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  • How to Blow Your Pension: Channel 4 Dispatches

    How to Blow Your Pension

    From April 2015, people over 55 will be able to take as much as they want from their private pensions. Michael Buerk examines the consequences, and the firms that are courting pension holders.

  • The British Property Boom

    Dispatches investigates the consequences of rapid house price rises, for buyers and sellers, and asks how 2014's property boom will change the face of our towns and cities

  • How to Break into Britain

    Dispatches goes deep inside camps in Calais to investigate the gangs that are making big money by smuggling illegal immigrants into Britain

  • How the Rich Get Richer: Channel 4 Dispatches

    How the Rich Get Richer

    Spectator Editor Fraser Nelson exposes a growing inequality in British society, exploring new gulfs in earnings, education, prospects and life expectancy

  • Rice: How Safe Is Our Food?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Rice: How Safe Is Our Food?

    Some leading scientists are warning that some types of commonly consumed rice contain worrying levels of naturally occurring arsenic. Morland Sanders investigates.

  • Benefits Britain: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Benefits Britain

    Universal credit is meant to save money and make it easier for welfare claimants to return to work. But claimants and benefits staff tell Dispatches the system isn't working.

  • Are You Addicted to Your Doctor?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Are You Addicted to Your Doctor?

    How many times have you been to the doctor for something you could have sorted out yourself? With the NHS under real strain Dispatches investigates those who are over-using our health system.

  • Nigeria's Hidden War

    Channel 4's Dispatches reveals the other side of Nigeria's war on Islamist terror: a campaign by Nigeria's security forces against civilians that's so violent it could constitute war crimes

  • How to Stop Your Nuisance Calls: Channel 4 Dispatches

    How to Stop Your Nuisance Calls

    Channel 4 Dispatches. Fed up with receiving repeated telephone calls asking for charity donations? Dispatches goes undercover to reveal the secrets of telephone fundraising call centres.

  • Supermarkets: The Real Price of Cheap Food - Channel 4 Dispatches

    Supermarkets: The Real Price of Cheap Food

    Morland Sanders examines working conditions, hygiene and health and safety at key supermarket suppliers, asking who's paying the price for cheap food

  • Supermarket Wars: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Supermarket Wars

    Harry Wallop examines the secrets of Aldi and Lidl's success, and asks if we can trust the big four supermarkets' offers as they fight back in a price war

  • Murder in the Sky Flight MH17

    Murder in the Sky - Flight MH17

    Dispatches tells the full story of the Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine after appearing to be struck by a missile. Who shot it down and what will the consequences be?

  • Faith Schools Undercover: No Clapping in Class - Channel 4 Dispatches

    Faith Schools Undercover: No Clapping in Class

    Dispatches goes undercover to question the role of faith communities in our schools. The programme hears from those at the heart of the 'Trojan Horse' controversy in Birmingham.

  • The Great British Break-up?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    The Great British Break-up?

    Antony Barnett goes on the campaign trail with both sides of the Scottish independence debate to investigate claims of dubious tactics and misinformation

  • The Cost of Cheap Alcohol: Channel 4 Dispatches

    The Cost of Cheap Alcohol

    Multipack deals mean a pint of lager can cost less than 70p. Antony Barnett examines how our drinking habits have changed and the true cost of cheap alcohol.

  • How to Fix a Football Match: Channel 4 Dispatches

    How to Fix a Football Match

    Morland Sanders goes undercover to expose world football's problem with match-fixing, and asks: can you trust the game you're watching?

  • Secrets of the Police: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Secrets of the Police

    Dispatches investigates how the police handle one of the most sensitive areas of policing: complaints of police racism. Ade Adepitan meets people who've made complaints but feel they've been let down.

  • Breadline Kids

    While politicians continue to argue about why so many kids are experiencing food poverty, Channel 4 Dispatches asked three children to reveal how it feels when the cupboards are sometimes bare

  • Tricks of the Junk Food Business: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Tricks of the Junk Food Business

    Dispatches goes undercover in the ad world, creating a high-sugar drink to see who's willing to promote it to young children, and revealing the tricks of the trade. Harry Wallop investigates.

  • Policemen Behaving Badly: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Policemen Behaving Badly

    For the first time, insiders expose the power, the bullying and the financial unaccountability of the Police Federation

  • The Truth about Low Fat Food: Channel 4 Dispatches

    The Truth about Low Fat Food

    Reporter Antony Barnett reveals the huge amounts of sugar, calories and, in some cases, high amounts of fat, in some of Britain's best-known low and reduced-fat foods

  • Amanda Holden: Exposing Hospital Heartache: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Amanda Holden: Exposing Hospital Heartache

    Amanda Holden was helped through her miscarriage and stillbirth by caring professionals. In this Dispatches, she investigates the treatment of some couples who are not so lucky.

  • Food: What's Really in Your Trolley?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Food: What's Really in Your Trolley?

    Morland Sanders investigates the criminal gangs moving into the food business, the profits that can be made by substituting fake foods, and how the authorities are struggling to battle food fraud

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    Undercover: Hate on the Terraces

    Reporter Morland Sanders goes undercover to reveal the extent of racism and homophobia in top-flight English football, both in the stands and online

  • Secrets of Your Credit Rating

    How accurate is the information used to compile your credit report and what happens if there is a mistake in it? Dispatches goes undercover in the UK's largest credit reference agency to find out.

  • A&E's Missing Millions: Channel 4 Dispatches

    A&E's Missing Millions

    Dispatches investigates the cost and consequences of financial penalties imposed on hospitals when government targets to treat emergency cases are missed

  • Benefits Britain: The Bedroom Tax

    Reporter Seyi Rhodes travels the country to meet those affected by the controversial bedroom tax welfare change and those supposed to be implementing it

  • Hunted

    This Dispatches documentary has unique access to vigilante gangs that target gay men and women in Russia. It depicts a country troubled by disturbing violence and distressing intimidation.

  • Floods: Your Money Down the Drain

    Floods: Your Money Down the Drain

    The floods that recently hit Britain have caused misery for thousands, but what's actually in the flood water that has engulfed our towns and streets?

  • Are You Addicted to Sugar?

    Are You Addicted to Sugar?

    Is Britain addicted to sugar? Dispatches investigates how sugar affects the way our brains work and exposes how the food industry has rapidly increased the sugar in many of our favourite foods.

  • Secrets of the Discount Stores: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Secrets of the Discount Stores

    Can you really buy big brand names on the cheap? Dispatches lifts the lid on the shops promising luxury labels for less.

  • Britain's Big Fat Bill: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Britain's Big Fat Bill

    Obesity costs the NHS over 5 billion pounds a year. Weight loss surgery could help save huge sums, but could NHS England's reforms lead to a reduction in these procedures?

  • What's Your Pension Really Worth?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    What's Your Pension Really Worth?

    Michael Buerk investigates the threats to the income we can expect to receive in our golden years, and examines alternatives to pensions

  • North Korea: Life Inside the Secret State: Channel 4 Dispatches

    North Korea: Life Inside the Secret State

    This programme follows Jiro Ishimaru, a journalist who risks his freedom to train undercover cameramen in North Korea and expose the truth of life there

  • Can You Trust Your Surgeon?

    Surgeon Ian Paterson stands accused of performing inadequate operations on hundreds of NHS breast cancer victims. Reporter Tazeen Ahmad asks why it took 17 years to stop him.

  • Energy Bills Exposed: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Energy Bills Exposed

    Dispatches looks at the impact of the rising fuel costs and what you need to know about cutting your bill

  • The Property Market Undercover

    As house prices soar once again and the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme kicks in early, Channel 4 Dispatches goes undercover to investigate this property market boom

  • Secrets of Your Pay Packet: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Secrets of Your Pay Packet

    Morland Sanders meets employees of some large British businesses who say they're paying for the bosses' cost-cutting measures. While profits have gone up, their working conditions may never recover.

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    The Paedophile MP: How Cyril Smith Got Away with It

    Liberal MP Cyril Smith was knighted in life and celebrated in death. Dispatches reporter Liz MacKean investigates Smith's paedophilia and uncovers the inaction which allowed Smith to abuse for years.

  • Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit

    Reporter Seyi Rhodes hears from pilots of Europe's biggest airline about their concerns around passenger safety

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    Celebs, Brands and Fake Fans

    Dispatches exposes the new tricks used by marketeers to plug brands, from buying fake Facebook 'likes' and YouTube 'views' to influencing social media conversations

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    NHS Undercover

    Two undercover reporters reveal worrying failings in the new NHS 111 call system, with evidence of patients left waiting, concerns about training, and staff shortages

  • Taliban Child Fighters

    Dispatches meets some of the many children who have been convicted of fighting for the Taliban, to document their experiences and tell their diverse stories

  • South Africa's Dirty Cops

    South Africa's Dirty Cops

    Channel 4 Dispatches examines allegations that South Africa's police have beaten and tortured suspects and brutally suppressed anti-government protests

  • The Prince and His Secret Properties: Channel 4 Dispatches

    The Prince and His Secret Properties

    In 2012 Prince Charles earned more than £18 million from the Duchy of Cornwall, but how much do we know about this secretive estate? A Channel 4 Dispatches investigation reveals the scale.

  • The Police's Dirty Secret: Channel 4 Dispatches

    The Police's Dirty Secret

    Dispatches exposes the shocking story of Britain's secret police and how undercover officers reportedly used sex and lies to spy on members of the public

  • How Councils Waste Your Money: Channel 4 Dispatches

    How Councils Waste Your Money

    Antony Barnett reveals details of spending local authorities wished you didn't know about, from expensive cars to foreign trips, five-star hotels and golf lessons

  • Diet, Drugs and Diabetes: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Diets, Drugs and Diabetes

    New diabetes drugs could treat obesity. But are they associated with an increased risk of cancer? Consult your doctor before stopping or changing your medication.

  • Woolwich, Boston and the New Terror

    Woolwich, Boston and The New Terror

    Matt Frei investigates whether the terror incidents in Boston and Woolwich mark a new chapter in the battle against terrorism

  • The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs

    The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs follows - with unprecedented access - Telford police in Operation Chalice, which was to become one of the biggest child sex abuse cases in the UK

  • Murdered in Tenerife: Chanenl 4 Dispatches

    Murdered in Tenerife

    The full story of Jennifer Mills-Westley, the British grandmother who was attacked and beheaded in Tenerife, as her family speak out in detail for the first time

  • Secrets of Your Missing Mail

    With shoppers increasingly relying on private parcel companies to deliver online purchases, Dispatches goes undercover to find out why couriers sometimes fail to deliver.

  • Britain's Millionaire Criminals: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Britain's Millionaire Criminals

    Dispatches examines how dozens of fraudsters, drug dealers and money launderers continue to enjoy the high life after being convicted of serious crimes

  • Syria: Across the Lines

    Olly Lambert has spent weeks living deep inside Syrian territory - with both government and opposition supporters - to explore how the two-year-old conflict is tearing communities apart

  • Immigration Undercover: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Immigration Undercover

    With reports that there remains a large backlog of immigration cases not dealt with, Morland Sanders investigates whether Britain's immigration system is fit for purpose

  • The Truth About Junior Doctors

    In this Dispatches, Dr Christian Jessen discovers that junior doctors across Britain say they are still regularly working up to 100 hours a week in spite of 2010 European regulations

  • Rich and on Benefits

    Michael Buerk investigates claims that Britain's pensioners are part of an untouchable group when it comes to government welfare cuts and that some should not be receiving any help at all

  • Undercover Designer Dogs: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Undercover Designer Dogs

    Designer dogs are all the rage, but Dispatches has discovered a darker side to this canine phenomenon: thousands of puppies are being imported illegally into Britain every year from Eastern Europe

  • Death on the Wards: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Death on the Wards

    Dispatches investigates the truth behind allegations that tens of thousands of seriously ill people have been put on a pathway to death when they could have had months or even years to live

  • Britain on Benefits: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Britain on Benefits

    The Disability Living Allowance helps three million people with disabilities to work. Ade Adepitan examines government plans to reduce the number of claimants.

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    The Horse Meat Scandal

    How have Britain's meat supplies become so contaminated with horse meat, who is to blame, and what impact will this have on our health and eating habits?

  • How Safe Is Your Child's Nursery?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    How Safe Is Your Child's Nursery?

    As the government unveils plans to increase the number of children each nursery staff member is allowed to look after, Dispatches investigates whether parents can really trust their child's nursery

  • Plebs, Lies & Videotape: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Plebs, Lies & Videotape

    Dispatches tells the full story of Plebgate. We have the first interview with Andrew Mitchell since the revelations and reveal fresh evidence of information known by key individuals at the time.

  • Britain's Hidden Child Abuse: Channel 4 Dispatches Special

    Britain's Hidden Child Abuse

    A victim of child sex abuse in a British religious community goes undercover to expose the way his community has for decades been dealing with paedophilia

  • Weight Watchers - How They Make Their Money: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Weight Watchers: How They Make Their Millions

    Journalist Jane Moore talks to food experts, dieters and scientists to assess just how effective the UK's largest diet brand Weight Watchers' diet plans and food products are

  • Secrets of Your Supermarket Shop: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Secrets of Your Supermarket Shop

    Dispatches conducts a nationwide fruit and veg experiment to find out if you could save money by heading to the market, the shop next door, or even a different branch of the same supermarket

  • Sharing Mum and Dad: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Sharing Mum and Dad

    Dispatches follows presenter Tim Lovejoy, a divorced father of two, as he investigates the current situation surrounding shared parenting following divorce or separation

  • Secrets of Your Car Insurance: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Secrets of Your Car Insurance

    Harry Wallop investigates claims that major insurers cash in when you have a crash, through maximising profits, lucrative referral fees and rebate deals, sometimes at the expense of doing what's best for you and your car

  • The American School Massacre

    The American School Massacre

    Channel 4 News's Washington Correspondent, Matt Frei, reports from the scene of one of America's worst mass shooting at a primary school in Newton, Connecticut, where 20 children and seven adults died

  • How Safe Is Your Cash?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    How Safe Is Your Cash?

    In early 2012, the number of fraudulent attacks on credit and debit cards almost doubled. Dispatches reveals that some banks are refusing to accept liability if the account's Pin has been compromised.

  • The Chinese Are Coming: Channel 4 Dispatches

    The Chinese Are Coming

    Dispatches tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Dalai Lama's visit to Britain, and reveals details of how British politicians are influenced by the Chinese government

  • Where Has Your Aid Money Gone?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Where Has Your Aid Money Gone?

    Jonathan Miller travels to Rwanda to investigate what British taxes have paid for, and to ask what our government has achieved with the influence our aid supposedly buys us

  • MPs: Are They Still at It?: Channel 4 Dispatches

    MPs: Are They Still at It?

    Two years after the MPs expenses scandal, Dispatches examines whether our parliamentarians are still abusing the system. The investigation discovers a system still with problems and a lack of transparency.

  • Chinese Murder Mystery

    Chinese Murder Mystery

    In November 2011, Neil Percival Heywood died in a remote Chinese city. His death has gone on to shake China's Communist Party to the core. Dispatches exposes a tale of sexual intrigue and corruption.

  • Nuclear War Games

    Nuclear War Games

    With exclusive access to Israeli theoretical war exercises, Dispatches provides an unprecedented insight into Israel's internal tensions concerning an attack between Israel and Iran

  • Getting Rich on the NHS: Channel 4 Dispatches: Morland Sanders

    Getting Rich on the NHS

    Under the new health reforms, private firms are being awarded NHS contracts. Morland Sanders examines whether the rapid handover is really good for the public purse, and good for patient care.

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    Do You Know Your Partner's Past?

    With exclusive access to the police, Tina Nash investigates 'Clare's Law', a controversial pilot scheme in which men and women are warned by the authorities about their partners' history of violence

  • Secrets of Your Boss's Pay

    As the pay of Britain's top bosses grow, Dispatches follows the former Greggs chief executive Sir Michael Darrington as he launches a campaign to call a halt to corporate greed

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    Cruises Undercover: The Truth Below Deck

    Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the reality of life below deck for the multi-national workforce who toil behind the scenes of ocean going holidays

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    Undercover Retirement Home

    Reporter Morland Sanders and Dispatches' undercover pensioner go undercover in the multi-million-pound retirement property industry

  • Secrets of Poundland

    As other High Street retailers struggle for survival, discount leader Poundland is booming. In this Dispatches investigation, Harry Wallop asks how Poundland sells so cheaply, yet makes so much money.

  • The School Dinner Scandal: Channel 4 Dispatches

    The School Dinner Scandal

    After Jamie Oliver's high-profile campaign to improve school meals, reporter Tazeen Ahmad examines evidence that strategies to improve the food served in all our schools are fast coming undone

  • Property Nightmare: The Truth About Leaseholds

    Morland Sanders investigates how people who own leasehold properties can become vulnerable to up to tens of thousands of pounds-worth of excessive and unfair charges

  • Tricks of the Dole Cheats: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Tricks of the Dole Cheats

    Morland Sanders investigates Jobcentre Plus, the organisation tasked with getting Britain back to work and cracking down on dole cheats, revealing the tricks that make it easy to cheat the system

  • Britain's High Street Gamble

    On average one new bookie opens every week. In one London high street there are now 10 within yards and the locals are fed up.

    What's driving this gambling boom and what's the impact on our communities? Michael Crick investigates the rise of High Street gambling.

  • Britain on the Sick

    Using undercover filming, reporter Jackie Long investigates the controversial processes used to assess whether sickness and disability benefit claimants should be declared fit for work.

  • Can You Trust Your Bank?

    The Barclays interest rate scandal, unimaginable bonuses and insurance mis-selling have put the banking sector in the spotlight. In this special report, Jon Snow asks whether we can trust our banks.

  • Myths about Your 5 a Day: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Myths about Your 5 a Day

    Reporter Jane Moore reveals how the five-a-day fruit and veg campaign has been hijacked as a marketing tactic, and how the food industry uses it to promote sugary, fatty and salty products

  • Secrets of the Taxman: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Secrets of the Taxman

    An undercover report partly filmed in the Channel Islands presents new revelations about tax avoidance.

  • Cashing in on the Games: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Cashing in on the Games

    Reporter Morland Sanders goes in search of the people cashing in on London 2012, and asks whether the economic benefits of hosting the Olympics have been oversold

  • Undercover Undertaker: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Undercover Undertaker

    Dispatches lifts the lid on the funeral industry. Using undercover filming, Jackie Long investigates what really happens to our loved ones when they die.

  • Let Our Dad Die

    Tony Nicklinson has locked-in syndrome. He wants to die but can't do it without help, which would constitute murder. On the eve of a historic legal ruling he tells his story.

  • The Real Mr & Mrs Assad

    The Real Mr & Mrs Assad

    Channel 4 Dispatches reveals intimate footage of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his wife Asma that helps explain why the West bought the idea that they were true modernisers

  • Beating the Recession - Cash vs Cards: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Beating the Recession - Cash vs Cards

    Harry Wallop investigates whether cutting up our credit cards and paying for everything in cash could leave us with more money in our pockets

  • Watching the Detectives: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Watching the Detectives

    How safe are your secrets? Channel 4 Dispatches reveals how easy it is to buy our most personal and confidential information.

    In a year-long undercover investigation, private detectives sell us access to health and criminal records, mobile phone bills and bank accounts.

    The programme discovers the extent of the black market in personal data and reveals how supposedly secure databases are open to exploitation.

  • The Great Ticket Scandal

    The Great Ticket Scandal

    Fans queuing for hours to buy tickets get turned away empty handed while tickets for the same 'sold out' events appear online shortly afterwards, sometimes at astronomical prices.

    Channel 4 News correspondent Morland Sanders investigates the multi-million-pound world of online ticket reselling where fans desperate not to miss out on in-demand concerts, festivals and sporting events often buy their tickets.

  • Olympic Tickets for Sale

    Olympic Tickets for Sale

    We've spent £9 billion paying for the London 2012 Olympics. The organisers say London 2012 will be an accessible and affordable Games, leaving a lasting sporting legacy. But 1.8 million British people applied for tickets in the public ballot - over a million applied for the 100 metres final alone - and the vast majority were disappointed.

    So who got the tickets and for what events? Antony Barnett investigates in this Dispatches Special.

  • Landlords from Hell

    Landlords from Hell

    Jon Snow and a team of undercover reporters find out what really happens to those desperate to find a home, now that the housing minister wants councils to work with private landlords.

  • Britain's Sex Gangs: Tazeen Ahmad

    Britain's Sex Gangs

    Recent research suggests that thousands of children - some as young as 12 - are potentially being sexually exploited by street grooming gangs in Britain. Tazeen Ahmad investigates.

  • Britain's Rubbish

    Britain's Rubbish

    Dispatches asks what the plan is to tackle the country's growing rubbish problem. Reporter Morland Sanders travels the UK in the wake of the government's Waste Policy Review to find out.

  • Can You Trust Your Doctor?

    Can You Trust Your Doctor?

    GPs are among the most trusted and respected of all professions. They are our first port of call for most NHS treatment with 800,000 people visiting surgeries every day.

    But Dispatches reveals that failing doctors routinely slip through the system. We've been filming secretly in GP practices and have uncovered concerning evidence of misdiagnosis by doctors who have failed in the past, but are still practising.

    Reporter Jon Snow reveals that, six years after The Shipman Inquiry called for increased scrutiny of doctors, GPs who've been sanctioned by the authorities in the past are not regularly checked to make sure they are safe to practice.

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    The Wonderful World of Tony Blair

    Since resigning as Prime Minister, Tony Blair has financially enriched himself more than any other ex-PM. Reporter Peter Oborne reveals some of the sources of his wealth.

  • Gypsy Eviction: The Fight for Dale Farm

    Gypsy Eviction: The Fight for Dale Farm

    In a film broadcast on the day that the mass eviction starts on Dale Farm, Britain's largest traveller site, Dispatches reporter Deborah Davies investigates the controversial relations between gypsies and travellers, their neighbours and the law.

    Across Britain furious residents complain about the way gypsies and travellers pitch camp illegally in local parks, the damage they cause and the mess they leave behind.

    They also accuse gypsies of underhand tactics to win planning permission on green belt land where housing development wouldn't normally be allowed.

    Travelling families complain they're constantly moved on by police and bailiffs. They say many council sites are badly maintained and in locations where no one else would want to live. The gypsies and travellers also claim they're refused permission to develop their own sites because of prejudice.

    The programme asks whether the government's proposed crackdown on unauthorised development will make things better or worse.

    Councils will be given more freedom to decide how many places to allocate in their areas but there's already a shortfall of about 6000 caravan pitches and political reluctance to spend money on the travelling community may mean even fewer places are provided.

    Set against that, councils already spend close to £20m a year evicting and clearing up illegal encampments because gypsies claim they have nowhere else to go.

  • The Truth About Drugs in Football

    The Truth About Drugs in Football

    Dispatches investigates the use of both recreational and performance-enhancing substances in our national game.

    Reporter Antony Barnett examines football's drug-testing regime, raises questions about how the sport deals with its drug cheats and also looks at the use of some bizarre but legal treatments players undergo.

  • How to Buy a Football Club

    How to Buy a Football Club

    With growing calls for reform, Dispatches goes undercover to investigate how ex-players and foreign businessmen circumvent the rules, to cash in on a sport that's in financial freefall.

  • Murder on Honeymoon

    Murder on Honeymoon

    What happened to Anni Dewani while on honeymoon in South Africa in November 2010? With exclusive access to Anni's family and to the prosecution case, Dispatches investigates.

  • Landlords from Hell: Dispatches

    Landlords from Hell

    Jon Snow reports on the return of the slum landlord in 21st-century Britain.

    At a time when more people than ever are having to rent privately, unable to get on the property ladder, Dispatches reveals the shocking conditions in which tenants are forced to live.

    Dispatches sends an undercover reporter to work for a rogue property empire in the north of England. He reveals a world of forced evictions, slum properties in dangerous condition, and routine bullying of tenants.

    Jon confronts the man raking in millions while his tenants suffer.

  • The Real Price of Gold

    The Real Price of Gold

    Dispatches challenges the British gold jewellery industry to come clean about where the gold in their jewellery comes from. Businesswoman Deirdre Bounds, who ran a successful ethical travel company, reveals what's wrong with the industry and goes on the road to present her unique take on how things could be done very differently.

    Secretly filming at Britain's biggest high street jewellery chains, Bounds exposes shop assistants giving vastly misleading information about where the gold in their jewellery is mined. Then, unable to get a straight answer from the stores, Bounds travels to the source: to the mines.

    In Senegal, she meets a child miner and reveals his hazardous daily existence at an illegal mine. She also looks at allegations that a large-scale industrial mine in Honduras has caused hair loss and rashes in the local population.

    Shocked by what she's seen and the lack of traceability in the supply-chain, Bounds sets out to find how things could be done better.

    In her search to find an alternative, she explores newly-launched Fairtrade and Fairmined gold and also how recycling old gold could offer an answer.

    Going undercover, she finds one of Britain's largest gold manufacturers not living up to their pledge to support ethical alternatives. And she asks the British public to back her campaign to clean up the British jewellery industry.

  • Conservation's Dirty Secrets: Dispatches

    Conservation's Dirty Secrets

    Dispatches reporter Oliver Steeds investigates the conservation movement and its major organisations, examining how the movement has got some of its conservation priorities wrong.

  • The Thief Catchers: Dispatches

    The Thief Catchers

    Dispatches goes behind the scenes of an innovative Offender Management scheme in Bristol attempting to reduce re-offending rates in persistent criminals who say they want to change

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    America's Secret Killers

    The strike that killed Osama bin Laden provided a glimpse of the US campaign to kill Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. Dispatches goes inside the US 'kill/capture' programme.

  • The Truth About Your Dentist

    The Truth About Your Dentist

    As the government's cuts to the NHS start to bite, Dispatches goes undercover to reveal how some dentists are misleading patients about their rights to NHS treatment.

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    The Truth About Going Under the Knife

    The medical device industry is worth over £200 billion a year. Dispatches investigates whether in the drive for innovation, patient safety can come second.

    The programme reveals that although these medical devices save thousands of lives every day, there are questions from patients and doctors about the amount of testing that these products go through before they go on general sale.

    Cameras follow Jennifer, who had a hip replacement four years ago but was still in pain and has to go through the surgery all over again to take out the implant. Surgeons show the damage done by microscopic fragments of metal that rubbed off Jennifer's hip implant and worked their way into her body and her blood stream. The kind of implant that Jennifer had was recalled last year but thousands of other people still have the same kind of hip replacement inside their bodies.

  • A Year Inside Number 10: Nick Clegg and David Cameron

    A Year Inside Number 10

    In May 2010 David Cameron and Nick Clegg announced they were forming the first coalition since the National Government during World War II. One year on, Andrew Rawnsley interviews the key politicians and their friends and foes to chronicle the trials and tribulations of the coalition.

    For the first time on television, 10 Cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, talk about how the coalition works, how compromises are reached and how they get on both personally and politically, at a time when local elections and the referendum will deliver the voters' first judgment on the Cameron/ Clegg partnership, and a pointer to each of their political fates.

    Rawnsley reveals how Lib-Dem and Conservative minsters reached compromises on student tuition fees and the pace and depth of the cuts.

    You can follow the programme on Twitter using the hashtag #UKCoalition

  • Dispacthes: Undercover Hospital

    Undercover Hospital

    With the coalition government pledging to protect the NHS, Dispatches reporter Tazeen Ahmad investigates what's really happening to the Health Service.

    Dispatches goes undercover inside one of the country's busiest NHS hospitals as it faces multi-million-pound cuts and hundreds of job losses in the next year.

  • Dispatches: Cashing in on Degrees

    Cashing In on Degrees

    With students facing massive increases in their fees, Dispatches investigates the pay, perks and privileges enjoyed by universities' top earners.

    Journalist Laurie Penny reveals the increasing commercialisation of higher education and asks what happens when universities scour the globe for students and funds.

  • Dispatches: BP: In Deep Water

    BP: In Deep Water

    A year on from the start of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Dispatches examines the role of BP in this spill as well as similar incidents in the past

  • Train Journeys from Hell

    Train Journeys from Hell

    Dispatches asked actor Richard Wilson to investigate the current situation on the railways a few weeks ahead of a major Government spending review on the trains.

    He experiences the hustle and bustle of the daily train commute and interviews train experts and industry insiders as well as everyday commuters. Richard finds that buying tickets and travelling on the trains is no easy task despite the billions of taxpayers dollars that have been poured into it.

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    Britain's Secret Fat Cats

    Dispatches investigates whether the beneficiaries of the government's cuts are in fact private outsourcing companies.

    Financial journalist Ben Laurance looks at whether the coalition's keystone policy, the Big Society, may actually benefit big business, while the public and voluntary sectors feel the pinch of austerity Britain.

  • Dispatches: Selling Off Britain

    Selling Off Britain

    Should Britain flog off the family silver to cut our national debt?

    Dispatches reveals the billions of pounds worth of assets we own as a nation, from ancient silver candlesticks to missiles, from football clubs to huge houses for judges to sleep in.

    Should we sell the government wine cellar, Gibraltar, Buckingham Palace? The entire armed forces? Or even Birmingham? Should we be selling these off rather than sacking council workers and cutting the NHS? And how far should we go?

    Join Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy and a host of experts in this live studio debate and play our 'sell or not game' to vote on which assets you want us to flog or keep.

    You can follow the discusion on Twitter by using the hashtag #sellornot

  • Dispatches: The Truth about Hospital Food

    The Truth about Hospital Food

    With NHS figures showing that more people than ever before are leaving hospital malnourished, Dispatches reveals the shocking truth about catering in the NHS. Not only is much of the food disgusting, but some patients are suffering as a result of cost-cutting and sloppy production.

    You can sign the petition to improve hospital food by clicking the link in the top left column on this page. You can join the discussion on this issue by posting a comment to this site below, or tweeting using the hash tag #HospitalFood

    Reporter Mark Sparrow spent ten weeks in traction in hospital, forced to rely on NHS food. The quality of his meals was so bad that he set up a blog and began to record his experiences. He photographed and filmed dozens of meals.

    Since being released from hospital he has set out to discover whether his experience was a one-off or symptomatic of a deeper problem.

    Sparrow meets young people with cystic fibrosis, whose survival depends on getting the right diet. They tell him that the NHS is failing them and that their parents have to take them out of hospital to local pubs and restaurants to make sure that they eat properly and obtain the necessary calorie content.

    Mark also meets the relatives of elderly people who have been served revolting food and then given no help eating it. They tell him that NHS staff have falsified records to show that patients have consumed meals where, in reality, the food was untouched. Mark finds that a national network of patients groups is springing up to campaign against the mistreatment of the elderly.

    Mark goes in search of solutions, visiting hospitals that succeed in feeding patients on a limited budget. He explores whether introducing more competition would drive up standards.

  • Dispatches: Lessons in Hate and Violence

    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

  • Dispatches: Fish Unwrapped: Alex Thomson

    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.

  • Dispatches: The Battle for Haiti

    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

  • Dispatches: Street Kids

    Britain's Street Kids

    Every day hundreds of kids are forced to leave home. According to charities like Railway Children, the number of homeless children is bound to rise as a result of the recent government budget cuts.

    This crisis in Britain's families has created an itinerant population of young people without support or a roof over their heads. The state has to provide, at an immense cost, while voluntary organisations try to plug the gaps in the face of drastic cutbacks and closures.

    Dispatches follows four teenagers over six months who are struggling to fend for themselves on the streets. They're simultaneously at risk and a risk to society, and for all four of them drugs become a way of life, a means of dealing with the stresses and challenges of life away from family and home comforts.

    All talk candidly and eloquently about why they take flight: family breakdowns, addiction, violence, neglect and abuse. The unspoken truth behind their stories points to both inadequate parenting and severe lack of consistent and effective care once they have left home.

    Dispatches explores the hidden world of runaway and evicted teenagers, giving them a voice for the first time, and celebrating their extraordinary ability to fend for themselves.

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    Iraq's Secret War Files

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

  • Antony Barnett

    How the Rich Beat the Taxman

    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.

  • Amber and Gohar

    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, providing a powerful insight into a normally closed world in which everyone battles to survive the daily threat of death with courage and resilience.

    Pakistan is in chaos; more than 3,500 people have been killed in suicide blasts in the past three years. Only a few years ago, attacks in the capital were rare, but disparate terrorist groups are increasingly working together and Islamabad has become their ultimate target.

    Featuring intimate, direct-to-camera interviews of startling candour - from a teenage girl whose best friend was blown up, to the Inspector General of Police - Dispatches follows those affected as they attempt to continue their lives on the frontline of a war on terror - and refuse to be beaten by it.

    With unprecedented access, including interviews filmed in the immediate aftermath of explosions and behind-the-scenes footage of police investigations, the film documents the real war on terrorism fought on the streets of the metropolis... with bloody and tragic consequences.

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    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.

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    What's the Point of the Unions?

    As Britain braces itself for the severest cuts in public spending in more than 60 years, Dispatches examines the response of the trade unions and what their threats of potential mass industrial action mean for the country.

    Representing the interests of millions of British workers, trade unions are perceived to wield a great deal of political might - in this programme Dispatches reporter Deborah Davies investigates just how much power the unions really have to protect pay and jobs, and what the impact of industrial action might be for the public at large.

    By looking at the inner workings of three of Britain's most important unions, Dispatches asks do they, and their leaders, really represent their members and what tactics do they have at their disposal to fight the impending cuts?

    Trade Union Congress leader Brendan Barber has warned Britain will become a 'darker, brutish and more frightening place' as the government's austerity measures take effect.

    With the potential to cripple transport systems, close schools and government buildings and hit vital public services, Dispatches asks if the unions could combine to bring about the kind of mass protests staged in Greece and Portugal this summer or if their rhetoric is all bluster?

  • Sam Kiley

    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

  • Britain's Secret Slaves

    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

  • Tazeen Ahmad

    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 Witch Children

    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

  • Catching the Gun Runners

    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

  • Sorious Samura in Africa

    Africa's Last Taboo

    Gay people in Africa are facing increased persecution in a continent where two thirds of countries retain laws against homosexuals.

    Award-winning filmmaker Sorious Samura investigates for Dispatches what it is like to be a gay person in Africa, discovering shocking levels of prejudice and hate, driven by governments, religious organisations and communities.

    Samura looks at the impact extreme homophobia is having on gay people's lives, tracking down the victims of a recent mob attack in Kenya, speaking to gay men who have spent time in prison for their sexuality and meeting African homosexuals who are often forced into secret lives.

    He discovers that AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate among gay men in Africa who are not being given vital sex education and health care by governments that are opposed to homosexuality. As a result, many gay men are dying needlessly.

    Samura goes in search of what is driving homophobia in Africa, finding Muslims and Christians working closely together to target homosexuals and visiting American pastors helping to spread anti-gay sentiment.

    Dispatches shows that homosexuality is not an African freedom, revealing a major, but little reported, human rights issue, in a continent where millions of gay people live in constant fear of rejection by their communities, of physical and verbal abuse, and even imprisonment.

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    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.

  • Will Hutton

    How the Banks Won

    As the government prepares an emergency budget to help pay for the bank bailout, Will Hutton investigates the banks and what they've done with our money.

    He discovers that while ordinary taxpayers take the pain, for the banks it's largely business as usual.

    Hutton analyses the banks' accounts and shows how they are using government-guaranteed funds to gamble with derivatives as they did before the crash. He also reveals how the banks are still paying vast salaries and bonuses, and City head hunters tell Dispatches how the banks hide the sums they're really paying out.

    With the help of former and current members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee, Hutton shows how the banks' booming margins come from the free and near-free money the government and taxpayers gave them to save the banking system.

    He also investigates the banks' intense lobbying to resist government plans for reform and highlights recent research from the OECD on how Britain is internationally unusual in the extent to which bankers have key roles in the civil service and government.

    Featuring high-powered contributors such as President Obama's banking advisor Paul Volcker, former Chancellor Alastair Darling, former City minister Lord Myners and current Business Secretary Vince Cable, Hutton shows why without urgent reform we risk the prospect of another crash - this time there won't be any money left for a bail-out - plus the certainty of British business being starved of vital funding.

    With the Eurozone crisis fuelling fears of another banking crash, this programme is an urgent and shocking call to action.

  • Undercover Social Worker

    Undercover Social Worker

    In the wake of the tragic death of Baby P and other high-profile cases of child abuse and murder, Dispatches investigates allegations that child protection procedures and practices continue to be inadequate.

    A Dispatches reporter worked undercover in a UK social services department for three months, discovering what child protection services are actually like on the ground.

    His disturbing investigation uncovers a lack of resources, inadequate staff support and training, high workloads, poor morale and overwhelming amounts of red tape and 'box-ticking', reducing the time that social workers can spend helping children.

    The programme also raises questions about what is actually being done to protect some of Britain's most vulnerable children.

  • The Lost Girls of South Africa

    The Lost Girls of South Africa

    In a country where a child is raped every three minutes, and where AIDS continues to spread with epidemic ferocity, Dispatches follows four girls aged 11 to 13 as they struggle to come to terms with the crimes committed against them

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    Tracing the Marathon's Millions

    In a Dispatches 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.

    In 2009, 36,000 participants in the London Marathon raised a phenomenal £47 million, cementing the Marathon's place as the biggest one-day fundraising event in the world.

    In the course of his investigation, Ben discovers who the lucky recipients are of some of the money distributed by the London Marathon race organisers. He also talks to leading charities about the amount they pay to take part, the competition for places, and asks why hundreds of desperate charities are left without a place in Britain's biggest fundraising event.

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    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.

  • Andrew Rawnsley

    Cameron Uncovered

    Award-winning columnist and writer Andrew Rawnsley has caused a furore while lifting the lid on Gordon Brown's premiership. Now Rawnsley presents an inside portrait of David Cameron and the government that might be...

    According to opinion polls, after 13 years in the political wilderness, the Conservatives under David Cameron's leadership seem likely to form the next government. He has been working hard to change his party's image from 'the nasty party' and to demonstrate economic competence.

    Yet many voters still don't feel they know his new Tories. How does Cameron operate? Do his closest colleagues work as a party within a party, creating disgruntled outsiders? How much harsher will their cuts in public services be than Labour's? Will they really lead the country out of recession faster than Gordon Brown? Can the so-called 'toffs' identify with the concerns of the vast majority of the population?

    Rawnsley interviews the man who could be Prime Minister, and his colleagues George Osborne, William Hague and Michael Gove, the men who hope to run our economy, foreign affairs and education system. He gets an opponent's perspective from Lord Mandelson.

    The programme reveals how these ministerial hopefuls plan to put their policies into action the day after the election. They've promised a budget within 50 days. What can we expect to happen to taxes, wages, public services and unemployment? Have they really done the homework that would get them off to a running start?

    The country seems to want change. But has David Cameron, whose only experience outside politics has been in public relations, done no more than just tinker with the presentation of old Tory attitudes and added some more diverse candidates to the old mix?

  • Rachel Riley

    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.

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    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. In a two-part special, Dispatches asks why and how are we failing Britain's children when it comes to maths.

    Dispatches follows a class of final-year pupils at Barton Hill Primary School in Bristol as their staff adopt a radical approach to teaching, in a bid to improve the maths ability of these children before they head off to secondary school.

    The problem couldn't be more urgent. Research shows that failing to grasp the fundamentals of maths at primary school leaves only a one in ten chance of catching up by the age of 16.

    Dispatches hears from leading lights in the worlds of business and academia - including the CEO of Sainsbury's, Justin King, and George Davies, formerly of Next and Asda - about the impact on the economy and on adult life of leaving school without basic maths skills.

    In a provocative nationwide exercise, Dispatches examines the standard of primary maths teaching in this country by testing the teachers. No tricks; just 27 questions that a bright 11-year-old would be able to answer. The shocking results are revealed in the programme.

    <b>You can play a shortened version of the maths test by clicking the 'maths quiz' link in the left-hand column of this page.</b>

  • Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines

    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

  • Deepa

    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.

    A few weeks after running away from his abusive stepmother, 11-year-old Salam is living rough outside the main train station. Befriended by a gang of begging boys, run by 20-year-old Asif, Salam speaks fondly of his new 'brother'. But it soon appears that there is a much darker side to being in Asif's gang.

    Deepa (pictured) is lucky to be alive after rats attacked her when she was just three months old. Now aged seven, she runs barefoot through the hectic Mumbai traffic to sell flowers to help support her family, doing shifts of up to 20 hours at a time. She lives with her grandmother and brothers in a slum with no electricity or sanitation, next to an open rubbish dump. They survive on less than £1 day since her alcoholic father died two years earlier and her mother abandoned them.

    Twins Hussain and Hussan, aged 11, live in a shanty town, balanced precariously on a 10-foot-wide water pipe. Five days a week they collect scrap metal and plastic bottles to sell so they can earn money to eat. They also fish utensils out of the canal that runs alongside their back door to sell, despite the risk of cholera and infection. They say they like where they live; 'We are emperors of the night!' jokes Hussan. But they don't want to think about their futures.

    Dispatches provides a deeply moving portrait of the lives of India's real slumdogs, blighted by substance abuse, hardship and heartache, yet proof of the infinite resilience of children, and forced to reach adulthood long before they should.

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    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.

  • Jane Moore

    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.

  • Antony Barnett

    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

  • Return to Africa's Witch Children

    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

  • Peter Oborne

    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

  • Jane Moore

    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

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    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.


    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.

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    Middle Class and Jobless

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

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    The War Against Street Weapons

    ...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.

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    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.

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    Undercover Debt Collector

    ...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.

  • Peter Oborne

    The Children Britain Betrayed

    ...Britain Betrayed. Peter Oborne presents the results of a six-month investigation into over 160 child killings since 2004, revealing how the majority of them might have been prevented.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

  • Jane Moore at a Saville Row tailor's

    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.

  • Rageh Omar

    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.

  • Will Hutton at the London Stock Exchange

    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.

  • Will Hutton

    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

  • freedom-of-information campaigner Heather Brooke

    The Westminster Gravy Train

    The Westminster Gravy Train: Heather Brooke uses publicly available information on politicians' expense claims to piece together a forensic insight into how our money is being spent.

  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup

    Afghanistan - Mission Impossible?

    ...Mission Impossible? As the death toll in Afghanistan continues, Dispatches asks the senior military commanders in charge of the campaign whether they are engaged in mission impossible.

  • Boris Johnson

    The Trouble with Boris

    It's almost a year since Boris Johnson was elected Mayor of London. Dispatches examines his first 11 months in power to see where he is taking the nation's capital.

  • An NHS nurse

    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.

  • A young boy who wishes to join the Taliban

    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

  • Jane Moore

    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

  • The Problem Princes

    The Problem Princes

    Channel 4 News presenter Alex Thomson investigates the roles currently adopted by the royal princes and asks how their activities are shaping the modern monarchy that Prince William will inherit.

    Thomson delves into just how transparent the Royals' finances are, both in relation to what they cost the tax payer and concerning some of the older princes' personal business and property dealings.

    Thomson also examines claims that the Palace are not averse to media manipulation, investigating the handling of stories such as William's commandeering of an RAF helicopter to visit a stag party on the Isle of Wight and for a visit to his girlfriend's parents.

    As Prince William is unlikely to be crowned King anytime soon, Dispatches looks at how he might occupy himself until his coronation - if he might follow the examples of either Edward or Andrew, or if there are princely lessons to be learnt from his uncles.

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    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.

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    Too Old to Work

    Dispatches reveals that ageism is rife among employers and recruitment agencies, and that being 'older' - even just over 45 years old - is now a risk in the workplace.

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    Congo's Forgotten Children

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

  • Jon Snow

    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?

  • Jay Rayner

    The True Cost of Cheap Food

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

  • Fiona Phillips and her dad Neville

    Mum, Dad, Alzheimer's and Me

    ...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.

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    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

  • The sword from an Iraqi statue

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    What's In Your Wine?

    With wine consumption in the UK hitting record levels, Jane Moore investigates the many different substances - including fish and dairy products - that can be used to produce wine but which rarely appear on the label of the average bottle.

    The health benefits of the occasional glass of red wine are widely-acknowledged but Dispatches reveals how a great deal of the wine we consume is enhanced, sweetened or flavoured, creating a drink that one critic describes as no better than, 'an alcoholic cola'.

  • Muslims at prayer

    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.

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    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.

  • Reporter Tash Despa in Tibet

    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.

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    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.

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    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

  • Cars driving in flood water

    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.

  • A woman walking towards a doctor's surgery

    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

  • Playing cards with missing children on them

    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.

  • Deborah Davies in Iraq

    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.

  • An Islamic man in quiet contemplation

    Undercover Mosque

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

  • Burmese people crossing a river

    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.

  • Gordon Brown's Missing Billions

    First broadcast Novemeber 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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    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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    MMR: What They Didn't Tell You

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

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    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.

  • Mark Collett

    Young, Nazi and Proud

    As the British National Party seeks to present itself as a more electable proposition, Dispatches reporter David Modell spends eight months with Mark Collett, leader of the Young BNP (pictured left), to reveal the future face of the far right in Britain.

    From the BNP's electoral inroads in this year's local elections to their annual Red, White and Blue festival and confrontations with the Anti-Nazi League, Modell follows Collet into the murky world of right-wing politics and offers a shocking insight into the thoughts and beliefs of the far right's most outspoken youth leader.

    Award: Bafta; current affairs (2003).

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    Sex on the Street

    In an unprecedented investigation that took almost a year and involved interviewing 110 street prostitutes in 18 towns and cities, a terrifying pattern of violence emerged. One that, until now, has gone unreported.

    Presented by award-winning journalist Maggie O'Kane, this eye opening documentary exposes the scandal that makes Britain's street workers the most physically brutalised, and least protected, group in society.

  • 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

  • Torture Trail

    The Torture Trail

    Dispatches infiltrates the most secretive arms fair in the world and reveals how weapons that can be used for torture are sold by British companies throughout the world. This disturbing investigation reveals the businessmen who profit from this trade and the politicians who allow it to occur, and speaks to some of its victims.

  • Britain on the Breadline: Channel 4 Dispatches

    Britain on the Breadline

    Dispatches tells the previously untold story of how one of the most deprived communities in Britain is fighting to keep their community from going under, thanks to a hidden army of volunteers

  • Andrew Gilligan

    Britain's Islamic Republic

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

  • Cops on the Beat

    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.

  • Ben Laurance

    Election Uncovered

    Journalist Ben Laurance analyses the political parties' campaigns in the run up to polling day.

    He investigates each party's campaign and gets a real taste of what's happening behind the scenes in the run up to the election.

    The programme looks at the debates, how the leaders have been styled and their performances fine-tuned as they compete to get their policies across to the British public and asks what impact the debates have really had on informing the voter.

    Ben examines how the parties are financing their campaigns, considers the voting postcode lottery and reports on the work of two teams of foreign election observers as they travel the country to assess just how democratic our elections are.

  • Dispatches: Post Office Undercover

    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.

    In 2004 and again in 2005, Dispatches went undercover to investigate the Royal Mail. These reports exposed serious systemic and individual failures within the organisation, resulting in an enquiry by the postal regulator, followed by a fine of almost ten million pounds. Five years on, the Royal Mail claims it is modernising and improving its service.

    The reporters find an antiquated system with lax security, poorly trained agency workers - many of whom are clearly not up to the job - damaged and defective equipment and allegations of stealing.

    Out on their rounds, they are bombarded with complaints from angry members of the public who have experienced damaged mail, delays and poor service, and behind the scenes some managers and workers express contempt for the customer and their concerns.

    Joining just before the busy Christmas period, when an industrial truce has been publicly announced by both management and the unions, both reporters find that normal service is far from being resumed. Managers tell the reporters that disputes with unions over working times and the size of postmen's rounds are causing continued disruptions to the service.

    With over four million pounds a year being paid in compensation to customers for lost post and a recent dip in Royal Mail's delivery performance, Dispatches asks if the organisation is fit for purpose.

  • Journalist Sorious Samura

    Rape in the City

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

  • Police officers

    Ready for a Riot

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  • Children in Africa who have been branded witches

    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.

  • Dispatches: Secret NHS Diaries

    Secret NHS Diaries

    The NHS is there to make our final days as dignified and pain-free as possible. But as a devastating health service ombudsman report has shown, the reality can be very different.

    For the first time, Dispatches has given three people cameras to film the last weeks of their lives, at home, in a care home, and in hospital. Their experiences provide a unique insight into the gap between what we hope for compared with the painful reality of dying.

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