large, Bruce Reynolds. Written by don @ minifie-1 See less
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Writers
Chris Chibnall | Rob Ryan (inspired by the book "Signal Red") | Andrew Cook (research material from the book "The Great Train Robbery - the untold story from closed investigation files")
Composer
Glenn Gregory (as Glen Gregory)
Cinematographer
Casting Director
Status
Edit Released
Updated Dec 19, 2013

Release date
Dec 19, 2013 (United Kingdom)
Awards
Series awards
3 nominations

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41 cast members
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Jim Broadbent
Tommy Butler Tommy Butler   See fewer
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James Fox
Henry Brooke Henry Brooke   See fewer
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George Costigan
DCS Ernie Millen DCS Ernie Millen   See fewer
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Bradley Snelling
Journalist Journalist   See fewer
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Richard Hope
DCS Malcolm Fewtrell DCS Malcolm Fewtrell   See fewer
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Tim Pigott-Smith
DS Maurice Ray DS Maurice Ray   See fewer
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Robert Glenister
DI Frank Williams DI Frank Williams   See fewer
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Tom Chambers
DS Steve Moore DS Steve Moore   See fewer
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Nick Moran
DS Jack Slipper DS Jack Slipper   See fewer
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James McGregor
DC Tommy Thorburn DC Tommy Thorburn   See fewer
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John Salthouse
DCI Sid Bradbury DCI Sid Bradbury   See fewer
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Eric Hulme
Jack Mills Jack Mills   See fewer
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James Wilby
John Wheater John Wheater   See fewer
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Tommy McDonnell
DC Keith Milner DC Keith Milner   See fewer
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Nicholas Murchie
Roger Cordrey Roger Cordrey   See fewer
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Christine Cox
Emily Clarke Emily Clarke   See fewer
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Matthew Jure
DS Stanley Davies DS Stanley Davies   See fewer
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Tom Beard
Dr. Ian Holden Dr. Ian Holden   See fewer
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Del Synnott
Brian Field (as Del Synott) Brian Field (as Del Synott)   See fewer
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Ken Bones
Commander George Hatherill Commander George Hatherill   See fewer
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Jack Roth
Charlie Wilson Charlie Wilson   See fewer
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Paul Anderson
Gordon Goody Gordon Goody   See fewer
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Gwyneth Strong
Dorothy Dorothy   See fewer
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Luke Evans
Bruce Reynolds Bruce Reynolds   See fewer
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Bethany Muir
Franny Reynolds Franny Reynolds   See fewer
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Martin Compston
Roy James Roy James   See fewer
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Jack Gordon
Ronnie Biggs Ronnie Biggs   See fewer
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James Bye
John Daly John Daly   See fewer
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Anthony Hunt
Court Clerk Court Clerk   See fewer
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James Strong
Jury Foreman Jury Foreman   See fewer
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Neil Maskell
Buster Edwards Buster Edwards   See fewer
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Mark Ashwell
Flying Squad Officer (uncredited) Flying Squad Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kelly Marie Autumn
Flying Squad WPC (uncredited) Flying Squad WPC (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lab Technician / Flying Squad Officer (uncredited) Lab Technician / Flying Squad Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arresting Officer (uncredited) Arresting Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Powell
Flying Squad Officer (uncredited) Flying Squad Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Forensics Officer (uncredited) Forensics Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Starkey
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George Ward
Nick Reynolds (uncredited) Nick Reynolds (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

7.5 / 10 | 218 votes