Don­ald Suther­land stars as bizarre bil­lion­aire J Paul Getty in the true story of his grand­son’s kid­nap­ping…

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This grip­ping 10-part se­ries tells the true story of the

1973 kid­nap­ping of bil­lion­aire oil ty­coon J Paul Getty’s grand­son. Cap­tors hope for a huge ran­som, but things turn nasty when Getty (Don­ald Suther­land) re­fuses to pay up. Also star­ring Amanda Drew and Hi­lary


Oil mag­nate J Paul Getty was one of the world’s rich­est men, but he was also one of the mean­est. Worth $2bil­lion, he had pay phones in­stalled at his sprawl­ing Bri­tish man­sion, Sut­ton Place in Sur­rey, for fam­ily and guests to use.

Hol­ly­wood star Don­ald

Suther­land, 83, stars as the ty­coon in BBC2’s new 10-part se­ries

Trust, which opens in 1973 when one of

Getty’s sons stabs him­self to death with a barbecue fork.


Getty is un­moved by the tragedy.

‘He has an in­abil­ity to love, which is so sad,’ says Don­ald Suther­land. ‘He would love to be able to love, but some­thing al­ways pre­vents it.’

When Getty’s grand­son, John Paul Getty III (played by Har­ris Dick­in­son), ar­rives for his un­cle’s fu­neral, it of­fers Getty hope, as he sees the 16-yearold as wor­thy to be his suc­ces­sor.

But when the teenager heads to Rome and is kid­napped, his grand­fa­ther re­fuses to pay the ran­som, which makes head­lines around the world. The ac­claimed se­ries is based on real-life events, and the all-star cast in­cludes Anna Chan­cel­lor, Hi­lary Swank and Bren­dan Fraser. ‘It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing fam­ily,’ says Don­ald. ‘Why do peo­ple stop when they see an ac­ci­dent on the side of the road? The Getty fam­ily was an ac­ci­dent on the side of the road.’

• Trust is avail­able as a box set on BBC iPlayer after the first episode has aired on Wed­nes­day.

Fam­ily...J Paul Getty (right) with grand­sonJohn Paul III (also in­set)

Trapped… John Paul Getty IIIis held hostagePow­er­ful por­trayal… J Paul Getty was known for his ex­treme cold­ness

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