Dispatches

  • Cannabis: Time to End the Ban?

    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?

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    Witness Intimidation Revealed

    Dispatches explores the dark world of online witness intimidation, meeting gangsters who threaten 'stitches for snitches' and families of witnesses who paid the price for telling the truth in court

    Accounts of violence some viewers may find upsettingThis episode is subtitled26 mins
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    Lawless Britain: Where Are the Police?

    Dispatches meets the victims of crimes that the police choose not to investigate

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    How to Lose Seven Billion Pounds

    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

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    Myanmar's Killing Fields

    A special edition of Dispatches with exclusive access to Rohingya activists' secret recordings, which provide evidence of years of repression, violence and mass murder by the Myanmar authorities

    Very strong language and scenes of graphic violence, which some viewers may find distressingThis episode is subtitled50 mins
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    Britain's Benefits Crisis

    The government announced plans to improve the Universal Credit system in autumn 2017. Morland Sanders meets people who rely on the benefit, to see what difference the changes have made to their lives.

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    Who Speaks for British Muslims?

    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 of the groups that they're talking to?

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    The Truth About Your Pay

    Dispatches reveals how the gender pay gap figures that companies present to the government may not always be what they seem

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    The Week Britain Froze

    The Week Britain Froze 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

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    Britain's University Spending Scandal

    Dispatches investigates the expenses of Britain's top universities, revealing over £7 million of spending by the institutions' senior leadership teams

    This episode is subtitled27 mins
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    The Fight for Mosul

    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

    Strong language, violence and images of dead bodies that some may find distressingThis episode is subtitled48 mins
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    Trouble on the Trains

    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

    Contains racist and offensive languageThis episode is subtitled27 mins
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    Is Britain Full?

    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 is subtitled27 mins
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    Wasting Away: The Truth About Anorexia

    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.

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    Secrets of Britain's New Homes

    This episode from 2017 investigates why so few affordable homes are being built, and examines links between the government and the property industry

    This episode is subtitled27 mins
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    Isis and the Battle for Iraq

    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.

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    Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad

    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

    Distressing images of death/ torture/atrocitiesThis episode is subtitled49 mins
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    Britain's Benefits Families

    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

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    Brexit: Crisis on the Wards

    In this episode from 2017, Morland Sanders investigates Brexit's impact on the NHS, as it faces the largest nursing shortage of recent times

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    Supermarkets: Brexit & Your Shrinking Shop

    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

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    Undercover: Britain's Cheap Clothes

    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

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    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, in this episode from 2016

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    How Safe Is Your Car?

    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

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    Britain's Pensioner Care Scandal

    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

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    Housing Benefit Millionaires

    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.

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    Council House Millionaires

    This episode from 2016 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?

    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

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    999: Where's My Ambulance?

    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?

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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. From 2016.

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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 complaints are rising. Dispatches goes undercover to investigate, in an episode from 2016.

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    How the Rich Live Longer

    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.

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    The Children Who Beat Ebola

    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

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    Low Pay Britain

    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.

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    How to Stop Your Nuisance Calls

    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.

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    Escape from Isis

    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

    Upsetting accounts and images of violenceThis episode is subtitled49 mins

    Clips & Extras

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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, in an episode from 2015

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  • How Councils Blow Your Millions

    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

  • Kids in Crisis

    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

  • 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 they don't tell their passengers. From 2015.

  • Benefits Britain: Universal Credit

    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.

  • Politicians for Hire

    In an episode from 2015, Dispatches investigates the behaviour of politicians in Westminster

  • The Great Car Con

    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'?

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    How to Break into Britain

    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

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  • Rice: How Safe Is Our Food?

    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.

  • Benefits Britain

    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.

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    Rich and on Benefits

    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

    This episode is subtitled27 mins
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    Secrets of Your Boss's Pay

    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

    This episode is subtitled27 mins
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    Property Nightmare: The Truth About Leaseholds

    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

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    Can You Trust Your Bank?

    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.

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    Gordon Brown's Missing Billions

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

    This episode is subtitled49 mins
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    Beneath the Veil

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

    Contains footage of executions and attrocities which some viewers may find disturbingThis episode is subtitled49 mins
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