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Donald Sutherland stars in a new crime drama delving into the trials and triumphs of one of the 20th century's most iconic dynasties, the Gettys

Donald Sutherland gives a tour-de-force performance as J Paul Getty in this stylish 10-part series, which centres on the 1973 kidnapping of the billionaire’s 16-year-old grandson John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson) in Italy.

Be warned, the episode opens with the gruesome, drug-fuelled suicide of one of the oil tycoon’s sons.

The tragedy brings the young John Paul to his grandfather’s Surrey mansion, where the miserly magnate plays his mistresses off against each other and belittles his surviving sons.

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Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson) and J. Paul Getty Sr (Donald Sutherland)

He sees a glimmer of hope in his grandson, but the teen just wants to pay off some shady associates in Rome – and his grandfather won’t give him the money…

TV Times meets Donald, 83, – star of The Dirty Dozen, Cold Mountain and The Hunger Games among many others – for an exclusive interview about the family saga…

'He is a wonderful character to play because he’s so complex,' explains Donald. ' He has an inability to allow himself to love, which is so sad. He would do anything to be able to love, but something always comes up that prevents it in some way.

'Getty spoke six languages and could do numbers off the top of his head,' says Donald. 'But he was burdened by the fact that his sister had died when she was two years old. He was born afterwards, and he could never make up to his mother for the loss of that child.

'People are really interested in power and money,' he adds. 'Why do people stop when they see an accident on the side of the road? The Getty family was an accident on the side of the road…'

TV Times rating: ****

Mandy Cooper
Mandy Cooper

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.