The Mayfair Set

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History, Sociopolitical, Technology Documentary narrated by Adam Curtis and published by BBC in 1999 - English narration

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Documentary series detailing the lives of a group of reckless gamblers and chancers who all belonged to a notorious gambling club in the 60s - the Clermont Club. All of them were instrumental in changing the structure of political power in Britain.

[edit] Who Pays Wins

This episode delves into the life of Colonel David Sterling, founder of the British Special Air Service (SAS) commando unit. Following his army stint in World War II, Sterling became a prime mover in a series of mercenary and arms-dealing schemes in the Third World. The UK government, of course, sanctioned these schemes. This documentary fills in some interesting background to British intrigue in Saudi Arabia & Yemen in the 1960s, ultimately setting the stage for current troubles in the Persian Gulf region. The film also briefly mentions SterlingÆs odd activities in pre-independence Rhodesia.

N.B: The final 15mins of this episode are missing.

[edit] Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.

In the 1950s, Britain was dominated by a political and financial establishment that looked down on the stock market. But a suburban accountant called Jim Slater realised that if he harnessed the sleeping powers of the shareholders, he would gain immense power.

[edit] Destroy the Technostructure

This episode recounts the story of how James Goldsmith became one of the richest men in the world by taking over some of the biggest corporations in America.

[edit] Twilight of the Dogs

By the 80s, the day of the buccaneering tycoons was over. Tiny Rowland, James Goldsmith and Mohammed Al Fayed were the only ones who were not finished.

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  • Source.......: VHS
  • Filesize.....: 367,073,280 bytes
  • Runtime......: 44:20.080 (66502 frames)
  • Video Codec..: DivX 5.2.1 (WaffleDay)
  • Video Bitrate: 957 kbps
  • Aspect Ratio.: 512x384
  • Framerate....: 25.000 fps
  • B-VOP/NVOP...: B-VOP /
  • QPel/GMC.....: /
  • Audio Codec..: 0x0055 MPEG-1 Layer 3
  • Audio Bitrate: 138kbps 2ch VBR 48000Hz
  • Language.....: English
  • Subtitles....: None

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