BBC One crime drama The Gold makes its TV debut tonight, bringing one of the UK's biggest true crime cases to life – and star Dominic Cooper has revealed that it's a show like no other.


The six-parter dramatises the 1983 robbery of the Brink's-Mat security depot, during which six armed men stumbled across gold bullion worth £26 million.

Speaking about the drama, Cooper, who plays solicitor-turned-criminal Edwyn Cooper, teased that "there is not much like [The Gold] on television at the moment".

Ellora Torchia as Sienna Rose and Dominic Cooper as Edwyn Cooper in The Gold.
Ellora Torchia as Sienna Rose and Dominic Cooper as Edwyn Cooper in The Gold. BBC/Tannadice Pictures/Sally Mais

"It's nostalgic of a certain time and it's an incredible story that not a lot of people know a great deal about," he explained. "You're amazed that these kinds of people managed to get away with such a thing.

"I hope that it will be exhilarating in uncovering and discovering with the police throughout the episodes, of how they got caught and how they managed to make such big mistakes."

Hugh Bonneville, who plays detective Brian Boyce, added that The Gold is a "classic heist", boasting "deceit, corruption, cops and robbers".

He continued: "Good guys versus bad guys. Cat and mouse. Bullion, greed, avarice, people trying to better themselves. Everyone trying to climb up the greasy pole in some way, shape or form, be it in terms of their social standing, their economic standing, their career standing."

The rest of the cast features Ted Lasso's Charlotte Spencer (Nikki Jennings), Slow Horses' Jack Lowden (Kenneth Noye), I Hate Suzie's Daniel Ings (Archie Osbourne) and Doctor Who's Peter Davison (Assistant Commissioner Gordon Stewart), among others.

While it's based on a true story, there are characters and elements that have been created or changed for dramatic effect.

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The Gold airs on Sunday 12th February at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The Gold: The Real Story Behind Brink’s-Mat: Britain’s Biggest Heist by Neil Forsyth and Thomas Turner is available to pre-order now.

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