Series 1 - 1. Fixing the System

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Can we ever trust bankers again? A three-part series looks at the disasters and scams that have brought the reputation of our financial institutions to an all-time low. The first programme focuses in particular on last summer’s Libor scandal — the interest-rate-rigging that went on for years and showed the system wasn’t just unsafe, a key part of it was corrupt, too.

For its part in that scandal, Barclays was fined £290 million; the bank’s former chairman, Marcus Agius, is among those interviewed for the programme, as are RBS boss Sir Philip Hampton, deputy governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey, and former president of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet.

About this programme

1/3. New series. Bosses, regulators and politicians give first-hand accounts of how the balance of power may have started to shift away from bankers, with the Government doing more to control their practices than ever before. The first edition gives an insight into the Libor interest-rate fixing scandal that rocked the industry last summer. Featuring contributions by former Barclays group chairman Marcus Agius, RBS head Philip Hampton, the Bank of England's prudential regulation deputy governor Andrew Bailey and European Central Bank ex-president Jean-Claude Trichet, who examine what the public require from bankers and whether their trust will ever be regained. Narrated by Alex Jennings.

Cast and crew


Alex Jennings
Marcus Agius
Philip Hampton
Andrew Bailey
Jean-Claude Trichet


Guy Smith
Guy Smith
Series Producer
Ruth Shurman