Mayfair Set, The

“We’re no longer a great world power, we’re a commercial trading country now and the sooner we appreciate this, the better. And unless we get the economy right, unless we get industry prosperous, it’s no use politicians doing or thinking anything because they’ve no power left anymore. We’ve no power or army or air forces; the only power we got left is economic power and we must deploy this for the benefit of us all to the best advantage to get the best return. We could be so prosperous if only we could get some sense into this.” –Donald Stokes, Adviser to Ministry of Defence for Britain

The Mayfair Set is a series of programmes produced by Adam Curtis for the BBC, first broadcast in the summer of 1999.

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. (Excerpt from website)

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  • Ep. 1 - Who Pays Wins

    Ep. 2 - Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.

    Ep. 3 - Destroy the Technostructure

    Ep. 4 - Twilight of the Dogs

     

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