David Suchet incarnates the old bastard Robert Maxwell any minute now on BBC2 – he thinks the old bastard had a softer side. Yes, well, Hitler loved his German Shepherd Blondi and Maxwell loved ducks. He would grow quite daft at the sight of them waddling about. What won’t be shown in the drama is the Maxwell helicopter that regularly took off and landed on the roof of the Mirror Group's old building in Holborn Circus. Hacks on the phone would have to hang up as his rotored taxi aloft drowned out all other noise – summertime was especial fun.
I am particularly amused that Suchet didn't want to take on the role if it offended Maxwell's handsomely monied widow, Betty. Couldn't the Beeb have found an actor with a more robust approach to his art as well as the body to match? Cap'n Bob was about 6ft 3 tall and wide to Suchet's 5ft 8in. Who wants to watch Poirot impersonate the fat fraudster who loved ducks?
For my premonition of Maxwell’s death click here.