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It was the biggest bank heist in British and Irish criminal history. Belfast writer Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the 2004 Northern Bank robbery.

The Northern Bank Job BBC

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It was the biggest bank heist in British and Irish criminal history. Belfast writer Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the 2004 Northern Bank robbery.

    Episode Ten: This Country

    Episode Ten: This Country

    It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process.

    Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband.


    Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does.

    Episode Ten: This Country
    So where did all the money go? And what went with it?

    Written and presented by Glenn Patterson

    Music: Phil Kieran
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    Producer: Conor Garrett

    A BBC Northern Ireland production for Radio 4

    • 14 min
    Episode Nine: Testimony

    Episode Nine: Testimony

    It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process.

    Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband.

    Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does.

    Episode Nine: Testimony
    When Glenn attends the trial of the only person charged in direct connection with the raid, he's struck by what he hears in court and what he sees on TV that night

    Written and presented by Glenn Patterson

    Music: Phil Kieran
    Actors: Louise Parker, Thomas Finnegan & Conor O'Donnell
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    Producer: Conor Garrett

    A BBC Northern Ireland production for Radio 4

    • 15 min
    Episode Eight: See No Evil

    Episode Eight: See No Evil

    It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process.

    Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband.

    Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does.

    Episode Eight: See No Evil
    Weeks after the robbery a man is murdered outside a packed Belfast bar but no witnesses are coming forward


    Written and presented by Glenn Patterson

    Music: Phil Kieran
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    Producer: Conor Garrett

    A BBC Northern Ireland production for Radio 4

    • 13 min
    Episode Seven: Burning Embers

    Episode Seven: Burning Embers

    It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process.

    Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband.

    Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does.

    Episode Seven: Burning Embers
    Irish police follow a money laundering trail to County Cork, where someone is going to extreme lengths to get the cash off their hands

    Written and presented by Glenn Patterson

    Music: Phil Kieran
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    Producer: Conor Garrett

    A BBC Northern Ireland production for Radio 4

    • 13 min
    Episode Six: The Mastermind

    Episode Six: The Mastermind

    It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process.

    Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband.

    Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does.

    Episode Six: The Mastermind
    As news breaks of the robbery, along with a swirl of accusations and counter accusations, one politician uses parliamentary privilege to name the individual he believes was responsible for its meticulous planning.

    Written and presented by Glenn Patterson

    Music: Phil Kieran
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    Producer: Conor Garrett

    A BBC Northern Ireland production for Radio 4

    • 14 min
    Episode Five: Cash by the Trolley Load

    Episode Five: Cash by the Trolley Load

    It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process.

    Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband.

    Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does.

    Episode Five: Cash by the Trolley Load
    A white van reverses up a narrow side street beside the bank, until its tailgate comes level with the bullion bay doors...


    Written and presented by Glenn Patterson

    Music: Phil Kieran
    Actors: Louise Parker, Thomas Finnegan & Conor O'Donnell
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    Producer: Conor Garrett

    A BBC Northern Ireland production for Radio 4

    • 13 min

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