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"The Great Train Robbery" A Copper's Tale (TV Episode 2013) Poster

(TV Mini-Series)

(2013)

Goofs

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Anachronisms 

When news footage of the robbery scene appears on B&W TV as Tommy Butler enters a cafe, the track has got overhead live wires. That section of the West Coast Main Line was not electrified until 1965.
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Two modern London buses are visible in the opening scenes, one seen passing the Underground Station entrance at Westminster is a 21st-century model and a second modern bus is seen passing by in the background through the back of the window of a car.
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Near the end, a double decker bus in First Group corporate colors, introduced in 2012, is seen through the window of the cafe in Torquay, a scene supposedly set in 1968.
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On the crime pin board in the police station there is a note stating "Class 40" locomotive. They were not called this until about 1973. At the time of the robbery the were known as "English Electric Type 4's".
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Leatherslade Farm has a UHF-only TV aerial, visible as the detectives look up at the farmhouse. UHF broadcasting on BBC2 did not start until 1964. BBC1 and ITV were VHF only until 1969. In 1963, a house in this location would have had a large VHF antenna.
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Factual errors 

A note at the beginning of "A Copper's tale" identifies the diesel locomotive as a Class 40. These classes were part of the TOPS numbering system which was introduced in the early-'70s. At the time, D326 would have been known as an English Electric Type 4. (D326 was later renumbered 40126 and was scrapped without ceremony during April 1984)
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Whilst in court the judge bangs his gavel three times. Gavels have never been used in courts in England and Wales.
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In the second episode they show the original Scotland Yard down on the Embankment but the narrative states 'New Scotland Yard' which of course is the present new building.
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