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  • Actors: Sheridan Smith, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jay Simpson, Caroline Goodall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008PEHY5W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,363 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mrs Biggs, the true story of the woman behind Britain's most famous villain, Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs. Thought-provoking, heart-warming and life affirming, this series of five episodes tracks Charmian Biggs' (Sheridan Smith) remarkable evolution from naïve young woman on a train, lured into the exciting world of charming rogue Ronald Biggs (Danny Mays), to her life as a fugitive mother fighting to keep her family together against all odds.

This is the inside story of one of the most infamous crimes of the twentieth century; but more than anything it is a sweeping love story told across three decades and from one side of the world to the other.

Starring: Sheridan Smith, Danny Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jay Simpson, Caroline Goodall and Tim Draxl and written by Jeff Pope (Appropriate Adult)

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Sheridan Smith's acting career has taken her from comedy through to theatre and the big screen. But has she ever delivered a performance quite as strong as the one at the heart of Mrs Biggs? Arguably not.

In Mrs Biggs, she plays the real-life title role of Charmian Biggs, the wife of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, and across five episodes, we see what built up to the infamous crime, and how life panned out afterwards. The perspective of Charmian is an insightful and unusual one, not least because the real Mrs Biggs consulted on the show, and worked with Sheridan Smith. It comes through strongly in Smith's authentic performance, too. Smith is as adept at drama as she has been at comedy, and the drama often works simply because she's so compelling at the heart of it.

She's supported well, with a cast that also feature Daniel Mays as Ronnie, and the effort put in to give the series a genuine period feel has been rewarded. It's an engrossing piece of work. That in itself is perhaps unsurprising, given that Mrs Biggs was penned by Jeff Pope, who also wrote the award-winning drama, Appropriate Adult.

Mrs Biggs is a thought-provoking, intelligent and provocative drama, clearly made with a real commitment to telling the story concerned. It comes richly recommended. --Jon Foster

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This is an excellent depiction of events surrounding the life of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, told from his wife Charmian's perspective. All too often we see autobiographies and films based on true stories from the main character's perspective - in this case Ronnie - however we rarely get to see the perseptive of relatives/friends/spouses etc. Here is your chance to see Charmian's story, how HER life was affected by the choices her husband made, and how her life was transformed from the daughter of a well-to-do family (her father was a respected headmaster) to living her life on the run in Australia with Britain's most wanted fugitive. Having previously seen interveiews with Charmian, the film is extremely accurate with little dramatisation needed to make the story more exciting for entertainment. It's certainly interesting how the choices we make in life affect not only our own lives, but those connected to us. Having watched the film I believe that Ronnie and Charmian were made for each other and that had he not taken part in the train robbery, they would still be living very happily together to this day. It's very sad.
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This drama is brilliant,and Sheridan smith is outstanding,nobody could have played her better! Even though I watched it on tv,I have still decided to buy the DVD,as it will be nice to be able to watch it again,at my leisure,if you haven't seen this yet,then you are in for a real treat,I can promise you that!
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I watched this evey week when it was on tv and absolutely loved it, like another reviewer has said it centre's around the life of Charmian Biggs wife of Ronnie Biggs, the acting was brilliant by all involved especially Sheridan Smith who I thought played her part so perfectly that you felt every emotion she was going through, from meeting Ronnie and marrying him against the wishes of her father to the very end when Ronnie cheated and got another woman pregnant, and losing her own son. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be purchasing the dvd when it comes out, I just hope they haven't cut it to shreds to fit it on to dvd because that would be disappointing.
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A poignant and beautifully acted portrayal of the events leading up to and after the Great Train Robbery. As the title of this miniseries implies, events revolve around Mrs Biggs, as a central character, portrayed by Sheridan Smith, a very talented actress who shows she can play a straight role just as well as she can play comedy. If you like human dramas, you'll enjoy this.
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Brilliant parts by Sheridan Smith (Charmian Biggs) and Daniel Mays (Ronnie Biggs).

Stylish, well made production by December Films and ITV Studios. Director Paul Whittington. A first class portrayal of the lives of Charmian and Ronnie Biggs and their many troubles along the way. The film does of course include the big event which threw their lives into chaos – the Great Train Robbery of August 1963, with mastermind Bruce Reynolds (Jay Simpson) coming into the story. Charmian, according to the script, had a strict upbringing and her father made his case very clear when she began dating Ronnie Biggs, leading to her leaving home to go on the run with Ronnie Biggs long before his part in the train robbery and this aspect of her life is compellingly portrayed and with notable performances by Caroline Goodall (Muriel Powell, Charmian’s mother) and Adrian Scarborough (Bernard Powell, Charmian’s father). Life on the run for the couple and their children is filled with high tension and anxiety, they are forever looking behind them and wondering what the next problem will be; this tension is expertly acted by Mays and Smith and I have to say that the casting was a near perfect as it gets.

I watched all five episodes in one session, unable to break away from it.
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This was sooooo good. First I watched The Great Train Robbery which is ALSO excellent and then this to round out the whole thing. What was so interesting is I remember when the GREAT TRAIN Robbery Happened I was living in the UK at the time. Ronald Biggs was the name I remember I thought he WAS the engineer of the whole Great Train Robbery....turns out he was barely involved facts of which I was unaware until I watched these two DVDs. All the performances were FAB I only knew about this because I had just watched Sheridan Smith in CILLA (also very good) and I was reading up about her when I realized she was Mrs Biggs. She does a GREAT job loved ALL the movies mentioned in this review.
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Mrs Biggs is great, I think she was a brick and we all hear about the husband but my oh my what she went through. give it up for the girls. This is a great viewing and more things should be made like this.
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The same directorial team who recently made 'Cilla'. You can see why they chose Sheridan Smith to play Cilla after her performance in Mrs. Biggs. Sheridan has an innocence about her and was able to play Charmian, the naive and trusting young woman who fell head-over-heels in love with bad boy Ronnie Biggs (Daniel Mays) who laughed her into bed and into a life of crime. There were harrowing scenes between Charmian and her family who rejected her because of her relationship with Biggs. But the most harrowing scenes were when Charmian went out to Brazil with her children to visit Ronnie who'd was now involved with a young Brazilian woman who became pregnant with his son. A very sad story which involved so much sacrifice but virtually no financial gain.
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