CBC's Doc Zone season premiere screens on September 9

The secret history of the global financial collapse kicks off a new season of CBC Television’s flagship documentary series, Doc Zone, with the first instalment of the four-part series MELTDOWN, on Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT).  

Trillions of dollars have been spent jump-starting economies and rescuing financial institutions over the past two years, and yet the financial collapse that started in 2008 continues to send shock waves around the globe. Now, MELTDOWN traces the stories of the bankers who crashed the world, the leaders who struggled to save it—and the ordinary families who got crushed.

The CBC’s Terence McKenna takes viewers behind the headlines and behind the scenes—into the backrooms of the highest levels of governments and financial institutions from Wall Street to Dubai to China—and reveals the backstabbing and the tension as the world comes dangerously close to another Great Depression.

MELTDOWN’s cast of characters includes Geraint Anderson, a.k.a. City Boy, a hippie-turned-stockbroker in England who reveals the dirty secrets of high finance; Dick Fuld, the former CEO of Lehman Brothers, who boasted that he would rip out and eat his enemies’ hearts, but watched his own empire collapse; and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the self-styled CEO of Dubai Inc., who built a real estate empire that turned out to be largely a mirage.

Viewers will also meet desperate homeowners in California, disillusioned autoworkers at the end of the line in Ontario, and furious workers in France who shocked the world by kidnapping their own bosses. To date, no major banking, regulatory or government figures have been convicted of any wrongdoing.

Hosted by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Doc Zone airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television and Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network. Following MELTDOWN, which airs on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, Doc Zone continues with such ground-breaking new documentaries as WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM, a Remembrance Day special that profiles Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan; THOROUGHLY MODERN MARRIAGE, a look at how an ages-old institution has endured and evolved into the 21st century; and MIRACLE PRODUCTS, which puts to the scientific test the panoply of potions and gadgets that promise to defy aging—can these things possibly work?

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