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Tonight I broke with my nearly daily habit of watching the evening news on BBC1 and switched to Channel 4 to watch a documentary about the great man Muhammed Al Fayed, the billionaire business man and owner of Harrods. It focused on his persistent struggle to reveal who is behind the deaths of his son Dodi and Princess Diana in Paris in 1997.
He is a very outspoken man, who, due to his personal wealth and general importance, can say pretty much everything without having to fear any repercussions. He made use of this ability to say in rather strong words how lowly he thinks of the ruling class in great Britain, at one point saying that if the Royal family were still fully in charge of the UK today, it would be more like Great Bangladesh than great Britain.
The documentary was followed up by a life chat with Mr Al Fayed, where he seemed to be able to connect to normal people without appearing to be the showman he is often made out to be.
All over, I greatly enjoyed the film, a sentiment that Channel 4 Programming does not normally induce in myself.
Thank you Channel 4, and thank you Mr Al Fayed.