Skint Britain: Friends Without Benefits
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
First broadcast November 2005. Economist Andrew Dilnot looks at the other side of Gordon Brown's economics and examines the misjudgements with consequences for all of us.
The Barclays interest rate scandal, unimaginable bonuses and insurance mis-selling put the banking sector in the spotlight. In this special report from 2012, Jon Snow asks if we can trust our banks.
In an episode from 2012, 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
In 2012, with the pay of Britain's top bosses growing, Dispatches followed the former Greggs chief executive Sir Michael Darrington as he launched a campaign to halt corporate greed
In an episode from 2013, Michael Buerk examines claims that Britain's pensioners are part of an untouchable group when it comes to government welfare cuts and that some shouldn't get any help at all
An episode from 2014. 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.
Some leading scientists warn that some types of commonly consumed rice contain worrying levels of naturally occurring arsenic. Morland Sanders investigates, in an episode from 2014.
Dispatches goes deep inside camps in Calais - in an episode from 2014 - to investigate the gangs that are making big money by smuggling illegal immigrants into Britain
An episode from 2015. 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'?
In an episode from 2015, Dispatches investigates the behaviour of politicians in Westminster
An episode from 2015. The government say their flagship benefit, Universal Credit, is working well and helping people into work. Critics say it's a shambles. Dispatches goes undercover to investigate.
Dispatches goes undercover in one of Britain's biggest rail operators, investigating ticket prices, overcrowding and compensation, and revealing what they don't tell their passengers. From 2015.
This episode from 2015 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
In an episode from 2015, Antony Barnett uncovers unknown deals between cash-strapped councils and banks that are costing taxpayers millions of pounds a year
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, in an episode from 2015
This Dispatches special from 2015 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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Millions of us are plagued by nuisance callers flogging things we don't want. This undercover episode from 2015 finds out how the cold calling trade works, and reveals how people are fighting back.
Who's benefiting from the 3,000,000 apprenticeships the Government promised? This episode from 2015 investigates whether high-profile companies are paying ultra-low wages in return for poor training.
The remarkable and uplifting story - from 2015 - of five extraordinary children in Sierra Leone who beat the Ebola virus and overcame loss and stigma to rebuild their lives
Some people in wealthy areas of Britain are outliving those in poor areas by 18 years. Dr Christian Jessen investigates the high-end health industry that seeks to help the rich live longer. From 2015.
As how we shop changes, we increasingly rely on parcel firms to deliver our shopping. But complaints are rising. Dispatches goes undercover to investigate, in an episode from 2016.
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. From 2016.
An episode from 2016. 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?
This 2016 episode examines 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
This episode from 2016 reveals how council homes have become a goldmine for a few, amid fears of the death of social housing
Private landlords are now a major provider of accommodation to tenants on housing benefit. Many provide good homes but this episode from 2016 confronts some rogue landlords who are playing the system.
This episode from 2016 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
With evidence indicating that some cars might not perform as well in crashes as their safety rating suggests, this episode from 2016 asks if we can trust manufacturers and testers with car safety
With personal debt at an all-time high, Morland Sanders asks if more could be done to help families kick the spending addiction, in this episode from 2016
This episode from January 2017 goes undercover to investigate working conditions inside the some of the clothing warehouses in Britain that service our online orders
From shrinking Toblerones to a price row between Tesco and Marmite, this episode from 2017 investigates Brexit's impact on the prices - and sizes - of some of our favourite brands
In this episode from 2017, Morland Sanders investigates Brexit's impact on the NHS, as it faces the largest nursing shortage of recent times
In this episode from 2017, Seyi Rhodes investigates the impact of the government's latest benefit cap and learns that its unintended consequences may push the benefits bill up in other ways
This episode from 2017 tells the hidden story of the tens of thousands of men, women and children who've been disappeared in Syria by the Assad regime, into a network of clandestine detention centres
As Sunni refugees flee from Isis in Iraq, they face a new threat from Shia militia fighters. This episode from 2017 investigates allegations of torture, execution and sectarian cleansing.
This episode from 2017 investigates why so few affordable homes are being built, and examines links between the government and the property industry
Mark Austin and his daughter Maddy explore the effects of eating disorders and the availability of suitable care. They discuss the subject with patients, their families and Prince William. From 2017.
In this episode from 2017, Michael Buerk investigates just how full Britain really is and looks at the impact of internal migration across the country
This episode from 2017 gains exclusive access to go undercover with the British Transport Police's crime unit to expose racism, homophobia and anti-semitism by football fans on Britain's trains
This episode from 2017 follows the experiences of five young Iraqi Special Forces soldiers tasked with fighting Isis in Mosul and who are haunted by what they've seen and done
This episode from 2018 investigates the expenses of Britain's top universities, revealing over £7 million of spending by the institutions' senior leadership teams
This episode from 2018 examines the causes of the Beast from the East, tells extraordinary stories of human courage, and asks if this freezing weather is a sign of things to come
This episode from 2018 reveals how the gender pay gap figures that companies present to the government may not always be what they seem
Across Britain, the police and other public bodies are reaching out to Muslim groups in the fight against extremism. But how much do they know about some groups that they're talking to? From 2018.
In this episode from 2018, Morland Sanders meets people who rely on Universal Credit, to see how changes to the system have affected their lives
A special, RTS Award-winning episode from 2018 with exclusive access to Rohingya activists' secret recordings, which provide evidence of years of repression and mass murder by the Myanmar authorities
This episode from 2018 visits two homeless shelters to reveal the growing number of people who are in work but homeless, because they can't afford expensive private rents in a low-wage economy
In this episode from 2018, Kate Quilton investigates why Britain has some of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world, and also explores the scientific benefits of breast milk
Liam Halligan unfolds the story of Carillion, the vast British company that was built on billions of pounds of public money and that imploded in January 2018
This episode from 2018 explores online witness intimidation, meeting gangsters who threaten 'stitches for snitches' and families of witnesses who paid the price for telling the truth in court
Over two million people smoke cannabis in the UK. Some police forces no longer prosecute for possession. Canada and several American States have legalised it. So should the UK follow suit? From 2018.
This episode from 2018 examines the growing need for baby banks in the UK and meets the working parents who are turning to them, to provide their young children with nappies, clothes, toys and cots
In this episode from 2018, North Korean citizens reveal what life is like for the 24 million people who live in the world's most secretive country, where the state controls every aspect of their life
Dispatches investigates the rising popularity of veganism. It's better for your health, the environment and animals but why do some activists resort to such extreme tactics to promote it?
As the number of children leaving school in favour of home education doubles, Dispatches asks why, and if parents' rights to remove a child are coming before the education, or safety, of children
From April, the government will start spending over £4 billion a year on the HS2 high-speed train line, for ten years. Is this the right part of the rail network to receive so much investment?
Dispatches investigates the London Fire Brigade's response to the Grenfell fire, through interviews with survivors and firefighters, and using critical new evidence released by the public inquiry
Dispatches investigates those who have got rich since the Brexit referendum, capitalising on the almost unprecedented political uncertainty around Britain's exit from the EU
Kate Quilton asks if formula milk is being priced fairly, and whether claims made for it are unbiased and scientifically proven
A year-long investigation reveals the shocking conditions that tenants of one of Britain's biggest housing associations live in, and the effect those conditions have had on vulnerable tenants' health
With BAE helping to keep Saudi jets flying, and British military officers working in the Saudi Air Operations Centre, Dispatches investigates the extent to which the war in Yemen is made in Britain
In the run-up to Brexit, reporter Seyi Rhodes finds out how a lack of EU migrants could affect agriculture, social care and healthcare in Britain
In the wake of the Jeremy Kyle Show's cancellation after the death of a guest on the programme, Dispatches investigates what lies behind the headlines, what went wrong and who might be to blame
Dispatches goes undercover in a major US poultry processing plant to investigate chlorinated chicken, which is being pushed as part of a post-Brexit US trade deal
Dispatches runs a world-first experiment to reduce hundreds of primary school children's exposure to toxic air, and discovers that unidentified toxins are coming off every vehicle, even electric ones
A major investigation for Dispatches reveals how thousands of unsafe medicines used to treat conditions like prostate cancer, schizophrenia and epilepsy were dispensed to NHS patients
Reporter Abbie Eastwood investigates whether breast implants are making women sick - or, worse still, causing cancer
Former police officer Dan Clark-Neal investigates what's behind rising numbers of assaults on police officers
As Conservative Party members choose our next PM, who else is looking to shape Conservative priorities behind the scenes, and what do they stand to gain?
Reporter Liam Halligan investigates allegations of shoddy standards, poor customer care and excessive profits at Britain's second biggest - and most profitable - builder, Persimmon
Reporter Antony Barnett investigates the 'golden visa' scheme, which offers British residency to wealthy foreign nationals
Reporter Sanah Ahsan explores Britain's youth depression crisis, to find out what's fuelling it and to examine what treatment is available for young people
A Dispatches investigation into the epidemic use of the drug GHB in the gay community, where users are vulnerable to overdosing and sexual abuse