Aside from murder mysteries and serial killer documentaries, intricate schemes from world-famous heists are always included in my to-read and to-watch list. Many might be wondering why people like me are fascinated over a criminal act, so I suggest that you check out true-to-life stories featured on History’s Greatest Heists with Pierce Brosnan, premiering on HISTORY Channel this April 30, 2023. Using dramatic recreations, dynamic storytelling, cutting-edge visual effects, and first-person witness accounts, the show will explore the intricate schemes of some of the world’s most criminal masterminds.
As a woman who has first-hand experience on what it’s like to be a victim of theft and see a robbery scene up-close, I’ve always wondered what goes inside these people’s minds. While the ones I’ve witnessed are probably done mainly for survival, the most famous ones involve months and even years of planning. Some of these criminals who risked their freedom for wealth and riches can even be considered geniuses to some extent!
Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Pierce Brosnan hosts each episode of this exclusive series that unveils the meticulous planning, daring execution, and shocking aftermath behind some of the most elaborate real-life heists in history. Included in the episodic list are the Lufthansa Heist of New York, the half-billion-dollar Gardner Museum art theft, and the Antwerp Belgium Diamond Heist. Here’s a detailed look along with the schedules:
Episode 1: The Lufthansa Heist
30 April 2023, Sunday 9pm (SIN/HK)
A mafia crew with insider knowledge attempts the most lucrative airline heist in history at JFK International Airport. Made famous by the film Goodfellas, its aftermath saw those associated with the crime disappearing – and dying.
Episode 2: The United California Bank Job
7 May 2023, Sunday 9pm (SIN/HK)
A mob-connected heist crew the FBI described as “the best ever” takes down a Southern California bank in 1972, getting away with millions in cash allegedly linked to President Richard Nixon.
Episode 3: The Antwerp Diamond Heist
14 May 2023, Sunday 9pm (SIN/HK)
An elite crew of Italian thieves targets the vault of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. After 27 months of planning, they execute their ambitious and intricate plan and make off with more than $100 million in diamonds, gems, and cash.
Episode 4: The Dunbar Armored Depot Heist
21 May 2023, Sunday 9pm (SIN/HK)
An armored-car depot employee uses his insider knowledge to plan a heist that could net him, and the longtime friends he recruits, more than $18 million in cash.
Episode 5: The Pierre Hotel Robbery
28 May 2023, Sunday 9pm (SIN/HK)
A duo of highly skilled thieves who specialize in hotel jobs goes after the biggest target of their careers: New York’s famed Pierre Hotel. With a plan timed down to the minute, the team takes over the 41-story hotel, getting into the lobby vault and its hundreds of safe deposit boxes.
Episode 6: The Baker Street Bank Burglary
4 June 2023, Sunday 9pm (SIN/HK)
Enterprising thieves tunnel underneath and up into the vault of a Lloyds Bank branch in London. When an amateur radio enthusiast intercepts their walkie-talkie chatter, they find themselves in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with Scotland Yard.
Episode 7: The Gardner Museum Heist
11 June 2023, Sunday 9pm (SIN/HK)
Two thieves dressed as fake cops make off with a half-billion dollars’ worth of world-class artwork from a Boston museum. Although the paintings are still missing, numerous suspects turn up – dead.
Episode 8: The Museum Of Natural History Heist
18 June 2023, Sunday 9pm (SIN/HK)
Surfers by day, cat burglars by night, this trio of thieves is in New York to steal the priceless jewels at the American Museum of Natural History. Their bold plan has them creeping along the museum ledge, 125 feet above the streets of Manhattan, willing to risk their lives to get away with millions.
I honestly can’t wait to tune in on the 30th! Looking forward to watch the Antwerp Diamond Heist episode.
History’s Greatest Heists with Pierce Brosnan is produced for The HISTORY™ Channel by Big Fish Entertainment and Anchor Entertainment.