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0101 LASTThe Bilderberg Group20030703

has been called the most exclusive, and secretive club in the world.

To be admitted, you have to run a multinational bank, a giant corporation or a country.

Since its first meeting in 1953, it has been attended by every British Prime Minister.

But until now its very existence has been shrouded in secrecy.

Simon Cox investigates the hidden world of the Bilderberg Group.

Is it the anti-democratic conspiracy that its critics allege or just a private meeting to help foster global understanding?

0201Non-executive Directors20031113

Simon Cox exposes the elite clubs that wield power in Britain today.

1/2 In the first of the series he looks at the cosy men's club at the top of UK business non-executive directors.

Recent research suggests only 1% of non-executives get their jobs through an advertisement and only 4% even had to do a formal interview.

Simon Cox investigates how the non-executive system really works.

Is it fair, open and independent?

0202 LASTDeciding The Nations Taste20031120

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Simon Cox investigates the elite club who wield power in Britain today.

Here, he looks at the men and women who decide the Nation's taste.

0301Skull And Bones20040909

is America's most elite club.

It has less than a thousand members but they include both George W.

Bush and John Kerry.

To join the society you must go through a bizarre occult ritual.

But you'll never hear anyone talk about it.

When you join the club you pledge to keep its secrets forever.

Is this just a coincidence that both candidates for the most powerful job in the world are in Skull and Bones or does it prove the hidden power of the club.

Simon Cox goes on the campaign trail to find the truth.

0302Press Barons20040916

Simon Cox investigates one of Britain's most influential groups; the press barons who wield huge power over our lives.

Most don't like to pay British taxes, some don't even live here but they have huge power over our lives.

Simon Cox investigates the perks of the club, the cosy relationship with government and the secret rules that help to ensure that newspaper proprietors are almost never held accountable for their actions.

0303 LASTThe Intelligent Services20040923

Simon Cox investigates the spy club.

Throughout their history Britain's intelligence services have acted like an exclusive gentleman's club.

For years recruitment was done at the bar at White's Club or by Oxbridge dons over a glass of sherry.

Candidates would be selected on the basis of whether they were the 'right kind of chap'.

MI5 is now trying to change but MI6 is sticking to its traditions.

Are these old ways of recruitment and management responsible for the intelligence failures leading to the war in Iraq?

0401Opus Dei2005102720051211

Simon Cox gains access to the hidden world of Opus Dei, one of the most mysterious and controversial clubs in the world, to separate the fact from the fiction.

To their critics, they are a secretive elite cult who brainwash their members, control the Vatican and have tentacles reaching into governments all over the world.

But to their defenders, like Pope John Paul II, they are just a group of men and women who are trying to be better Catholics by living a more holy life.

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Opus Dei is one of the most controversial and mysterious clubs in the world.

In the book The Da Vinci Code they are the villains, with almost unlimited power and money, and a group who are prepared to kill for their cause.

But to their defenders, they are just a group of men and women who are trying to be better Catholics by living a holier life.

Simon Cox gains access to the hidden world of Opus Dei to separate the fact from the fiction.

0402Billionaire Boys' Football Club2005110320051218

Foreign billionaires want to join one of sport's most select clubs: following in the footsteps of Abramovich, Al Fayed and Glazer by buying themselves a football club.

It doesn't matter where you're from or how you made your money, all that's important is that you have lots and lots of it.

From West Ham to Edinburgh, overseas investors want our clubs.

Simon Cox investigates why billionaires from Eastern Europe to the Far East have been queuing up to get their hands on a club, and how will it affect our national game.