Francesco da Mosto celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of The Italian Job and explores its enduring popularity.

He tracks down some of the real stars of this last hurrah of the Swinging Sixties and discovers some interesting behind-the-scenes secrets, including why scriptwriter Troy Kennedy Martin chose Turin for the main location.

Also, what was it really like to drive one of the Mini Coopers in the famous car chase through the city, into the sewers and, ultimately, the death-defying leap across a 60ft gap between buildings?

Producer Michael Deeley reveals what was behind the choice of the film's ending, and the several alternative versions which have provided numerous theories over the years.


Broadcast Dates

  • 20090509 (Radio 4)
  • 20100517 (Radio 4)