The Money Programme

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The Money Programme
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The Money Programme logo as of 2008
Genre Finance & business affairs
Presented by Max Flint & Libby Potter
Opening theme Main Title from The Carpetbaggers
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Broadcast
Original channel BBC2
Original run 5 April 1966 – 9 November 2010 (not been broadcast since)
External links
Website

The Money Programme was a finance and business affairs television programme on BBC Two which had a long run

It was first broadcast on 5 April 1966 and presented by "commentators" (financial journalists) William Davis, Erskine B. Childers and Joe Roeber. At this time David Attenborough was the controller of BBC2. The programme has a memorable theme tune, a version of the main title theme from The Carpetbaggers film by Lalo Schifrin (which appeared on an album by jazz organist Jimmy Smith).

Since the start the programme used a magazine style, but changed to a single subject documentary in 2001. More recently the programme has formed a partnership with the Open University Business School. The Open University provides input into programmes and supplementary materials written by OU Business School academics.

On 1 June 2007, an episode of the Money Programme called "Virtual World / Real Millions" became the first full BBC programme to have been broadcast inside the virtual world Second Life.[1] That episode featured an interview with Second Life founder and CEO Philip Rosedale amongst others.

This programme was parodied in Series 3 of Monty Python's Flying Circus as the opening sketch of the third episode in that series first airing on the BBC 3 November 1972.[2]

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