ITV Commission ‘Hatton Garden’ Drama Starring Timothy Spall & Kenneth Cranham
ITV have commissioned a new four-part drama called ‘Hatton Garden’ to star Timothy Spall & Kenneth Cranham the UK network announced today.
Based on the ‘most spectacular’ British crime of the decade, ‘Hatton Garden’ will depict the audacious jewellery and cash burglary at the heart of London’s diamond district executed by an elderly gang of career criminals across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in April 2015.
Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award winner Timothy Spall OBE, Olivier award-winning actor Kenneth Cranham and Brian F. O’Byrne recently seen in Jeff Pope’s real life drama, Little Boy Blue, will play leading roles. Fellow distinguished actors David Hayman, Alex Norton, Ian Puleston-Davies, Geoff Bell and Nasser Memarzia will join them to play the men responsible for the daring raid.
The script is being co-written by acclaimed BAFTA winning screenwriter Jeff Pope (Cilla, Mrs Biggs, Little Boy Blue, Cradle to Grave, Lucan) and Terry Winsor (Hot Money, Danielle Cable: Eyewitness, Essex Boys). Paul Whittington (Little Boy Blue, The Moorside, Cilla, Mrs Biggs) will direct.
The 4 x 60-minute drama tells the inside story of how the men pulled off the heist which was considered in a class of its own in terms of scale and ambition, and the extraordinary level of planning, preparation and organisation required to penetrate the vault of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company.
“After the critical acclaim of Little Boy Blue, we are delighted to commission Jeff Pope’s new drama, Hatton Garden,” commented ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill. “Jeff is a master at bringing these true stories to screen and these dramas have always been and continue to be an important part of ITV drama. I think the audience will be fascinated by this story and Jeff’s compelling dramatisation of it.”
“This is one of the most high-profile crimes of the last decade and we wanted to understand what had happened – and why it had happened,” added Pope. “The research threw up some fascinating detail and blew away many of the misconceptions about this story. It was not about a bunch of ‘loveable old blokes’, many box holders lost everything in the raid and we will reflect this. But the planning was clever and the characters involved unique.”
The series will be produced by Imogen Cooper (Quacks, Yonderland, The Job Lot, Luxury Comedy and Horrible Histories) with Jeff Pope as co-executive producer alongside Terry Winsor.
There’s no air date yet for ‘Hatton Garden’, but filming will commence in June 2017 around the inner London area.
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