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We love telly: WE LOVE HISTORY - THE ASCENT OF MONEY C4, 8pm.

Byline: by JANE SIMON

NEWS just in: money makes the world go round. Well, did you ever doubt it? In a timely new six-part series, Professor Niall Ferguson tackles the story of how money came to dominate all of our lives.

But if your most pressing concerns are more of the "How can I pay my gas bill?" variety, be warned.

You'll first have to sit through a lot of history about money lenders and loan sharks and the thought that there'd be no credit crunch - or any credit at all for that matter - if only we'd stuck to good old Roman numerals.

Eventually, though, Ferguson does arrive at the present day as he explains why Americans' God-given right to file for bankruptcy has plunged the rest of us into a giant financial pickle.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2008
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