The Mayfair Set highlights the way money men took over the levers of power in recent decades. Two-party democracy becomes a corrupt sham. Politicians give lip service to "market forces" while they enrich themselves helping a clique of mercenaries and global speculators destroy the nation's economic base.
Part 1: Who Pays Wins. David Stirling founds the SAS mercenaries to hold onto Britain's empire by subversion. He then hits on a plan of "executive action" for business to run Britain, letting loose a tide of corruption. To save the military, Denis Healey OK's bribes to push a huge weapons sale to the Saudis. PM Harold Wilson is forced by global capital markets to retrench on promises to the working people.
Part 2: Entrepreneur Spelt SPIV. Accountant and game theorist Jim Slater invents asset-stripping, ripping apart companies and laying off workers to maximize profit. He and club pal James Goldsmith set about "restructuring" (destroying) British industry. "Tiny" Rowland makes a meteoric rise buying up companies in Africa on the cheap by bribing local rulers.
Part 3: Destroy the Technostructure. Goldsmith goes to New York to be a raider for junk bond king Michael Milken. When pension funds are obliged to buy his bonds, they tap into billions. Finally the politicians strike back. Boesky and Milken are jailed for fraud.
Part 4: Twilight of the Dogs. Goldsmith wants Harrod's, and gets revenge on buyer Mohammed Al Fayed, who loses his paid MP friends. The pension funds learn to downsize their own companies. Soros and Co. force the government to abandon sterling, and reap profits of half a billion.
Also appearing: Thatcher, Heath, Healey, Major, Blair, King Faisal, Dr. Banda, Nasser, Tony Benn, Reagan, Yamani, Giuliani, Robin Cook et al.
See also the description on Wikipedia.
Trailer: "Jerry Buildings"
VIDEO QUALITY ADVISORY: Adam Curtis films are available only in versions recorded from broadcast. Video quality will not be equal to a digital production DVD.