In this beautifully shot sic part documentary series, Niall Ferguson examines the dynamic role of money as he takes you on an epic tour of the financial world from the 14th century up to the present day. A professor in history and business administration at Harvard University - as will as an author of numerous books and a commentator on contemporary politics and economics - Ferguson explains how finance rose to play such a terrifyingly dominant role in all our lives. But are you in on the secret? Do you really understand what causes a bank run, an inflationary meltdown or a stock market crash? Can you tell a sub-prime from a prime loan? Only with this historical perspective can you understand the essential truth anout finance and its dramatic rises and falls.