Showtime for The Duke playing Aug 14th, 2022 at 1:15 PM - Playhouse

Director Roger Michell's final movie is a charming comedy/drama set in 1961 depicting the infamously true story of how Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington was stolen from the National Gallery by an unlikely thief.

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 invested more in care for the elderly -- he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television.... [ return to movie page ]

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