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Timothy Spall signs on for Hatton Garden TV drama

New ITV show will blow away many of the misconceptions surrounding the robbery.

Timothy Spall and Kenneth Cranham will star in a new TV drama based on the audacious Hatton Garden robbery.

The Harry Potter star, one of Britain's best-loved character actors, will lead a cast in a four-part drama based on the heist, which was masterminded by a gang of elderly criminals, dubbed the 'Diamond Wheezers', who drilled through concrete to empty a vault of jewellery and cash over Easter in 2015. The robbery captured the public's attention and has inspired a series of TV and movie projects.

The new drama will be a series produced by ITV Studios, written by drama veteran Jeff Pope and directed by Terry Winsor.

Spall, Kenneth Cranham, David Hayman, Alex Norton, Ian Puleston-Davies, Geoff Bell and Nasser Memarzia will play the gang members who stole $32 million (£25 million) in the raid on a vault in London's jewellery quarter. They were brought down by surveillance footage, number plate recognition cameras and phone evidence.

Scriptwriter Pope said in a statement that the research has blown away "many of the misconceptions" surrounding the robbery.

"This is one of the most high profile crimes of the last decade and we wanted to understand what had happened - and why it had happened," he said in a statement. "It was not about a bunch of 'loveable old blokes'... the planning was clever and the characters involved unique."

"Jeff is a master at bringing these true stories to screen," Polly Hill, head of drama at ITV, added, "I think the audience will be fascinated by this story and Jeff's compelling dramatisation."

Spall's is the third Hatton Garden heist production to be greenlit - the first, The Hatton Garden Job, starred Larry Lamb and Phil Daniels and was released in April (17), while Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent and Ray Winstone have joined another film adaptation.

Filming starts in London this month (Jun17).

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