BBC Two promises to take viewers on a fascinating and ultimately ill-fated journey this month when David Suchet takes on the mantle of disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell in a one-off drama that tells the story of the dramatic final stages of the mogul’s life.
Patricia Hodge plays Maxwell’s wife, Betty, with Daniela Denby-Ashe as his secretary, Andrea.
The story brings together the events of the last 18 months of Maxwell’s life, starting just before the flotation of the Mirror and the collapse of his empire and it looks at his relations with his family and those at work says David.
Maxwell’s world is collapsing. Cracks are appearing in his multi-billion-pound business empire, his marriage is in difficulties and his weight has ballooned dangerously.
But his obsession with both power, and his great rival, Rupert Murdoch, is causing his downfall.
Pressure mounts as the flotation of The Daily Mirror fails to raise enough money to save him from debt, his secretary rejects his advances and his finance director tries to resign.
With time running out, Maxwell retreats to the heart of his web, at the offices of The Daily Mirror, and sets about saving his skin. His attempts to stem the tide of debts culminate in him stealing millions from his companies and their pension funds.
But he is still hurtling towards disaster, and, ultimately, death.
Written by Craig Warner, who was Bafta-nominated for The Queen’s Sister, Maxwell is a gripping, dramatised account of how greed and ambition destroyed a man and led him to commit one of the world’s biggest-ever frauds.
The cast also features Ben Caplan as Maxwell’s son, Kevin, and Dan Stevens as finance director Basil Brookes.