BBC Two has become the UK TV home of Danny Boyle’s FX series Trust.
The star-studded new drama from Boyle and executive producers Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson is based on the notorious true-life kidnapping of the heir to billionaire John Paul Getty – one of the world’s wealthiest businessmen.
The series was snapped up by Sky at the start of the year, ahead of its US broadcast in March. Now, the BBC has picked up the series, after Sky dropped it.
Trust stars Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) as J. Paul Getty Senior, the oil tycoon and art collector at the head of the Getty family, alongside a stellar cast that includes Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats), Anna Chancellor (Ordeal By Innocence), Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Amanda Drew (Broadchurch) and Sophie Winkleman (Peep Show).
It opens in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Dickinson), heir to the Getty fortune, in Rome. His captors bank on a multi-million dollar ransom, but back in England Paul’s wealthy grandfather (Sutherland) refuses to pay up. With Paul’s father (Michael Esper) lost in a drug-induced daze, it is left to Paul’s mother – the penniless Gail Getty (Swank) – to negotiate with both the increasingly desperate kidnappers and her stubborn former father-in-law to save her son.
Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, says: “I am tremendously excited that Trust is coming to BBC Two. The series has the unique scale, singular vision and extraordinary swagger that only Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson can bring.”
Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, adds: “Trust is bold storytelling, made with verve, style and ambition. The Getty family have captured the public’s imagination like few others, and there is no better team to reimagine their story for television than the award-winning trio of Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson. We’re very excited to bring this compelling new series to BBC Two.”
The ten-part series will premiere in the UK exclusively on BBC Two this year, and was acquired by the channel from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. It continues a run of FX dramas on BBC Two, including anthology series American Crime Story.
Sky snaps up UK TV rights to FX’s Trust
2nd February 2018
Sky Atlantic will be the UK TV home for FX series Trust, which stars Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank.
From the Oscar-winning Sulmdog Millionaire team of Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, it tells the rebellious story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. Inspired by actual events, the 10-part series delves into the trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families. Equal parts dynastic saga and an examination of the corrosive power of money, Trust explores the complexities at the heart of every family, rich or poor.
Told over multiple series and spanning the 20th century, Trust begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome. His captors banked on a multi-million dollar ransom. After all, what rich family wouldn’t pay for the return of a loved one? Paul’s grandfather, J. Paul Getty Sr. (Donald Sutherland), an enigmatic oil tycoon and possibly the richest man in the world, is marooned in a Tudor mansion in the English countryside surrounded by a harem of mistresses and a pet lion. He’s busy. Paul’s father, J. Paul Getty Jr. (Michael Esper), is lost in a daze in London and refuses to answer the phone. Only Paul’s mother, Gail Getty (Hilary Swank), is left to negotiate with the increasingly desperate kidnappers. Unfortunately, she’s broke. Trust charts the teenage grandson’s nightmare ordeal at the hands of kidnappers who cannot understand why nobody seems to want their captive back.
Trust is written by Simon Beaufoy and executive produced by Danny Boyle, Beaufoy and Christian Colson, with Boyle directing the first three episodes. The show is produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibal Films and Snicket Films Limited.
Trust was acquired for Sky from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution by Lucy Criddle, Sky’s Head of Acquisitions Series. The series will be available exclusively on Sky Atlantic respectively across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria this spring. It will also be available on streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland, as part of a £7.99 monthly Entertainment Pass subscription.