The Duke

The Duke (2020)

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  • Release Date: 2020-11-06
  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Ingenious Media
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
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In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge -Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage – how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

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Directing Roger Michell Director
Production Cameron McCracken Executive Producer
Production Hugo Heppell Executive Producer
Production Nicky Bentham Producer
Production Jenny Borgars Executive Producer
Writing Richard Bean Screenplay
Writing Clive Coleman Screenplay
Production Andrea Scarso Executive Producer