Succession takes sly digs at real-life dynasties

In Succession, media baron Logan Roy (Brian Cox) vexes his son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) by refusing to name him as his clear heir.
In Succession, media baron Logan Roy (Brian Cox) vexes his son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) by refusing to name him as his clear heir.PHOTO: HBO

The creator of HBO's Succession drew from real-life examples for the drama series on a media magnate and his squabbling sons

Watch Succession, a show about a powerful and dysfunctional family, and you might spot a few digs at the real-life dynasties of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, United States President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

And while this story of media magnate Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his squabbling scions is fictional, the creator of the new satirical drama studied many real examples of clans in which the children have jostled for the crown.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'Taking sly digs at real-life dynasties'. Print Edition | Subscribe