Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Mayfair Set

This is the second last installment of the works of Adam Curtis. The Mayfair Set was a series of programmes produced by Adam Curtis for the BBC. The programme looked at how buccaneer capitalists of hot money were allowed to shape the climate of the Thatcher years, focusing on the rise of Colonel David Stirling, Jim Slater, James Goldsmith, and Tiny Rowland, all members of The Clermont club in the 1960s. It received the BAFTA Award for Best Factual Series or Strand in 2000.

Part 1: Who Pays Wins

The opening episode, Who Pays Wins, focuses on Colonel David Stirling.

Part 2: Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.

The rise of Jim Slater who became famous for writing an investment column in The Sunday Telegraph under the nom de plume of The Capitalist.

Part 3: Destroy the Technostructure

This episode recounts the story of how James Goldsmith became one of the richest men in the world.

Part 4: 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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The Power of Nightmares

The Century of the Self

The Trap Documentary

Adam Curtis - The Living Dead

1 comment:

Juan Pablo Martínez said...

Thank you so much! I asked for this documentary in January, I believe, and somehow I haven't seen you posted it until now.

Thank you again, and keep up your excellent work!

Best regards,

Juan Pablo Martínez.