I am watching "The Ascent of Money" on PBS right now. If you missed the show there is a website where you can watch the program online. It's marginally interesting and provides some general snippets of information. But frankly, it's a very unfocused show that bounces from one random finance topic to another, and doesn't provide very much detail or depth. Overall, not that good. But if you've got nothing better to do you might check it out.
Update 11pm - The show has just finished. On second thoughts don't bother watching - it's not worth it - just an hour of mindless rambling.