The Gold: Everything you need to know about BBC One’s true story heist drama

Hugh Bonneville, Jack Lowden and Dominic Cooper are among the all-star cast of The Gold – BBC One’s upcoming dramatisation of the 1983 Brink's-Mat robbery.

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 1 February 2023 - 11.29pm
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Inspired by the 'crime of the Century' and the true events that followed, The Gold is BBC One’s new crime heist drama that looks like essential viewing in 2023.

Based around the 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery that ended up with a stolen gold bullion worth £26 million, The Gold is an incredible true story and one of the most remarkable crimes in modern British history.

Written by Neil Forsyth (Guilt) and with an all-star cast including Dominic Cooper and Hugh Bonneville, it’s got all the ingredients to be a classic BBC series.

What is The Gold release date?

The BBC have today (1 February) confirmed that The Gold will air on BBC One and iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday 12 February.

How many episodes of The Gold are there?

There will be 4 episodes of The Gold.

All episodes will be available as a boxset on iPlayer from launch on 12 February.

The Gold trailer - First look

The BBC has confirmed that The Gold is coming soon to BBC One and iPlayer, dropping a thrilling first-look trailer for the crime thriller.

Showcasing its incredible cast and a jaw-dropping true story, the series looks unmissable.

How many episodes of The Gold will there be?

The Gold will have six episodes. It is based on true events, so it is expected to just have a single season.

Is The Gold based on a true story?

The Gold tells the story of the planning, execution and aftermath of the infamous Brink's-Mat  robbery and promises to tell the full extraordinary tale for the first time.

The break-in the Brink's-Mat warehouse on the Heathrow International Trading Estate on  26 November, 1983 started as a ‘typical Old Kent Road armed robbery’ but soon became something much bigger.

The robbers had planned to steal £3.2m in cash, but after gaining entry to the warehouse with the help of a security guard who was in on the plan, found £26m worth of gold bullion and diamonds. Suddenly the not inconsiderable cash robbery became the biggest theft in world history at the time.

The fall-out from the robbery included large-scale money laundering and dirty money which fuelled the London Docklands property boom, and left controversy and murder in its wake.

The Gold cast

  • Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington 1 and 2)
  • Jack Lowden (Small Axe: Mangrove, Slow Horses)
  • Dominic Cooper (Preacher, The Devil’s Double)
  • Charlotte Spencer (The Duke, Cinderella)
  • Tom Cullen (Becoming Elizabeth, Black Mirror)
  • Emun Elliott (Guilt, Old)
  • Sean Harris (Southcliffe, Mission: Impossible)
  • Ellora Torchia (Ali and Ava, Midsommar)
  • Stefanie Martini (Prime Suspect, The Last Kingdom)
  • Daniel Ings (I Hate Suzie)
  • James Nelson-Joyce (Time)
  • Sophia La Porta (Ripper Street)
  • Dorothy Atkinson (Call the Midwife)
  • Adam Nagaitis (Chernobyl)
  • Hadley Fraser (Gentleman Jack)
  • Silas Carson (Doctor Who)
  • Sean Gilder (Sherwood)
  • Nichola Burley (Behind Her Eyes)
  • Amanda Drew (A Very British Scandal)
  • Sam Spruell (Small Axe)
  • Frankie Wilson (House of the Dragon)
  • Paul Thornley (Treadstone)
  • Dan Li (Vigil)
  • Chris Coghill (Slow Horses)
  • Micah Balfour (Whitehouse Farm)
  • Ruth Bradley (Ted Lasso)
  • Peter Davison (Doctor Who and All Creatures Great and Small)
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The Gold cast is a who’s who of British acting royalty and rising stars, which indicates that the scripts and story are worthy of note.

BBC Commissioning Editor Tommy Bulfin said: "The fact that we have assembled such a talented and exciting ensemble cast is testament to Neil [Forsyth’s] incisive interrogation of one of the most infamous robberies in British history and the remarkable events which came in its wake.

"The BBC One audience are in for a real treat when this hits the screen."

Who is making The Gold?

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The series was written by Neil Forsyth, who has previously written Guilt (2019), Eric, Ernie and Me (2017) and Bob Servant (2014).

It will be directed by Academy Award winner Aneil Karia (The Long Goodbye, Top Boy, Lovesick) and Lawrence Gough (The Last Bus, Snatch, Misfits).

Executive producer Ben Farrekk described the series as an "immersive, thrilling story" and Kate Laffey from co-producers Paramount said that the series was "a captivating story of one of the most remarkable events in British Criminal history".

Where to watch The Gold

Watch The Gold on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK later this year.

It will be released in the US on Paramount + and all international markets where the service is available.