Browne on the Money

Thursday is the new Friday apparently. And having done all the partying last night, you now have the perfect excuse to stay in tonight and watch the Money Programme special on the demise of BP’s former figurehead, Lord Browne.

It is of course, the business scandal of the year: how the man behind the oil firm’s rise to global prominence, probably the most respected business figure of the last 20 years, was forced to resign after lying to a High Court judge to cover up the details of his gay relationship. Add in his role in the Texas oil refinery disaster, the Alaska oil leaks and juicy details such as Browne’s visits to male escort agency website, and you’ve got the most dramatic petrolium-based business telly since JR Ewing got shot.

While the main focus may be on Browne’s perjury, his homosexuality offers a fascinating subtext. Some have asked whether his story would have had a different ending if he hadn't been gay. This is certainly the opinion of our esteemed editor, who crops up in the show, saying among other things that: ‘If he had been heterosexual then he would have been allowed to go in a more dignified way.’

This writer hasn’t seen the footage, but hopes that his boss, famous for his dubious technicolour shirt selection, is clad on air in one that allows him his share of dignity too.

The Money Programme: The Fall of BP's Sun King, tonight at 7pm, on BBC2

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