Storyville: The Queen Of Versailles

Confirmed for BBC Four on 28 January at 10.00pm to 11.30pm

Monday 28 January



Meet Jackie and David Siegel – a former beauty queen and her billionaire husband who are triumphantly building their dream home in Florida. Once finished, it’ll be the largest house in America – a 90,000-square-foot super-mansion modelled on the Palace of Versailles, replete with 30 bathrooms, 10 kitchens, a sushi bar, bowling alley, skating rink, baseball park and ballroom.

And then the economic crisis hits, and the rarefied world of a truly unique family is turned upside down...

In the face of the worst economic crisis in decades, this rags-to-riches tale takes a tumble as Jackie, David, their eight children, maids, dogs, employees and business associates struggle to keep David’s time-share business afloat and finish their dream home.

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, this is the story of a couple who dared to dream big but lose, in a film that exposes the virtues and flaws of the American Dream.