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Grand Heist: 
The Theft of the Crown Jewels/The Great Train Robbery
9 May 1671 and 28 August 1963
The intriguing stories behind two of Britain's most audacious robberies centres on the parts played by the central characters mastermind criminals, victims, a getaway driver and the King himself.
London, England. It is May 9, 1671. At 7 am, Parson Blood arrives at the Tower of London to visit his close friend, Talbot Edwards, the Keeper of the Crown Jewels. With him are his ‘nephew’ and two other men. Edwards is hoping for a match between his daughter and Blood’s wealthy nephew. But Edwards is about to discover that the Parson isn’t a parson at all and that their friendship has been a ruse to gain access to the most valuable stash of jewels in the country…
In Grand Heist it is 1660, England’s republican experiment failed with the death of Richard Cromwell, and the Commonwealth dream died. Many republicans were against the restoration of the monarchy, and found it difficult to accept Charles II and his foppish, Catholic retinue. Dissenters and terrorists were in abundance as Charles II implemented laws to curb the power of religious non-conformists and puritans. One such religious dissenter was an Irishman, self-styled ‘Colonel’ Thomas Blood.

 Grand Heist
 Production: BBC
 Duration: 58:48 min
 Subtitles: Greek Built
 Language: English

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