Covers issues about British society, politics, health, religion, international current affairs and the environment, and often features a mole inside organisations under journalistic investigation.
'Dispatches' reporter Deborah Davies goes undercover in Saudia Arabia, one of the world's most secretive and repressive states. Davies talks to one of the Britons accused of involvement in the illegal alcohol trade and reports on the appalling conditions endured by westerners in Saudi jails. Davies also details how non-Muslim foreign workers are routinely tortured and even executed for minor crimes.
In the first ot two documentaries examining the predicament of Britain's immigrant communities, the film looks at the secret world of the illegal immigrant. The report exposes the organised crime behind the trade together with the appalling living conditions with which the immigrants are faced and their exploitation in the workplace. For six months, a team of four undercover reporters lived as illegal immigrants, joining gangs of Albanians exploited in the building trade, being attacked by racists, and working long hours for low pay in London hotels and restaurants. The programme also reveals the plight of asylum seekers in the north of England, where, having been placed in cold and inadequate flats on housing estates where they are continually threatened by racist gangs, large numbers are leaving the accommodation and are vanishing from the system. Contributors include Martin Slade of the Immigration Service Union and Lord Desai.
In this programme, stand-up comedian Omid Djalili, son of Iranian immigrants who came to the UK in 1958, presents his view on living in Britain as a "bloody foreigner". He investigates what life is like for today's asylum seekers.
Documentary reporting on the proposed forthcoming release of murderers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, and the emotions this has stirred up, with the Justice for James campaign organised by James Bulger's mother Denise Fergus, protesting against their release. Looks at questions of punishment and rehabilitation and at how inmates at secure units are treated.
Documentary investigating the agricultural crisis caused by the recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease and takes a critical look at the handling of the situation by government and the authorities. Examines how chaos reigned from the very staff, and looks at aspects such as resources and logistics, how the crisis spread, the effects on farmers and communities and the more long-term effects in economic recession in some areas. Includes interviews with farmers, politicians, scientists, soldiers drafted in to help dispose of carcasses and policy makers.
Investigation into Osama Bin Laden and his Al-Qaida terrorist network, considering its spread, recruitment, workings and capabilities.
Documentary in which Sairah Shah returns to Afghanistan and investigates the motivations and attitudes of the Taliban and al-Qaida, as well as the Northern Alliance. Also looks at the ordinary people caught between the Taliban regime and the Northern Alliance and the effects of a culture caught up in almost perpetual violence and conflict for over twenty years.
The results of a year long investigation into the system for protecting children against paedophiles. Includes contributions from : Prof Kevin Browne (University of Birmingham), Det Sgt Mick Studley (retired), Jim Reynolds (former Head Met Paedophile Unit), Det Insp and Cath Hannon.
Investigates the current state of the London Underground system, looking at aspects such as under-investment, decay, track and signal problems, the planned public-private partnership and serious safety problems. Also, at what commuters and users of the system have to put up with.
An investigation into the Israelis' tactics in quelling the Palestinian revolt, including the recent attack on the refugee camp at Jenin.
Documentary investigating why three Irishmen with strong IRA links were arrested in the summer of 2001 in an area of Colombia controlled by the narco-terrorist group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Reporter Sandra Jordon looks into the background of the three men, interviews former FARC operatives and learns how FARC appear to have adopted IRA military tactics as evidence of the IRA's involvement in global terrorism grows.
Documentary about illegal entry into Britain, from forged papers to hiding in the back of a lorry. Includes filming at the Sangatte centre in France with members of a people smuggling network.
An investigation into whether speed cameras are making Britain's roads safer. Jonathan Miller travels on some of the country's most dangerous roads and finds evidence that motorists are using various tactics to avoid being caught speeding, and that the Government's policies are failing to cut road death figures.
Dispatches reports from the new frontlines of the war on terrorism where, far from being beaten and disbanded, the 10,000 fighters of Al Qaeda are now regrouping for the next phase of their war on the West.
Just over a year after going undercover in Afghanistan to make the award-winning Beneath the Veil , Dispatches returns to the former Taliban-run country to reveal the story behind one of that film's most shocking images. Pictures smuggled out by the opposition group RAWA showed the medieval barbarity of the regime - symbolised by the execution of a woman in the middle of a football pitch. But what had the 35-year-old woman and mother of seven children done to warrant her fate? The Dispatches team track down her children and reveal her harrowing story as well as uncovering shocking evidence that the plight of women in Afghanistan has changed very little since the fall of the Taliban.
Reporter Sam Kiley goes undercover in Iraq to discover the barbarity that Saddam Hussein and his government want to keep from the outside world. He discovers a people terrorised by its own government and secret police. Civilians are assassinated and subjected to military brutality and women are beheaded in busy streets.
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