Money, money, money, moooonay - MONAAAY. In a new and very timely landmark series, historian Professor Niall Ferguson tackles the story of money and the rise of global finance. Ferguson argues that behind every great historical phenomenon - empires and republics, wars and revolutions - there lies a financial secret. Providing much needed context and understanding to the current global economic crisis, Ferguson shows how the history of finance has never been smooth and that the ascent of money has repeatedly been punctuated by gut-wrenching crises and crashes. Each episode of the series deals with a big bang in the history of money and demonstrates how it has changed the course of history. In this first episode Ferguson tackles the origins of banking and argues that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilisation, from ancient Babylon to present-day 'sub-prime' America.