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Episode Guide

  • Oil - The Global Gamble (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Global Gamble

    As the search for oil continues, effort is needed to conserve this finite resource and develop alternate energy sources.

  • Oil - Oil & Water (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Oil & Water

    Economic benefits and pressures to limit production face Britain and Norway as they extract oil from the North Sea.

  • Oil - The Independents (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    The Independents

    Industry experts review the role of wildcatters in shaping the oil industry and discuss future prospects for the independents.

  • Oil - The Devil Gave Us Oil (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    The Devil Gave Us Oil

    Mexico borrows heavily to develop its oil industry in the 1970s, but when prices fall, the country faces bankruptcy.

  • Oil - The Rise of OPEC (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    The Rise of OPEC

    The cartel's development, its influential members and its power today, with speculation on the future of oil producers.

  • Oil - Sisters Under Siege (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Sisters Under Siege

    The growth and influence of the seven major multinational corporations dominating the oil industry after World War II.

  • Oil - Floating to Victory (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Floating to Victory

    The growth of two of Europe's largest oil companies and an examination of the role of major oil companies during wartime.

  • Oil - God Bless Standard Oil (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    God Bless Standard Oil

    Origins of the oil industry, from the drilling of the first well to the founding of Standard Oil by John D. Rockefeller.