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MRS BIGGS: THE UNTOLD LOVE STORY
BEHIND THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
Seven announces co-production with ITV Studios and December Films
THE remarkable story of the life of Charmian, ex-wife of the notorious fugitive Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Biggs, is to be told in a new five-part drama series.
Written by award-winning writer and executive producer Jeff Pope, MRS BIGGS will chronicle Charmian’s life from the moment she first met and fell in love with Biggs, to their four years in Australia on the run after the Great Train Robbery, and then the heartbreak of his rejection after he fled to Rio de Janeiro.
Set on location in London, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Paris, Adelaide, Melbourne and Rio de Janiero. MRS BIGGS is a co-production by ITV Studios, Channel Seven and December Films. Filming will begin in Manchester in February 2012 before moving to Australia, and will continue for eleven weeks.
Seven’s Head of Scheduling and Acquisitions, Angus Ross, said that as 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery, the timing is perfect to tell this extraordinary true story.
“It’s a story of international significance, but it’s particularly significant here in Australia where Ronnie and Charmian spent so much time hiding out after he fled the UK,” he said. “It’s also a rollicking good yarn, and very moving too. It promises to make for great TV viewing which Australians audiences will love.”
Jeff Pope (The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Appropriate Adult as executive producer) said:
“Charmian’s is one of the great untold stories of the 20th Century, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest crimes of all times. But at the heart of it is a simple love story between Charmian and Ron.”
Mr Pope also commented on the story’s links to Australia:
“The story is, on one level, about a young family coming to Australia in the 60s, when it was a land of opportunity and discovery. We always knew we were going to need an Australian partner and the Seven Network were committed and supportive right from the word go. We are looking forward to working with Seven on the telling of this great adventure.”
Commissioned by ITV, MRS BIGGS will be produced by Kwadjo Dajan (Appropriate Adult as co-producer) and directed by Paul Whittington (Vera, DCI Banks).