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Max owns a media empire at the heart of British politics and power. Ex-wife Kathryn has been frozen out of the family and works at a homeless shelter. Their son Caden is out of his depth editing a newspaper and the strain is showing.


James Kent


Tom Rob Smith (created by), Tom Rob Smith


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Max Finch
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Lauren Elgood
Billy Howle ... Caden Finch
Sinéad Cusack ... Maggie Barns
Paul Ready ... Nick Caplan
Helen McCrory ... Kathryn Villiers
Diana Kent Diana Kent ... Charlotte
Danny Sapani ... Jahan Zakari
Joseph Mawle ... Scott Ruskin
Pippa Nixon ... Sarah Caplan
Tony Pitts ... Lennox
Darryl Dale Darryl Dale ... Charlie
Jonathan Rhodes ... Producer
Bohdan Poraj Bohdan Poraj ... Restaurant Manager
Orton O'Brien Orton O'Brien ... 10-Year Old Caden


The Prime Minister has called the general election, and for the sixth election in a row, Max is meeting with the leading candidates, including the PM at Downing Street, to help him make up his mind on his media conglomerate's influential endorsement. Max returning to the scene in public ways places Caden back in the shadows. Caden does not want his father to know that he fired Maggie, the newspaper's long time leading political correspondent, for being in his word "disloyal", Maggie's departure which was somewhat mutual in not respecting Caden. In the process, Caden continues to deal with his emotional pain at the most private of times, including "self-medicating", even at work. The one thing that Max does want Caden to handle behind the scene is *the* issue with his mother's volunteer work which Max feels will be an embarrassment to the family despite Kathryn and Max long having been divorced. While Kathryn is happy to see Caden for whatever reason, she cannot help but have the ... Written by Huggo

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6 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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Angela Howard: You can't outspend the truth.
Max Finch: I have some friends who would argue that point.
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Episode 1
7 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Writer Tom Rob Smith convinced Richard Gere make his television return since an episode of Kojak he did back in 1976.

Gere was attracted to the Shakespearean elements of his media mogul character Max. Like Citizen Kane he can make or break governments.

Tom Rob Smith has gone for the grotesque, like he did in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

If episode 1 is to go by. This is not going to be a straight psycho drama. I think it will twist into a murder mystery and maybe more.

Max has flown into London because a General Election is due to be called. The Prime Minister wants to see him, Max is disappointed that he has only been offered shortbread biscuits by the PM. Max expected more without the need to ask.

Max's son Cadence (Billy Howle) is troubled. He runs his father's news operations in Britain but he is not Max. Cadence takes copious amounts of cocaine and engages in a weird sex ritual to make up for his shortcomings.

There is a scene where Max explains to a studio director how he wants the chairs to be placed and fixed. He wants the interviewee to be uncomfortable.

The third element is the mother, Kathryn (Helen McCrory) who is Max's ex wife. She spends her time working with the homeless now she is out of the loop of wealth, privilege and power. A tragedy brings her and Max together.

Episode 1 does not get out of the blocks with a bang nor is it a slow burner. It is oddly tilted and strangely compelling. Gere is on top gear.

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