If you are anything like us, you will be hooked to the current ITV1 drama, Mrs Biggs – the, till now, untold story of Charmian Biggs, the wife of the great train robber, Ronnie.
Mrs Biggs tells the story of the infamous train robbers life, born to upper-class parents, and banished from their lives after marrying Biggs, and the real Mrs Biggs, Charmian Brent, will appear in the drama.
Viewers will barely notice the infamous Moll as she is literally an extra, sat behind Sheridan Smith in the public gallery of a court room scene whilst legal debates take place.
Writer Jeff Pope says: “It’s her little Hitchcock moment.”
So far viewers have seen how Charmian, played by Two Pints Of Larger And A Packet Of Crisps Star, Sheridan Smith, has endured the gangster life her husband laid out for her, alone whilst he was behind bars. Not as glamorous as it sounds, Charmian, left to raise their two sons alone, has had to put up with threats, police harassment and even a back alley abortion.
Ronnie Biggs escaped from his maximum security prison, and fans of the show have watched how he and Charmian have immigrated to Australia to start a new life together.
However, it is not all plain sailing from then on, and from tonight’s instalment of the five-part series the couple running from the law again when in October 1969, a newspaper report claimed that Biggs was living in Melbourne and that police were closing in on him. Biggs fled his home, staying with family friends in the outer suburbs of Melbourne.
Five months later, Biggs fled on a passenger liner from the Port of Melbourne using the doctored passport of his friend. Charmian and their two sons stayed behind in Australia, before the eldest of the two boys, Nicholas, tragically died in a car crash.
Charmian, who divorced Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs in 1976, was a consultant on the series.
Mrs Biggs can be seen tonight at 9pm on ITV1/ITV1 HD.