Jeff Pope’s Hatton Garden has finally landed on ITV, depicting the events of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in 2015 which saw a gang of pensioners break into the safety deposit facility.
Leading the cast and the gang of elderly men is Harry Potter actor Timothy Spall, 62, as Terry Perkins, with Kenneth Cranham, 74, portraying the role of Brian Reader.
Between the two of them, the men devised the plan to get their hands on the cash, with Reader backing out after the gang’s first failed attempt at cracking the vault.
However, Perkins wasn’t having any of it and managed to convince three of his fellow gang members to have another go at stealing the goods.
That's when we realised we had a story
In conducting research for the drama to ensure the events were accurately portrayed, Jeff and his co-writer Paul Whittington read the transcripts of the original testimonies of the men following their interrogation by police.
Speaking of the real plot running alongside the heist itself, Pope told press including Express.co.uk: “When you read what they were saying in their own words from covert police recordings, that was when we realised we had a story which was to do with the power struggle between Perkins and Reader.”
With Perkins refusing to give up on the job, he and his other associates completed the heist and managed to all away with £14million worth of stolen goods.
To add even greater details to the drama to recreate the true events, Pope, Whittington and the cast visited the real vaults which the men broke into.
At the time of their visit, the crime scene was virtually untouched, allowing the creative team to accurately recreate the setting for the ITV drama.
Of recreating the crime scene, Whittington explained: