The Money Programme

The Money Programme
The Money Programme
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The 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
Language(s) English
Original channel BBC
Original run 5 April 1966 (1966-04-05) – present
External links

The Money Programme is a finance and business affairs television programme on BBC2.

It was first broadcast on 5 April 1966 and presented by "commentators" (financial journalists) William Davis, Erskine 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]



  • Max Flint
  • Libby Potter

Former presenters



  1. ^ BBC - Press Office - Money Programme is first BBC show to broadcast in Second Life
  2. ^ "The Money Programme". recorded 4 December 1971). Monty Python's Flying Circus. BBC. BBC One. 2 November 1972. No. 29, season 3.
  3. ^ "Predators vs Aliens II", Adam Curtis "The Medium and the Message" BBC blog, 20 July 2010

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