New 80s crime-comedy The Curse has been commissioned by Channel 4.
The six-part series is a comedy caper set in London during the early 80s and follows a group of hapless small-time crooks who can never get anything right, due to their own stupidity and poor judgement.
These crooks end up getting caught up in one of the biggest gold heists in history, leading to a story of trust, greed, ambition, class and inequality.
The fictionalised story is loosely inspired by an infamous robbery in the 80s involving six men raiding a depot near a London airport, hoping to steal £50,000, but ended up stumbling across seven thousand gold bars with a street value of millions.
The 80s was a decade that saw a rise in armed robberies, as many people felt the rich were only getting richer, often at the expense of others.
The series stars Allan Mustafa as Albert Fantoni, Steve Stamp as Sidney Wilson, Hugo Chegwin as Phil ‘The Captain’ Pocket and Tom Davis as Big Mick Neville.
The group have been friends since childhood and are normal working-class lads who partake in low level crime to make ends meet.
Their naivety leads to them biting off more than they can chew with the heist and they must come up with a plan to get rid of the loot before they get arrested or even killed.
The rest of the cast includes Emer Kenny as Natasha, Fanton’s wife and the narrator of the story, Peter Ferninando plays Crazy Clive Cornell, a serious gangster who becomes involved in the heist, and Ambreen Razia plays Detective Thread, Geoff Bell plays Detective Saunders and Michael Smiley plays Ronnie Gatlin.
The Curse asks the question, how much is all the money in the world really worth?
Head of comedy at Channel 4, Fiona McDermott commented: “It's been such a treat to see these mega comedy talents collide with The Curse. As gripping as it is daft, we're thrilled to have such an ambitiously funny show from these brilliant creatives coming to Channel 4.”
Filming on The Curse is set to start next week.