Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

THEY WERE THE LAST OF THE OLD STYLE ROBBERS; the Hatton Garden Heist Has Been Dramatised before, but Timothy Spall, Who Stars in a New ITV Series, Explains Why This Version Is Different

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

THEY WERE THE LAST OF THE OLD STYLE ROBBERS; the Hatton Garden Heist Has Been Dramatised before, but Timothy Spall, Who Stars in a New ITV Series, Explains Why This Version Is Different

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Byline: Timothy Spall

FEW crimes in modern times have captured the public imagination like the audacious burglary of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company.

The heist in 2015, dubbed "the largest burglary in English legal history" saw an unlikely gang of elderly London robbers pull off a bold jewellery raid worth at least PS14m in the capital's diamond district after drilling a hole through the wall of an underground vault.

The crime has already been the subject of three films, and now it's getting the small-screen treatment with the four-part ITV drama Hatton Garden, starring Timothy Spall.

"There was a perceived wisdom that it must have been some kind of international group," Timothy says in a break between takes, "a very sophisticated group."

Then the truth came out, that the perpetrators were all elderly men and Terry Perkins, who Spall plays, was 66 when he masterminded the raid. He has since died in Belmarsh Prison.

"It all then kind of made sense to me," the actor says. "It occurs to me that all these guys probably would be older because Timothy Spall as who masterminded this is, as I believe someone said, an analogue robbery in a digital age.

"They were the last of this old style of robbers.

"There is a human quality to it, because it's not about pressing a button and taking 10 billion quid off someone.

"It's about graft, and what you're seeing is men getting tired doing physical labour.

"If you turn the sound off and you just watch it, you think: This is just a bunch of poor geezers, a load of old construction workers who are having to work in their sixties, down a hole in vault.

"These blokes, they're old and knackered, it's still graft. And that's oldfashioned. …

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