BBC's 'Great Train Robbery' casts Jim Broadbent

One of the most infamous crimes in UK history is set to be re-told in a two part television movie, and it will have an Oscar winning actor leading the way.

Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent ("Cloud Atlas") has been cast in BBC One's upcoming adaptation of the 1963 heist, written by "Broadchurch" creator Chris Chibnall. The Academy Award Winner will head up the cast in the second installment, entitled 'A Copper's Tale,' joining castmembers Robert Glenister ("Hustle"), Tom Chambers ("Waterloo Road"), Tim Pigott-Smith ("The Hour") and James Fox ("Charlie And The Chocolate Factory").

The actor will portray investigator Tommy Butler, who led the Train Robbery Squad in bringing down the thieves. Broadbent said of the project, "I have such strong memories of the massive impact of the actual robbery and it is wonderful to find out from the script so much of the real story. Tommy Butler is a fascinating copper of the old school and I anticipate great fun playing him."

The titular crime is one of the most historic and well-known heists in the UK, in which a group of thieves hit a Royal Mail train to the tune of millions of dollars. Broadbent's installment will revolve around Butler and his team of detectives as they work under pressure from the media and the public eye.

"I've enviously watched Jim's work on other writers' scripts for years and I have to keep pinching myself that he'll be bringing Tommy Butler to life," Chibnall said. "It's a dream piece of casting, leading an ensemble of thoroughbred great British actors."

- Broadchurch
- Jim Broadbent
- Chris Chibnall
- BBC one

Written by: kyleiam
May 2nd, 2013, 7:39 am

Images courtesy of BBC One

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