Hatton Garden sees the story of the titular bank robbery being told for the third time, following 2017’s The Hatton Garden Job, and 2018’s King Of Thieves, with a more famous cast (and not as good), the latter also changing a few things along the way, such as Brian Reader (Larry Lamb, then Michael Caine, and here, Kenneth Cranham) actively taking part in the heist in the first film, then staying home in the second, while he’s back in the thick of it for this one.
However, this TV retelling was meant to have been shown at Christmas 2017 on ITV, so why has it been sat on the shelf all this time? According to Kenneth Cranham when he was on BBC Breakfast recently (and both David Hayman and Alex Norton were on This Morning), various court cases have come along and disrupted planned broadcast dates (including an old burglary relating to Terry Perkins), and I know you can’t just shove it on at any old time, because you want it at a time when people are going to watch without too many distractions from other big dramas. Plus, ideally, showing it across four nights straight, as is happening here. Oh, and you don’t want it to clash with the 2018 film.
I won’t go into much detail about the plot because even if you’ve lived under a rock for the past four years and hadn’t heard of the previous films, you can check those out for some info.
All that done, is it worth it? Well, if you’ve not seen either of those two films then it’ll be worth a watch, but if like me, this is your third viewing of said events, it doesn’t tell you too much that is new.
Since The Hatton Garden Job and King Of Thieves were, respectively, 93 and 108 minutes, and since this is approximately three hours (plus adverts), there will be additional content not previously disclosed in those films. However, I don’t want to give spoilers because, y’know, TV channels don’t make programmes for others to tell you the full content prior to broadcast(!)
Hatton Garden begins its four-episode run on Monday May 20th on ITV at 9pm, then continues each weeknight until Thursday. After each episode is broadcast, they’ll be on the ITV Hub.
The series is available to pre-order on DVD, ahead of its release date of June 10th.
Overall Score: 4/10
Director: Paul Whittington
Producer: Imogen Cooper
Writers: Jeff Pope, Terry Winsor
Music: Niall Byrne
Brian Reader: Kenneth Cranham
Terry Perkins: Timothy Spall
Danny Jones: David Hayman
Kenny Collins: Alex Norton
Basil: Brían F O’Byrne
Hamid: Nasser Memarzia
Carl Wood: Geoff Bell
Armita: Amira Ghazalla
Jamie Day: Tom Christian
Gary Stevenson: Thomas Coombes
Paul Whittington: Ian Puleston-Davies
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