Preview: House of Maxwell

House of Maxwell

When Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of grooming and trafficking underage girls she became a household name with her face on front pages of newspapers all over the world. But she wasn’t always the most notorious member of the Maxwell family.

This episode tells the story of how her father Robert started the extraordinary saga that is the Maxwell family story, and the formative influence he had on the lives of Ghislaine and his other children.

When Ghislaine is still in her 20s, Robert finally achieves his dream of owning a major British newspaper, bringing his children into the heart of his rapidly growing empire. Told using never-seen-before archive and testimony from those who worked closely with Maxwell and his family, many of whom have never spoken before.

They describe how Robert’s intense rivalry with Rupert Murdoch drove his ruthless ambitions to be one of the world’s greatest media moguls. It leads to an extraordinary spending spree to try to crack America. With his daughter Ghislaine at his side in New York, Robert is lauded as he rescues one of the city’s most iconic newspapers. The rise of the Maxwells seems unstoppable.

But behind the grandeur and illusions of grand success, all is not as it seems. The news breaks of Robert’s mysterious disappearance from off his yacht in the Canary Islands. Ghislaine and her mother travel to Tenerife and are met by a media frenzy.

But there’s another problem. Never-heard-before secret recordings of executives within his businesses show the rising panic as they start to realise there are huge holes in Robert’s company finances. We see the beginnings of a scandal which will change the lives of all of the Maxwells forever.

House of Maxwell – Monday at 9.00pm on BBC Two.

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