Danny Boyle’s BBC Two drama, Trust, partly filmed at Audley End House last year, hits UK TV screens

PUBLISHED: 16:49 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 11 September 2018

Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

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The new BBC Two drama, Trust, about the kidnap of John Paul Getty III, hitting British TV screens tomorrow, was partly filmed at Audley End House in Saffron Walden last year.

J. Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson) and J. Paul Getty Sr (Donald Sutherland) in Trust. Picture: Trust, FX Productions LLC.J. Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson) and J. Paul Getty Sr (Donald Sutherland) in Trust. Picture: Trust, FX Productions LLC.

The BBC drama, starring Donald Sutherland, Anna Chancellor and Hilary Swank, starts on BBC Two at 9pm tomorrow.

One of the other filming locations was Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

The series dramatises the real-life story of the kidnapping of the heir to the Gettys’ oil billions and it series features an all-star cast also including Brendan Fraser, Harris Dickinson and Charlotte Riley.

The series originally aired in the United State in March. Inspired by actual events, Trust delves into the trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. Like last year’s Ridley Scott movie, All The Money in The World, Trust is based on the notorious true-life kidnapping of the heir to billionaire J Paul Getty, one of the world’s wealthiest businessmen.

Aged 16, John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome in July 1973 and held until December.

At first, his grandfather refused to pay the ransome because young Getty and his girlfriend had lightly mentioned staging a kidnap to get some cash, also he feared his other 13 grandchildren might be kidnapped if he paid. However, after the teenager’s ear was cut off and sent to the family he did pay out over two million dollars. The young man never recovered from the effects of the kidnap and was left permanently disabled.

Audley End House was closed to the public for four weeks last summer from June to July after it was chosen as location for the new 10-part television drama from award-winning director Danny Boyle.

The production was one of the largest to be filmed at Audley End since the Netflix drama The Crown filmed at the English Heritage site.

Jamie Osborne, general manager at Audley End House and Gardens, said at the time: “We’re very excited to welcome Danny Boyle and his team to Audley End.

“Audley End’s starring role in such a high-calibre television series will mean that more people will discover this beautiful and fascinating property.”


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