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RADIO: BBC Archive on 4: The Crime of the Century

RADIO: BBC Archive on 4: The Crime of the Century

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BBC Archive on 4.

In the early hours of August 8th 1963, the Royal Mail train from Glasgow to London was held up in the Buckinghamshire countryside by a gang of London thieves. After assaulting the train driver, the criminals stole over two and a half million pounds, something in the region of £40 million in today's money.
The twists and turns of the case, and its main characters, ensured that the robbery stayed in the public eye for the decades that followed.
There was the discovery of an abandoned hideout, the high-profile captures, escapes from maximum security prisons, bundles of cash left in phone boxes, and extradition battles that went on for years.
Gang members Bruce Reynolds, Buster Edwards and Ronnie Biggs became celebrities.
However, on the Great Train Robbery's 50th anniversary, novelist Jake Arnott takes a deeper look at the gang behind the headlines, and considers how the legacy of this crime has become a curse for the criminals.
In his last recorded interview before his death this Fe