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House of Maxwell

Streaming on the BBC / / Film & TV

If you think you already know everything about Ghislaine Maxwell and her gargantuan, bullying press-baron father, Robert, think again. House of Maxwell, a new three-part BBC Two docuseries, recounts how Robert Maxwell, with his shock of black hair and booming voice, rose from abject poverty in war-torn Czechoslovakia to ultimately preside over a multibillion-dollar publishing empire. Along the way he collects jets, helicopters, a 53-room estate, and Rolls-Royces. And then it ends—in disgrace, death by drowning, bankruptcy, and fraud. (The docuseries also takes a detour to the 10-by-12-foot cell where Ghislaine was held before sentencing.) Fast-paced and expertly told, the series uses never-before-aired footage, tapes from Maxwell’s own bugging system, and interviews with former friends and colleagues. —Bridget Arsenault

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