Dispatches

  • The Torture Trail

    In an episode originally broadcast in 1995, Dispatches infiltrates the most secretive arms fair in the world and reveals how weapons that can be used for torture were sold by British companies

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    Beneath the Veil

    In 2001, Dispatches reporter Saira Shah risked her life as she went undercover in Afghanistan to film the medieval barbarity the Taliban wanted to keep hidden

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  • Sex on the Street

    This eye-opening Dispatches from 2002 exposes the scandal that makes Britain's street workers the most physically brutalised, and least protected, group in society

  • Young, Nazi and Proud

    In an episode originally broadcast in 2002, David Modell spends eight months with Mark Collett, the leader of the Young BNP, to explore the future of the far right in Britain

  • Third Class Post

    A six-month investigation exposing the laziness, ineptitude and theft within the Royal Mail that has huge implications for the safety of all our post. Dispatches reporter Simon Barnes goes undercover.

  • MMR: What They Didn't Tell You

    Brian Deer investigates the facts that parents weren't told about the MMR scare

  • Re-Opening The Post

    Fourteen months after the original Royal Mail undercover investigation, Dispatches returns to secretly film and establish whether the service, as they claim, has dramatically improved.

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    Gordon Brown's Missing Billions

    First broadcast November 2005. Economist Andrew Dilnot looks at the other side of Gordon Brown's economics and examines the misjudgements with consequences for all of us.

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  • Burma's Secret War

    Journalist Evan Williams goes undercover to investigate the mass ethnic cleansing, forced labour and vicious clamping down of political opposition taking place in Burma.

  • Undercover Mosque

    In this extensive investigation Dispatches reveals how a message of hatred and segregation is being spread throughout the UK.

  • Iraq's Death Squads

    This Dispatches film asks whether an Iraqi government so infiltrated by Shia militia can bring about an end to the bloodletting in Iraq.

  • China's Stolen Children

    It is estimated that 70,000 Chinese children are kidnapped or traded each year. This film shows how the One Child Policy has created a booming trade in stolen children.

  • Abortion: What We Need to Know

    Dispatches reporter Deborah Davies lifts the lid on the abortion debate and looks at the latest scientific research into foetal pain and pre-term infant viability

  • Britain Under Water

    Experts predict a future where much of the country is at increasing risk of flooding. Dispatches investigates what the authorities are doing to protect the public from such disasters.

  • Dispatches: Iraq's Lost Generation

    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy travels to Syria and Jordan to investigate the plight of Iraqi refugees who have been driven from their homes by war and sectarian violence

  • Jon Snow's Hidden Iraq

    Jon Snow examines the brutal reality of life inside post-invasion Iraq, meeting its citizens, from bomb blast victims and war widows to human rights activists and politicians.

  • Undercover in Tibet

    As Tibetan protesters take to the streets in the most bloody challenge to Chinese rule in nearly 20 years, Dispatches reports on the hidden reality of life under Chinese occupation.

  • Gordon Brown: Where Did It All Go Wrong?

    Andrew Rawnsley assesses Gordon Brown's first year as prime minister. Includes interviews with cabinet ministers, politicians, his intimates and his opponents.

  • Undercover Mosque: The Return

    ...The Return. Eighteen months after Undercover Mosque was shown, Dispatches returns to see whether extremist beliefs continue to be promoted in certain key British Muslim institutions.

  • What's in Your Wine?

    Jane Moore examines scandals in the wine industry, looking at 40 different substances that can be used in wine production but rarely appear on bottle labels

  • Cameron's Money Men

    Antony Barnett investigates the funding of the Tories under Cameron and examines how the party is using its newfound resources to ensure its leader becomes the next Prime Minister.

  • The Human Cost of the Credit Crunch

    Dispatches talks to the voters Tony Blair won over, the aspiring middle classes and solid working class voters who are now disillusioned with the Labour government. First shown in 2008.

  • Mum Loves Drugs, Not Me

    It's estimated that around 350,000 children in the UK have parents with a serious drug problem. This film hears from some of those whose lives are blighted by the impact.

  • Saving Africa's Witch Children

    This Dispatches special reveals the plight of the thousands of innocent children who suffer intolerable cruelty at the hands of so-called Christian pastors in Nigeria's poorest areas

  • Iraq: The Legacy

    Political commentator Peter Oborne returns to Iraq in a follow-up to his Dispatches film to find out whether as President-elect Obama hopes, it is now 'safe' for Western forces to leave.

  • Britain's Challenging Children

    With primary schools stretched by a disruptive minority, Dispatches reveals the results of a survey of teachers to identify the impact on their ability to teach

  • Mum, Dad, Alzheimer's and Me

    As Fiona Phillips faces dilemmas about the care of her father, who has Alzheimer's, she talks to other families about the difficulties they face in obtaining help

  • Unseen Gaza

    Jon Snow examines the difficulties that news organisations around the world have faced in reporting the conflict in Gaza. Who is getting the true picture of events as they happen?

  • Congo's Forgotten Children

    Dispatches examines how the children of Congo are being affected by the fighting that is tearing their country apart

  • Too Old to Work

    An episode from 2009 revealing that ageism is rife among employers and recruitment agencies, and that being even just over 45 years old is a risk in the workplace

  • The Big Job Hunt

    Four months after leaving his post as Minister of Trade, Lord Digby Jones examines how the government is tackling the unemployment crisis. From 2009.

  • The Problem Princes

    In an episode originally broadcast in 2009, Alex Thomson investigates the roles adopted by princes William and Harry and how their activities are shaping the modern monarchy

  • How They Squander Our Billions

    Jane Moore highlights the findings of a report about how the government wastes billions of pounds of taxpayers' money each year

  • Pakistan's Taliban Generation

    Award-winning Pakistani journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy investigates how the war on terror is creating a generation of child terrorists who are prepared to kill both inside and outside Pakistan

  • Confessions of a Nurse

    As patient numbers and the pressures on nurses increase, Dispatches investigates the reality of their work and examines whether patient care is being compromised in NHS hospitals

  • The Trouble with Boris

    A year after Boris Johnson was elected Mayor of London, Dispatches examined his first 11 months in power to see where he was taking the nation's capital

  • Afghanistan - Mission Impossible?

    In an episode first broadcast in 2009, Dispatches asks the senior military commanders in charge of the campaign in Afghanistan whether they are engaged in mission impossible

  • The Westminster Gravy Train

    This episode from 2009 uses publicly available information on politicians' expense claims to piece together a forensic insight into how our money is being spent

  • Crash - How the Banks Went Bust

    In this two-part special, economist and author Will Hutton gives the definitive insider's account of how the economy went from boom to bust

  • Crash - How Long Will It Last?

    How did the economy get from boom to bust? In this concluding special, economist and author Will Hutton gives the definitive insider's account.

  • Lost in Care

    Reporter Rageh Omaar examines each stage of state provision for the 25,000 children who enter the UK care system every year, from adoption and fostering to residential care homes

  • Britain's Bankers: Still Cashing In

    Britain's bankers helped bring the economy to ruin. Jane Moore investigates how much they have been rewarded for their failings and how much they are still raking in.

  • Orphans of Burma's Cyclone

    This remarkable Dispatches film, shot undercover, follows the lives of eight Burmese orphans as they struggle to survive the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis which struck last year.

  • Crash Gordon

    Andrew Rawnsley presents the inside political story of the credit crunch, including exclusive interviews with Cabinet Ministers, senior politicians and former Treasury insiders. From 2009.

  • Afghanistan's Dirty War

    As America apologises to Afghanistan for the killing of civilians in airstrikes, Dispatches investigates a similar US assault on the village of Azizabad in 2008

  • Rape in the City

    In the wake of two high-profile cases in which young women were brutally attacked and raped by groups of young men, Dispatches investigates gang rape in the UK. From 2009.

  • Terror in Mumbai

    A 360 degree view of the unfolding terrorist attack in India last year when ten gunmen held Mumbai hostage, with exclusive new footage, evidence and interviews.

  • The Children Britain Betrayed

    Peter Oborne presents the results of a six-month investigation into over 160 child killings between 2004 and 2009, revealing how the majority of them might have been prevented

  • Undercover Debt Collector

    Dispatches goes undercover to investigate one of Britain's least loved but booming industries - the debt collection business. Jane Moore reveals some of the tactics deployed.

  • Bankrolling Mugabe

    Dispatches investigates how Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party are clinging on to power in Zimbabwe and focuses on the businessmen who support his campaign of political violence.

  • The War Against Street Weapons

    Cherie Booth QC joins police patrols on Britain's toughest streets, talks to young offenders behind bars, and visits a pioneering scheme combating Glasgow's gang culture

  • Middle Class and Jobless

    Dispatches examines one of the biggest surprises of the recession - middle-class unemployment - revealing the extraordinary lengths to which some people are going to secure work

  • Cops on the Cheap?

    Dispatches joins Police Community Support Officers at work on the streets of Lancashire and investigates whether they have been a policing success story

  • MPs, Planes and Gravy Trains

    In 2009 parliament has enjoyed a record-breaking 82-day summer recess. Alex Thomson investigates what is expected of MPs during this time.

  • Who Took Your Pension?

    Dispatches lifts the lid on the pensions crisis, and names some of the blue-chip companies that have abandoned final salary pension schemes

  • What's in Your Breakfast?

    Dispatches reveals how nutritious the nation's breakfasts really are, investigating the myriad marketing techniques employed by this lucrative industry

  • Inside Britain's Israel Lobby

    Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel

  • Return to Africa's Witch Children

    A follow-up to 2008's documentary that exposed how some children in Africa's Niger Delta were being branded witches by Christian pastors and then tortured or killed

  • Lords, Billionaires and the Russian Connection

    Dispatches investigates the elusive Russian oligarchs who have been trying to buy up our football teams, newspapers and car companies

  • Christmas on Credit

    As banks and building societies close their doors to 'risky' borrowers, Jane Moore investigates a lucrative financial industry providing loans to the people denied credit elsewhere. From 2009.

  • My Family and Alzheimer's

    In 2009, Fiona Phillips investigated the struggle of people with Alzheimer's and their families to get adequate care and support. In this update, she examines whether there has been any improvement.

  • The Slumdog Children of Mumbai

    Dispatches reveals the brutal reality of life on the streets and in the slums of Mumbai, following the daily struggles of four young children to survive

  • Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines

    Award-winning reporter Najibullah Quraishi spends two weeks with an army of extreme Islamic combatants who are operating on a new frontline in the north of Afghanistan

  • Post Office Undercover

    Two reporters go undercover as agency postmen to find out if the Royal Mail has delivered on claims that it is modernising and improving its service

  • Kids Don't Count (Part 1 of 2)

    In 2009 more than one in five children left primary school having failed to grasp the basic maths skills required by the national curriculum. Dispatches asks why and how this is happening.

  • Kids Don't Count (Part 2 of 2)

    In the second half of a two-part special, maths specialist Richard Dunne returns to Barton Hill Primary School, with Countdown's Rachel Riley, to help the pupils with mental arithmetic.

  • Britain's Islamic Republic

    Dispatches investigates how a fundamentalist Muslim group has infiltrated the Labour Party in London, and the broader political system. From 2010.

  • Cameron Uncovered

    In an episode from March 2010, Andrew Rawnsley presents an inside portrait of David Cameron

  • Politicians for Hire

    In light of the MPs' expenses scandal, Dispatches delves into the murky world of political lobbying and uncovers further instances of how some MPs are prepared to exploit the system. From 2010.

  • Tracing the Marathon's Millions

    In an episode originally broadcast on 9 April 2010, journalist Ben Laurance looks at what it costs to stage the London Marathon, how much money it generates and the extent of its charitable giving

  • Election Uncovered

    An episode from May 2010 goes behind the scenes of the parties' election campaigns, examining how the leaders have been styled and their policies fine-tuned, and how their campaigns are financed

  • The Lost Girls of South Africa

    According to reports, one child is raped in South Africa every three minutes. Dispatches follows four girls struggling to come to terms with the crimes they've suffered.

  • Undercover Social Worker

    In an episode originally broadcast in 2010, in the wake of the death of Baby P, Dispatches investigates allegations that child protection procedures and practices continue to be inadequate

  • How the Banks Won

    In an episode originally broadcast in 2010, Will Hutton investigates the banks and what they've done with our money

  • How to Save £100 Billion - Live

    Filmed live on the eve of the emergency budget announcement in June 2010, Dispatches sets out controversial cuts that could save Britain £100 billion. With Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

  • Africa's Last Taboo

    In an episode originally broadcast in 2010, Sorious Samura investigates what it's like to be gay in Africa, in a continent where two thirds of countries retained laws against homosexuals

  • Gun Nation

    How an undercover police operation, tracking a criminal gang trying to smuggle guns into Britain, exposed the shocking proliferation of firearms on the nation's streets

  • Britain's Witch Children

    Dispatches goes behind the closed doors of some African churches in the UK, where evangelical pastors perpetuate a strong belief in witchcraft and denounce children as witches

  • When Cousins Marry

    Dispatches reveals the tragic health problems suffered by children born within first cousin marriages in Britain, and questions why there is no publicity campaign warning those at risk

  • Britain's Secret Slaves

    Investigating the plight of overseas domestic workers in Britain who are kept locked up by their employers and subjected to sexual, physical and psychological abuse

  • How the MoD Wastes Our Billions

    Veteran war correspondent Sam Kiley examines the critical issue of whether Britain's taxpayers and soldiers are getting value for money from the Ministry of Defence

  • What's the Point of the Unions?

    In an episode originally broadcast in 2010, as Britain braced itself for severe cuts in public spending, Dispatches examines the response of the trade unions

  • Bravo's Deadly Mission

    Dispatches joins the US Marines for Operation Mushtaraq, gaining intimate, intense and personal access to their dangerous mission to liberate the strategically vital Afghan town of Marjah.

  • How the Rich Beat the Taxman

    Antony Barnett reveals the devices the rich use to avoid paying tax, and examines the financial affairs of ministers and others who have helped the coalition. From 2010.

  • City of Fear

    For one year, Dispatches follows the police and people of Islamabad as Pakistan's capital battles to overcome an unprecedented wave of terrorist attacks

  • Iraq's Secret War Files

    Dispatches exposes the full and unreported horror of the Iraqi conflict and its aftermath

  • Britain's Street Kids

    Dispatches follows four teenagers over six months who are struggling to fend for themselves on the streets across Britain

  • Fashion's Dirty Secret

    An investigation into the working conditions in clothing manufacturing units in the UK reveals poor treatment of workers making clothes which end up being sold by large fashion retailers

  • Riding Europe's Gravy Train

    Dispatches reveals that it's still possible to get rich out of Europe, examining MEPs' salaries, pensions and expenses and how EU money is spent

  • The Kids Britain Doesn't Want

    Each year, thousands of children arrive in the UK seeking refuge from persecution, terrorism and war. Dispatches explores what happens after they arrive here.

  • The Battle for Haiti

    On the night of the Haiti earthquake 4,500 prisoners escaped from Port au Prince's terrifying National Penitentiary. Dispatches follows the forces struggling to recapture them.

  • Fish Unwrapped

    Dispatches investigates the fish sold on Britain's high street to find out where it is sourced, how it is processed and what is actually in it. From 2011.

  • Lessons in Hate and Violence

    Dispatches goes undercover to investigate allegations that teachers regularly assault young children in some of the 2,000 Muslim schools in Britain run by Islamic organisations

  • The Truth about Hospital Food

    In an episode originally broadcast in 2011, Dispatches examines NHS catering, revealing how some patients' health is being put at risk by cost-cutting and sloppy production

  • Secret NHS Diaries

    The NHS tries to make our final days as dignified and pain-free as possible. But a health service ombudsman's report shows the reality can be very different. Originally broacast in 2011.

  • Selling Off Britain

    Krishnan Guru-Murthy hosts a studio debate about whether we should sell the family silver - from missiles to the government wine cellar - to cut our national debt

  • Britain's Secret Fat Cats<