CCTV, along with the Central Commission for Discipline and Inspection (CCDI), will premiere a four-episode documentary-style show on the extravagant lifestyle of corrupt politicians. According to the CCDI, the series will expose those “who abused their power to gain benefits for other enterprises and accepted huge bribes for either themselves or their family members, or had abnormal relationships with their mistresses.” Sounds juicy!
The series (the lengthy title of which essentially translates to “the task of keeping the government clean will always be on-going”) will expose the early scenes of corruption from the lives of already (or soon-to-be) indicted officials. And boy, do they have a bevy of real-life creeps from which to choose. The show will feature over thirty cases of graft, but focus on a few big names. One episode features Ni Fake, former vice governor of Anhui province, who held property illegally and accepted bribes, with a particular penchant for precious jade. Another is about Fu Xiaoguang, once a provincial level official in Heilongjiang province, whose alcohol-infused debauchery led to the death of one of his companions. It will also expose the luxurious private club where former Party chief of Guangzhou Wang Qingliang celebrated his extravagant lifestyle (which included choosing the sexiest stewardesses by iPad for his first class flights.) The show will feature over one hundred interviews with attendants in clubs, private secretaries, whistle-blowers, journalists, investigators, and ordinary Chinese citizens from 18 different provinces. It will also provide commentary from top Chinese scholars and experts, who will share their opinions on the country’s growing anti-corruption campaign.
It is already well-known that the CPC Central Committee, with President Xi Jinping at the helm, is laser-focused on combating corruption. According to the CCDI, the show is just as much about revealing what they call “undesirable work styles” as demonstrating the difficulty their organization faces in eradicating the illegal activities of Chinese officials.
For those wanting to tune in, the series will air every night at 8:00 p.m. on CCTV-1 from December 15th-December 18th. It will also be rebroadcasted on the CCDI website as well. But for now, this teaser trailer will have to do:
By Briel Waxman