Trust (FX) – Premieres 25th March
An anthology series based on a true story, the first series follows at the kidnapping of John Paul Gettys grandson, John Paul Getty III in 1973.
After the suicide of his son George, Getty makes sure that the reason behind his death is kept unknown for fear of what the public opinion would be. At the funeral of his son, Getty hosts the wake at his home in England where his other son, John Paul Getty II, plans to propose a business opportunity. Only to be upstage by the unannounced arrival of his own son John Paul Getty III.
As the wake finishes, Getty III asks if he can stay at the house for a few days, where during that time Getty I takes a shine to him and plans to bring him into the family business. After being shown around the business and how the finances are set up Getty III reveals that he needs $6k to pay off some folks in Rome that he is in debt to. Getty I offers a deal where he’ll pay the money as long as his grandson accepts to work on the oil rigs for 6 months. An offer Getty III rejects out of hand.
Getty I then refuses to give the cash to his grandson, who in turn heads back to Italy. Where after a night on the town ends up being kidnapped, though when this is revealed both the police and Getty I believe this is a scheme to get the cash out him.
For an opening episode it goes along at a good pace, and manages to set up the backstory nicely without ever dragging. It’s worth a watch.