Sky Nabs Great British Train Robbery Drama

Sky is looking to run more HD mini-series on one of its movie channels.

Two undistinguished dramas are scheduled for next month on Movies Extra — Coma and Bag of Bones – while slated for soon after is The Great Train Robbery.

the_great_train_robbery_600The BBC dramatisation of the 1963 heist that made Ronnie Biggs famous has just aired to rave reviews in Britain and is told from the gang’s perspective in the first instalment and from the coppers’ in the second.

The Telegraph dubbed it another “polished drama” from Chris Chibnall, whose lavishly acclaimed Broadchurch at last will screen on TV One early in 2014 (and hopefully in HD), while The Independent thought it “a gripping tale”.

Given how nearly a year will have elapsed between ITV’s premiere of Broadchurch and TV One’s, it’s fantastic to see Sky bringing a great new British drama to our screens so soon after its UK run.

And unlike Top of the Lake, or other top British dramas like Spies of Warsaw and the upcoming Ripper Street, it won’t languish in SD on UK TV.

But it’s a cynical ploy to run TGTR on Movies Extra rather than SoHo, which is where Sky usually airs BBC dramas of this calibre.

The strategy penalises subscribers who already are paying over the odds for premium content on Sky, be it SoHo or the Arts and Rialto channels.

Now, to see more of the kind of fare that Sky rorts them for, they’ll have to subscribe to the satcaster’s movies package as well. Talk about the great pay-TV robbery!

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One Response to “Sky Nabs Great British Train Robbery Drama”

  1. Looks like we will be watching the last season of How I Met Your Mother in HD as TV3 are screening it, YAY 🙂

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