Set in the 18th Century, Plunkett and Macleane is the story of two notorious highwaymen based on real-life characters.
With Plunkett’s brains and know-how and Macleane’s social connections, they infiltrate wealthy society. After robbing the rich they line their pockets – for Plunkett (Robert Carlyle) to fulfil his dream of travelling to America and for Macleane (Jonny Lee Miller) to sustain his high cost of living.
When they hold up the coach of the Lord Chief Justice Gibson (Michael Gambon), Macleane falls in love with his beautiful and rebellious niece, Rebecca (Liv Tyler). His charming manner quickly earns him the nickname “The Gentleman Highwayman”.
Gibson’s second-in-command, Thief-Taker General Chance (Ken Scott), also pursues Rebecca in vain – but it is his relentless pursuit of The Gentleman Highwayman that edges Plunkett and Macleane nearer to capture and possible execution at the famous Tyburn Tree.
As danger approaches, the partners’ daring and loyalty are pushed to the limit.
Jonny Lee Miller
Thief-Taker General Chance
Lady Rebecca Gibson
Lord Chief Justice Gibson