The Gold: The Inside Story — release date and all we know about the documentary

Archive shot of cop Brian Boyce from The Gold: The Inside Story
The Gold: The Inside Story — dogged detective Brian Boyce led the investigation into the Brink's-Mat robbery (Image credit: BBC)

The Gold has left viewers gripped with its portrayal of the fall-out from the Brink’s-Mat robbery in 1983.

Now, as The Gold season 1 concludes and with The Gold season 2 in the pipeline, a fascinating documentary The Gold: The Inside Story looks at the challenges the real-life detectives, including Brian Boyce, who is played in the drama by Hugh Bonneville, faced in trying to bring the robbers to justice and find the stolen bullion.

Here’s everything we know about The Gold: The Inside Story... 

The Gold: The Inside Story — what is the release date?

The one-off documentary will air on Monday 20 March at 9pm on BBC One. We will let you know when we hear of a US release date.

The Gold: The Inside Story — what is it about?

The documentary uses archive footage from the time and interviews with detectives who worked on the case to explore the aftermath of the robbery, which saw six armed raiders break into the Brink's-Mat security depot near London’s Heathrow airport. They stole three tons of gold bars worth £26 million, which is valued at nearly £100 million in today’s money.

It shows how the police were under enormous pressure to solve the case as the robbers raced to disguise the gold and turn it into cash. While the former cops reveal how some of the robbers were caught quickly, including Micky McAvoy, played in the drama by Adam Nagaitis, they then faced a Europe-wide search to trace the others who were involved and uncover how the gold was being smelted and laundered. 

They explain how fence Kenneth Noye, played in The Gold by Jack Lowden, came onto their radar, along with gold merchant John Palmer, who is played by Tom Cullen in the series. 

But the detectives also discuss the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of DC John Fordham during surveillance at Noye’s home, which led to Noye going on trial for murder, only to be acquitted. Eventually, however, Noye was found guilty of handling stolen goods and sentenced to 14 years in prison. 

The far-reaching impact of the crime and how it changed Britain forever is also revealed, including links between the robbery and the development of London’s Docklands, as well as the burgeoning drugs culture of the 1980s and 1990s. 

Shot of the late DC John Fordham from The Gold: The Inside Story

DC John Fordham tragically lost his life while carrying out surveillance at the home of Kenneth Noye. (Image credit: BBC)

The Gold: The Inside Story — who is in it?

Detective Chief Superintendent Brian Boyce, who is now retired, is a key figure in the documentary as he recounts the painstaking work that he and his team carried out. 

“Our task was far greater than just arresting the robbers, we hadn’t even recovered the dust of the gold,’ he says. “We had to work extremely hard, follow the trail and recover as much of the gold as possible.”

Also featured in the documentary are former cops Roy Ramm, Tony Yeoman and Jackie Malton, who was the inspiration for Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect

A shot of former cop Tony Yeoman in The Gold: The Inside Story

Tony Yeoman was one of the cops who worked on the investigation to find the robbers and the loot. (Image credit: BBC)

The Gold: The Inside Story airs on Monday 20 March at 9pm on BBC One.

The finale to drama series The Gold airs on Sunday 19 March at 9pm on BBC One. All episodes are available on BBC iPlayer

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.