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World television day 2017: This year’s financial crime offerings

by: (Research and Development Manager) on

Today is World Television Day. Its organisers hail television as ‘a cornerstone of democracy and a pillar of freedom of expression and cultural diversity. It nurtures education, continually invites people to explore beyond their living rooms and arouses curiosity’.

So here at International Compliance Training we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to tell you about some of the latest financial crime shows of 2017 across digital and streaming channels.


Ozark – Money laundering

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in Netflix’s dark money laundering 101 drama. Marty Byrd (Bateman) willingly launders money for a drug cartel through his financial services firm. To save his skin, he proposes a scheme to launder money in a resort far from the attentions of the authorities: the Ozarks. 9/10

Riviera – Art fraud

‘Money is most itself in the last unregulated great bazaar; the art market – where money can do what god intended; accumulate…….Ungoverned, unregulated value’. The opening speech sets the tone for Riveria, as Julia Stiles character is plunged into the dark side of the Cote d’Azur following her husband’s murder. However, she is unaware that her husband had entered a world of money laundering and art fraud to save his clients’ investments.  8/10

Billions – Insider trading and corruption

2017 saw Billions second season in the drama that focuses on the corruption of certain Wall Streeters and the lengths the law will go to expose them. Based around the traditional cat-and-mouse chase premise, it focuses on a hedge fund manager (Damian Lewis) and US district attorney (Paul Giamatti) trying to out him for insider trading. 7/10

Follow the Money – Fraud

The second series of this Danish financial crime thriller was aired on BBC4 in March of this year. This season focuses on peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and an attempted takeover by a bank whose chair was behind the fraud case investigated in the first season. For those with next to no knowledge of financial crime, the series doesn’t get carried away with jargon and legalese but it doesn’t patronise viewers either. 7/10

Trust Me – Identity theft

The next Doctor Who Jody Whittaker, in this BBC psychological drama, plays a nurse who after losing her job for whistle-blowing, fraudulently assumes her doctor friend’s identity after she moves to New Zealand. Whittaker’s character must attempt to live her newly found double life without being discovered. 6/10



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