Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville will head an impressive cast in a new BBC series inspired by the true story of the infamous Brink's-Mat robbery in London.

Jack Lowden and Dominic Cooper will also star in The Gold, which will follow the decades-long chain of events that followed what has been described as "the crime of the century".

The series will air across six episodes on BBC One and globally on Paramount+.

The story opens in November 1983, when six armed men broke into the Brink's-Mat security depot near London’s Heathrow Airport and inadvertently stumbled across gold bullion worth £26 million.

Jack Lowden (right) with Gary Oldman

The disposal of the bullion was among the largest international money laundering operations of the time and left a string of killings in its wake.

Much of the three tonnes of stolen gold has never been recovered and four of the suspects were not convicted.

Inspired by research and interviews with some of those involved in the events, show bosses describe The Gold as "a pulsating dramatisation which takes a journey into a 1980s world awash with cheap money and loosened morals".

Dominic Cooper with Ruth Negga

The cast also includes Charlotte Spencer from The Duke, Tom Cullen from Black Mirror, Guilt actor Emun Elliott and Sean Harris from Southcliffe and Mission: Impossible.

BBC commissioning editor Tommy Bulfin said: "The fact that we have assembled such a talented and exciting ensemble cast is testament to Neil’s incisive interrogation of one of the most infamous robberies in British history and the remarkable events which came in its wake.

"And to have the brilliant Aneil Karia join fresh from his Oscar win is the icing on the cake. The BBC One audience are in for a real treat when this hits the screen."