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Maxwell, May 4th, 2007 on BBC 2 at 9:00pm
Gripping drama of the final stage of Robert Maxwell's life
If ever there was an actor's award for the most meticulous research undertaken for a role, David Suchet would surely be in with a shout. He is painstaking in his preparation - he famously read every one of Agatha Christie's Poirot books (which amount to over 70) when he took on the role of the eminent detective back in 1987 - and, more recently, has researched the life of media tycoon Robert Maxwell, whom he portrays in a new BBC Two drama.
Maxwell tells the story of the final stage of the former Mirror Group Newspapers owner's life. His empire was collapsing, his marriage was in difficulties and his weight had ballooned. But that was nothing compared with the furore that occurred after his death, when it was discovered that he had taken money from the Mirror Group Newspapers pension fund to keep his companies afloat.
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