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The Mayfair Set: Twilight of the Dogs

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The last in the series charting the rise of business and the decline of political power that revolves around four key members of a sixties London gambling club.
In the eighties, Tiny Rowland, James Goldsmith and Mohamed Al Fayed all tried to expose the corrupting influence of big business on British politicians. But were they harking back to an age that never existed? See today's choices.
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CHOICES
The Mayfair Set
8.00pm BBC2
There is only one criticism of this masterly series that peers below the surface of events to expose the changing relationship between big business and government - its title. This fourth and final episode, which tells how Mohamed Al Fayed manipulated government, which led to the takeover of Harrods, the undermining of two Tory MPs and played a part in the Conservative defeat at the last election, has only the most tenuous links to the gambling club alluded to in the title. There are key roles here for Al Fayed's old adversary Tiny Rowland and the pioneering corporate raider James Goldsmith.
This fascinating, stimulating series deserves the highest praise. It tells of fundamental shifts in economics, of how the first act of Gordon Brown as Chancellor was to complete a process begun by Mrs Thatcher, and it ends with a sobering warning.

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Producer: Adam Curtis
Executive Producer: Stephen Lambert

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The Mayfair Set: Twilight of the Dogs

BBC Two England, 8 August 1999 20.00






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