Heists: Series 1

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History Documentary hosted by Eddie Marsan, published by Channel 5 in 2016 - English narration

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The incredible true stories behind some of the world's biggest, most infamous robberies. The great train robbery, the biggest diamond robbery or the theft of Mona Lisa. Get to know up close the most famous crimes in history ... In six parts, we will take you to the world's greatest robberies and reveal their secrets. This series tells us incredible, yet true stories of the world's biggest robberies. With the help of action scenes, series takes the viewer through the crime step by step, from compiling a plan for the robbery and its course to a police search and the consequences. Legendary robberies are brought back with archival footage, dramatized scenes, or even the perpetrators themselves and other participants - experts and witnesses. HEISTS unlocks the truth behind the most audacious robberies in the history of the UK. With action packed dramatic re-enactments and interviews with those who were there we discover how these daring crimes were committed to uncover the masterminds and the plots behind them. A Channel 5 Production for Viacom International Media Networks

[edit] Britain's Biggest Bank Job

"Let Sherlock Holmes try to solve this!" was the message robbers sprayed on the vault of the Lloyds Bank branch in Baker Street in September 1971, having just pulled off an extraordinary heist. The first of a new series about great robberies looks at a crime that still rattles with rumours and unanswered questions of police corruption.
Series explores some of history's most clinical and audacious robberies, starting with Lloyds Bank's Baker Street branch in London, when thieves made off with E1.5million and 260 safety deposit boxes – a bigger take than the Great Train Robbery a few years before. Their loot included cash, jewels — and possibly secrets directly from the British royal family.
The incredibly elaborate scheme would involve an underground tunnel, an explosive break-in, and a bounty from some of the richest and most powerful people in Britain. Over a September weekend, a gang tunnelled underneath a Chicken Inn restaurant into the vault of Lloyds Bank at 185 Baker Street. The thieves used walkie-talkies to communicate with a look-out on the roof. In the end the thieves made off with a haul in excess of £3million which in 1971 made it the largest ever bank robbery in Britain.

[edit] Britain's Biggest Armed Robbery

A look back at the famous Brink's-Mat heist of November 1983, when an armed gang stole over a E26million in goods from a warehouse near Heathrow Airport.
On a cold November morning in 1983, armed robbers targeted the Brinks Mat security depot at the Heathrow International Trading Estate. Following an extremely brutal military-style raid, the gang got away with over E26million of gold. The robbery - the country's biggest and most notorious - caused the price of gold to soar and sent ripples through the criminal underworld. This programme hears from police officers who followed the increasingly complex case, as it pieces together the legacy of the heist.

[edit] The World's Biggest Diamond Raid

This episode tells the story of how, in February 2003, a criminal mastermind managed to break into highly secure vaults of the Diamond Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, stealing diamonds worth around E91million in what came to be considered the biggest heist of its kind in history. The robbery was planned over the span of more than two years, by a master thief who outlined his scheme in meticulous detail, but was eventually brought to justice by the smallest of mistakes.
Making use of the testimonies of victims, investigators and even the culprit's lawyer, this film details how the master thief managed to overcome the vault's sophisticated combination lock, along with high-tech motion, heat and light sensors, to escape with his valuable prize.
This 2003 robbery was dubbed the "Heist of the Century" — with large quantities of gold, diamonds and jewelry getting lifted from the Antwerp diamond center. More than 123 out of 160 safe-deposit boxes were forced open, each of which was made of steel and had a unique key/combination lock. The majority of the valuables were never recovered.

[edit] Secrets of the Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery of August 1963, when over E2.5million – about E40m in modern terms – in cash was stolen from the Glasgow to London Euston Royal Mail overnight train.
The robbery saw the thieves walk away with around E2.5million, and while similarly scaled heists have been mounted since, none has captured the public imagination in the same way. While the criminals responsible were eventually brought to justice, common perception still views them as successful in their endeavour.
The 15 member gang managed to pull off the caper without using a single gun. The money they stole was on it's way to being burned, and the crew would have gotten away with it — had they not played a game of monopoly in a barn with all the stolen cash, and leaving their fingerprints as evidence. When police arrived to the Leatherslade Farm, they found 20 empty mailbags on the ground near a 3-foot hole and a shovel. The getaway vehicles were covered nearby. By January of 1964, authorities had enough evidence to try 12 of the criminals. Eleven of the 12 received harsh sentences of 20 to 30 years. The Great Train Robbery was littered with mistakes, bad decisions and careless errors by the gang that would prove to be the robbers' undoing. Includes contributions by two police officers involved in the investigation, and Tommy Wisbey, one of the last surviving members of the gang that did the deed.

[edit] Stealing the Mona Lisa

This episode looks back to 1911, when one of the most famous pieces of art across the globe, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre museum in Paris. As the painting is one of the most photographed, reproduced and written about pieces of art, and also the most expensive, the heist sent shockwaves around the world and baffled many great detectives.
What's astonishing about the heist is that the painting (at the time not the most famous or the most valuable in the museum) was missing for 24 hours before anyone noticed. At one point Picasso was a suspect. By the time the masterpiece was recovered two years later, its theft had elevated it to the most famous portrait in the world.

[edit] The World's Biggest Cash Grab

The inside story of how a gang carried out the "king's ransom" in Britain's biggest cash heist in 2006, when criminals managed to steal E50m in cash from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent. On the night of the hold-up, the robbers tied up 14 terrified employees with cable ties, threatening to kill them if they disobeyed orders. Then the gang began loading cages, black holdalls and bundles of E20 notes into the back of a 7.5-ton Renault lorry during the 66-minute raid. The robbers had to leave E153m behind because they could not fit any more cash into the vehicle.
The raid was so costly it threatened to undermine the UK's economic stability and saw the robbers take hostages, who were manipulated into helping them gain access to the vaults. The subsequent police investigation initially began as a hunt for a highly organised squad of professional robbers, but a series of catastrophic mistakes on the part of the culprits made it clear they were low-level criminals seeking riches. The programme takes an in-depth look at the night a gang made off with 53 million pounds, and how Kent police worked through the night to track the money and the men responsible.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
Video Bitrate: 1 822 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 45 min
Number Of Parts: 6
Part Size: 699 MB - 896 MB
Source: HDTV
Encoded by: CBFM

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