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Episode 2

Documentary series. The House of Saud launches an unprecedented crackdown on corruption, with some of the richest and most prominent Saudi royals caught up in the purge.

The House of Saud has launched an unprecedented crackdown on corruption, detaining hundreds of the richest people in the Kingdom, including 11 members of the royal family, in a luxurious five-star hotel. The series looks at looks at how those arrests marked a dramatic break with the past.

This episode tells the inside story of how some of the most prominent and richest Saudi royals were caught up in the purge. The detentions opened the door on a highly secret world of kickbacks and bribes on a monumental scale, which have also embroiled many foreign governments and some of the world's leading companies.

The anti-corruption drive is led by the new crown prince, 32-year old Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged to transform the country and to reform the country's oil-dependent economy. But the programme hears from those who question whether the mass detentions were less about ending corruption and more about the crown prince removing any resistance to his succession to the throne. As Saudi Arabia stands at a crossroads facing historic change, the programme asks if the latest crackdown could endanger the stability of Saudi Arabia and the House of Saud itself.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 1 Nov 2018 23:25

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:08

    Arctic Monkeys

    Do I Wanna Know?

  • 00:31

    Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    Pump It Up

  • 00:38

    Massive Attack



Role Contributor
Narrator Saskia Reeves
Director Leo Telling
Producer Leo Telling
Series Producer Michael Rudin
Executive Producer Mike Radford


  • Tue 16 Jan 2018 21:00
  • Thu 8 Feb 2018 00:15
  • Thu 1 Nov 2018 23:25