House of Maxwell: everything we know about the Maxwell documentary

Maxwell’s House is a new BBC documentary series that traces one of the most famous family sagas in the world.

Ghislaine Maxwell is now in jail after being found guilty of grooming and trafficking underage girls for the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Yet her fall from grace was just the latest chapter in a family story already mired in controversy following the death of her father, media mogul Robert Maxwell.

Spanning over half a century, this three-part series is a stunning tale of fortunes made and lost, mysterious deaths, and a dramatic descent into scandal and crime. Here’s everything we know so far…

Maxwell’s House release date

The first episode of this three-part series will air at 9pm on Monday April 4 on BBC Two, after which all episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer.

There’s no news on a US release date, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as there’s any news.

What is the House of Maxwell about?

Maxwell’s House is a tale covering the rise and fall of modern media’s first great mogul and the collapse of his deeply troubled family.

The three-part series begins with Ghislaine’s father, Robert Maxwell, a media mogul and newspaper publisher whose fraudulent business practices came to light after his mysterious death in 1991.

It follows Maxwell from impoverished Holocaust survivor, to decorated war hero and elected British MP, to the extraordinary rise and fall of his multi-million pound media business.

The fall of the Maxwell house

Robert Maxwell died after falling over the side of his yacht in November 1991 (Image credit: Getty)

His seemingly accidental death came after he fell from his luxury yacht in November 1991, after which revelations of large-scale fraud, including the theft of hundreds of millions of pounds from the company’s pension fund, finally came to light .

The documentary series will feature never-before-seen footage of Robert Maxwell filmed by staff on his boat just before his mysterious death, recordings of phones he tapped and a survivor of Jeffery Epstein’s crimes who has never spoken publicly before .

The BBC also teases the first episode: “Unreleased secret recordings of executives within his companies show growing panic as they begin to realize there are huge holes in the company’s finances. Robert. We see the beginnings of a scandal that will change the lives of all the Maxwells forever.”

The filmmakers will also examine Robert’s relationship with his daughter, Ghislaine, with later episodes covering his prosecution thirty years later for his involvement in grooming underage victims for sexual abuse.

A BBC statement read: “Told through intimate testimony and unpublished exclusive sources from the archives, Maxwell’s House is a story woven through British and American society and culture and will provide a unique window into a world of money, sex, intimacy and power spanning half a century.”

Colin Barr of Expectation, who will executive produce the series, adds: “It’s hard to imagine a story with a more dramatic rise or fall than the story of the Maxwell family. It’s an intimate yet epic story that spans half a century of business, politics and fame. This is true family drama on an extraordinary scale, and we are incredibly privileged to produce it for BBC Two.

Maxwell's House

Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced in December 2021. (Image credit: Getty)

Maxwell’s House Trailer

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