British Villains

By Ninth Planet Audio & The Cut

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In 1963, a multimillion-dollar heist forever changed England’s history. The thieves called the job the train, the papers called it the Great Train Robbery, and the police called it the crime of the century. Since then, there have been books, articles, movies, plays, even tours of the site where the robbery took place. But how the villains pulled it off—now that’s a story that’s never been told. At least not the way host William Green tells it, because he has access to perhaps the last surviving man who may or may not have been involved: His dad.

Episode Date
The Best Laid Plan
2008

They did it. They pulled off The Crime of the Century now they just have to get away with it. Again and again and again and every day for the rest of their lives.  

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Aug 17, 2022
The Crime of the Century
1642

They’ve got an airtight plan, the tools, the uniforms, the muscle, they’ve even brought their own train driver. Now, it’s time to see if they have what it really takes to do what no other British crew has done before - steal the Queen’s train and its contents. 

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Aug 10, 2022
The Robbery
1304

To pull off the crime of the century, you need one hell of a plan. And to pull off one hell of a plan, you need a crew of villains who can follow it to a tee. 

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Aug 03, 2022
The Crew
1653

Turns out that stopping a speeding train might not be as easy as Bruce Reynolds first thought. Bruce reluctantly agrees to recruit some small-time villains who happened to have some experience robbing from trains - introducing the South Coast Raiders, and one pair of cheap, black, leather gloves. 

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Jul 27, 2022
The First Heists
1928

While mixing with the who’s who of London’s West End, Bruce Reynolds begins to assemble the crew who will one day rob a train. But first, there’s the little matter of an airport, an armored car, two modified Jaguars, a large box of cash, and some watches.  

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Jul 20, 2022
The Glitz
1555

During the war, everyone was on the hustle, a little bit of this and a little of that was the preferred plan for surviving the streets of South London, but as he 1950s beckoned and the city recovered from the war, not everyone was ready to leave their hustle of crime behind.

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Jul 13, 2022
The Blitz
1627

London is a bombed out city and poor neighborhoods have been left flatten and desolate, but we meet some young street hooligans determined that the limitations of war will not get in the way of their future success. 

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Jul 06, 2022
Introducing British Villains
91

In the U.S. you have gangsters. In England, we have “villains.” And in the summer of 1963, over in South London, there were whispers that something big was in the works … something that would leave a defining mark on not only British crime history, but on the history of the country itself.

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Jun 30, 2022