Dispatches

  • Inside Britain's Airports

    Each year Britain's airports make roughly £2 billion from shops in their terminals. Harry Wallop investigates how the airports make their money and reveals the tricks we should all be prepared for.

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    Supermarkets: Brexit & Your Shrinking Shop

    From shrinking Toblerones to a price row between Tesco and Marmite, Dispatches investigates Brexit's impact on the prices - and sizes - of some of our favourite brands

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    Undercover: Britain's Homeless Scandal

    With councils struggling to meet the demand for emergency housing, Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the impact on homeless women who are attempting to get off the streets

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    Undercover: Britain's Cheap Clothes

    Dispatches goes undercover to investigate working conditions inside the some of the clothing warehouses in Britain that service our online orders

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  • Undercover: Britain's Cheap Clothes

    Dispatches goes undercover to examine wages and working conditions in British textile factories where clothes are made for some big brands

  • President Trump's Dirty Secrets

    Dispatches investigates the controversial figures surrounding Donald Trump and their links to powerful corporations that could have far-reaching consequences beyond America

  • Britain's Homebuilding Scandal

    Many are struggling to find a home; a reason why is too few houses are being built. Liam Halligan probes developers deliberately holding back land to maximise profits.

  • The Secret Plan to Save Fat Britain

    Britain's men are the fattest in Europe, our women are the second fattest, and our children are getting fatter younger. So why has Downing Street diluted its obesity strategy? Dispatches investigates.

  • Addicted to Spending

    With personal debt at an all-time high, Morland Sanders asks if more could be done to help families kick the spending addiction

  • Living with Nightmare Neighbours

    The government promised to fix so-called neighbours from hell with its Troubled Families Programme, but Dispatches meets families who say it has had no real impact

  • Britain's Wealth Gap

    The wealth gap between young and old has become a defining feature of our times. Spectator Editor Fraser Nelson reveals new figures showing the extent of the gap and investigates its causes.

  • Undercover: Britain's Abortion Extremists

    Dispatches investigates the anti-abortion movement in the UK

  • The Battle for the Labour Party

    Antony Barnett investigates Momentum and those seeking to influence the Labour Party, just days before the declaration of whether Jeremy Corbyn has retained his leadership

  • President Trump: Can He Really Win?

    Matt Frei explores how the US presidential contest is shaping up to be one of the most brutal in living memory, and asks if Donald Trump can make it all the way to the White House

  • The Great Housing Scandal

    Harry Wallop investigates why not enough homes have been built, despite promises to increase housing in the UK. Just how committed are the government to easing the housing crisis?

  • Brexit: Who'll Do Your Job Now?

    Reporter Morland Sanders finds a shadowy workforce of North Koreans in mainland Europe who could end up working in UK fields and factories post-Brexit

  • How Safe Is Your Car?

    With new evidence indicating that some cars might not perform as well in crashes as their safety rating suggests, Dispatches investigates whether we can trust manufacturers and testers with car safety

  • How School Bosses Spend Your Millions

    Billions of pounds of taxpayers' money go into the academy school system. Dispatches investigates the finances of academies, and discovers big salaries and generous expenses.

  • Is Your Pension Safe?

    Post-Brexit, falling long-term interest rates are increasing pressure on pension schemes. Will there be more companies like BHS who struggle to meet their pension commitments?

  • Racist Britain

    Seyi Rhodes investigates the rising tide of racism in post-Brexit Britain, revealing the scale of the abuse and uncovering dramatic recordings of physical and verbal attacks

  • Are You Owed a Pay Rise?

    The National Living Wage was supposed to mean a pay increase for some of Britain's poorest workers, but is everyone really getting richer?

  • Undercover: Inside Britain's Children's Services

    An experienced social worker goes undercover in Birmingham City Council's children's services department, revealing the problems faced by the people responsible for the safety of vulnerable children

  • The Truth About Cheap Flights

    Harry Wallop goes undercover to learn the secrets of a major player in the travel business. Are low fares all that they seem? Are you getting the best deal?

  • Isis and the Missing Treasures

    As the war against Isis intensifies and Syrian troops retake Palmyra, a battle to stop the terrorist group cashing in on looted antiquities is being waged in the UK. Dispatches investigates.

  • The Great Benefits Row

    Hundreds of thousands of disabled people are having to apply for the new Personal Independence Payment benefit and many claim it is deeply unfair. Ade Adepitan investigates the new benefit.

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    Britain's Pensioner Care Scandal

    Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the home care services that some of Britain's most vulnerable pensioners receive, as the industry is squeezed by rising costs and slashed budgets

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  • Secrets of Cadbury

    From Creme Egg controversies to foreign manufacturing, Dispatches lifts the lid on what's been happening to Cadbury since its controversial takeover by American giant Kraft

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    Housing Benefit Millionaires

    Private landlords have become a major provider of accommodation to tenants on housing benefit. While many provide good homes, Dispatches confronts some rogue landlords, who are playing the system.

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    Council House Millionaires

    As the government looks to extend the right-to-buy to housing association tenants, Dispatches reveals how council homes have become a goldmine for a few, amid fears of the death of social housing

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    Dirty Secrets: What's Really in Our Air?

    Morland Sanders investigates hidden pollution hotspots, learns that we can breathe in far more pollution than official figures suggest, and uncovers research indicating how dangerous pollution can be

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    999: Where's My Ambulance?

    With demand for ambulance services at an all-time high, many ambulance trusts are failing to meet their response time targets. What effect is this having on patients?

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    How the Rich Avoid Tax

    Actor Greg Wise uses undercover filming to investigate tax avoidance, inviting financial advisors into his home to find out how they advise wealthy clients to minimise their tax bills

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    Where's My Missing Mail?

    As how we shop changes, we increasingly rely on parcel firms to deliver our shopping. But as the number of items delivered has risen, so have complaints. Dispatches goes undercover to investigate.

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    How the Rich Live Longer

    Some people in the wealthiest areas of Britain are outliving those in the poorest by 18 years. Dr Christian Jessen investigates the high-end health industry that seeks to help the rich live longer.

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    The Children Who Beat Ebola

    The remarkable and uplifting story of five extraordinary children in Sierra Leone who beat the Ebola virus and overcame loss and stigma to rebuild their lives

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  • How the Monarchy Can Make You Millions

    Roughly 800 companies hold royal warrants, and are said to make £4 billion extra a year because of it. With so much at stake, Dispatches examines the system that grants this regal seal of approval.

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    Low Pay Britain

    Who's really benefiting from the 3,000,000 apprenticeships the Government has promised? Dispatches investigates whether high-profile companies are paying ultra-low wages in return for poor training.

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  • Britain's Nightmare New Homes

    The Government has committed to building a million new houses by 2020. Dispatches investigates what impact the rush to put up new housing will have on the quality of these homes.

  • Aldi's Supermarket Secrets

    While Tesco and other big supermarkets falter, Aldi gets stronger and was named Supermarket of the Year. Do they always deliver great value on quality and service without compromise?

  • Britain's Benefits Experiment

    Tazeen Ahmad examines a pilot scheme that aims to encourage working people who receive benefits to boost their income and reduce their dependency on the state

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    How to Stop Your Nuisance Calls

    Millions of us are plagued by nuisance callers flogging things we don't want. Dispatches goes undercover to find out how the cold calling trade works, and reveals how people are fighting back.

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  • Hunted: Gay and Afraid

    Dispatches investigates well-funded global networks that are supporting a wave of anti-gay laws around the world, including the World Congress of Families in the USA

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    Escape from Isis

    This Dispatches special exposes the brutal regime suffered by millions of women living under Isis, and the extraordinary story of a secret underground network trying to save them

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    Pensions and the Price of Growing Old

    As Britain's pensioner population soars, Michael Buerk investigates whether the public can continue to rely on the state to support us in our old age

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    How Councils Blow Your Millions

    Reporter Antony Barnett uncovers unknown deals between cash-strapped councils and banks that are costing taxpayers millions of pounds a year

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    Kids in Crisis

    Kids in Crisis meets families from across the UK whose children are being separated from them to receive treatment for mental health issues, sometimes hundreds of miles from home

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  • Salt: Are You Eating Too Much?

    Tazeen Ahmad uncovers worrying inaccuracies in salt content food labelling, and examines how food companies have influenced government plans to reduce our salt consumption

  • The Great British Property Divide

    From million-pound flats to 'poor doors', Dispatches explores how rising house prices can transform our communities, and what impact the right to buy law will have on the growing property divide

  • Exams: Cheating the System?

    From primary schools to universities, reporter Seyi Rhodes investigates how some teachers, pupils and students are bending exam rules and sometimes cheating the system

  • Where to Save Your Money

    With interest rates at their lowest for 300 years, Dispatches highlights the crisis facing many of Britain's 40 million savers, and asks: where should you put your money?

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    Trains: Are You Paying Too Much?

    Dispatches goes undercover in one of Britain's biggest rail operators, investigating ticket prices, overcrowding and compensation, and revealing what the rail companies don't tell their passengers

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  • The Secrets of Sports Direct

    Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the hidden cost of the clothes, shoes and discount gear that have helped Sports Direct buck the high street trend, making billions for Mike Ashley

  • How to Buy a Meeting with a Minister

    A special undercover investigation into politics in the run-up to the General Election

  • Britain's Defence Squeeze

    Following cuts to the defence budget, can the UK defend itself against a range of new threats, from terror groups like IS to Russian bombers close to UK airspace?

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    Benefits Britain: Universal Credit

    The government say their flagship benefit, Universal Credit, is working well and is helping people into work. Critics say it is a shambles. Dispatches goes undercover to investigate.

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  • Britain's Benefits Crackdown

    Reporter Liz MacKean investigates Britain's new benefits regime and asks what life is really like for those hit with penalties

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    Politicians for Hire

    Dispatches investigates the behaviour of politicians in Westminster

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    Secrets of the Parking Wardens

    Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the private companies issuing more than 2.5 million parking tickets a year. It's a booming industry, thanks to new camera technology and changes in the law.

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    The Great Car Con

    Motorists were promised diesel would be the cheap, green fuel of the future, but it turns out that's not the case. Why did politicians encourage the 'dash for diesel'?

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  • 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.

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    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

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    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

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  • 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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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    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

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  • 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

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

  • 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

    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?

    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

  • 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

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    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.

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  • 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 co