Suchet in title role of BBC Two's drama special Maxwell
Award-winning actor David Suchet is to play Robert Maxwell in a one off drama
special for BBC Two.
Maxwell tells the story of the dramatic final months of the
media tycoon's life.
Patricia Hodge plays his beleaguered wife Betty, with
Daniela Denby-Ashe as his secretary.
Maxwell's world is collapsing. Cracks are appearing in his multi-billion
business empire, his marriage is in difficulties and his weight has ballooned
He owns some of the world's best known media companies - Macmillan Publishing;
the New York Daily News and the Daily Mirror.
But his obsession with both
power and his great rival, Rupert Murdoch, is causing his downfall.
With time running out he retreats to the heart of his web and sets about saving
his skin. He is trapped and paranoid.
His attempts to stem the tide of debts
culminate in him stealing a billion pounds from his companies and their pension
But he is still hurtling towards disaster and, ultimately, death.
Maxwell is a gripping account of how greed and ambition destroyed a man and led
him to commit one of the world's biggest ever frauds.
It also stars Ben Caplan as Maxwell's son Kevin and Dan Stevens as Basil
The film is written by Craig Warner, who was Bafta-nominated for The Queen's
The 90-minute dramatisation is produced and directed by Colin Barr, who
made The Secretary Who Stole £4million and The Lavender List.
producers are Nick Mirsky (The Armstrongs) and Hilary Salmon (Five Days).