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Toffs & Crims - The Real Casino Royale
Monday, 23rd February 2009
9pm to 10pm
According to new claims, over the course of two years in the 1960s the multi-millionaire John Aspinall orchestrated an audacious scam where he ruthlessly cheated his rich clientele out of millions of pounds in his own Mayfair casino.
When John Aspinall died in 2000, aged 74, most obituaries focused on his personal zoo and lifelong love of wildlife, especially his famous tigers. However, Aspinall took a dark secret to his grave.
In the 60s Aspinall created a seductive gambling world full of glamour and excitement. Dukes, Earls, film stars, cabinet ministers, billionaire businessmen, Ian Fleming, Peter Sellers - they all frequented his world-famous casino, The Clermont Club.
What Aspinall's upper-crust chums didn't know was that, with the help of London gangland boss Billy Hill, he was robbing them blind at the card tables. Without a trace of guilt, he ruined a generation of aristocrats - some of whom lost their entire estates.
Aspinall's family and friends deny that he was ever involved in any criminal activity at the club. This documentary mixes the first-hand testimony of the surviving members of this extraordinary world with dramatic reconstruction to tell the amazing story of the Clermont Club.
=== File Information ===
File Name: Toffs & Crims - s01e03 - The Real Casino Royale.avi
Duration: 00:48:03 (72,077 fr)
File Size: 379 MB (or 389,078 KB or 398,415,872 bytes) bytes
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