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Gerry Northam asks whether it's time for the government to allow a controlled trade in human organs.

2003052720030601

The government has invested heavily in the reform of cancer services and made it clear that broader reforms across the NHS may follow.

But how successful have the changes been?

2003060320030608

With more depleted uranium used during the war in Iraq than in any previous conflict, Jenny Cuffe examines the latest scientific research on the dangers it poses, and asks why the Government is ignoring safety recommendations from its own advisors on the subject.

/ More depleted uranium was used in the recent Iraq war than in any previous conflict.

Jenny Cuffe investigates the latest research on the dangers posed by this volatile material.

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20030615

The European sugar industry has long been kept sweet by a subsidy regime that costs consumers around £5 billion a year.

Now, with EU proposals to reform the subsidy system and health warnings from the World Health Organisation that we should consume less sugar, is the industry facing a bitter future? Fran Abrams reports.

2003112520031130

Iraq and other conflicts have left Britain?s shrinking armed forces more overstretched than at any time in the last fifty years.

Julian O?Halloran reports.

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The Government has promised a review of cases in which children have been removed by the state from their parents on controversial medical testimony in the courts.

But will it address the more fundamental failings of a family courts system in crisis? Allan Urry investigates.

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As investors demand more social responsibility from Britain's biggest companies, Allan Urry investigates one of the nation's leading oil and gas multinationals.

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In the first of a new series, Jenny Cuffe investigates the role played by private military contractors in Iraq.

As violence and lawlessness increase, business is booming for the security companies - but are there enough controls over the way they operate and the people they employ?

20040601

The government's health reforms promise local control of services through new Primary Care Trusts. But, with complaints that the Trusts only have real power as long as they do what Whitehall wants, just how democratic is New Labour's NHS? Gerry Northam investigates.

The government's health reforms promise local control of services through new Primary Care Trusts.

But, with complaints that the Trusts only have real power as long as they do what Whitehall wants, just how democratic is New Labour's NHS? Gerry Northam investigates.

2004060820040613

With Britain's defence budget being further stretched by military involvement in Iraq, Julian O'Halloran examines the MOD's spending record. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

With Britain's defence budget being further stretched by military involvement in Iraq, Julian O'Halloran examines the MOD's spending record. [Rpt of Tues 8.00pm]

With Britain's defence budget being further stretched by military involvement in Iraq, Julian O'halloran examines the MOD's spending record.

2004072720040801

The Bichard inquiry into the murder of the two Soham schoolgirls, revealed grave blunders by Humberside police. But, as Julian O'Halloran reports, it also found huge deficiencies in keeping police records nationwide, and the Home Office is now in a race against time to plug the gaps which could allow other child killers to strike.

The Bichard inquiry into the murder of the two Soham schoolgirls, revealed grave blunders by Humberside police.

But, as Julian O'halloran reports, it also found huge deficiencies in keeping police records nationwide, and the Home Office is now in a race against time to plug the gaps which could allow other child killers to strike.

2004101920041024

The National Health Service is spending more than £6 billion on a computer system linking all hospitals and GP surgeries in England; the biggest public sector computer project in the world. But as it approaches its launch, Gerry Northam reveals serious unease among some doctors and other health service professionals.

The National Health Service is spending more than £6 billion on a computer system linking all hospitals and GP surgeries in England; the biggest public sector computer project in the world.

But as it approaches its launch, Gerry Northam reveals serious unease among some doctors and other health service professionals.

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Sewers

Every year thousands of homes are flooded with evil-smelling sewage. Julian O'Halloran investigates growing concern over the crumbling state of Britain's sewerage system and the threat it poses public health.

Every year thousands of homes are flooded with evil-smelling sewage.

Julian O'halloran investigates growing concern over the crumbling state of Britain's sewerage system and the threat it poses public health.

2004110920041114

Why are teenaged boys so vulnerable to abuse by men who pay for sex? Allan Urry investigates one of Britain's biggest paedophile rings to find out how a schoolboy was abducted from his parents and sold to abusers across the country.

Allan Urry investigates a notorious paedophile ring to find out how a schoolboy was abducted from his family and sold to abusers across the country. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

2004111620041121

Jenny Cuffe reports on how the EU is considering new legislation which would require tests for thousands of chemicals which are routinely used by manufacturers. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

With the European Union considering new legislation which would require tests for thousands of chemicals which are routinely used by manufacturers, Jenny Cuffe assesses the latest scientific research, and asks how much we really know about the long term risks from some of the substances that are contained in almost everything we buy.

2004112320041128

Tony Blair's 'big idea' for secondary education is to create new, independent academies to replace failing schools in deprived areas.

The first 17 have already opened, but will the millions of pounds being invested benefit the pupils most in need?

Gerry Northam reports.

2004120720041212

Around two-thirds of British military deaths in Iraq were caused not by enemy action, but by 'friendly fire', faulty equipment, poor training and other organisational factors.

Now families of victims accuse the Ministry of Defence of covering up its own failings and shifting the blame onto front-line troops.

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Gerry Northam investigates allegations that much of Iraq's oil wealth has been squandered by incompetence and corruption during the current occupation. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Gerry Northam investigates allegations that much of Iraq's oil wealth has been squandered by incompetence and corruption during the current occupation. [Rpt Sun 5.00pm]

Gerry Northam investigates allegations that much of Iraq's oil wealth has been squandered by incompetence and corruption during the current occupation.

2005020820050213

Allan Urry investigates concerns about the huge backlog of repairs, maintenance and construction on Britain's roads. Is the state of our highways costing lives? [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Allan Urry investigates concerns about the huge backlog of repairs, maintenance and construction on Britain's roads.

Is the state of our highways costing lives?

2005021520050220

Julian O'Halloran reports from the tiny kingdom of Lesotho, where the people have suffered years of malnutrition, sickness and drought, yet their plight has been largely ignored. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

While billions of pounds have been pledged for victims of the tsunami disaster, other areas of the world desperate for aid are facing a donations famine. In the tiny kingdom of Lesotho, as in much of Southern Africa, several years of drought, malnutrition and sickness, have been largely ignored by the outside world. As Julian O'Halloran reports, new international trade rules have deepened the crisis by putting thousands out of work.

While billions of pounds have been pledged for victims of the tsunami disaster, other areas of the world desperate for aid are facing a donations famine.

In the tiny kingdom of Lesotho, as in much of Southern Africa, several years of drought, malnutrition and sickness, have been largely ignored by the outside world.

As Julian O'halloran reports, new international trade rules have deepened the crisis by putting thousands out of work.

Julian O'halloran reports from the tiny kingdom of Lesotho, where the people have suffered years of malnutrition, sickness and drought, yet their plight has been largely ignored.

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Alan Urry investigates concerns about the huge backlog of repairs, maintenance and construction on Britain's roads. Is the state of our highways costing lives? [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

Alan Urry investigates concerns about the huge backlog of repairs, maintenance and construction on Britain's roads. Is the state of our highways costing lives? [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Alan Urry investigates concerns about the huge backlog of repairs, maintenance and construction on Britain's roads.

Is the state of our highways costing lives?

2005031520050320

With the Provisional IRA accused of being behind one of the UK's biggest ever cash robberies of £26 million from the Northern Bank in Belfast, Allan Urry investigates the scale of serious and organised paramilitary crime north and south of the Irish border.

Alan Urry investigates the extent of serious and organised paramilitary crime north and south of the Irish border. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

2005032220050327

With family doctors no longer having to be on call after hours, File on 4 investigates whether patients are being put at risk. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

With family doctors no longer having to be on call after hours, File on 4 investigates whether patients are being put at risk. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

With family doctors no longer having to be on call after hours, File on 4 investigates whether patients are being put at risk.

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With family doctors no longer having to be 'on call' after hours, reporter Matthew Hill investigates whether patients are being put at risk. The programme uncovers evidence of long delays in responding to patients in urgent need of medical care.

With family doctors no longer having to be 'on call' after hours, reporter Matthew Hill investigates whether patients are being put at risk.

The programme uncovers evidence of long delays in responding to patients in urgent need of medical care.

2005060720050612

Many food products have been withdrawn because of fears over carcinogenic additives. The sufferers have been the farmers of the spice fields of India. Jenny Cuffe investigates.

Many food products have been withdrawn because of fears over carcinogenic additives. The sufferers have been the farmers of the spice fields of India. Jenny Cuffe investigates. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Many food products have been withdrawn because of fears over carcinogenic additives.

The sufferers have been the farmers of the spice fields of INDIA.

Jenny Cuffe investigates.

2005061420050619

With the government signalling that a new generation of nuclear reactors is now a real possibility, how near is Britain to finding a solution to the old problem of what to do with vast quantities of dangerous radioactive waste?

Julian O'Halloran reports on the disposal headaches and the radiation leaks which continue to dog the nuclear power industry.

2005062120050626

How good is the Home Office at making immigration and asylum decisions? Amid widely-publicised claims that undeserving applicants have learned to play the system, Gerry Northam investigates complaints that many genuine cases are rejected, causing needless distress and wasting huge amounts of public money on appeals.

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Children and teachers are being put at risk because of failures to pass on information about violent pupils and abusive parents. Fran Abrams investigates the lapses which have left school staff and children exposed to attack.

Children and teachers are being put at risk because of failures to pass on information about violent pupils and abusive parents.

Fran Abrams investigates the lapses which have left school staff and children exposed to attack.

2005070520050710

Ten years ago, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, on charges of genocide. File on 4 examines the failure of the international community to bring Karadzic to trial and the implications it has for the fragile peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Ten years ago, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, on charges of genocide.

File on 4 examines the failure of the international community to bring Karadzic to trial and the implications it has for the fragile peace in Bosnia - Herzegovina.

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How safe is it to blow the whistle on alleged wrong-doing in one of the country's most closed public services; the prison system? Jenny Cuffe investigates.

How safe is it to blow the whistle on alleged wrong-doing in one of the country's most closed public services - the prison system? Jenny Cuffe investigates claims that staff and inmates are being victimised for making complaints.

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Hosepipe bans, dwindling river flows, and half full reservoirs - the signs of water shortage are growing across some of Britain's most populated areas. The last big drought nine years ago spelled out the need to cut water demand and conserve vital supplies if another crisis was to be averted - so what measures were taken and why haven't they worked?

Hosepipe bans, dwindling river flows, and half full reservoirs - the signs of water shortage are growing across some of Britain's most populated areas.

The last big drought nine years ago spelled out the need to cut water demand and conserve vital supplies if another crisis was to be averted - so what measures were taken and why haven't they worked?

2005072620050731

Gerry Northam examines the new anti-fraud regime in Europe and asks if it is working. Six years after the European Commission promised zero tolerance of corruption, why do allegations of widespread fraud and financial mismanagement persist?

Gerry Northam examines the new anti-fraud regime in Europe and asks if it is working.

Six years after the European Commission promised zero tolerance of corruption, why do allegations of widespread fraud and financial mismanagement persist?

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With an increasing number of hospitals battling with large scale debts, Liz Carney investigates whether policies designed to increase patient choice could create more financial instability and even lead to hospital closures.

2005080920050814

Alan Whitehouse investigates the performance of Britain's bus companies and uncovers poor reliability, safety failings and a regulatory system that is struggling to cope. So what are we getting for the millions of pounds of public money funnelled into the bus industry each year?

Alan Whitehouse investigates the performance of Britain's bus companies and uncovers poor reliability, safety failings and a regulatory system that is struggling to cope.

So what are we getting for the millions of pounds of public money funnelled into the bus industry each year?

2005101120051016

Terrorist suspects are supposed to meet speedy justice under streamlined extradition procedures.

However, critics complain that the new law is a recipe for future miscarriages of justice.

Gerry Northam investigates.

Terrorist suspects are supposed to meet speedy justice under streamlined extradition procedures. However, critics complain that the new law is a recipe for future miscarriages of justice. Gerry Northam investigates.

2005101820051023

Road hauliers continue to complain about the damaging effects of Britain's fuel prices, but it's only one of the many pressures facing an industry under stress.

There's also a critical shortage of capable lorry drivers at a time when demand is soaring. Is this why some become so tired that they fall asleep at the wheel, causing fatal accidents?

There's also a critical shortage of capable lorry drivers at a time when demand is soaring.

Is this why some become so tired that they fall asleep at the wheel, causing fatal accidents?

2005102520051030

Richard Watson investigates the background to the London bombings and asks whether the authorities could have done more to counter the terrorist threat rooted in Britain. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

Richard Watson investigates the background to the London bombings and asks whether the authorities could have done more to counter the terrorist threat rooted in Britain. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Richard Watson investigates the background to the London bombings and asks whether the authorities could have done more to counter the terrorist threat rooted in Britain.

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Tony Blair stepped in personally to speed up compensation for those injured in the London bombings - but other victims of crime are complaining that they have to wait years for compensation, and that money they receive can be woefully inadequate to care for those with the most serious injuries.

File on 4 investigates the system for compensating those who suffer violent attacks.

With Julian O'Halloran.

2005110820051113

The fight to end poverty highlighted by Live 8 was followed by more pictures of the starving in Niger. With concerns over more famines, Jenny Cuffe returns to Niger, and asks why the world always wakes up too late.

The fight to end poverty highlighted by Live 8 was followed by more pictures of the starving in Niger.

With concerns over more famines, Jenny Cuffe returns to Niger, and asks why the world always wakes up too late.

2005111520051120

After the controversy over the breast cancer drug Herceptin, Gerry Northam examines the way in which Britain approves new drugs for use in the NHS. Is there needless bureaucracy? [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

After the controversy over the breast cancer drug Herceptin, Gerry Northam examines the way in which Britain approves new drugs for use in the NHS. Is there needless bureaucracy? [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

After the controversy over the breast cancer drug Herceptin, Gerry Northam examines the way in which Britain approves new drugs for use in the NHS.

Is there needless bureaucracy?

2005112220051127

Brussels has 15,000 lobbyists whose job it is to try to influence European policy. But does a lack of regulation and transparency allow them and their corporate clients too much influence over the decisions that are made?

Sarah Spiller reports.

Brussels has 15,000 lobbyists whose job it is to try to influence European policy.

But does a lack of regulation and transparency allow them and their corporate clients too much influence over the decisions that are made?

2005112920051204

Following the string of high profile cases in which it was shown that mothers had been wrongly convicted of killing their children, the courts were expected to take a more cautious approach to charges of abuse.

But how much has really changed? John Sweeney investigates two new cases in which families claim they've suffered a miscarriage of justice.

2005120620051211

Floods, heatwaves and extreme weather all suggest that climate change could pose real risks for the future. But as the countries that back the Kyoto global warming treaty meet in Montreal, have Britain's own efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions run into the sand?

Floods, heatwaves and extreme weather all suggest that climate change could pose real risks for the future.

But as the countries that back the Kyoto global warming treaty meet in Montreal, have Britain's own efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions run into the sand?

2005121320051218

Jenny Cuffe investigates claims of delays and falling public confidence in the way the police deal with 999 calls. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

Jenny Cuffe investigates claims of delays and falling public confidence in the way the police deal with 999 calls. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Jenny Cuffe investigates claims of delays and falling public confidence in the way the police deal with 999 calls.

2006013120060205

Public sector spending on private consultants is now costing billions of pounds, with everyone from Whitehall departments to hospital trusts hiring in external advisors.

But who decides if their advice is a good use of public money, and who assesses their effectiveness?

Allan Urry investigates.

2006020720060212

The public is supposed to be protected from the most dangerous criminals when they are released from prison. But recent cases of brutal murder reveal serious flaws in the system for managing risk.

Gerry Northam reports.

The public is supposed to be protected from the most dangerous criminals when they are released from prison. But recent cases of brutal murder reveal serious flaws in the system for managing risk. Gerry Northam reports.

The public is supposed to be protected from the most dangerous criminals when they are released from prison.

But recent cases of brutal murder reveal serious flaws in the system for managing risk.

2006021420060219

In the wake of the Buncefield blast, just how safe are British oil depots and other hazardous sites? Julian O'Halloran reveals that there have been a series of lucky escapes. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

In the wake of the Buncefield blast, just how safe are British oil depots and other hazardous sites? Julian O'Halloran reveals that there have been a series of lucky escapes. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

In the wake of the Buncefield blast, just how safe are British oil depots and other hazardous sites? Julian O'halloran reveals that there have been a series of lucky escapes.

2006022120060226

Head teachers are now among Britain's most powerful public sector managers. Education reforms have left them in charge of budgets worth millions - and with little outside control. As ministers press ahead with measures designed to give schools even more financial freedom, Fran Abrams asks: 'When heads step over the line, who steps in?'

Head teachers are now among Britain's most powerful public sector managers.

Education reforms have left them in charge of budgets worth millions - and with little outside control.

As ministers press ahead with measures designed to give schools even more financial freedom, Fran Abrams asks: 'When heads step over the line, who steps in?'.

2006022820060305

Kate Clark reports from southern Afghanistan where a vanguard of British troops arrives ahead of a larger deployment in the spring. How great are the risks in an area where suicide bomb attacks are on the increase and where the Taleban are said to be resurgent?

Kate Clark reports from southern Afghanistan where a vanguard of British troops arrives ahead of a larger deployment in the spring.

How great are the risks in an area where suicide bomb attacks are on the increase and where the Taleban are said to be resurgent?

2006030720060312

With the number of reported rapes continuing to rise, BBC correspondent Danny Shaw asks why so few still end in a successful prosecution. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

With the number of reported rapes continuing to rise, BBC correspondent Danny Shaw asks why so few end in a successful prosecution. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

With the number of reported rapes continuing to rise, BBC correspondent Danny Shaw asks why so few still end in a successful prosecution.

With the number of reported rapes continuing to rise, BBC correspondent Danny Shaw asks why so few end in a successful prosecution.

2006031420060319

In the fight against terrorism, how secure are Britain's ports and airports? Gerry Northam examines fears that dangerous people or substances can be too readily shipped in. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

In the fight against terrorism, how secure are Britain's ports and airports? Gerry Northam examines fears that dangerous people or substances can be too readily shipped in. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

In the fight against terrorism, how secure are Britain's ports and airports? Gerry Northam examines fears that dangerous people or substances can be too readily shipped in.

2006032120060326

The Child Support Agency is the latest in an ever increasing line of public bodies to enlist the help of bailiffs to help collect monies owed to them in taxes, fines and maintenance payments.

Allan Urry investigates and asks who benefits when the bailiff calls.

2006032820060402

As a new exodus of refugees from troubled Darfur threatens the stability of neighbouring Chad, reporter Liz Carney asks whether three years of international diplomacy has done anything to ease the plight of refugees or to halt the violence of marauding militias.

2006052320060528

Iraqi security forces have been supplied with weapons in complex arms deals involving the US and UK. But in a country awash with as many as eight million small arms and a thriving black market, Allan Urry examines concerns that guns destined for soldiers and police are being diverted to insurgents, for use against British and American troops.

Iraqi security forces have been supplied with weapons in complex arms deals involving the US and UK.

But in a country awash with as many as eight million small arms and a thriving black market, Allan Urry examines concerns that guns destined for soldiers and police are being diverted to insurgents, for use against British and American troops.

2006053020060604

As the NHS faces a massive cash crisis, the government insists its multi-billion pound computer project is to press ahead despite widespread opposition from doctors. Has Whitehall got the prescription wrong? Gerry Northam reports.

As the NHS faces a massive cash crisis, the government insists its multi-billion pound computer project is to press ahead despite widespread opposition from doctors.

Has Whitehall got the prescription wrong? Gerry Northam reports.

2006060620060611

The recent suicide of Alison Davies, and her disabled son Ryan - the mother and son who threw themselves from the Humber Bridge - has highlighted the desperation families face caring for some of Britain's most vulnerable children. Sarah Spiller investigates the new crisis in respite care.

The recent apparent suicide of Alison Davies, and the death of her disabled son Ryan - the mother and son who fell from the Humber Bridge - has highlighted the desperation families face caring for some of Britain's most vulnerable children. Sarah Spiller investigates the new crisis in respite care.

The recent apparent suicide of Alison Davies, and the death of her disabled son Ryan - the mother and son who fell from the Humber Bridge - has highlighted the desperation families face caring for some of Britain's most vulnerable children.

Sarah Spiller investigates the new crisis in respite care.

2006060620060612

Zaiba Malik asks what safeguards exist to prevent convicted European rapists and murderers entering the UK to commit violent new crimes. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

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With growing concern over foreign criminals being released rather than deported at the end of their prison sentences, Zaiba Malik asks what safeguards exist to prevent convicted European rapists and murderers entering the UK to commit violent new crimes.

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Miriam O'reilly asks who should be accountable for the failure of the new rural payments scheme that has brought many English farmers to the brink of financial ruin.

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Julian O'Halloran investigates the problems with the UK's water supply and asks if the regulatory bodies are doing enough to force the water companies to keep their promises. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Julian O'Halloran investigates the problems with the UK's water supply and asks if the regulatory bodies are doing enough to force the water companies to keep their promises.

2006070420060709

As the US celebrates Independence Day, Jenny Cuffe investigates growing concern among American Muslims about measures being taken to combat home-grown terrorism.

[Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

As the US celebrates Independence Day, Jenny Cuffe investigates growing concern among American Muslims about measures being taken to combat home-grown terrorism. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

As the US celebrated Independence Day last week, Jenny Cuffe investigates growing concern among American Muslims about measures being taken to combat home-grown terrorism. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

2006071120060716

As the police inquiry into loans and honours continues, Fran Abrams looks at the activities of some of the government's other business friends.

As the police inquiry into loans and honours continues, Fran Abrams looks at the activities of some of the government's other business friends. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

2006071820060723

With the price of gold surging to new heights, British investors are pumping billions of pounds into new mining ventures around the globe. Angus Stickler investigates claims that multinational companies are stripping developing countries of their natural resources, wreaking environmental and social havoc in some of the poorest nations in the world.

With the price of gold surging to new heights, British investors are pumping billions of pounds into new mining ventures around the globe.

Angus Stickler investigates claims that multi-national companies are stripping developing countries of their natural resources, wreaking environmental and social havoc in some of the poorest nations in the world.

2006072520060730

The government wants the interests of crime victims to be a central part of the justice system.

But how well are victims currently treated by prosecutors? With Gerry Northam

The government wants the interests of crime victims to be a central part of the justice system. But how well are victims currently treated by prosecutors? With Gerry Northam. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

The government wants the interests of crime victims to be a central part of the justice system. But how well are victims currently treated by prosecutors? With Gerry Northam. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

2006080120060806

Julian O'Halloran investigates cases of teenagers in custody which point to a lack of care, and asks if some of these youngsters should be in prison at all. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Julian O'halloran investigates cases of teenagers in custody which point to a lack of care, and asks if some of these youngsters should be in prison at all.

Julian O'Halloran investigates cases of teenagers in custody which point to a lack of care, and asks if some of these youngsters should be in prison at all. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

2006100320061008

A year after the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, Kate Clark investigates the consequences of allowing extremist Islamic groups and their humanitarian wings to play a major role in the relief and recovery operation.

2006101020061015

As concern grows about heavy fighting in Afghanistan and mounting casualties in Iraq, Allan Urry investigates the system for Defence procurement and asks why British troops can't get some of the equipment they need to help keep them safe.

2006101720061022

The government sets no limit to private corporations in the NHS.

Even GPs surgeries are now being taken over.

But does the record suggest this is wise? Gerry Northam reports.

Gerry Northam examines the ever-increasing deployment of private corporations within the NHS.

The government sets no limit to private corporations in the NHS. Even GPs surgeries are now being taken over. But does the record suggest this is wise? Gerry Northam reports. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

Gerry Northam examines the ever-increasing deployment of private corporations within the NHS. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

2006102420061029

Recent events in America have dented the image of oil giant BP.

Julian O'halloran investigates.

Recent events in America have dented the image of oil giant BP. Julian O'Halloran investigates. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

Recent events in America have dented the image of oil giant BP. Julian O'Halloran investigates.

2006103120061105

As former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra begins a new life in London, Fran Abrams asks why Britain remains the destination of choice for controversial foreign politicians.

As former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra begins a new life in London, Fran Abrams asks why Britain remains the destination of choice for many controversial foreign politicians.

2006110720061112

As the political and military post mortems continue in Israel over the invasion of Lebanon, Paul Adams reports from Jerusalem on the aftermath of the conflict and its implications for the Middle East peace process.

2006111420061119

Richard Watson investigates the extent of radicalisation among Britain's Muslim communities and asks if enough is being done to tackle the problem.

Richard Watson investigates the extent of radicalisation among Britain's Muslim communities and asks if enough is being done to tackle the problem. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

2006112120061126

Gerry Northam investigates the use of bugging and surveillance in the fight against terrorism and major crime and asks whether evidence so obtained should be admissible in court. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Gerry Northam investigates the use of bugging and surveillance in the fight against terrorism and major crime and asks whether evidence so obtained should be admissible in court.

Gerry Northam investigates the use of bugging and surveillance in the fight against terrorism and organised crime and asks whether evidence obtained from such methods should be admissible in court.

2006112820061203

With a new superbug more virulent than MRSA on the rise in Britain's hospitals, Allan Urry asks whether the government is doing enough to protect patients from infections.

With a new superbug more virulent than MRSA on the rise in Britain's hospitals, Allan Urry asks whether the government is doing enough to protect patients from infections. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

2006120520061210

As cracks are revealed at the heart of nuclear reactors, dealing a massive blow to generator British Energy and posing major safety questions, Julian O'Halloran asks if Britain has become dangerously dependent on a fleet of ageing and decrepit nuclear power stations.

2007013020070204

As Britain's top military brass say more should be done to support troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, the programme investigates the way in which the MoD treats soldiers who have been badly injured and the families of those killed in action.

2007020620070211

Russia has denied any part in the death by radiation poisoning of ex-KGB man Alexander Litvinenko. And the Kremlin has spoken of a Cold War mentality in the West.

But Julian O'Halloran reports from St Petersburg and Moscow on a series of mystery deaths which raise further suspicions and questions over the role of the authorities.

Russia has denied any part in the death by radiation poisoning of ex-KGB man Alexander Litvinenko.

And the Kremlin has spoken of a Cold War mentality in the West.

2007021320070218

The government promised to hit major criminals where it hurts.

So why is it closing the agency which seizes their assets? Gerry Northam investigates.

Major issues at home and abroad.

The government promised to hit major criminals where it hurts. So why is it closing the agency which seizes their assets? Gerry Northam investigates.

2007022720070304

With attention focused again on the diamond trade, Fran Abrams reports from one of the world's most unstable countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo, on 'conflict copper' and the other less glamorous minerals that fuel violence.

2007030620070311

Stephen Grey tells the inside story of Britain's dirty war against drugs.

Why did a controversial policy of using major dealers as informants do so little to stem the flow of drugs on to our streets?

Stephen Grey tells the inside story of Britain's dirty war against drugs. Why did a controversial policy of using major dealers as informants do so little to stem the flow of drugs on to our streets?

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Major issues at home and abroad. With Jenny Cuffe.

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Gerry Northam investigates reports that Britain's most vulnerable adults are not properly protected from abuse by the very people who are paid to care for them.

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Teenage gun crime in Britain is a matter of increasing concern.

Ministers are promising action, but where are young gang members obtaining their firearms? Allan Urry investigates.

Teenage gun crime in Britain is a matter of increasing concern. Ministers are promising action, but where are young gang members obtaining their firearms? Allan Urry investigates.

2007052920070603

Allan Urry investigates the effects of budget cuts on the Royal Navy as an enquiry about the recent capture of British sailors in the Persian Gulf gets under way.

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Julian O'Halloran explores current attempts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and asks whether carbon trading and similar schemes can have any impact on climate change.

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Gerry Northam reports on the Private Finance Initiative. A keystone of Gordon Brown's policy as Chancellor, the scheme is showing signs of strain. Have the billions spent on projects including schools and hospitals been used wisely?

Gerry Northam reports on the Private Finance Initiative.

A keystone of Gordon Brown's policy as Chancellor, the scheme is showing signs of strain.

Have the billions spent on projects including schools and hospitals been used wisely?

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As the death toll in Afghanistan continues to rise, Kate Clark reveals how corruption and mismanagement is threatening Hamid Karzai's government and boosting the Taleban.

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Angus Stickler investigates honour-based violence in the UK, which frequently involves crimes against women in Muslim communities.

There have been at least a dozen so-called honour killings during the last year, but it is claimed that official figures conceal a much more widespread problem.

Angus Stickler investigates honour-based violence in the UK, which frequently involves crimes against women in Muslim communities. There have been at least a dozen so-called honour killings during the last year, but it is claimed that official figures conceal a much more widespread problem.

2007070320070708

International pressure is mounting over Iran's development of its nuclear programme.

Allan Urry asks whether the UK and Europe are doing enough to prevent the Iranians from acquiring sensitive military technology and equipment from western companies.

International pressure is mounting over Iran's development of its nuclear programme. Allan Urry asks whether the UK and Europe are doing enough to prevent the Iranians from acquiring sensitive military technology and equipment from western companies.

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With Britain in the middle of a construction boom, Julian O'Halloran investigates claims of cartels and price-rigging, and assesses how much such practices could be adding to the final bills faced by UK plc.

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Gerry Northam reports on how the allocation system for council housing works and asks if local people are losing out to economic migrants.

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Ministers believe that investment, rather than aid, is the key to lifting developing countries out of poverty.

But is this theory borne out by facts? Fran Abrams investigates.

Ministers believe that investment, rather than aid, is the key to lifting developing countries out of poverty. But is this theory borne out by facts? Fran Abrams investigates.

2007073120070805

The government is expected to issue the first tenders for the controversial ID card scheme this month.

Sarah Spiller asks whether the project will be a valuable weapon to combat fraud and terrorism or an expensive flop.

The government is expected to issue the first tenders for the controversial ID card scheme this month. Sarah Spiller asks whether the project will be a valuable weapon to combat fraud and terrorism or an expensive flop.

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Allan Urry investigates cases of abuse in homes for elderly people in care and asks why it seems so difficult to monitor such cases and to obtain redress when they are discovered.

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As American house prices are hit by a flood of defaults on home loans, Michael Robinson investigates growing concerns about unchecked borrowing and the potential danger for the UK housing market.

2007100220071007

Kate Clark looks at conditions in Basra after the British handover.

2007100920071014

New research suggests that occupational cancer deaths in the UK could be far higher than previously thought.

Tim Whewell asks if the Health and Safety Executive is doing enough to prevent work-related cancers.

New research suggests that occupational cancer deaths in the UK could be far higher than previously thought. Tim Whewell asks if the Health and Safety Executive is doing enough to prevent work-related cancers.

2007101620071021

Billions of pounds are allocated for regeneration projects in the UK, but are the proper accounting procedures in place? The European Commission has recently stopped some payments.

Gerry Northam investigates.

Billions of pounds are allocated for regeneration projects in the UK, but are the proper accounting procedures in place? The European Commission has recently stopped some payments. Gerry Northam investigates.

2007102320071028

Allan Urry investigates the growing impact of crack cocaine on society as its use spreads across the UK's towns and cities. He reports on the violent gangs who supply the drug, police efforts to tackle the organisations behind its distribution and the growing numbers of children taken in to care due to the reckless behaviour of parents.

Allan Urry investigates the growing impact of crack cocaine on society as its use spreads across the UK's towns and cities.

He reports on the violent gangs who supply the drug, police efforts to tackle the organisations behind its distribution and the growing numbers of children taken in to care due to the reckless behaviour of parents.

2007103020071104

Julian O'Halloran reports on the tensions which have resurfaced in America's Deep South following a case of alleged racial injustice and white supremacist provocation. The resultant wave of protest has rekindled memories of the Civil Rights marches of the 1960s.

Julian O'halloran reports on the tensions which have resurfaced in America's Deep South following a case of alleged racial injustice and white supremacist provocation.

The resultant wave of protest has rekindled memories of the Civil Rights marches of the 1960s.

2007110620071111

BBC Business Editor Robert Peston investigates the causes of the recent Northern Rock crisis.

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Gerry Northam investigates reports that research into the development of new cancer treatments is being jeopardised by failure to take basic precautions in laboratories.

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In the wake of the New Year chaos on Britain's railways, Julian O'Halloran looks at Network Rail's performance on track maintenance and its record on safety checks.

2008021220080217

The major political parties' fundraising methods have all come under close scrutiny recently, but concerns are now being expressed over the finances of the British National Party.

Fran Abrams investigates.

The major political parties' fundraising methods have all come under close scrutiny recently, but concerns are now being expressed over the finances of the British National Party. Fran Abrams investigates.

2008021920080224

Town halls are facing thousands of backdated equal pay claims from women workers.

But how are cash-strapped local authorities going to meet bills which could amount to almost three billion pounds? Jenny Cuffe reports.

Town halls are facing thousands of backdated equal pay claims from women workers. But how are cash-strapped local authorities going to meet bills which could amount to almost three billion pounds? Jenny Cuffe reports.

2008022620080302

Armadeep Basset reports on the activities of UK-based Sikh groups in support of a violent campaign for an independent homeland in the Punjab.

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As the goverrnment devolves more responsibilities to England's nine Regional Development Agencies, Allan Urry investigates their performance.

Critics claim they are unaccountable, out of touch and poor value for their budget.

As the goverrnment devolves more responsibilities to England's nine Regional Development Agencies, Allan Urry investigates their performance. Critics claim they are unaccountable, out of touch and poor value for their budget.

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Julian O'Halloran reports on a new compensation scheme for wounded soldiers which began in 2005 but appears not to have met victims' expectations.

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Angus Stickler investigates the market for platinum.

An essential component of the catalytic convertors which clean up car emissions, this metal is now twice the price of gold.

But as mining companies rush to exploit South Africa's reserves, traditional farmers are claiming that they are being forced off their ancestral lands.

Angus Stickler investigates the market for platinum. An essential component of the catalytic convertors which clean up car emissions, this metal is now twice the price of gold. But as mining companies rush to exploit South Africa's reserves, traditional farmers are claiming that they are being forced off their ancestral lands.

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Allan Urry reports from Liverpool. The city is celebrating its status as European Capital of Culture, yet the City Council is the subject of scathing reports by government auditors.

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Fran Abrams investigates the financial war against terrorism in the light of a recent High Court ruling that suspects' assets cannot be frozen.

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Fran Abrams investigates the financial war against terrorism in the light of a recent High Court ruling that suspects' assets cannot be frozen.

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Gerry Northam investigates claims that tens of thousands of elderly dementia sufferers are being given powerful drugs which are unnecessary and have potentially lethal side effects.

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Allan Urry investigates the impact of the economic downturn on urban regeneration as the credit crunch and falling property values force some developers to abandon their plans, leaving local authority partners unable to develop key sites.

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While Britain's hospitals struggle to contain the spread of MRSA, Jenny Cuffe reports on a new and potentially fatal strain of the bacteria which attacks children and young people in the community. Experts warn that the death toll will continue to rise unless the government takes decisive action.

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As millions of families struggle to pay rocketing gas and electricity bills, Julian O'halloran investigates claims that our bills may be hundreds of pounds too high because of weak regulation, bad planning and the fact that the market is dominated by just six big companies.

20081026

As millions of families struggle to pay rocketing gas and electricity bills, Julian O'Halloran investigates claims that our bills may be hundreds of pounds too high because of weak regulation, bad planning and the fact that the market is dominated by just six big companies.

2008102820081102

Tim Whewell reports from Georgia, reassessing the origins of the recent conflict with Russia.

He investigates who was responsible for the outbreak of hostilities and whether the fighting could have been avoided, and assesses its impact on leaders in Washington, Moscow and Tbilisi.

Tim Whewell reports from Georgia, reassessing the origins of the recent conflict with Russia. He investigates who was responsible for the outbreak of hostilities and whether the fighting could have been avoided, and assesses its impact on leaders in Washington, Moscow and Tbilisi.

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Tim Whewell reports from Georgia, reassessing the origins of the recent conflict with Russia. He investigates who was responsible for the outbreak of hostilities and whether the fighting could have been avoided, and assesses its impact on leaders in Washington, Moscow and Tbilisi.

2008111120081116

Simon Cox investigates how English football's finances have got into such a mess.

With Premier League clubs alone currently in three billion pounds-worth of debt, the game's governing bodies in England and Europe want action and the UK government has called for a review of financial regulation within the game.

Simon Cox investigates how English football's finances have got into such a mess. With Premier League clubs alone currently in three billion pounds-worth of debt, the game's governing bodies in England and Europe want action and the UK government has called for a review of financial regulation within the game.

20081116

Simon Cox investigates how English football's finances have got into such a mess. With Premier League clubs alone currently in three billion pounds-worth of debt, the game's governing bodies in England and Europe want action and the UK government has called for a review of financial regulation within the game.

2008111820081123

Amardeep Bassey investigates fears that some of the funds that Britain is spending on projects to prevent violent extremism taking root in Muslim communities may be falling into the hands of the very groups it is trying to defeat.

2009012720090201

Jon Manel finds out if the law is keeping pace with the increasing numbers of British couples who are having children using surrogate mothers, both in Britain and abroad.

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Michael Robinson investigates the legacy of toxic lending by British banks and reveals why the threat it poses to UK jobs, homes and incomes is especially acute.

Michael Robinson investigates the legacy of toxic lending by British banks.

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Grant Ferrett investigates whether the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Britain and Europe are adequate to stop wealth being channelled out of the country by people close to the Mugabe government.

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Simon Cox examines the record of the Royal Military Police in dealing with alleged crimes by British forces both during operations and in peacetime.

The record of the Royal Military Police in dealing with alleged crimes by UK forces.

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Jenny Cuffe asks if the government policy of tightening immigration rules to help preserve jobs for British workers is being undermined by employers who are intent on bringing overseas workers as a way of driving down pay.

Jenny Cuffe asks if the policy of preserving jobs for British workers is being undermined.

2009092920091004

Following criticism of the NHS over the system failures which allowed a man with schizophrenia to kill two people, Miriam O'reilly investigates claims of widespread problems in community mental health services which are allowing dangerous patients to commit violent offences or to harm themselves.

Miriam O'reilly investigates claims of major problems in community mental health services.

2009100620091011

With a Parliamentary report expected to add to criticism of Whitehall's defence purchasing systems, Gerry Northam asks why it seems so hard to buy the right equipment for our forces.

Gerry Northam asks why it seems so hard to buy the right equipment for our forces.

2009101320091018

Fears over deep cuts in council jobs and services have brought predictions of a winter of discontent and strife unlike anything seen for 30 years.

But as councils prepare to wield the axe, Julian O'Halloran asks if some authorities have added to their budget crises by awarding over-the-top pay, perks and severance terms to their own top executives.

Julian O'Halloran examines the levels of pay awarded by some councils to their executives.

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The government has pledged 150 million pounds to combat the threat of improvised explosive devices, which are now the biggest danger to British and other coalition troops in Afghanistan.

But is the UK doing enough to tackle the increasing threat they pose? Allan Urry investigates.

What is being done to tackle the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.

2010020920100214

While Britain's top bankers celebrate their bonuses, Michael Robinson investigates the commercial property market and the nasty surprises that it may hold for the banks and for the long-suffering British taxpayers who bailed them out.

Michael Robinson investigates the nasty surprises in the commercial property market.

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For years Britain has been criticised for failing to investigate and punish companies who use bribery and corruption to win contracts overseas.

Just before the General Election, Parliament approved a new Bribery law.

And in recent months the Serious Fraud Office has adopted a new strategy, prosecuting a string of British-based firms and managers who have pleaded guilty to corrupt practices abroad.

It seemed that prosecutors were finally beginning to get results.

But now English judges are objecting to the American-style plea bargains which have encouraged guilty companies to confess to past illegality.

One senior judge has warned prosecutors they have no power to strike such deals, which tend to offer a more lenient sentence in return for an admission of guilt.

And in another case, an executive who cooperated with prosecutors has been sentenced to a year in prison for helping to bribe officials in the Greek health service to buy his company's medical equipment.

In the first of a new series of 'File on 4', Allan Urry investigates bribery by British firms abroad, and serious disarray in the court system which should be bringing them to justice.

Producer: Andy Denwood.

Is Britain's drive to curb bribery and corruption working? Allan Urry investigates.

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File on 4: Lifting the lid on illegal London - welcome to a world of forged documents and faked identities.

It's believed there are likely to be more than 200,000 illegal migrant workers in the UK's capital city.

But how are they able to survive.

How do they get work? In this special investigation, Jon Manel obtains rare access into the lives of some of London's illegal workers - lives often based on lies and deception.

He discovers that some are now so much part of the system, they even pay tax and national insurance.

He hears of miserable and difficult times spent living in the shadows.

But other illegal workers say they are making a bigger contribution than many who were born here.

"I'm doing a job that most English persons wouldn't do.

I think I've never seen an English person cleaning a toilet".

And he goes to a well known part of London that owes its survival to the workers who shouldn't be here.

Producer: Paul Grant.

Jon Manel lifts the lid on illegal working in London.

File on 4: Lifting the lid on illegal London - welcome to a world of forged documents and faked identities. It's believed there are likely to be more than 200,000 illegal migrant workers in the UK's capital city. But how are they able to survive. How do they get work? In this special investigation, Jon Manel obtains rare access into the lives of some of London's illegal workers - lives often based on lies and deception. He discovers that some are now so much part of the system, they even pay tax and national insurance.

He hears of miserable and difficult times spent living in the shadows. But other illegal workers say they are making a bigger contribution than many who were born here. "I'm doing a job that most English persons wouldn't do. I think I've never seen an English person cleaning a toilet". And he goes to a well known part of London that owes its survival to the workers who shouldn't be here.

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As BP's oil spill threatens fishing towns and tourist beaches along America's Gulf coast, Gerry Northam asks if lessons from previous disasters could have prevented the tragedy.

When the tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989, the resulting oil spill became the worst in American history.

Fisheries were closed and the local economy was undermined.

Many said such a disaster should never again befall American coastal communities.

Tankers were obliged to be constructed with a protective second skin, and the law was changed to give polluters the clear responsibility to pay for oil spills.

But as thousands of barrels a day continue to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, a growing chorus of critics is asking why more preparations were not made for such a tragedy? Gerry Northam reports.

Producer Andy Denwood

Editor David Ross.

Could lessons from past disasters have prevented BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

20100727

A special court system is supposed to protect the interests of the vulnerable and the elderly.

It's appointed thousands of 'deputies' - or guardians - to ensure their money is properly managed.

The system was reformed three years ago - but have the changes worked?

There have been allegations the system is slow, bureaucratic and open to abuse.

In some cases lawyers are appointed to oversee people's financial arrangements - and families claim they charge excessive fees.

In other cases, it's a relative who's appointed as a deputy - but are there adequate safeguards to ensure they're not misappropriating the money? Fran Abrams investigates cases where the system has left some vulnerable people worse off.

How well does the Court of Protection safeguard the finances of the old and vulnerable?

A special court system is supposed to protect the interests of the vulnerable and the elderly. It's appointed thousands of 'deputies' - or guardians - to ensure their money is properly managed. The system was reformed three years ago - but have the changes worked?

There have been allegations the system is slow, bureaucratic and open to abuse. In some cases lawyers are appointed to oversee people's financial arrangements - and families claim they charge excessive fees. In other cases, it's a relative who's appointed as a deputy - but are there adequate safeguards to ensure they're not misappropriating the money? Fran Abrams investigates cases where the system has left some vulnerable people worse off.

20101005

The planned withdrawal of British and other foreign troops from Afghanistan relies on the Afghan army and police to take over security duties.

Since 2002, the USA has spent $27bn - over half of its total reconstruction fund - training and equipping Afghan forces.

The aim is to build up an army of 171,600 people and a police force of 134,000 by October 2011.

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants national forces to be in complete control of the country by 2014.

But these targets, and the loyalty of some personnel, are called into question by recent killings carried out by members of the Afghan security forces:

*20 July 2010: two US weapons trainers were shot dead by an Afghan soldier

*13 July 2010: three British soldiers were attacked by an Afghan soldier who shot one dead in his bed and fired a rocket-propelled grenade which killed two others

*3 November 2009: three British soldiers and two members of the Royal Military Police were shot dead by an Afghan policeman.

An investigation published in June 2010 by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that officials had often overstated the readiness of Afghan forces, rating some units as first class when they were incapable of fighting the Taliban on their own.

It also reported high levels of desertion, corruption and drug abuse.

Gerry Northam asks if the transition to Afghan control is really on track.

Producer: David Lewis Editor: David Ross.

Can Afghan forces guarantee the country's security when British and other troops pull out?

Since 2002, the USA has spent $27bn - over half of its total reconstruction fund - training and equipping Afghan forces. The aim is to build up an army of 171,600 people and a police force of 134,000 by October 2011.

An investigation published in June 2010 by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that officials had often overstated the readiness of Afghan forces, rating some units as first class when they were incapable of fighting the Taliban on their own. It also reported high levels of desertion, corruption and drug abuse.

20101012

Do Insolvency Practitioners measure up to the high standards expected of them when they are called in to a stricken business? Allan Urry examines concerns that some IP's don't always act in the best interests of creditors who are owed money when companies fail.

Are landlords right to complain they've been getting a raw deal because some corporate undertakers side too much with their retail paymasters, who are pushing for reduced rents because their businesses are in trouble.

The Office of Fair Trading is calling for far reaching reforms amid concerns about high fees and low recovery rates for some creditors.

So is there proper oversight of a profession which takes a billion pounds in fees each year, but isn't subjected to much public scrutiny?

PRODUCER: Paul Grant.

Allan Urry investigates concerns about the role of insolvency practitioners.

Do Insolvency Practitioners measure up to the high standards expected of them when they are called in to a stricken business? Allan Urry examines concerns that some IP's don't always act in the best interests of creditors who are owed money when companies fail. Are landlords right to complain they've been getting a raw deal because some corporate undertakers side too much with their retail paymasters, who are pushing for reduced rents because their businesses are in trouble.

The Office of Fair Trading is calling for far reaching reforms amid concerns about high fees and low recovery rates for some creditors. So is there proper oversight of a profession which takes a billion pounds in fees each year, but isn't subjected to much public scrutiny?

20101102

Jenny Cuffe investigates how British-based Somalis are being lured into fighting for the al-Qaeda-linked Islamists of al-Shabaab.

There have been consistent rumours that dozens, perhaps scores of British-based Somali men have travelled to Somalia to join the militant Islamist group which was banned by the British Government earlier this year.

In September the rumours were given new urgency when the Director of MI5, Jonathan Evans, warned it was only a matter of time before the UK suffered an act of terrorism committed by al-Shabaab-trained Britons.

File on 4 explores the techniques used by Al-Shabaab to persuade young members of the 250,000-strong British Somali community to sign up for Jihad in Somalia.

Members of the close-knit and reticent British Somali community tell Jenny Cuffe of their fears that youngsters are being seduced through the internet and by shadowy recruiting sergeants for the Horn of Africa's most feared military force.

And the programme travels to the state of Minnesota to see how a vigorous FBI investigation and cooperation from the Somali community have laid-bare a pipeline which first lured, then transported young American Somalis to the training camps and battlefields of Somalia.

Producer: Andy Denwood.

How British Somalis are recruited to fight for the banned Islamist group, al-Shabaab.

File on 4 explores the techniques used by Al-Shabaab to persuade young members of the 250,000-strong British Somali community to sign up for Jihad in Somalia. Members of the close-knit and reticent British Somali community tell Jenny Cuffe of their fears that youngsters are being seduced through the internet and by shadowy recruiting sergeants for the Horn of Africa's most feared military force.

20110607

Is Iran exploiting the turmoil caused by the Arab Spring, and the uncertainly following the killing of Osama Bin Laden? After Iranian military rockets were found on the battlefields of Afghanistan, Allan Urry assesses new evidence alleging Iran's closer ties with al Qaeda and the Taliban.

And, with more illicit shipments of weapons from Iran being seized in the Middle East, in breach of a UN arms embargo, the programme also reports on the discovery of a weapons smuggling ring set up in the heart of Europe to service Tehran.

It also investigates the involvement of a former British Royal Marine in the ring.

Producer Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Allan Urry investigates claims that Iran has been stepping up its support for terrorism.

Is Iran exploiting the turmoil caused by the Arab Spring, and the uncertainly following the killing of Osama Bin Laden? After Iranian military rockets were found on the battlefields of Afghanistan, Allan Urry assesses new evidence alleging Iran's closer ties with al Qaeda and the Taliban. And, with more illicit shipments of weapons from Iran being seized in the Middle East, in breach of a UN arms embargo, the programme also reports on the discovery of a weapons smuggling ring set up in the heart of Europe to service Tehran. It also investigates the involvement of a former British Royal Marine in the ring.

20110628

Over the last month Britain's biggest provider of care homes for the elderly, Southern Cross, has been beset by financial woes.

But across the country an even deeper crisis is unfolding as local authorities implement massive budget cuts.

This week File on 4 investigates how cutbacks are leaving elderly people with insufficient care, and councils with a major financial headache.

The programme also hears from small care home providers who say they are being forced out of business because the fees local authorities now pay them are too low.

And with the report from a Government commission due in a few days, the programme asks whether the gap in funding for the care of elderly people can be closed..

Reporter: Fran Abrams

Producer: Gail Champion.

Why the UK's elderly care sector is facing a financial crisis.

Over the last month Britain's biggest provider of care homes for the elderly, Southern Cross, has been beset by financial woes. But across the country an even deeper crisis is unfolding as local authorities implement massive budget cuts.

20110705

In the wake of the financial disaster, policy makers and regulators around the world pledged to make banking safer and more transparent.

But the reality, many experts claim, is proving very different.

For this edition of File on 4, Michael Robinson investigates some of the apparently straightforward financial products banks now offer and uncovers disturbing complexity.

One product, called Exchange Traded Funds, appears to offer private individuals and pension funds a cheap and simple way to invest - in anything from the top 100 companies on the British stock exchange, to obscure companies in emerging economies or even to baskets of commodities.

Beneath this apparent simplicity, the programme discovers that many EFTs hide a forest of financial engineering designed to increase the profits of the banks which provide them.

But at what risk?

Another product, so-called "Naked Credit Default Swaps" may have an obscure name but they were at the heart of the financial crisis and are still one of the most widespread instruments used by banks.

They are now accused by some of exacerbating Europe's sovereign debt problems.

A leading British financial academic likens them to taking out insurance on someone else's life.

There is then an obvious incentive, he tells the programme, to push the person who's life you have insured under a bus.

On both sides of the Atlantic, regulators hoped to reduce the risks of this massive market.

But, as the programme discovers, there's widespread doubt among financial professionals that they've succeeded.

Producer: Sally Chesworth.

Do the complex financial products banks still offer threaten another meltdown?

In the wake of the financial disaster, policy makers and regulators around the world pledged to make banking safer and more transparent. But the reality, many experts claim, is proving very different.

Beneath this apparent simplicity, the programme discovers that many EFTs hide a forest of financial engineering designed to increase the profits of the banks which provide them. But at what risk?

Another product, so-called "Naked Credit Default Swaps" may have an obscure name but they were at the heart of the financial crisis and are still one of the most widespread instruments used by banks. They are now accused by some of exacerbating Europe's sovereign debt problems.

A leading British financial academic likens them to taking out insurance on someone else's life. There is then an obvious incentive, he tells the programme, to push the person who's life you have insured under a bus.

On both sides of the Atlantic, regulators hoped to reduce the risks of this massive market. But, as the programme discovers, there's widespread doubt among financial professionals that they've succeeded.

20110712

The Border Agency is charged with preventing drugs, weapons and would-be illegal immigrants from getting to the UK.

But three years after being created, the Agency has been accused by MPs of failing to enforce immigration rules.

Faced with cuts to its budget and the loss of around one-fifth of its staff over the next four years, the Agency is looking to new technology to improve its effectiveness.

But with delays to the e-borders project and problems with existing computer systems, Morland Sanders investigates whether the strategy will work.

Facing massive job cuts, will the Border Agency be able to protect the UK's frontiers?

The Border Agency is charged with preventing drugs, weapons and would-be illegal immigrants from getting to the UK. But three years after being created, the Agency has been accused by MPs of failing to enforce immigration rules. Faced with cuts to its budget and the loss of around one-fifth of its staff over the next four years, the Agency is looking to new technology to improve its effectiveness. But with delays to the e-borders project and problems with existing computer systems, Morland Sanders investigates whether the strategy will work.

20110719

Why are ambulances queuing up to unload patients needing treatment at hospital Accident and Emergency Departments? Some senior A and E medics say there are too few beds and not enough staff in a front line service struggling to cope.

Cash strapped NHS Trusts are closing casualty units, or replacing them with lower grade Urgent Care Centres but what's been the impact on patients? Allan Urry asks whether A and E is on life support, at a time when the NHS is trying to make £20 billions savings without compromising patient care.

Presenter: Allan Urry

Producer: Samantha Fenwick.

Allan Urry examines claims of a crisis in hospital accident and emergency services.

Why are ambulances queuing up to unload patients needing treatment at hospital Accident and Emergency Departments? Some senior A and E medics say there are too few beds and not enough staff in a front line service struggling to cope. Cash strapped NHS Trusts are closing casualty units, or replacing them with lower grade Urgent Care Centres but what's been the impact on patients? Allan Urry asks whether A and E is on life support, at a time when the NHS is trying to make £20 billions savings without compromising patient care.

20110927

The Department of Health wants to slash £1.2 billion off the bill for hospital supplies -- everything from bandages and rubber gloves to operating tables and medical equipment.

The planned savings form part of the £20 billion in NHS efficiency savings the Government has pledged to make by 2014.

There's plenty of scope for savings.

A recent survey found one Hospital Trust bought 177 different types of surgical gloves.

Across the NHS, hospitals buy more than 1,700 different kinds of canula.

Rationalising this medical shopping list could free-up £500 million a year for investment in patient care, the National Audit Office estimates.

But can the increasingly complex NHS procurement system in England deliver the major savings the Government wants to see?

Critics say Foundation Hospital Trusts increasingly make their own buying decisions, with little or no national co-ordination.

Inside hospitals, managers tasked with purchasing millions of pounds worth of equipment often lack the authority or the support of their superiors to drive through savings.

Meanwhile new private sector companies are moving in to take over the purchase and supply of NHS equipment.

Will the Government's plans for a more devolved health service help or hinder the drive to save taxpayers' money.

Jenny Cuffe investigates.

Producer: Andy Denwood.

Does the NHS spend too much on bandages and syringes? Jenny Cuffe investigates.

There's plenty of scope for savings. A recent survey found one Hospital Trust bought 177 different types of surgical gloves. Across the NHS, hospitals buy more than 1,700 different kinds of canula. Rationalising this medical shopping list could free-up £500 million a year for investment in patient care, the National Audit Office estimates.

Critics say Foundation Hospital Trusts increasingly make their own buying decisions, with little or no national co-ordination. Inside hospitals, managers tasked with purchasing millions of pounds worth of equipment often lack the authority or the support of their superiors to drive through savings. Meanwhile new private sector companies are moving in to take over the purchase and supply of NHS equipment.

Will the Government's plans for a more devolved health service help or hinder the drive to save taxpayers' money. Jenny Cuffe investigates.

20111004

Household gas and electricity bills are set to soar, leaving millions at risk of 'fuel poverty' and vulnerable to cold as winter approaches.

The government's hopes for recovery in UK manufacturing industry are also threatened in key sectors by rocketing energy prices.

Some small and medium-sized businesses have already been pushed into liquidation and there are fears that others will follow.

Politically, attention is now focusing on the behaviour of the so-called Big Six energy companies which supply 99% of the gas and electricity used in British homes.

The regulator OFGEM accuses them of 'complex and unfair pricing policies'.

It wants to increase competition by making it simpler for customers to decide to switch suppliers.

It finds that prices go up like a rocket but fall like a feather.

And it wants greater disclosure of corporate accounting systems, to check for excessive profits.

Gerry Northam examines claims from some industry insiders that the Big Six are behaving as the banks did before the credit crunch - threatening economic recovery while believing they are too big to fail.

Producer: Samantha Fenwick.

Are households and businesses being overcharged for gas and electricity?

The government's hopes for recovery in UK manufacturing industry are also threatened in key sectors by rocketing energy prices. Some small and medium-sized businesses have already been pushed into liquidation and there are fears that others will follow.

The regulator OFGEM accuses them of 'complex and unfair pricing policies'. It wants to increase competition by making it simpler for customers to decide to switch suppliers. It finds that prices go up like a rocket but fall like a feather. And it wants greater disclosure of corporate accounting systems, to check for excessive profits.

20111011

With the Government's controversial reforms under fire from countryside campaigners, Allan Urry investigates radical changes to the planning system.

Ministers insist more housing is needed, fuelling fears of greenfield sites being bulldozed.

But as they begin to slim down bureaucracy to speed up development, how many more homes are actually getting built?

Under the localism agenda, communities are being told they'll get much more say about who builds what in their neighbourhood.

But what happens if it's a waste incinerator or a power station? The programme reveals how local objections are likely to been given much less consideration.

Presenter Allan Urry

Producer: Rob Cave.

Allan Urry investigates the Government's radical changes to the planning system.

Ministers insist more housing is needed, fuelling fears of greenfield sites being bulldozed. But as they begin to slim down bureaucracy to speed up development, how many more homes are actually getting built?

Under the localism agenda, communities are being told they'll get much more say about who builds what in their neighbourhood. But what happens if it's a waste incinerator or a power station? The programme reveals how local objections are likely to been given much less consideration.

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Why are more schools failing their Ofsted inspections? Fran Abrams investigates.

Ofsted has a new, hard-line chief inspector and a new, tougher inspection regime - and in the past few months that has led to a spike in the number of schools deemed inadequate.

Predictably, there has been a corresponding wave of anger in schools - with a growing number taking to the courts to challenge the inspectors' views?

So are the inspectors really up to the job? And who inspects the inspectors?

Fran Abrams investigates.

Producer: Rob Cave.

2012080720120812

World health chiefs have branded diesel exhaust emissions a major cause of cancer. Despite the efforts of car-makers to filter out the most noxious substances, these fumes still play a big part in causing air pollution.

Britain has the second worst respiratory death rates in Europe and has long been under notice from Brussels to clean up its act. So why are most UK areas in breach of legal limits?

And do ministers have any clear plan to reduce the huge annual total of resulting deaths?

Julian O'Halloran investigates.

Producer : Rob Cave.

Is enough being done to combat diesel pollution which is blamed for thousands of deaths?

2014101420141019 (R4)

What lies behind plans to outsource NHS cancer care in parts of the Midlands?

In the biggest outsourcing to date, the NHS in England has announced it is tendering a huge £700 million contract for providing NHS cancer care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, along with another £500million for end of life care in the region. Officials say it will streamline services and provide better treatment while critics say it's the most reckless privatisation yet. BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym investigates..

Producer: Paul Grant.

20150303

Secure children's homes look after some of the country's most vulnerable youngsters. Largely run by local authorities, they provide safe accommodation for children placed on custody grounds or for welfare reasons because they present a danger to themselves or others. The demand for places is rising but the number of beds is falling. So where does that leave those they are meant to cater for? With the government currently conducting a review into the system, File on 4 gets rare access to one home in the Midlands to meet children and staff; and talks to those struggling to find places for children across the UK.

Reporter: Fran Abrams

Producer: Emma Forde.

2015071420150719 (R4)

Good cop? Bad cop? Reforming the police complaints process. Presented by Claire Savage.

Complaints against the police are running at a record high. The vast majority, nine out of ten, are rejected from the start. But when complainants appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, one in 2 cases is overturned. Others - disgruntled with the way they've been treated by the police - sue the force. File on 4 hears from people who've been battling for years to pursue a complaint and who claim the process is unfairly weighted in favour of the police.

In the Queen's Speech the Government confirmed its plans to overhaul the complaints system in order to restore public confidence. As part of the reform, Police and Crime Commissioners could be able to decide if they want to handle allegations against their local forces. The Commissioners themselves are divided on whether they want this additional role and critics say they would not have the resources to do it effectively.

So just what recourse do you have when you feel you've been dealt with unfairly by the police? And will the Home Office proposals make any difference? Claire Savage investigates.

Presenter: Claire Savage Producer: David Lewis.

2015091520150920 (R4)

Under fire over controversial decisions, is the Crown Prosecution Service up to the job?

Controversial charging decisions in the cases of Lord Janner, Operation Elveden and a doctor accused of female genital mutilation have brought a hostile reaction in the media to the Director of Public Prosecutions and increasing concern about the health of her organisation - the Crown Prosecution Service.

Over the past five years the CPS has seen budget cuts of over 25% resulting in job losses and internal reforms. Despite this, the organisation maintains that it continues to improve performance - measured by conviction rates in both magistrates' and Crown Courts.

However, there are increasing concerns about staff morale, the quality of decision-making and the standard of advocacy in court. BBC Home Affairs Correspondent, Danny Shaw has been hearing frank testimony from both inside and outside the CPS which presents a revealing picture of the justice system in England and Wales.

Presenter: Danny Shaw Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

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Like other steel communities, Rotherham faces the loss of hundreds of jobs. It is the latest blow to a town now synonymous with widespread sexual abuse. So can Rotherham recover?

Like other steel communities, Rotherham faces the loss of hundreds of jobs following the recent announcement of redundancies at the local plant. It's the latest blow to a town now synonymous with widespread child grooming. Last year the Jay Report estimated that 1400 young people had been sexually abused there. It said most of the victims were white and most of the perpetrators were Asian men. So what's been the impact on community relations and how far has the scandal affected the local economy? For File on 4, Manveen Rana returns to the town to talk to families, business owners and the authorities to find out whether Rotherham can recover.

Producer: Sally Chesworth.

A lasting legacy? Have the sexual abuse revelations blighted Rotherham in the longer-term?

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How safe are we in the hands of the growing number of agency staff at NHS hospitals?

How safe are we in the hands of locum staff at NHS hospitals? The Government's crackdown on big fees charged by agencies that hire them out has been making headlines, but what's being done to ensure they are up to the job?

Allan Urry investigates recent cases which raise questions about the quality of care delivered by some temporary staff. Should an agency doctor have better assessed a poorly surgical patient on his ward who died a short time later from a post -operative bleed? The programme also asks how well the agency sector is regulated following the revelation that a partly-qualified doctor was able to treat more than 3000 patients after lying about his qualifications.

Reporter: Allan Urry Producer: David Lewis.

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In the first of a new series, Allan Urry investigates claims by former officers from one of Britain's biggest police forces that they've been the victims of crimes committed by their own colleagues. He hears claims of dirty tricks by a secretive police unit within Greater Manchester Police which some officers say have led to criminal charges against them. Others say they've been unfairly targeted through the internal disciplinary process, with evidence distorted and statements changed.

Are they bad cops with an axe to grind or victims of corrupt practices and institutional cover up?

Producers: Sally Chesworth and Neil Morrow.

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The Serious Fraud Office has begun an investigation into allegations of corruption in the award of multi-million pound oil contracts in the Middle East. Oil consulting firm Unaoil, based in Monaco, denies that it helped British and other companies win contracts by corrupting politicians and government officials.

The investigation follows a leak of thousands of emails and other documents. Jane Deith has been given access to the leaked papers and reveals what they tell us about the business of oil.

Reporter: Jane Deith Producer: Paul Grant.

The Serious Fraud Office has begun an investigation into allegations of corruption in the award of multi-million pound oil contracts in the Middle East. A Monaco based company, Unaoil, denies that it helped British and other companies win contracts by corrupting politicians and government officials.

20170926

Current affairs documentary series.

Adoption can transform lives. Today, most children available for adoption have had a difficult start. Removed from birth parents and taken into care, many have experienced abuse and neglect which can leave them with complex mental health and/or developmental needs. Adoption can provide them with stable and loving homes.

But what happens when the challenges the adoptive family faces become overwhelming? And is there enough support available to the families who give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in society?

File on 4 hears from adoptive parents struggling to cope with their children's complex problems - and battling with the authorities to get the help they desperately need.

The charity Adoption UK thinks as many as a quarter of all adoptive families are in crisis and in need of professional help to keep their family together. But are adoptive parents given enough information about the challenges they are likely to face and when they do encounter problems, is there enough help available?

Two years ago, the government set up a special fund designed to help adoptive families in England access a range of post-adoption therapeutic services. To date, more than £52 million has been spent via the Adoption Support Fund. But where is the money going and are the treatments on offer proven to be effective?

The truth is that no one really knows how many adoptions are 'disrupted' or end up in full break down when the child is permanently returned to care. But when they do, it is devastating for everyone involved. We speak to families fighting to get the help they need to stay together.

Reporter: Alys Harte
Producer: Jane Drinkwater.

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As investigations continue into the cause of the blaze at the Royal Marsden, Allan Urry asks whether fire safety standards in Britain's hospitals are good enough.

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Danny Shaw looks at government proposals to deal with prison overcrowding and asks whether bigger jails will solve the problem.

He reports from Europe's largest prison at Fleury Merogis, near Paris.

Danny Shaw looks at government proposals to deal with prison overcrowding and asks whether bigger jails will solve the problem. He reports from Europe's largest prison at Fleury Merogis, near Paris.

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Major issues at home and abroad.

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Gerry Northam investigates claims that tens of thousands of elderly dementia sufferers are being given powerful psychiatric drugs which are not only unnecessary but also have potentially lethal side effects.

*20080624

Kate Clark investigates efforts to stem the opium trade in Afghanistan, which is said to bankroll the Taliban.

*20080629

Kate Clark investigates efforts to stem the opium trade in Afghanistan, which is said to bankroll the Taliban.

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Lesley Curwen investigates growing concerns that many blood transfusions are unnecessary and could do more harm than good to patients.

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While Britain's hospitals struggle to contain the spread of MRSA, Jenny Cuffe reports on a new and potentially fatal strain of the bacteria which attacks children and young people in the community.

Experts warn that the death toll will continue to rise unless the government takes decisive action.

*2009012020090125

Julian O'halloran examines Britain's insolvency laws and asks whether weaknesses in regulation and enforcement are being exploited by some company directors to unfairly dispose of debts.

Julian O'halloran examines Britain's insolvency laws.

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Allan Urry investigates how criminal syndicates have been able to target GPs, hospitals and chemists with cheap counterfeit drugs.

With the NHS under pressure to cut its 11 billion-pound annual spending on medicines, has the hunt for cheaper alternatives opened the door to these dangerous fakes?

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Julian O'halloran investigates claims that overreaction by schools to minor incidents or unproven allegations is ruining the careers of hundreds of innocent teachers.

As efforts to protect children from abuse or cruelty are intensified, Julian asks if some safety measures have gone too far?

Julian O'halloran asks if school safety measures to protect children have gone too far?

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Allan Urry investigates more claims of bad behaviour on the part of bankers, and follows the David and Goliath struggle of a group of small business owners who are battling to force one of the high street giants to take responsibility for the decisions that they claim left them in ruins.

Allan Urry investigates more claims of bad behaviour on the part of bankers.

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The government's flagship policy for public investment, the Private Finance Initiative, has always relied on big loans from banks.

But now, as lenders demand far more for their money, Michael Robinson investigates disturbing increases in the cost of building our schools, hospitals and roads.

In today's economic climate, does PFI represent value for money for hard-pressed taxpayers?

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With payouts in clinical negligence cases expected to reach a record 700 million pounds in 2010, Miriam O'reilly investigates no-win, no-fee lawyers.

Some of them are allowed to charge up to 800 pounds per hour in bringing claims against the NHS, enabling many law firms to earn substantially more in fees than their clients receive in damages.

Miriam O'reilly investigates the no-win, no-fee lawyers who bring claims against the NHS.

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Following a series of blunders by the justice authorities, who left a dangerous criminal free to torture and murder two French students in London, Allan Urry asks whether government ministers can still justify their claim that Britain's system of public protection from violent offenders and sex abusers is among the best in the world.

Is Britain's system of public protection from violent offenders still among the best?

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With an inquiry underway into the mid-air explosion in 2006 aboard a Nimrod aircraft, which killed 14 service personnel, Angus Stickler examines the safety record of the RAF in recent conflicts.

Angus Stickler examines the safety record of the RAF in recent conflicts.

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As evidence continues to emerge about the CIA's secret detention and interrogation programme, calls grow on this side of the Atlantic for an inquiry into claims that Britain colluded in the torture of suspects.

Stephen Grey investigates the relationship between the US and the UK security services in the hidden War on Terror.

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As the government's strategy for combating extremism is revised to focus on white racist groups as well as Islamic radicals, Allan Urry assesses the threat of attacks by right-wing extremists and fears that they could lead to a rise in racial tensions.

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The head of the Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner, has questioned the social usefulness of what banks do.

But as he and other regulators wrestle with ways of controlling so-called 'casino operations', Michael Robinson lifts the lid on the latest tricks of the trade which some banks are now using to increase profits.

Michael Robinson examines the latest tricks which some banks are using to increase profits

*2009111720091122

With record gold prices stimulating demand, Jenny Cuffe reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo on the scale of illegal mining and asks if the industry does enough to ensure that gold supplies aren't being used to fund conflict.

Jenny Cuffe reports from DR Congo on the scale of illegal gold mining.

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With around 8,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in the UK, hospitals are having to use organs from the elderly, smokers, cancer sufferers and drug abusers.

Gerry Northam examines the dilemmas posed for doctors and assesses the risks to transplant patients.

*2009120120091206

US troops have handed control for security in Iraq back to the Iraqi government, which was supposed to be the first sign that normality was returning to the streets.

So why are thousands of Iraqi refugees still refusing to return home? Kate Clark invesigates.

Kate Clark investigates why thousands of Iraqi refugees are still refusing to return home.

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Last year 2,445 cases, including allegations of police brutality, deaths in custody and serious negligence, were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

But is it truly independent, and does its record over five years encourage public confidence? Gerry Northam investigates.

Gerry Northam considers the independence of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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After two big scandals in a year over dire standards in hospitals which put patients at serious risk, Julian O'halloran asks how many people are still being killed by avoidable medical blunders, and how far the NHS has progressed since it began to address the problem ten years ago.

Julian O'halloran asks how many people are being killed by avoidable hospital blunders.

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Five years ago the government promised to provide a safety net for when pension funds went bust, but this new scheme is already more than a billion pounds in deficit.

Fran Abrams investigates allegations that some companies are simply dumping their obligations and leaving the Pensions Protection Fund - and in some cases the taxpayer - to pick up the bill.

Investigating allegations that some companies are failing their pension fund obligations.

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The government is promising extra help for people out of work during the recession.

But, as Britain braces itself for a rise in unemployment, Allan Urry reports from the communities already hardest hit and asks what redundant steelmakers, public sector workers and others joining the dole queue can really expect at the Jobcentre.

Allan Urry reports from the communities already hardest hit by the rise in unemployment.

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Five years after Lord Laming's inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie, children are still dying at the hands of their parents or carers.

The Laming Report called for a major reform of the way child abuse cases are handled, but how much has changed?

Five years after Lord Laming's inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie, children are still dying at the hands of their parents or carers. The Laming Report called for a major reform of the way child abuse cases are handled, but how much has changed?

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Allan Urry reports from Liverpool.

The city is celebrating its status as European Capital of Culture and its regeneration programme is one of Europe's biggest.

The area should be booming, yet Liverpool City Council is faced with mounting debts and is the subject of scathing reports by government auditors.

Allan Urry reports from Liverpool. The city is celebrating its status as European Capital of Culture and its regeneration programme is one of Europe's biggest. The area should be booming, yet Liverpool City Council is faced with mounting debts and is the subject of scathing reports by government auditors.

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Gerry Northam investigates the Colonial Development Corporation, established in 1948 to promote industry and agriculture in the poorest parts of the British Empire.

Rumours of impending privatisation of the agency are circulating, and its critics claim that it is increasingly concerned with making profits rather than relieving poverty.

Gerry Northam investigates the Colonial Development Corporation, established in 1948 to promote industry and agriculture in the poorest parts of the British Empire. Rumours of impending privatisation of the agency are circulating, and its critics claim that it is increasingly concerned with making profits rather than relieving poverty.

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Allan Urry examines the case for linking animal cruelty with child abuse, amid concerns expressed by organisations such as the RSPCA and the NSPCC that offenders may be more likely to commit both crimes.

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Lucy Ash investigates the behind-the-scenes role played by Egypt and its President Hosni Mubarak in the latest crisis in Gaza.

Mubarak may have placed himself at the centre of attempts to end the conflict, but how will he weather the mounting criticism levelled at him both at home and abroad?

The role played by Egypt and its President Hosni Mubarak in the Gaza crisis.

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As local authorities struggle to balance the books because of the economic downturn, Allan Urry reports on a crisis in town hall finances.

At a time when councils say that they are being forced to lay off thousands of staff, Allan asks why they have been investing a billion pounds of taxpayers' cash in banks which have crashed, with no sign of recovering the money.

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Shari Vahl investigates the extent to which inadequate safeguards to property rights in Britain might be contributing to the theft of millions of pounds, as criminals 'steal' houses from under the noses of homeowners by exploiting the way Land Registry information is made available.

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Julian O'halloran investigates claims that industrial-scale pig farms in America played a key role in exposing us to the swine flu virus.

Local people near the first known case in Mexico questioned the role of an American-owned industrial scale pig farm not far away.

Any link was strenuously denied, however, and the US pork industry soon helped persuade medical authorities to drop the term 'swine flu'.

But for years American virologists have been studying the links between new and potentially risky flu viruses and farm animals.

Whatever the role of pig farms in Mexico, experts say that parts of the current flu virus can be traced back to outbreaks of swine flu, then affecting only pigs, in several American states in 1998.

As Julian reports from the USA, the move to highly intensive pig farming methods by some companies has long been denounced by green groups and the animal welfare lobby, who allege massive damage to the environment, intolerable smells, and health risks to farm workers and their families.

Now they are asking if factory farming conditions could have increased the dangers of a global flu pandemic.

Julian O'halloran investigates claims about the causes of the swine flu virus.

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Gerry Northam investigates allegations of incompetence and neglect in England's biggest quango, the Learning and Skills Council.

As the recession leads to rocketing unemployment, apprentices and local college students have been hit by a dramatic cash crisis in this government agency, which oversees their training.

Gerry Northam investigates allegations of incompetence in the Learning and Skills Council.

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Fraud is estimated to cost the UK economy upwards of 14 billion pounds a year, a figure which is expected to rise dramatically during the recession.

Gerry Northam investigates whether some of the biggest and most audacious corporate fraudsters are now practically immune from prosecution.

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Some of Britain's police forces are warning of a funding crisis, with staff cuts, stations closing and parts of the motorway network left unpatrolled.

Allan Urry investigates the effects on the frontline and asks if the police could still do more to deliver better value from the money they get.

Allan Urry investigates the effects of the police force's current funding problems.

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CAFCASS, the family courts' advisory service, is again facing claims that it is failing the vulnerable children it is supposed to protect.

Seven years after reporting that the organisation was in crisis, Jenny Cuffe returns to ask why the service is still facing a backlog of urgent cases and unprecedented delays.

Jenny Cuffe asks why CAFCASS, the family courts' advisory service, is facing a backlog.

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As ministers decide whether a 12-billion-pound NHS computer project in England offers value for money, Gerry Northam asks if some major IT projects could be scrapped by a new government looking for big spending cuts.

Gerry Northam asks if some major IT projects could be scrapped by a new government.

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Around a third of all youngsters who have been abused are victims of other children and young people.

Jackie Long investigates what is done to help young abusers stop offending and asks why so many are slipping through the net.

Jackie Long finds out what is being done to help young abusers stop offending.

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The government's forensic science service is crucial to taclking crime, but is shedding hundreds of jobs and closing half its laboratory facilities in a drive to make the organisation more commercial.

Fran Abrams investigates whether or not the aggressive cost-cutting in beginning to hit the way the service operates and consequently undermine justice.

01/06/201020100606

The UK has some of the highest rates of stillbirths and early neonatal deaths in Europe.

There have been calls for improved care in hospital labour wards and an increase in research efforts to discover why so many apparently perfectly normal babies die.

However there is growing concern that in some hospitals, these deaths are not being properly investigated.

Parents report difficulties in finding out full details of what went wrong.

Shortages of specialist pathologists have meant that crucial post-mortem examinations are never carried out.

And the inquest system is patchy when it comes to discovering the cause of a new born baby's death.

For 'File on 4', Ann Alexander investigates.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Ann Alexander asks why the UK has some of the highest rates of stillbirths in Europe.

01/12/200920091206

Kate Clark investigates why thousands of Iraqi refugees are still refusing to return home.

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Allan Urry investigates how criminal syndicates have been able to target GPs, hospitals and chemists with cheap counterfeit drugs.

With the NHS under pressure to cut its 11 billion-pound annual spending on medicines, has the hunt for cheaper alternatives opened the door to these dangerous fakes?

Allan Urry investigates the sale of counterfeit drugs to GPs, hospitals and chemists.

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Do the complex financial products banks still offer threaten another meltdown?

05/10/201020101010

The planned withdrawal of British and other foreign troops from Afghanistan relies on the Afghan army and police to take over security duties.

Since 2002, the USA has spent $27bn - over half of its total reconstruction fund - training and equipping Afghan forces.

The aim is to build up an army of 171,600 people and a police force of 134,000 by October 2011.

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants national forces to be in complete control of the country by 2014.

But these targets, and the loyalty of some personnel, are called into question by recent killings carried out by members of the Afghan security forces:

*20 July 2010: two US weapons trainers were shot dead by an Afghan soldier

*13 July 2010: three British soldiers were attacked by an Afghan soldier who shot one dead in his bed and fired a rocket-propelled grenade which killed two others

*3 November 2009: three British soldiers and two members of the Royal Military Police were shot dead by an Afghan policeman.

An investigation published in June 2010 by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that officials had often overstated the readiness of Afghan forces, rating some units as first class when they were incapable of fighting the Taliban on their own.

It also reported high levels of desertion, corruption and drug abuse.

Gerry Northam asks if the transition to Afghan control is really on track.

Producer: David Lewis Editor: David Ross.

Can Afghan forces guarantee the country's security when British and other troops pull out?

06/07/201020100711

File on 4: Lifting the lid on illegal London - welcome to a world of forged documents and faked identities.

It's believed there are likely to be more than 200,000 illegal migrant workers in the UK's capital city.

But how are they able to survive.

How do they get work? In this special investigation, Jon Manel obtains rare access into the lives of some of London's illegal workers - lives often based on lies and deception.

He discovers that some are now so much part of the system, they even pay tax and national insurance.

He hears of miserable and difficult times spent living in the shadows.

But other illegal workers say they are making a bigger contribution than many who were born here.

"I'm doing a job that most English persons wouldn't do.

I think I've never seen an English person cleaning a toilet".

And he goes to a well known part of London that owes its survival to the workers who shouldn't be here.

Producer: Paul Grant.

Jon Manel lifts the lid on illegal working in London.

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Allan Urry investigates claims that Iran has been stepping up its support for terrorism.

07/07/200920090712
08/06/201020100613

As MPs and senior officials retire on 'gold-plated' pensions, the media report that public sector pension schemes are heading for crisis because of multi-billion pound funding deficits.

Local Councils alone are said to face a black hole of £53bn, which critics claim can only be filled by drastic cuts in entitlements and increased contributions from staff.

Both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are committed to reform of the system.

Unions are planning a campaign to preserve their members' rights and have already secured a significant court victory blocking cuts to redundancy payments.

Gerry Northam looks behind the headlines and asks if there really is a looming pensions crisis.

Producer: Samantha Fenwick.

Is there really a crisis over public sector pensions? Gerry Northam investigates.

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The record of the Royal Military Police in dealing with alleged crimes by UK forces.

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Facing massive job cuts, will the Border Agency be able to protect the UK's frontiers?

13/07/201020100718

Britain claims to have one of the most effective arms export control regimes in the world, but Allan Urry investigates how weapons dealers are using the UK to get huge secret consignments to the Middle East and other conflict zones, in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

Producer: Gail Champion

Editor: David Ross.

Allan Urry investigates UK connections to the illegal weapons trade in conflict zones.

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New research plays down claims of an epidemic of mental illness among soldiers who've served in Afghanistan.

But do the official figures tell the full story? Julian O'halloran investigates and speaks to veterans who warn of a huge hidden problem and a culture that still pressurises soldiers to get on with the job rather than seek help.

And he reports from The Netherlands on efforts there to discover the extent of the psychological damage their military personnel may be suffering.

Producer Sally Chesworth.

Is there a hidden epidemic of mental illness among soldiers who've served in Afghanistan?

16/02/201020100221
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Allan Urry reports on a crisis in town hall finances.

17/11/200920091122
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Amardeep Bassey investigates the funding of projects to reduce Islamic extremism in the UK

Amardeep Bassey investigates fears that some of the funds that Britain is spending on projects to prevent violent extremism taking root in Muslim communities may be falling into the hands of the very groups it is trying to defeat.

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Allan Urry examines claims of a crisis in hospital accident and emergency services.

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Described as the modern-day face of slavery, scores of foreign workers are being brought into the UK to work in domestic servitude.

They work long hours - often under physical duress and for low or non-existent pay.

File on 4 investigates whether the authorities are doing enough to protect these workers - and to prosecute the people who've exploited them.

Reporter: Jenny Cuffe

Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Investigating the plight of foreign workers in the UK working in domestic servitude.

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Jenny Cuffe asks why CAFCASS, the family courts' advisory service, is facing a backlog.

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Gerry Northam examines the problems being posed by the shortage of organs for transplants.

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Michael Robinson investigates whether the Prime Minister's instruction to banks to keep funds flowing will halt the rise in evictions and unemployment as repossession rates rocket due to the credit crunch.

Michael Robinson investigates the rise in evictions and unemployment.

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A special court system is supposed to protect the interests of the vulnerable and the elderly.

It's appointed thousands of 'deputies' - or guardians - to ensure their money is properly managed.

The system was reformed three years ago - but have the changes worked?

There have been allegations the system is slow, bureaucratic and open to abuse.

In some cases lawyers are appointed to oversee people's financial arrangements - and families claim they charge excessive fees.

In other cases, it's a relative who's appointed as a deputy - but are there adequate safeguards to ensure they're not misappropriating the money? Fran Abrams investigates cases where the system has left some vulnerable people worse off.

Producer: Samantha Fenwick.

How well does the Court of Protection safeguard the finances of the old and vulnerable?

A special court system is supposed to protect the interests of the vulnerable and the elderly. It's appointed thousands of 'deputies' - or guardians - to ensure their money is properly managed. The system was reformed three years ago - but have the changes worked?

There have been allegations the system is slow, bureaucratic and open to abuse. In some cases lawyers are appointed to oversee people's financial arrangements - and families claim they charge excessive fees. In other cases, it's a relative who's appointed as a deputy - but are there adequate safeguards to ensure they're not misappropriating the money? Fran Abrams investigates cases where the system has left some vulnerable people worse off.

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Why the UK's elderly care sector is facing a financial crisis.

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Is Britain's economic recovery going to be stifled by banks not offering sufficient finance to small and medium size companies?

Firms are concerned that although the banks say they are open for business the reality of the terms, conditions and fees make it unrealistic for them to apply for finance.

In frustration, some businesses have turned to foreign banks to make finance available to them.

And at a time when hi-tech businesses are seen as a source of future growth for the British economy, companies complain that banks are assessing loan applications using traditional business criteria which offer little support to this sector.

As the part state owned banks fail to meet lending targets set by the previous administration, the new Business Secretary Vince Cable says he is determined to address this.

But in the current climate how much more financial help can British business really expect?

For 'File on 4', Morland Sanders investigates.

Producer Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Is economic recovery at risk as banks are failing to lend? Morland Sanders investigates.

As the part state owned banks fail to meet lending targets set by the previous administration, the new Business Secretary Vince Cable says he is determined to address this. But in the current climate how much more financial help can British business really expect?

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Shari Vahl investigates the adequacy of safeguards to property rights in Britain.

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A Bridge Too Far?2012032020120325
A Bridge Too Far?20120325

To the west of Edinburgh, construction of the new £1.5bn Forth road bridge will use cement shipped across the North Sea under a contract with a German supplier. Scotland's only cement company, based 40 miles from the bridge, was unsuccessful in the bidding. It is claimed that the deal could have maintained 130 jobs in the Dunbar area.

£790m worth of steel for the bridge will also come from abroad. A plant near Motherwell lost out as part of a consortium bidding for the work. It says the contract could have secured hundreds of local jobs.

Officials insist that they have to follow EU rules which state that any company across the single market can bid for public contracts. But analysts complain that UK authorities interpret these rules more narrowly than their European counterparts, to the detriment of British firms. French public spending goes outside France at only half the rate that British contracts go abroad.

With the economy struggling, the Government has pledged support for British business but accepts that public projects are too often awarded in a way that disadvantages domestic companies. So can it take action to support UK jobs without being accused of protectionism?

Reporter: Gerry Northam

Producer: Gail Champion.

Why do so many British public sector contracts go to foreign companies?

A Deadly Dilemma2014070120140706

In many parts of the world, charities are trying to deliver much-needed aid to desperate people living in areas controlled by militant groups. What do they do when counter-terrorism laws ban them from contact with those de facto authorities?

Risk of prosecution has now created a climate of fear in many aid agencies - and the UN wants counter-terrorism policies redrawn to ensure lives can be saved without charity workers risking jail.

Tim Whewell reports from Gaza - and talks to aid workers operating in Syria, Somalia and other places - on the practical and moral dilemmas involved.

Producer: Paul Grant.

A Deadly Prescription20180130

As deaths involving prescription drugs increase, who is supplying demand on the streets?

There were a record 3,744 drug related deaths in England and Wales last year. While many were linked to street drugs such as heroin, a growing number also involve prescription medicines such as benzodiazepines and Fentanyl.
Fentanyl addiction has swept across North America where the drug and other synthetic opioids have been blamed for thousands of deaths. It hit the headlines here when it was linked to a spike in fatalities in certain parts of the UK after being mixed with heroin.
Allan Urry travels to Stockton on Tees where ten deaths have been linked to Fentanyl and its derivatives. He meets users and their families and the medical professionals and police dealing with the problem.
But while Fentanyl is currently in the spotlight, it is tranquilisers and other sedatives often used by heroin users to dull withdrawal symptoms which are contributing to many more deaths. Nowhere is the problem more acute than in Scotland where benzodiazepines contributed to nearly half of all drug deaths.
Many of the pills known as "street valium" or "blues" are made in back street laboratories run by organised crime gangs. Users gamble with their lives as the ingredients and strength of the tablets are often unknown.
But File on 4 has discovered that organised crime gangs have also become involved in diverting significant numbers of highly addictive medicines from the legitimate supply chain onto the black market.
Regulators say there is an extensive network of criminality involving businesses such as wholesale dealers and registered pharmacies. Some in the pharmaceutical industry such as drug manufacturers are repeating calls for supply chain regulation to be reviewed to ensure medicines reach their intended target.

Reporter: Allan Urry
Producer: Paul Grant
Editor: Gail Champion.

A Greek Tragedy2017011020170115 (R4)

The plight of unaccompanied child migrants arriving in Greece. Is the EU doing enough?

File on 4 sets off on a new series to find the forgotten children of Europe's refugee crisis.

As winter sets in, Phil Kemp heads to Greece in search of the teenagers who have arrived alone from Syria and Afghanistan, living by their wits on the streets of Athens.

The controversial deal struck between the EU and Turkey to return migrants who don't claim asylum or who have their claims rejected - and the closing of borders with Greece - has been blamed for making the situation worse for many migrants who now find themselves in limbo in Greece. The millions pledged by the EU don't seem to be bringing relief on the ground either.

The programme hears from the lucky ones who have found spaces at shelters for unaccompanied children in Greece's capital. Here they are fed, clothed and supported in their legal cases.

Others, on the island of Samos, are celebrating securing asylum in Greece. But most children on the island are not celebrating. They feel stuck in a system that cannot cope and held in a country that was meant to be a transit point, not a place to stay.

Increasingly the locals in Samos don't want them to say either. Tensions are flaring in the area around the vastly overcrowded camp, with Golden Dawn active nearby. Around 3,000 residents turned out to protest about their sense of abandonment by the Greek government and the EU. Local officials describe the island as 'trembling on a bridge above troubled water.'

With an estimated 2300 unaccompanied migrant children in Greece, more than half of whom are on the waiting list for shelter, File on 4 asks whether the EU is doing enough to care for those most in need of protection.

Reporter: Phil Kemp

Producer: Sally Chesworth

Editor: Gail Champion.

A Healthy Market?2013111220131117

What do we know about the deals struck with private companies to run parts of the NHS?

The biggest ever slice of the NHS is up for grabs in Cambridgeshire. Ten bidders, including NHS hospital trusts and private companies Serco, Virgin Care and Circle, are competing for a five year contract to run older peoples' services. It will be worth a minimum of £700,000. The successful bidder will provide everything from podiatry and occupational therapy to dementia treatment and end of life care. The stakes are high. But how much will patients be told about how the bid was won? With commissioners advertising dozens of other big money tenders, File on 4 looks at the secrecy surrounding NHS contracts when they're awarded and when they're challenged. Does commercial confidentiality make public accountability impossible? And how far does the competitive market improve healthcare for patients?

Reporter Jane Deith

Producer Ian Muir-Cochrane.

The biggest ever slice of the NHS is up for grabs in Cambridgeshire. Ten bidders, including NHS hospital trusts and private companies Serco, Virgin Care and Circle, are competing for a five year contract to run older peoples' services. It will be worth a minimum of £700,000. The successful bidder will provide everything from dentistry, to emergency hospital treatment and end of life care. The stakes are high. But how much will patients be told about how the bid was won? With commissioners advertising dozens of other big money tenders, File on 4 looks at the secrecy surrounding NHS contracts when they're awarded and when they're challenged. Does commercial confidentiality make public accountability impossible? And how far does the competitive market improve healthcare for patients?

A Living Death2011062120110626

A review into the care of patients in vegetative or low awareness states has been launched by the Royal College of Physicians.

There are thought to be as many as 5000 such people in the UK.

The working party will look at concerns that assessment and diagnosis of patients is not consistent across the country and will ask whether the cost of long term care is affordable to the NHS.

Ann Alexander examines calls for a reform of the process to end the life of such patients where their families believe their loved one would no longer wish to be alive.

The programme reveals how some hospitals appear unaware of the law and hears how the process can be lengthy and costly, putting families under further strain.

Producer: Paul Grant.

Should it be made simpler to end the life of patients in a vegetative state?

A review into the care of patients in vegetative or low awareness states has been launched by the Royal College of Physicians. There are thought to be as many as 5000 such people in the UK.

A Living Death20110626

A review into the care of patients in vegetative or low awareness states has been launched by the Royal College of Physicians. There are thought to be as many as 5000 such people in the UK.

The working party will look at concerns that assessment and diagnosis of patients is not consistent across the country and will ask whether the cost of long term care is affordable to the NHS.

Ann Alexander examines calls for a reform of the process to end the life of such patients where their families believe their loved one would no longer wish to be alive.

The programme reveals how some hospitals appear unaware of the law and hears how the process can be lengthy and costly, putting families under further strain.

Producer: Paul Grant.

Should it be made simpler to end the life of patients in a vegetative state?

A Pensions Patchwork2015031020150315 (R4)

In Canada, everything is big - including powerful pension funds such as the Ontario Teachers fund which owns half of Birmingham airport and other large projects around the world. It's all a far cry from the British pension scene, where a hundred local government pension funds each run their own affairs separately and pay costly fees to City firms for investment advice.

Many of them still have financial deficits. Taxpayers have been forced to pick up bills to pay off those shortfalls and already hard-pressed local services have been stretched further.

Lesley Curwen investigates how these individual funds are run and asks whether we should have larger funds with cheaper costs - like Canada does. And she asks whether more councils should be using pension money to invest in housing and infrastructure as a way to boost their local economies?

Producer: Anna Meisel Reporter: Lesley Curwen.

A Place Of Safety?2013073020130804

Psychiatric hospitals have a duty to keep their patients safe, which means taking extra care with patients suffering acute depression who may be at risk of self-harm.

So campaigners argue that when a patient commits suicide, it is vital that a thorough investigation should discover any failings by doctors and nurses and any weaknesses in hospital systems of communication or levels of staffing.

But, unlike deaths in prison or police custody, fatalities in psychiatric units are not reviewed from the start by a fully independent investigator. Initial reports are usually prepared by staff of the NHS and kept confidential to the health officials and family concerned. Only at the subsequent inquest does an independent inquiry take over.

Critics call this 'a recipe for cover-up by the NHS'.

File on 4 reports on a series of suicides in one psychiatric unit which have led the local coroner to accuse the NHS of 'a catalogue of failures stemming from an institutional complacency'.

Reporter - Gerry Northam

Producer - Gail Champion.

A Taxing Dilemma2010102620101031

While the government axes public spending to try to cut the deficit, Michael Robinson investigates loopholes which let big businesses slash their UK tax bills.

This month George Osborne said he plans to make Britain the most attractive corporate tax regime in the G20.

But some companies have already moved abroad for tax reasons.

And for others able to operate on a global scale, there are many ways for them to reduce their tax liability.

So how does the Government square the tax circle?

Producer: Gail Champion.

Michael Robinson reveals loopholes which let big businesses slash their UK tax bills.

This month George Osborne said he plans to make Britain the most attractive corporate tax regime in the G20. But some companies have already moved abroad for tax reasons. And for others able to operate on a global scale, there are many ways for them to reduce their tax liability. So how does the Government square the tax circle?

A Taxing Dilemma20101031

While the government axes public spending to try to cut the deficit, Michael Robinson investigates loopholes which let big businesses slash their UK tax bills.

This month George Osborne said he plans to make Britain the most attractive corporate tax regime in the G20. But some companies have already moved abroad for tax reasons. And for others able to operate on a global scale, there are many ways for them to reduce their tax liability. So how does the Government square the tax circle?

Producer: Gail Champion.

Michael Robinson reveals loopholes which let big businesses slash their UK tax bills.

A Terminal Failure2008042920080504

Julian O'halloran investigates the events surrounding the fiasco of the opening of Terminal 5 at Heathrow.

He examines the record of BAA, the company running several of Britain's busiest airports.

Abandoned To Their Fate2015060220150607 (R4)

Next month the National Audit Office is due to report on the outcomes for young people leaving care. There are claims that, under financial pressure, local authorities are pushing too many teenagers into independent living before they're ready. File on 4 investigates new figures that suggest many young care leavers are failing to cope - with large numbers ending up in custody, homeless, sexually exploited or pregnant. Social services chiefs say the welfare of care-leavers must be a key priority for the new government. But who holds them to account when they fail those they are meant to have looked after? And, with more cuts on the way, can the system cope? Fran Abrams reveals how hands-off caring can have tragic consequences.

About A Boy - The Hidden Victims Of Grooming20170718

Are teenage boys let down by the system when they report being targeted by paedophiles?

What happens when your teenage son is targeted by abusers?

File on 4 tells one family's story of fighting the authorities to get support and justice after a 13 year old boy was aggressively groomed by scores of men, aged from their 20s to their 50s. It is a shocking story of opportunities missed, meaning the boy endured assaults by multiple men for years. We look at the impact of that sustained abuse on him and his parents, who were desperately trying to shield him from harm. He says he was dismissed, and even blamed by authorities responsible for protecting him.

Why were they so let down? And have the police been slow to get to grips with cases of child sexual exploitation when they involve boys?

One safeguarding expert tells the programme: "Policy is not matching practice on the ground. It was completely missed that this boy was a child. We need to lift the lid on what is going on when the victims are boys."

Are boys on the radar of authorities or are they grooming's hidden victims?

Reporter: Alys Harte
Producer: Sally Chesworth.

Abuse In Sport2012071020120715

It was the Paul Hickson scandal in the mid 90s which first brought the issue of sexual abuse in sport to the public eye. The Olympic swimming coach was jailed for 17 years for raping and sexually abusing young girls he trained. The case led to the setting up of the Child Protection in Sport Unit and the introduction of safeguarding measures in most sports.

But, more than a decade on, the problem hasn't gone away and this edition of File on 4 reveals new figures which show how many allegations of sexual and physical abuse were made across most major sports last year.

The programme also examines concerns about the way information about coaches who have disciplined or banned, is shared with parents and other sports bodies, primarily because of data protection laws. It reveals how some coaches accused of sexual misconduct are able to move between sporting organisations and carry on coaching

Reporter Chris Buckler also hears calls from families and child welfare charities for a change in the law to make it illegal for coaches to have a sex with athletes aged 16 or 17 which would bring them in line with teachers and others who have close contact with young people

Presenter: Chris Buckler

Producer: Paul Grant.

Abused But Not Heard2014091620140921

Victims of sexual abuse at Knowl View school in Rochdale tell their side of the story.

Knowl View special school for boys has become infamous as the haunt of Cyril Smith. Prosecutors now say 'Mr Rochdale' should have been charged with abuse of boys while he was alive. But he was not the only one. In the first of a new series, former pupils in the 1970s, 80s and 90s tell File on 4 how a web of abusers, including local paedophiles and other pupils preyed on boys as young as eight while people supposed to protect them looked the other way. Previous police investigations came to nothing. A new probe is underway, focusing on who could be guilty of a criminal cover up. But what became of the innocent? Jane Deith hears from some of those who experienced life in Knowl View. Telling their stories for the first time, they describe childhoods twisted by sexual abuse. Now questions are being asked about whether the failure to end the abuse at Knowl View led to a culture in which the subsequent grooming of young girls in Rochdale was allowed to happen. Alan Collins, a specialist child abuse lawyer representing some of the men who're suing Rochdale Council over abuse at Know View, believes things would have been different had Cyril Smith been prosecuted and convicted: "That would have sent a clear message through Rochdale and much further afield that there was clearly a problem and that problem would not have been so easy to brush away. I think that had a very long tail and that that tail continued right up until recent times."

Reporter: Jane Deith

Producer: Sally Chesworth.

Afghanistan Elections2004062920040704

As the US and Britain hand over power to a new administration in Iraq, Jenny Cuffe reports from Afghanistan on the attempts at nation-building there.

Elections are due in September, but with President Karzai's Government still deeply unpopular, and with the Taliban resurgent in the south, is Afghanistan really on the road back to democracy?

As the US and Britain hand over power to a new administration in Iraq, Jenny Cuffe reports from Afghanistan on the attempts at nation-building there. Elections are due in September, but with President Karzai's Government still deeply unpopular, and with the Taliban resurgent in the south, is Afghanistan really on the road back to democracy?

As the US and Britain hand over power to a new administration in Iraq, Jenny Cuffe reports from Afghanistan on the attempts at nation-building there. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

After The Floods - A Tale Of Two Cities2016020920160214 (R4)

The Dutch city of Nijmegen has much in common with the English city of York. Similar in size, both are much visited by tourists because of their histories and architecture. But both also have rivers running through them and are susceptible to flooding. So how do their defences compare? And, as York and other communities continue to mop up the damage caused by the latest catastrophic flooding, did basic mistakes and a failure of planning make a bad situation very much worse?

Reporter: Allan Urry Producer: Rob Cave.

Air Crashes2011040520110410

The investigation following an air disaster is supposed to make air travel safer.

But do the reports always get to the truth about why planes crash? Emma Jane Kirby examines claims that international air accident investigations are often slow, incompetent and influenced by political sensitivities.

So how does this affect the victims' families as they fight manufacturers and airlines for compensation? And could the blame game be preventing lessons being learned that could prevent future accidents?

Producer Jenny Chryss.

When a plane crashes, does the investigation always get to the real reasons?

The investigation following an air disaster is supposed to make air travel safer. But do the reports always get to the truth about why planes crash? Emma Jane Kirby examines claims that international air accident investigations are often slow, incompetent and influenced by political sensitivities. So how does this affect the victims' families as they fight manufacturers and airlines for compensation? And could the blame game be preventing lessons being learned that could prevent future accidents?

Air Crashes20110410

When a plane crashes, does the investigation always get to the real reasons?

Airport Woes2011022220110227
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Business travel and Christmas holidays were ruined for hundreds of thousands of people by snow.

While many airports abroad bounced back quickly from bad weather, some in Britain began to resemble refugee camps.

But discontent among passengers and airlines goes well beyond winter readiness.

Julian O'Halloran asks how one operator BAA, justifies its grip on no fewer than half a dozen British airports? And questions whether government and regulators need to take more control over the industry in order to prevent further damage to Britain's image abroad..

Producer : Samantha Fenwick.

Why were flights grounded by snow? Do Britain's airport woes run deeper than bad weather?

Business travel and Christmas holidays were ruined for hundreds of thousands of people by snow. While many airports abroad bounced back quickly from bad weather, some in Britain began to resemble refugee camps. But discontent among passengers and airlines goes well beyond winter readiness.

Airport Woes20110227

Business travel and Christmas holidays were ruined for hundreds of thousands of people by snow. While many airports abroad bounced back quickly from bad weather, some in Britain began to resemble refugee camps. But discontent among passengers and airlines goes well beyond winter readiness.

Julian O'Halloran asks how one operator BAA, justifies its grip on no fewer than half a dozen British airports? And questions whether government and regulators need to take more control over the industry in order to prevent further damage to Britain's image abroad..

Producer : Samantha Fenwick.

Why were flights grounded by snow? Do Britain's airport woes run deeper than bad weather?

Alcohol Fraud2012100920121014

Alcohol smuggling is costing more than a billion pounds in lost taxes. Allan Urry reports.

A criminal gang was recently jailed for one of the biggest ever alcohol smuggling rackets in the UK. It's become big business for organised crime according to HMRC, with tax losses in unpaid duty as high as £1.2 billion per year. MP's are demanding tougher action. But these are highly complex frauds, which take years to investigate. Allan Urry examines the scale of the challenge facing the authorities, and reveals the extent to which criminals have penetrated the legitimate market in beer, wine and spirits

Presenter: Allan Urry

Producer: Paul Grant.

An Inside Job2015111020151115 (R4)

British people smugglers: inside the trade in bringing illegal immigrants into the UK.

An inside job: the Britons smuggling illegal immigrants into the UK.

File on 4 hears from Britons jailed for hiding people in their cars. They reveal why - and how - they did it.

They were paid to smuggle people across the Channel by gangs based in London and the North West.

This unofficial migrant taxi service - run from camps in Calais and Dunkirk - is believed to be netting criminal networks millions of pounds a year.

But even that is dwarfed by the money to be made by British criminals bringing migrants over by the lorry load. Jane Deith reveals how the trade is spreading along the coast of Northern Europe, to Belgium and Holland. And she hears from Europol's Chief of Staff about the extent to which criminal networks based in Britain are involved in people smuggling. He tells the programme that more than 800 people have been identified as suspects.

Reporter: Jane Deith Producer: Paul Grant.

An Inside Job?2011110120111106

The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke wants more jobs for convicts.

He told his party conference: "If we want prison to work, then our prisoners have got to be working".

He encourages private companies to open workshops inside prisons, where inmates would be 'properly paid' for hard work, would pay their due of taxes and help fund victims' support.

Mr Clarke points to a metal factory in a Merseyside prison where prisoners work a 40 hour week and learn skills which could make them more employable on release.

He argues that this will also make then less likely to return to crime.

But is this plan practicable?

Prison Governors say that two-thirds of their inmates were unemployed before they started their sentences and that they are generally reluctant to engage in meaningful work.

They say many of them can hardly read and write.

Governors also fear that moving jobs inside prison would mean taking opportunities away from law-abiding job-seekers outside.

And they complain that it would prove costly in terms of staff time.

One prison reform group which set up a pioneering graphic design studio inside prison says the project was popular and effective among prisoners but was forced to close following hostility and obstruction from officers.

Gerry Northam asks if the government is overstating the possible advantages of its policy, and investigates whether it can be made to succeed at a time when the Ministry of Justice faces funding cuts.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Should more prisoners be made to work? And are government plans to make them realistic?

The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke wants more jobs for convicts. He told his party conference: "If we want prison to work, then our prisoners have got to be working". He encourages private companies to open workshops inside prisons, where inmates would be 'properly paid' for hard work, would pay their due of taxes and help fund victims' support.

Mr Clarke points to a metal factory in a Merseyside prison where prisoners work a 40 hour week and learn skills which could make them more employable on release. He argues that this will also make then less likely to return to crime.

Prison Governors say that two-thirds of their inmates were unemployed before they started their sentences and that they are generally reluctant to engage in meaningful work. They say many of them can hardly read and write.

Governors also fear that moving jobs inside prison would mean taking opportunities away from law-abiding job-seekers outside. And they complain that it would prove costly in terms of staff time.

An Inside Job?20111106

The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke wants more jobs for convicts. He told his party conference: "If we want prison to work, then our prisoners have got to be working". He encourages private companies to open workshops inside prisons, where inmates would be 'properly paid' for hard work, would pay their due of taxes and help fund victims' support.

Mr Clarke points to a metal factory in a Merseyside prison where prisoners work a 40 hour week and learn skills which could make them more employable on release. He argues that this will also make then less likely to return to crime.

But is this plan practicable?

Prison Governors say that two-thirds of their inmates were unemployed before they started their sentences and that they are generally reluctant to engage in meaningful work. They say many of them can hardly read and write.

Governors also fear that moving jobs inside prison would mean taking opportunities away from law-abiding job-seekers outside. And they complain that it would prove costly in terms of staff time.

One prison reform group which set up a pioneering graphic design studio inside prison says the project was popular and effective among prisoners but was forced to close following hostility and obstruction from officers.

Gerry Northam asks if the government is overstating the possible advantages of its policy, and investigates whether it can be made to succeed at a time when the Ministry of Justice faces funding cuts.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Should more prisoners be made to work? And are government plans to make them realistic?

An Unsafe Conviction?2016052420160529 (R4)

For the past 22 years Thomas Bourke has been in prison for a double murder he says he didn't commit.

The killings made national headlines in 1993 when two MOT inspectors, Alan Singleton and Simon Bruno, were shot dead at a garage in Stockport, in Greater Manchester.

The evidence produced in court against Bourke seemed compelling. Two mechanics at the garage said they had seen him carry out the shooting which the prosecution claimed was motivated by a dispute about his licence to carry out MOT tests.

As the jury began their deliberations, a gun was found inside Strangeways prison where Bourke was on remand. Amid subsequent heightened security around the court, he was found guilty and given a minimum 25 year sentence. But protesting his innocence all these years means that he may never be eligible for parole so could remain in prison for the rest of his life.

His sister Jo has been tirelessly fighting his case. A chiropodist with no connections to criminals, she began visiting notorious drug dealers and suspected killers to try to gather new evidence that would help clear his name.

Through the work of Jo and other campaigners, Bourke's case is now back with the Criminal Cases Review Commission which they hope will lead to an appeal.

So has Thomas Bourke been the victim of a shocking miscarriage of justice? Simon Cox investigates.

Producer: Sally Chesworth.

Asset Returns2012070320120708

Are stolen Arab billions still locked in British banks? Jenny Cuffe reports.

The Arab world's newest governments are desperate to retrieve billions banked in Britain by despots including Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

The money, they say, was stolen from their people and is needed to rebuild shattered economies.

In 'File on 4' Jenny Cuffe reports on the Arab nations' mounting impatience at the lengthy and costly process of investigation demanded to prove that assets were illicitly obtained by the now deposed leaders, their families and associates.

Already Egypt has gone to court to demand more information from the British Treasury about where their lost billions are stashed.

And campaigners in Tunisia - the first of the Arab Spring nations - complain Britain is dragging its feet. They contrast slow progress in London with a more helpful response from the country once renowned as the most impenetrable of banking fortresses: Switzerland.

Producer: Andy Denwood

Presenter: Jenny Cuffe.

Asylum Seekers2003070120030706

With the Government promising to reduce the number of asylum seekers in Britain, Julian O'halloran examines progress so far.

Will the Prime Minister be able to deliver on his personal pledge to cut applications by fifty per cent by September? / "Can the government keep its promise to reduce the number of asylum seekers in Britain? Julian Halloran investigates.

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Asylum Seekers2015021020150215 (R4)

Around 28 thousand people are claiming asylum in the UK. They're accommodated in some of the nation's most deprived areas while their cases are considered. Now, with numbers on the rise, some communities say they're struggling to cope. Allan Urry reports from the Northwest of England where, in some areas, there's concern about growing pressures on health services and schools. In Liverpool the City's Mayor, Joe Anderson, talks of an asylum "apartheid" and says other towns and cities need to take a fairer share. In Rochdale in Greater Manchester, there are more asylum seekers than the whole of the south east of England. The local MP Simon Danczuk says he's worried the pressures could undermine the good community relations that have always existed in the town.

Recent stories of asylum seekers living in fancy hotels have led to outraged newspaper headlines but are they a symptom of bigger failings in the UK's system for housing those who come here seeking refuge?

Reporter: Allan Urry

Producer: Matt Precey.

Around 25 thousand people a year claim asylum in the UK. They're accommodated in some of the nation's most deprived areas while their cases are considered. Now, with numbers on the rise, some communities say they're struggling to cope. Allan Urry reports from Greater Manchester - which has more asylum seekers than the whole of the south east of England - on the pressures that the latest arrivals pose for local health services and schools. And he investigates conditions for those claiming refuge. Stories of asylum seekers living in fancy hotels have led to outraged newspaper headlines but are they a symptom of bigger failings in a system marked by sub-standard housing and long backlogs in dealing with cases?

Back Home From Isis2018061920180624 (R4)

What risks do returning jihadis from IS in Iraq and Syria pose in the UK?

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

For years, the so-called Islamic State has managed to attract thousands of wannabe jihadis and jihadi brides to join their caliphate. The extremist propaganda, online videos and recruiters have seen thousands of people from all over the world flock to Iraq and Syria to join IS; including 850 men, women and children from the UK.
The brutality of the terror group is now well known, partly due to their own publicity online. Videos and stories of beheadings, floggings and sex slaves have been released to the public, drawing in a new wave of foreign fighters.

IS has since had setbacks, losing ground in it's strongholds in Iraq and Syria and its administrative capital Raqqa. But the caliphate has not admitted defeat, instead promising more attacks in the West.

It's thought 50% of UK citizens who left to join IS, have now returned home- the rest are dead, detained or missing. What happens to these returnees when they come back? With only a minority being prosecuted and imprisoned, what efforts are being made to de-radicalise the rest?

This investigation explores the danger posed by UK returnees, the efforts to de-radicalise and reintegrate them and the difficulties of proving they were ever part of the caliphate once they've returned home.

Reporter: Paul Kenyon
Producer: Kate West
Editor: Gail Champion.

Bad Solicitors2004062220040627

For years, trying to complain about bad solicitors has been fraught with difficulty.

As the Law Society's ability to control its members is yet again under scrutiny, Fran Abrams investigates growing concern over the extent of malpractice in the profession.

For years, trying to complain about bad solicitors has been fraught with difficulty. As the Law Society's ability to control its members is yet again under scrutiny, Fran Abrams investigates growing concern over the extent of malpractice in the profession.

Behind Closed Doors2016102520161030 (R4)

This July, days after walking into the top job at number 10, Theresa May renewed her commitment to crack down on modern day slavery, describing it as "the great human rights issue of our time".

The 2015 Modern Slavery Act gave prosecutors more options to pursue offenders, it handed judges the ability to dole out life sentences and promised more protection for victims. But in the clamour to tackle modern slavery, has the plight of overseas domestic workers, who toil in the homes of wealthy overseas visitors as nannies, cooks and cleaners, been forgotten?

This summer File on 4 followed migrant domestic workers as they escaped abusive employers in the dead of night. Through their stories, the programme questions whether recent measures go far enough to adequately protect an invisible workforce who've been tricked and trapped into a life of exploitation.

Reporter: Phillip Kemp

Producers: Sarah Shebbeare and Ben Robinson.

Benefit Sanctions2015012020150125 (R4)

are supposed to be part of a system helping people back to work. But critics say they penalise the vulnerable and are among the reasons for the growing use of food banks. So how fair is the Government's system of withholding state payments for those who don't comply with welfare rules? Allan Urry hears from whistleblowers who allege some JobCentrePlus staff are setting claimants up to fail in order to meet internal performance targets. Why did a recovering amputee lose his benefits because he didn't answer the phone?

Reporter: Allan Urry Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Benefit sanctions are supposed to be part of a system helping people back to work. But critics say they penalise the vulnerable and are among the reasons for the growing use of food banks. So how fair is the Government's system of withholding state payments for those who don't comply with welfare rules? Allan Urry hears from whistleblowers who allege some JobCentrePlus staff are setting claimants up to fail in order to meet internal performance targets. Why did a recovering amputee lose his benefits because he didn't answer the phone?

Benefit sanctions are aimed at shirkers, but is the system also penalising the vulnerable?

Bent Cops2011020820110213 (R4)

Are police doing enough to tackle corruption in their ranks? Following a number of high profile trials in which officers have been jailed, Allan Urry investigates the crimes they committed and asks if more could have been done to stop them. A constable given a life sentence earlier this month for a series of sex attacks on vulnerable women he met while on duty, had previously been put on trial for rape, during his time in the army. Why didn't the police service know this when they agreed to employ him?

How was a police sergeant able to live a double life as a respected bobby and as the leader of a ruthless underworld crime gang, dealing drugs, laundering money, and intimidating witnesses?

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Are police doing enough to tackle corruption in their ranks? Allan Urry investigates.

Bent Cops2011021320110215

Are police doing enough to tackle corruption in their ranks? Following a number of high profile trials in which officers have been jailed, Allan Urry investigates the crimes they committed and asks if more could have been done to stop them.

A constable given a life sentence earlier this month for a series of sex attacks on vulnerable women he met while on duty, had previously been put on trial for rape, during his time in the army.

Why didn't the police service know this when they agreed to employ him?

How was a police sergeant able to live a double life as a respected bobby and as the leader of a ruthless underworld crime gang, dealing drugs, laundering money, and intimidating witnesses?

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Are police doing enough to tackle corruption in their ranks? Allan Urry investigates.

Are police doing enough to tackle corruption in their ranks? Following a number of high profile trials in which officers have been jailed, Allan Urry investigates the crimes they committed and asks if more could have been done to stop them. A constable given a life sentence earlier this month for a series of sex attacks on vulnerable women he met while on duty, had previously been put on trial for rape, during his time in the army. Why didn't the police service know this when they agreed to employ him?

Bent Cops20110215

Are police doing enough to tackle corruption in their ranks? Following a number of high profile trials in which officers have been jailed, Allan Urry investigates the crimes they committed and asks if more could have been done to stop them. A constable given a life sentence earlier this month for a series of sex attacks on vulnerable women he met while on duty, had previously been put on trial for rape, during his time in the army. Why didn't the police service know this when they agreed to employ him?

How was a police sergeant able to live a double life as a respected bobby and as the leader of a ruthless underworld crime gang, dealing drugs, laundering money, and intimidating witnesses?

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Are police doing enough to tackle corruption in their ranks? Allan Urry investigates.

Biosecurity2012020720120212

Dutch and American scientists have succeeded in mutating a deadly bird-flu virus to make it easily transmissible to humans. If it got out, it could start a fatal epidemic. They keep it securely locked away in their laboratories, but want to publish the biological recipe for making it. In an unprecedented move, the U.S. government is pressing them to keep the details of their experiments secret for fear that bio-terrorists could use the organism to kill hundreds of millions of people.

At the same time, a rapidly developing branch of science known as 'synthetic biology' offers dramatic possibilities for developing new vaccines and targeting many lethal diseases. But does it also increase the risk that newly-created organisms could be used for harmful purposes as the necessary research techniques spread out from authorised laboratories to a network of DIY enthusiasts?

Could genetic mutation of pathogens become as commonplace as home-brewing? And how well protected is the UK against biological threats?

Reporter : Gerry Northam

Producer : Nicola Dowling

Editor : David Ross.

As scientists alter viruses to make potentially deadly mutations, is the public at risk?

Biosecurity20120212

As scientists alter viruses to make potentially deadly mutations, is the public at risk?

Bitter Medicine2011011820110123

Legal aid has been withdrawn from a long-running case against a pharmaceutical giant.

Children born with severe disabilities, including spina bifida, were suing the manufacturer of an anti-epilepsy drug which their mothers took during pregnancy and which they blame for causing birth defects - a claim the company denies.

After years of legal proceedings which the claimants' solicitors say have so far cost £3.25m, the Legal Services Commision refused a much smaller sum to take the case to trial, just weeks before hearings were due to start.

As a result, more than a hundred claimants are left with no chance of their day in court.

Their case was not deemed strong enough to pass the standard test which requires them to prove that the drug doubled (at least) the risk of harm.

This test is called into question by experts in cases against pharmaceutical companies in Britain and the USA.

A lower level of proof is needed in American courts.

The government has announced that future patients in England and Wales alleging clinical negligence or personal injury can expect to have their applications for legal aid refused under its programme of spending cuts.

No such change of policy is planned in Scotland.

A case is proceeding there with support from legal aid by a patient who took another drug, for relieving arthritis, which is blamed for increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes - again this is denied by the company concerned.

Patients in England and Wales who took the same drug and suffered heart attacks have been turned down for legal aid funding and have shelved their cases.

Will government cuts effectively put wealthy pharmaceutical companies beyond challenge in the civil courts?

Reporter: Gerry Northam

Producer: Gail Champion.

Is the government making it almost impossible to sue a drug company?

Bitter Medicine20110123

Legal aid has been withdrawn from a long-running case against a pharmaceutical giant. Children born with severe disabilities, including spina bifida, were suing the manufacturer of an anti-epilepsy drug which their mothers took during pregnancy and which they blame for causing birth defects - a claim the company denies.

After years of legal proceedings which the claimants' solicitors say have so far cost £3.25m, the Legal Services Commision refused a much smaller sum to take the case to trial, just weeks before hearings were due to start. As a result, more than a hundred claimants are left with no chance of their day in court.

Their case was not deemed strong enough to pass the standard test which requires them to prove that the drug doubled (at least) the risk of harm. This test is called into question by experts in cases against pharmaceutical companies in Britain and the USA. A lower level of proof is needed in American courts.

The government has announced that future patients in England and Wales alleging clinical negligence or personal injury can expect to have their applications for legal aid refused under its programme of spending cuts.

No such change of policy is planned in Scotland. A case is proceeding there with support from legal aid by a patient who took another drug, for relieving arthritis, which is blamed for increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes - again this is denied by the company concerned. Patients in England and Wales who took the same drug and suffered heart attacks have been turned down for legal aid funding and have shelved their cases.

Will government cuts effectively put wealthy pharmaceutical companies beyond challenge in the civil courts?

Reporter: Gerry Northam

Producer: Gail Champion.

Is the government making it almost impossible to sue a drug company?

Blacklisted Airlines2004020320040208

An airliner which crashed into the Red Sea at the start of this year, killing all on board, had already been blacklisted by Swiss safety authorities.

Julian O'halloran investigates.

Blackouts2003102120031026

Increasing strains on an old system have already caused one blackout in London.

Are we headed for a winter of power cuts? Julian O'halloran investigates.

Border Security: All At Sea?2014093020141005 (R4)

How well are Britain's borders patrolled and defended at a time when the authorities are battling to stem the flow of illegal immigrants coming across the Channel and tightening national security because of fears of a terrorist attack by extremists returning from fighting in Syria and Iraq?

Allan Urry assesses the vulnerability of our ports, struggling with cuts to Border Force personnel and problems with a computer system that was supposed to have identified all those coming into and going out of the UK. The programme reveals how security checks on cargo are being compromised and hears concern about the gaps in surveillance of our coastline.

Producer: Emma Forde

Reporter: Allan Urry.

Breaking Into Britain2017011720170122 (R4)

Revealed: the secret UK immigration dodges on offer on the high street.

Theresa May has promised to stick to a promise to bring down net migration to the tens of thousands, and post the vote for Brexit, is under pressure to be tough on immigration.

But File on 4 has found a market in fake documentation is helping some migrants who aren't eligible to come here, to get the necessary visas.

High street immigration advisers, and even a solicitor tell the programme's undercover researcher how to buy their way in using fake documentation.

The programme asks what the authorities are doing to catch the crooks.

Reporter: Jane Deith

Producer: Paul Grant

Editor: Gail Champion.

Britain In Flood2013022620130303

Has the Government done enough to protect communities from flooding? Were cuts in river maintenance work responsible for farmers land in Somerset being underwater for months? Why are planners allowing developers to continue to build on floodplains? A committee of MPs accuses the Coalition of being woefully slow to bring in measures to combat the problem. Allan Urry investigates.

Producer Nicola Dowling.

Britain's Plutonium Mountain2013021920130224

The Government is currently deciding what to do with the UK's civilian plutonium stockpile - the largest in the world. Some are concerned that it could become the target of terrorists intent on making a dirty bomb.

The stockpile has come from nuclear waste that was reprocessed to extract plutonium which was to have been used to power a new generation of fast breeder reactors. But that project failed to be finished and now just over 100 tonnes of it is being stored at Sellafield in Cumbria. The stockpile grew even more when the UK received imports from Japan and Germany which it had hoped to convert into fuel - again this project has failed to deliver.

The Government is considering a number of options.

Convert the plutonium into mixed oxide (Mox) fuel and then burn the fuel in conventional, nuclear reactors. This would involve the construction of a second Mox fuel plant at Sellafield despite the fact the first plant failed to produce any significant amount of Mox and was closed in 2011.

Burn the plutonium in a new breed of Prism fast reactors. But critics say the technology is not proven and therefore risky.

Treat it as a deadly waste product and bury the plutonium currently stored at Sellafield deep underground for thousands of years. Again critics say burying waste is risky and even then the plutonium would have to be treated before it could go into the facility. Supporters of plutonium as fuel still claim that would be throwing away a potentially valuable asset. On top of that we are not likely to have a repository for decades and very few local authorities have volunteered to consider having it in their back yard.

Rob Broomby investigates the difficult questions facing the Government whose decision will potentially bring in a bill for the taxpayer of billions of pounds.

And how much of gamble will it be choosing what to do with this most deadly of substances?

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

The Government is currently deciding what to do with the UK's civilian plutonium stockpile - the largest in world. Some are concerned that it could become the target of terrorists intent on making a dirty bomb.

Britain's Squalid Prisons - Who's To Blame?
Bungled Autopsies2002100120021006

Fran Abrams investigates a crisis in the forensic pathology service, asking if innocent people are being convicted because of bungled autopsies.

Business And Football2003110420031109

As increasing numbers of football clubs hit the financial buffers and slide into administration, Jenny Cuffe examines the realities of 'the beautiful game' for sides which play outside the lucrative Premiership.

Have those who run soccer done enough to referee the tensions between business and sport?

Cafcass2003070820030713

"Jenny Cuffe investigates claims of a crisis in the children's court service, CAFCASS, and asks if poor management and financial constraints are putting the lives of children at risk.

Car Emissions - Coming Clean?20170711

After the US diesel scandal, does Europe also need to come clean about car emissions?

Volkswagen Group faced a 15 billion fine after the US environmental protection agency found it had fitted cars with software designed to cheat official pollution tests.

Their engines seemed clean in laboratory tests; on the road they emitted much higher levels of nitrogen oxide gas which can damage our health.

Although 8.5 million VW engines in Europe were fitted with the same so-called 'defeat devices', no EU state has yet to take any action against the manufacturer.

File on 4 tells the story of how the emissions scandal has spread to manufacturers beyond Volkswagen.

Europe's MEPs have voted for a new 'real driving emissions' test, but critics accuse European Council ministers of watering it down to please their domestic car industries. A proposal for an independent EU agency to oversee emissions tests and issue sanctions was blocked.

And the manufacturers have been given breathing space before they must meet the legal emissions standards - the new legislation lets them emit beyond the pollution limits for years to come.

Diesel cars were supposed to bring down emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2. But have those plans now gone up in smoke?

The programme asks whether this is the next emissions scandal and whether Europe has the power to make cars as clean as they say they are.

Reporter: Jane Deith
Producer: Rob Cave.

Care Homes: When An Inspector Calls2010112320101128

A new law regulating care homes in England came into force last month.

All homes must be registered and ensure they meet certain standards of quality and safety.

The regulator - the Care Quality Commission - is promising to monitor homes and take action against those who fail to meet standards.

But unions say the numbers of inspectors has been cut.

They are warning of fewer inspections and say staff are so overstretched they could miss vital warning signs of abuse or neglect.

Worried relatives say they feel their concerns are not being heard.

Frans Abrams asks whether the elderly in care homes are being adequately protected.

Is enough being done to protect the elderly in care homes? Fran Abrams investigates.

Fran Abrams asks whether the elderly in care homes are being adequately protected.

Producer: Paul Grant.

A new law regulating care homes in England came into force last month. All homes must be registered and ensure they meet certain standards of quality and safety. The regulator - the Care Quality Commission - is promising to monitor homes and take action against those who fail to meet standards.

But unions say the numbers of inspectors has been cut. They are warning of fewer inspections and say staff are so overstretched they could miss vital warning signs of abuse or neglect. Worried relatives say they feel their concerns are not being heard.

Care Homes: When An Inspector Calls20101128

A new law regulating care homes in England came into force last month. All homes must be registered and ensure they meet certain standards of quality and safety. The regulator - the Care Quality Commission - is promising to monitor homes and take action against those who fail to meet standards.

But unions say the numbers of inspectors has been cut. They are warning of fewer inspections and say staff are so overstretched they could miss vital warning signs of abuse or neglect. Worried relatives say they feel their concerns are not being heard.

Fran Abrams asks whether the elderly in care homes are being adequately protected.

Producer: Paul Grant.

Is enough being done to protect the elderly in care homes? Fran Abrams investigates.

Carers In Conflict2012012420120129

Jenny Cuffe talks to foster parents who find themselves battling with local authorities over the children in their care. They describe a Kafkaesque nightmare where doors are shut, telephone calls and emails unanswered, even court orders are ignored. Meanwhile, vulnerable children are treated as pawns as social workers move them from one place to another.

In one case investigated by File on 4, foster parents who offered to care for four siblings were denied the financial and practical support they needed from the council. Their official complaints were upheld yet key recommendations continued to be ignored and, as a consequence, the children have now been split up. After giving up their jobs to care for the children, the couple are now in debt and have to sell their home. The local MP describes the council's treatment of the family as outrageous. He says the case is extreme but not unusual and he's called for an enquiry.

In another case, a teenager with complex mental and physical needs was unlawfully removed from the foster home where he'd grown up. His sister told File on 4: "When he was in his foster mum's care he was always clean, always happy and he looked well but when I saw him he was dishevelled. It was as if someone took him away from himself. I felt his personality had gone." When his foster mother went to court to get him back, she was vilified by the council who used public funds to defend their actions to the bitter end but lost in court.

A recent report identified a shortage of foster carers in the UK but are some councils driving away the people who should be their best resource?

Producer: Sally Chesworth.

File on 4 investigates claims of bullying and abuse of power by social services.

Carers In Conflict20120129

File on 4 investigates claims of bullying and abuse of power by social services.

Cash From The Crisis2011102520111030

World leaders preparing for the G20 conference are facing a threat to the global economy from the on-going Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. But as they try to avert further economic catastrophe some investors see opportunities to profit from the mayhem.

Michael Robinson reveals how on-going economic volatility and uncertainty can also present golden investment opportunities - and how, through complex trades, bets and investments, some find cash in the current crisis.

Producer: Gail Champion

Reporter: Michael Robinson

Editor: David Ross.

How investors are profiting from the Eurozone crisis. Can money be made from disaster?

World leaders preparing for the G20 conference are facing a threat to the global economy from the on-going Eurozone sovereign debt crisis.

But as they try to avert further economic catastrophe some investors see opportunities to profit from the mayhem.

How investors are profiting from the Eurozone crisis.

Can money be made from disaster?

Cash From The Crisis20111030
Changing Tides: Can The Uk Keep Its Renewable Energy Promises?2016101820161023 (R4)

The world's first tidal lagoon power station in Wales, which was in the Conservative manifesto, has stalled, as the government seems to be baulking at the price. The Swansea Bay lagoon, and five more that would follow around the country, would generate as much electricity as Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. But does the government's commitment to the wave of new nuclear threaten the future of renewable energy in the UK?

Jane Deith hears about the options the government's considered to meet an EU target of providing 15% of energy from renewables by 2020. Does the answer lie in buying in renewable power from Norway, or 'credit transfers' from countries who've hit their targets? Or does the commitment need to renegotiated completely?

With growing pressure to keep a lid on bills, will renewables come second to economic interests?

Reporter: Jane Deith

Producer: Rob Cave.

Holding back the tide: will the UK keep its renewable energy promises?

Charities - Giving And Taking2010110920101114

Under the Prime Minister's project for The Big Society, the coalition government wants charities to have much greater involvement in the running of public services.

At the same time, substantial cuts are expected in official regulators which check that charities are competent and honest.

Recent financial scandals have shown the vulnerability of even the most prestigious organisations to systematic fraud.

The Charity Commission admits that a quarter of charities fail to file their accounts on time, covering a combined annual income of £6 billion. The Commission also says that in future allegations of fraud may no longer be automatically investigated.

Meanwhile, other national charities are facing rebellions from lifelong local supporters over planned reorganisations designed to win huge public contracts.

Gerry Northam asks if we can be confident that charities are fit and honest enough to take responsibility from the public sector.

Producer: Sally Chesworth.

Can charities be trusted to run public services well and honestly? Gerry Northam reports.

The Charity Commission admits that a quarter of charities fail to file their accounts on time, covering a combined annual income of £6 billion.

The Commission also says that in future allegations of fraud may no longer be automatically investigated.

Charities - Giving And Taking20101114

Under the Prime Minister's project for The Big Society, the coalition government wants charities to have much greater involvement in the running of public services.

At the same time, substantial cuts are expected in official regulators which check that charities are competent and honest.

Recent financial scandals have shown the vulnerability of even the most prestigious organisations to systematic fraud.

The Charity Commission admits that a quarter of charities fail to file their accounts on time, covering a combined annual income of £6 billion. The Commission also says that in future allegations of fraud may no longer be automatically investigated.

Meanwhile, other national charities are facing rebellions from lifelong local supporters over planned reorganisations designed to win huge public contracts.

Gerry Northam asks if we can be confident that charities are fit and honest enough to take responsibility from the public sector.

Producer: Sally Chesworth.

Can charities be trusted to run public services well and honestly? Gerry Northam reports.

Chemical Weapons2014010720140112

As a complex operation continues to destroy the remainder of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, how much will we ever know about the supply routes through which the Assad regime acquired the basic ingredients for its arsenal? Vast quantities of chemicals are traded around the world every day, so what chance do we have of controlling their use by rogue states and terrorists? In the first of a new series, Allan Urry reports from the headquarters of the OPCW - the organisation set up to stop the spread of chemical warfare and which is overseeing the removal and destruction of the Syrian weapons. He also investigates the efforts of terrorist groups including Al Qaeda and al Shabab to develop nerve agents of their own; and examines the global attempts to limit the availability of "dual use" chemicals which are essential in the manufacture of every day products from fertilisers to toothpaste but which can also be turned into powerful explosives for use in IEDs and other bombs.

Producer: Paul Grant.

Child Protection2016061420160619 (R4)

The recent deaths of children at the hands of family members have revealed some children's social work departments are still failing children some nine years after the death of Baby P. In some regions the reaction of the Government has been to take social workers out of the hands of councils and put them into independent trusts.

So what's been going wrong - and will the radical solution coming out of Whitehall really work? Jenny Chryss investigates.

Producer: Rob Cave.

What will it take to improve failing children's services - and is change fast enough?

Child Support Agency2004101220041017

Jenny Cuffe investigates the Child Support Agency, 10 years old and still failing many of Britain's most vulnerable households.

Jenny Cuffe investigates the Child Support Agency, 10 years old and still failing many of Britain's most vulnerable households. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

Jenny Cuffe investigates the Child Support Agency, 10 years old and still failing many of Britain's most vulnerable households. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Childhood Cancer2014071520140720

Is red tape stopping the development of new drug treatments?

Every year more than 1,500 UK children are diagnosed with cancer.

For some the outlook is good but for those struck down by one of the rarer cancers, the prognosis can be a bleak one.

Two hundred and fifty children die each year from the disease.

Parents have told File on 4 there is a worrying lack of research into new drugs for childhood cancers, with youngsters sometimes offered treatments which have hardly changed in the last forty years - treatments that can have a limited chance of success and which can cause fatal, serious and life-long side-effects for those lucky enough to survive.

In the battle to get the most up-to-date treatments for children with some of the most aggressive cancers, increasing numbers of families say they are forced to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to travel abroad to take part in pioneering drugs trials elsewhere.

Meanwhile UK researchers say they face a constant battle for funding. They also warn of a loophole in European regulations which they say stops break-through drugs that have been developed for adult cancer sufferers, being developed to benefit children.

As science takes the treatment and understanding of disease to new levels, Jane Deith asks whether enough is being done to give children a fighting chance.

Reporter: Jane Deith

Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Children Expelled From School2003071520030720

Fran Abrams reports on the fate of children expelled from school.

The Government insists that they must receive alternative full-time education, but many do not.

Children With Me20170627

Families of children with a severe fatigue condition say they have been accused of abuse.

File on 4 investigates claims that parents whose children suffer from a crippling illness that leaves them sick and permanently exhausted have been falsely accused of child abuse.

Parents of children with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) reveal how they have been investigated and referred for child protection measures on suspicion of a rare form of child abuse known as Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII).

FII, also sometimes known as Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, is extremely rare and occurs when a parent or carer exaggerates or deliberately causes the symptoms of a child's illness. One charity says FII is being used inappropriately by education and health professionals. We talk to families who claim the stress caused by this accusation has made their children worse.

With doctors divided over the best way to treat children, what's the impact on families?

Reporter: Matthew Hill
Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Coal Comfort?2013072320130728

The amount of coal burned in Britain's power stations rocketed in 2012 with ministers relying on the fuel to help keep the lights on in the next few years.

But coal mining in Britain is now in deep trouble.

Two of the UK's major mining firms have collapsed and a third is in trouble following a huge underground fire in February.

The fire was at Daw Mill in Warwickshire, one of the few remaining deep mines in the UK.

Coming on the back of competition from cheap coal from abroad, the costly fire plunged mine operators UK Coal into financial crisis and has put the pensions of workers at serious risk.

As the government negotiates to try to help pick up the pieces Julian O'Halloran discovers UK Coal's problems come on top of heavy penalties imposed in recent years by safety regulators over fatal accidents underground.

Meanwhile the collapse of two key operators in Scotland has left a trail of unrestored opencast sites which local people say are blighting their areas. They blame national and local government for failing to force the mining companies to clear up their mess.

So what does the future hold for the industry, the miners and local communities. And at what cost to the taxpayer?

Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Colleges In Crisis2015101320151018 (R4)

With millions of new apprenticeships promised, how will cash-strapped FE colleges deliver?

David Cameron has promised three million new apprenticeships by 2020. But Further Education colleges must deliver them against a background of year-on-year cuts - with the axe likely to fall again in this Autumn's spending review.

The National Audit Office has warned more than a quarter of further education colleges could be deemed financially inadequate by the end of the year. And this month MPs on the Public Accounts Committee will launch an inquiry into the financial sustainability of the sector.

But how far is the crisis also a result of poor planning and excessive borrowing by colleges themselves? A File on 4 investigation finds some institutions taking increasingly desperate measures to make ends meet.

And it asks whether the sector is being adequately policed: when a college faces financial collapse, what safety nets are in place?

Reporter: Fran Abrams Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Construction in Crisis?2018071020180715 (R4)

Are construction giants exploiting their suppliers to balance their books?

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

In January, Britain's second biggest construction firm, Carillion, spectacularly collapsed under a £1.5 billion debt pile. Thousands of jobs were lost, pensions were put at risk, and around 30 thousand smaller subcontractors, who'd already completed work on projects, were left being owed a total of £2 billion.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called it a 'watershed' moment, and a report by MPs slammed the government contractor's 'rotten corporate culture', claiming those at the top treated suppliers with 'utter contempt'. There was also a stark warning that a similar collapse could happen 'again, and soon'.

But whilst Carillion shone a spotlight on some of the 'reckless' and 'greedy' financial practices used by those at the top of large-scale construction, and left accountants and ministers with questions to answer, has anything changed six months on?

File on 4 investigates an industry treading a financial tightrope - a world of huge turnovers but tiny profit margins, spiralling debts and late payments. Alistair Jackson speaks to subcontractors who say they're still working in 'a climate of fear', and are being pushed to the brink, financially and emotionally, by their bigger construction counterparts.

Reporter: Alistair Jackson
Producer: Mick Tucker
Editor: Gail Champion.

Construction in Crisis?20180710

Are construction giants exploiting their suppliers to balance their books?

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

In January, Britain's second biggest construction firm, Carillion, spectacularly collapsed under a £1.5 billion debt pile. Thousands of jobs were lost, pensions were put at risk, and around 30 thousand smaller subcontractors, who'd already completed work on projects, were left being owed a total of £2 billion.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called it a 'watershed' moment, and a report by MPs slammed the government contractor's 'rotten corporate culture', claiming those at the top treated suppliers with 'utter contempt'. There was also a stark warning that a similar collapse could happen 'again, and soon'.

But whilst Carillion shone a spotlight on some of the 'reckless' and 'greedy' financial practices used by those at the top of large-scale construction, and left accountants and ministers with questions to answer, has anything changed six months on?

File on 4 investigates an industry treading a financial tightrope - a world of huge turnovers but tiny profit margins, spiralling debts and late payments. Alistair Jackson speaks to subcontractors who say they're still working in 'a climate of fear', and are being pushed to the brink, financially and emotionally, by their bigger construction counterparts.

Reporter: Alistair Jackson
Producer: Mick Tucker
Editor: Gail Champion.

Continuing Healthcare: The Secret Fund2014111820141123 (R4)

Is demand for long term nursing about to tip NHS finances over the edge?

Under the system of "Continuing Healthcare" people with complex medical needs can claim the costs of nursing and medical help to keep them out of hospital. But the system has become mired in controversy with many people claiming they've been denied funding to which they are entitled.

Now there's a deluge of backdated claims against Clinical Commissioning Groups.

File on 4 finds the backlog is creating long delays in new assessments of patients.

And it hears claims the assessments themselves are a postcode lottery, with the chances of being deemed eligible varying wildly between GP commissioning groups.

The programme also hears evidence of NHS commissioners and councils fighting each other not to take responsibility for patients.

Patients and their families are going to the health ombudsman in their hundreds.

18 clinical commissioning groups are already going to end the year in the red, with some threatened with being put in special measures over their finances. Now they owe millions of pounds in backdated claims, plus interest.

Is this creating an incentive to squeeze spending on continuing care? GP commissioners are about to be asked to put £1.9 billion into the pot for new joined-up health and social care services. Do they have the money, or the will, to buy into joined-up care?

Reporter: Jane Deith Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Care Crisis: Can the NHS afford long-term community nursing care for the old and the sick?

Coroners Under Scrutiny2011111520111120

Are families getting justice in the coroner's court?

Ann Alexander investigates concerns about the conduct of inquests in England and Wales and asks why there is so much variation in behaviour of coroners and the rigour of their investigations.

Under the current system, it is up to the coroner what evidence he or she relies on, but this can leave families unhappy at the verdict and with little hope of appeal.

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 included long awaited reforms to the coronial system.

At its centre was the role of Chief Coroner, but the coalition Government said the post was unaffordable and want it scrapped.

So are Ministers missing a chance to ensure judicial oversight, enforce national standards and increase accountability?

Presenter: Ann Alexander

Producer: Paul Grant.

Are families getting justice in the coroner's court? Ann Alexander investigates.

Under the current system, it is up to the coroner what evidence he or she relies on, but this can leave families unhappy at the verdict and with little hope of appeal. The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 included long awaited reforms to the coronial system. At its centre was the role of Chief Coroner, but the coalition Government said the post was unaffordable and want it scrapped. So are Ministers missing a chance to ensure judicial oversight, enforce national standards and increase accountability?

Coroners Under Scrutiny20111120

Are families getting justice in the coroner's court? Ann Alexander investigates.

Costing The Games2011110820111113

With plans for future use of London's Olympic stadium in disarray, Allan Urry asks whether taxpayers' billions will leave a lasting legacy from 2012.

London's successful bid to stage the 2012 Olympics placed great emphasis on the benefits it could create for Britain and its capital city.

Not only should the Games bequeath impressive new sporting facilities to the people of London, but the event and its aftermath was expected to kick-start economic development in the East End -- still one of the least prosperous parts of the country.

Has the forward planning paid off? Controversy and confusion still shrouds the future ownership and operation of London's Olympic stadium.

Despite bids from rival football clubs, the stadium remains in public ownership.

The Olympic village meanwhile has been sold to developers at a loss to taxpayers, and some critics claim a major opportunity to embed a new science and technology research centre on the Olympic park has been squandered.

With mounting pressure on Games organisers and Government to recoup the taxpayers' investment in the Olympics, many Londoners fear that the early promises of economic regeneration for the East End will fail to materialise.

Reporter: Allan Urry

Producer: Andy Denwood.

Will Britain's Olympic billions buy a lasting legacy for taxpayers?

Costing The Games20111113

With plans for future use of London's Olympic stadium in disarray, Allan Urry asks whether taxpayers' billions will leave a lasting legacy from 2012.

London's successful bid to stage the 2012 Olympics placed great emphasis on the benefits it could create for Britain and its capital city. Not only should the Games bequeath impressive new sporting facilities to the people of London, but the event and its aftermath was expected to kick-start economic development in the East End -- still one of the least prosperous parts of the country.

Has the forward planning paid off? Controversy and confusion still shrouds the future ownership and operation of London's Olympic stadium. Despite bids from rival football clubs, the stadium remains in public ownership. The Olympic village meanwhile has been sold to developers at a loss to taxpayers, and some critics claim a major opportunity to embed a new science and technology research centre on the Olympic park has been squandered.

With mounting pressure on Games organisers and Government to recoup the taxpayers' investment in the Olympics, many Londoners fear that the early promises of economic regeneration for the East End will fail to materialise.

Reporter: Allan Urry

Producer: Andy Denwood.

Will Britain's Olympic billions buy a lasting legacy for taxpayers?

Council Asset Sales2013061820130623

Local authorities across the UK are facing tough decisions as they try to balance their books in the face of unprecedented funding cuts - with many opting to sell land and buildings to reduce spending and bring in much needed capital.

But, one person's white elephant is another's much loved local facility, so the choice of what goes on the market often causes great public resentment.

Jenny Chryss visits four local authorities where announcements about asset sales have caused serious questions to be asked. She finds allegations of decisions taken behind closed doors, sums that don't stack up and property that could end up being mothballed for years to come.

So are councils getting value for money for their tax payers? Or are they out of their depth when they negotiate with the private sector, especially in one of the harshest property markets for years?

And with a major shift in the way councils are audited, is there a danger that mistakes could go unnoticed and unchallenged?

Producer: Rob Cave.

Councils In Crisis2017032120170326 (R4)

There's a quiet revolution going on in our Town Halls. With funding slashed, Local Government is tasked with finding new ways to raise money and deliver services, or face failing to comply with its legal obligations. As councils in England are tasked with becoming more self sufficient, File on 4 examines the different approaches councils are taking in an effort to balance the books.

As some invest in commercial property others are spinning off traditional council departments into new companies with commercial divisions. The aim is to plough profits back into services.

But as the programme discovers these plans don't always work out. What happens when there is no profit? As the pressure on adult social care grows, some councils now face the twin struggles of meeting demand, with the need to turn a profit. Is this too much of a gamble in services which can mean the difference between life and death?

Allan Urry investigates the scale of the challenge as local authorities grapple with rising demand, falling income, and new ways of doing business.

Reporter: Allan Urry

Producer: Laura Harmes.

Counterfeit Drugs2004100520041010

There's been an explosion in counterfeit and substandard pharmaceutical drugs which kill thousands in developing countries.

But are the drug companies doing enough to combat it - and why is there so little international regulation of the global market in vital medicines?

With Allan Urry.

There's been an explosion in counterfeit and substandard pharmaceutical drugs which kill thousands in developing countries. But are the drug companies doing enough to combat it - and why is there so little international regulation of the global market in vital medicines?

Court Martials2005030120050306

Fran Abrams investigates what happens when members of the armed forces are accused of crimes.

Many are sceptical of Britain's court martial system which dates back over 300 years.

Many are sceptical of Britain's courts martial system, which dates back over 300 years.

Fran Abrams investigates what happens when members of the armed forces are accused of crimes. Many are sceptical of Britain's courts martial system, which dates back over 300 years. [Rptd Sun 5.00pm]

Fran Abrams investigates what happens when members of the armed forces are accused of crimes. Many are sceptical of Britain's court martial system which dates back over 300 years. [Rpt of Tue 8.00pm]

Credit Rating Agencies2012022820120304

Their judgments send markets into freefall. It is alleged that their mistakes led to the Enron collapse and the 2008 financial crisis. They are the credit rating agencies. Who exactly are they and what exactly do they do?

Is this exploration of the complex world of the "Big Three" rating agencies, BBC Chief Economics Correspondent Hugh Pym takes listeners behind the scenes of the world economy. Through revealing interviews with insiders and former analysts at Standard and Poor's (S&P), Moody's and Fitch, along with leading investors and bankers, Hugh tells the story of the world's ongoing financial woes from a new perspective and ask if anything has really changed. S&P managing director John Chambers explains why governments listen to what his company says.

In Italy the agencies - rarely heard about until recently - have suddenly been subject to police raids and front page headlines. Italy, like many European nations, is unhappy about its recent downgrade and campaigner Elio Lannutti is on a mission to break the power of the rating agencies. But is there any truth in the idea that they're acting politically in their judgements on the Eurozone?

Real concern about the "Big Three" began following the collapse, in 2001-2003, of several major multinationals, including Parmalat, dubbed Europe's Enron. Ordinary people who lost money know only too well what it means when the rating agencies get it wrong. When mortgage-backed securities began going bad in 2007, alarm bells rang again. Why had financial products riddled with bad debt been given Triple A ratings?

So is there any way of breaking the "Big Three's" grip on power - or are they an inevitable fact of life in a global financial landscape?

Producer: Lucy Proctor.

Do credit rating agencies threaten our financial stability? Hugh Pym investigates.

Credit Rating Agencies20120304
Criminal Records?2018052920180603 (R4)

What part is social media playing in the rise in violent crime in the UK?

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

Knife crime in England and Wales rose by a fifth last year, with stabbings in London at their highest level for a decade. So far this year, there have been more than 30 fatal stabbings in the capital - with knife injuries amongst young people also on the rise.

What lies behind the rise in violence is complex with cuts in police numbers, use of stop and search, rise in mental health issues and a lack of youth services being cited as contributing factors.

But Britain's most senior police officer, Cressida Dick, also says that social media is also partly to blame, with sites like You Tube, Snapchat and Instagram "allowing young people to go from 'slightly angry with each other' to 'fight' very quickly"

Relatives of victims - and judges in murder trials - also claim a form of hip hop, where rappers make threats to other gangs - and keep scores of killings - is helping fuel the bloodshed. It's called Drill.

When announcing a new strategy to tackle serious violence, the former Home Secretary Amber Rudd asked musicians to have a "positive influence" on young people, and to move away from lyrics which glamorise violence.

File on Four investigates this world of violence playing out online - and on our streets.

Reporter: Paul Connolly
Producers: Emma Forde and Mick Tucker
Development Producer: Oliver Newlan
Editor: Gail Champion.

What part is social media playing in the rise in violent crime in the UK?

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

Knife crime in England and Wales rose by a fifth last year, with stabbings in London at their highest level for a decade. So far this year, there have been more than 30 fatal stabbings in the capital - with knife injuries amongst young people also on the rise.

What lies behind the rise in violence is complex with cuts in police numbers, use of stop and search, rise in mental health issues and a lack of youth services being cited as contributing factors.

But Britain's most senior police officer, Cressida Dick, also says that social media is also partly to blame, with sites like You Tube, Snapchat and Instagram "allowing young people to go from 'slightly angry with each other' to 'fight' very quickly"

Relatives of victims - and judges in murder trials - also claim a form of hip hop, where rappers make threats to other gangs - and keep scores of killings - is helping fuel the bloodshed. It's called Drill.

When announcing a new strategy to tackle serious violence, the former Home Secretary Amber Rudd asked musicians to have a "positive influence" on young people, and to move away from lyrics which glamorise violence.

File on Four investigates this world of violence playing out online - and on our streets.

Reporter: Paul Connolly
Producers: Emma Forde and Mick Tucker
Development Producer: Oliver Newlan
Editor: Gail Champion.

Crossing The Line - Britain's Teenage Drug Mules20171024

The urban gangs using children to flood rural Britain with drugs and violence.

Drug dealers from big cities are exploiting thousands of teenagers to traffic Class A drugs to smaller rural towns in what's known as County Lines.

Children - some as young as 9 -are being used as runners to move drugs and cash from cities like London and Manchester hundreds of miles away to other areas of the UK.

It's a massive problem which until recently was being ignored.

File on 4 hears from some of the exploited young people who spent their teens travelling around the UK for months at a time living in drugs dens selling heroin and
crack cocaine.

They do this by taking over the homes of vulnerable people - drug users or the elderly - to sell drugs from and then refuse to leave -a practice called 'cuckooing' which can have tragic consequences.

These trafficked children often find themselves trapped by the gangs unable to escape because of the threat of violence or in order to pay back debts.

Are the authorities are doing enough to protect children from being exploited in this way? Or are they being let down by being viewed as criminals themselves rather
than the victims of organised crime?

Reporter: Simon Cox
Producer: Emma Forde
Editor: Gail Champion.

Cut-price Care2014020420140209

Ministers have promised a new focus on home care for the elderly and disabled amid concern that 15-minute calls and a low-paid, underskilled workforce are leaving vulnerable people at risk.

From this Spring, inspectors will ask how councils' commissioning practices are affecting the daily lives of those they care for. But with authorities under pressure simultaneously to cut costs, will quality continue to suffer?

Fears have been mounting about whether the basic needs of vulnerable people are being met. The government's human rights watchdog has been pressing the issue, along with tax officials who say many companies are breaching minimum wage legislation.

This week File on 4 reports on the results of its own survey of local authorities in England. Have councils increased spending to keep pace with inflation in the past few years, or have they actually driven down costs? And are they providing even the most basic level of resources that social service chiefs say are needed to keep those in their care safe and well?

Reporter: Fran Abrams

Producer: Emma Forde.

Cyber Spies2011092020110925

The criminal exploitation of the internet poses one of the biggest threats to UK national security.

As organised crime gangs and terrorists use it to communicate and plan their activities, the police and security agencies are turning to hacking to conduct surveillance and gather intelligence.

In the first of a new series, File on 4 looks at the covert techniques being used to get beyond the firewall of a suspect's PC.

But are the tactics legal? One leading expert says the rules governing interception are inconsistent and on occasions, misinterpreted by the police.

Reporter Stephen Grey also examines the way British companies are helping to proliferate this hi-tech snooping to countries with questionable human rights and which use it to monitor political opponents and dissidents.

And, with the Ministry of Defence developing its defences against sophisticated international attacks how vulnerable is the UK to "cyber warfare".

Why did a Chinese state telecommunications company briefly 'hijack' most of the world's internet traffic one day last year?

Producer: David Lewis

Reporter: Stephen Grey.

Cyber Spies: computer hacking and the state.

: computer hacking and the state.

The criminal exploitation of the internet poses one of the biggest threats to UK national security. As organised crime gangs and terrorists use it to communicate and plan their activities, the police and security agencies are turning to hacking to conduct surveillance and gather intelligence.

In the first of a new series, File on 4 looks at the covert techniques being used to get beyond the firewall of a suspect's PC. But are the tactics legal? One leading expert says the rules governing interception are inconsistent and on occasions, misinterpreted by the police.

And, with the Ministry of Defence developing its defences against sophisticated international attacks how vulnerable is the UK to "cyber warfare". Why did a Chinese state telecommunications company briefly 'hijack' most of the world's internet traffic one day last year?

Cyber Spies20110925

: computer hacking and the state.

Danger At Work2011030820110313

Following the recent first conviction and hefty fine under new Corporate Manslaughter legislation, the UK's health and safety regime has been hailed a success. Falling death and accident rates appear to confirm an improving trend.

But the families of some of those seriously injured and killed in workplace accidents say too many employers are still gettings off too lightly even when they've been found responsible for serious breaches of health and safety legislation.

As the government proposes lighter regulation of workplaces and the Health and Safety Executive faces deep cuts, Morland Sanders asks whether protection for employees will be put at risk.

After the first UK corporate manslaughter conviction, File on 4 examines safety at work.

Following the recent first conviction and hefty fine under new Corporate Manslaughter legislation, the UK's health and safety regime has been hailed a success.

Falling death and accident rates appear to confirm an improving trend.

Danger At Work20110313

Following the recent first conviction and hefty fine under new Corporate Manslaughter legislation, the UK's health and safety regime has been hailed a success. Falling death and accident rates appear to confirm an improving trend.

But the families of some of those seriously injured and killed in workplace accidents say too many employers are still gettings off too lightly even when they've been found responsible for serious breaches of health and safety legislation.

As the government proposes lighter regulation of workplaces and the Health and Safety Executive faces deep cuts, Morland Sanders asks whether protection for employees will be put at risk.

After the first UK corporate manslaughter conviction, File on 4 examines safety at work.

Deadly Drugs2013102920131103

What's behind the rise in deaths among those who have taken the drug ecstasy?

What's behind the recent death of a clubgoer in Manchester who's believed to have taken a bad dose of the drug ecstasy? He's one of 12 in the area in the last year who've died after using illegal stimulants with toxic new additives, prompting the Government's Chief Medical Officer to issue a formal alert. Police are concerned organised crime is hiring backstreet chemists to cook up their own toxic amphetamines. Allan Urry investigates.

Producer: Carl Johnston.

Deadly Hospitals?2014022520140302

Each year the number of deaths in every hospital in England is recorded and compared with national averages for the range of patients and conditions treated. The results are published by a company called Dr Foster in The Hospital Guide.

The Guide has a solid reputation. Its findings are studied and used by leaders of the NHS. Dr Foster's statistical expert says that high mortality statistics should act as a 'smoke alarm' raising investigation of standards at a hospital. The Care Quality Commission praises Dr Foster's "powerful analysis of hospital trusts" and the Health Secretary says: "We expect all hospitals to examine this data carefully and take action wherever services need to improve".

But some leading statisticians question the reliability of mortality statistics as an indication of clinical quality. And they believe that many pockets of poor practice go undetected in hospitals with good mortality scores.

Critics also see the publication of such data as an invitation to the press to distort the available evidence by calculating numbers of 'needless deaths' within the NHS. Such calculations have in fact been produced and then given widespread publicity. The NHS Medical Director calls them "clinically meaningless and academically reckless". But they continue to make the front pages.

Gerry Northam reports from hospitals which have "worryingly high" mortality statistics according to Dr Foster and asks how much this really shows about their quality of care.

Producer : Ian Muir-Cochrane

Editor : David Ross.

But some leading statisticians question the reliability of mortality statistics as an indication of clinical quality. They argue that publication in a Guide gives NHS managers the incentive to game the system by adjusting the collection of mortality data to lower their scores in the Guide. And they believe that many pockets of poor practice go undetected in hospitals with good mortality scores.

Default By Design?2014012120140126

Last month a report by a government advisor, Lawrence Tomlinson, accused The Royal Bank of Scotland of forcing some viable businesses into insolvency. The Bank has denied Tomlinson's claims and has asked a leading law firm to carry out an independent investigation. With their findings due to be published shortly, File on 4 assesses the evidence.

Jane Deith speaks to families who claim their companies were unfairly forced to the wall and their lives ruined as a result of the actions of the Bank's Global Restructuring Group.

Billed as the equivalent of an intensive care unit designed to help nurse distressed businesses back to health, did the Global Restructuring Group kill some of them off instead? And was RBS able to profit as a result?

With a rising tide of complaints against the taxpayer-owned bank, the Financial Conduct Authority is beginning its own investigation.

So, was RBS being predatory or prudent?

Reporter: Jane Deith

Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Last month a report by a government advisor, Lawrence Tomlinson, accused The Royal Bank of Scotland of forcing some viable businesses into insolvency. The Bank has denied Tomlinson's claims and has asked a leading firm of accountants to carry out an independent investigation. With their findings due to be published shortly, File on 4 assesses the evidence.

Degrees Of Deception20180116

How thousands of people in the UK have obtained fake and worthless degrees.

File on 4 exposes a multi-million pound global trade in fake diplomas.

A complex network of online universities sells degrees, doctorates and professional qualifications - for a price. Some of the buyers have gone on to trade on these credentials, including them on their CVs and gaining jobs in public life.

Others, after making an initial purchase, were blackmailed by the sellers, who threatened to expose them unless they paid out huge additional sums of money.

Despite criminal investigations in numerous countries, why is there still a thriving trade in dubious qualifications and are institutions and companies taking the issue seriously enough?

Reporter: Simon Cox
Producers: Matthew Chapman and Helen Clifton
Editor: Gail Champion.

Dementia: What Do We Know?2016022320160228 (R4)

It's estimated there are around 620,000 people in England with dementia. Prime minister David Cameron says fighting the disease is a personal priority and doctors in England have been encouraged to proactively identify people with early stage dementia.

The PM says that an early diagnosis allows families to prepare for the care of a relative, but others argue there's no treatment for such a diagnosis and no robust evidence to justify a process that might lead to harm. Deborah Cohen hears from doctors who are concerned the drive to raise diagnosis rates is leading to people being misdiagnosed.

The Government has also pledged millions of pounds to help make England "the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neuro-degenerative diseases". Scientists leading the research say they are making progress to find tests which could identify people at risk from the disease and develop a cure. But other researchers say money is being wasted because current directions in drug development are following the same path as those of the past which have ended in failure.

Producer: Paul Grant.

Has a drive to increase the diagnosis of dementia and find a cure been effective?

Diabetes20120226

New NHS research has revealed the shocking toll of preventable deaths caused by just one medical condition. Diabetes - in which the body fails to control blood sugar levels safely - is causing 24,000 needless deaths a year in England alone.

It's not just the old and middle-aged who are at risk. Young women with diabetes are 6 to 9 times more likely to die than their age group overall. And many more young people who don't die will develop life threatening diseases later due to failure to manage their blood sugar.

Badly controlled diabetes can lead to kidney disease, heart conditions, or blindness. It's also the cause of 5,000 amputations a year, mainly of legs or feet. With around 3 million diagnosed sufferers known to the health service, diabetes is said to be costing the NHS £9 billion a year, about a tenth of the total health budget.

Julian O'Halloran reveals why, despite Government pledges, it's so difficult to get to grips with the disease. And, with the incidence of diabetes rocketing, he asks whether the NHS can cope.

Producer - Gail Champion.

Despite pledges to tackle diabetes, why do 24,000 people die needlessly each year?

Dirty Money Uk2015100620151011 (R4)

What does the theft of a billion dollars from Europe's poorest country have to do with a run-down housing estate in Edinburgh? Moldova was robbed of 12% of its GDP by the bafflingly complex financial scam uncovered earlier this year. It involved a web of companies in the ex-Soviet country, with the money thought to have ended up in Russia via Latvian banks.

But the trail also goes via a number of UK-registered companies, including one based in the district of north Edinburgh made famous by "Trainspotting", the novel about heroin addicts. It's not the only example of Eastern European fraudsters using the UK to launder their dirty money in this way. So why is it allowed to happen? Why is it so easy to set up an opaque shell company in the UK? And what is the role of so-called company formation agents? Tim Whewell investigates

Reporter: Tim Whewell Producer: Simon Maybin.

The role of British companies in a billion-dollar Moldovan bank scam.

Dirty Secrets2014111120141116 (R4)

The UK generates nearly 300 million tonnes of waste every year. That's rich pickings for criminals who illegally dump what we don't want, damaging the environment and threatening our health. The black market in rubbish is said to be worth a billion pounds. With such huge sums at stake there's concern that organised crime is increasing its grip on the sector. Allan Urry examines the efforts of Britain's Environment Agencies to try to hold the line. But it's tough going at a time when cuts have led to a reduction in staffing.

Reporter: Allan Urry

Producer: Carl Johnston.

The UK generates nearly 300 million tonnes of waste every year. That's rich pickings for criminals who illegally dump what we don't want, damaging the environment and threatening our health. The black market in rubbish is said to be worth a billion pounds. With such huge sums at stake there's concern that organised crime is increasing its grip on the sector. Allan Urry examines the efforts of Britain's Environment Agencies to try to hold the line. But it's tough going at a time when cuts have lead to a reduction in staffing.

Disclosing The Truth
Disclosing The Truth20180227

How are disclosure of evidence failures affecting justice in the magistrates' courts?

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

The Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have been accused of failing to disclose important information in several recent high profile sexual assault cases.

But Allan Urry asks if the current disquiet about disclosure should also extend to the Magistrates' Courts where almost all criminal cases start off. Some defence lawyers say evidence that could be helpful to their clients' cases is being with-held and are they're concerned that justice isn't always being served.

Reporter: Allan Urry
Producer: Alys Harte
Editor: Gail Champion.

Disposing Of Clinical Waste2003111820031123

Allan Urry investigates the system for disposing of the dangerous clinical waste produced by Britain's hospitals.

Could illegal and unsafe practices pose a danger to public health?

Doctors In Charge2011030120110306

Success of the Government's proposed NHS reforms rests on England's family doctors.

GPs will be responsible for commissioning treatment for their patients.

But how much do we know about the effectiveness and value for money offered by doctors in General Practice? Gerry Northam reports.

Family doctors are key to Government health reforms, but how efficient are they?

Success of the Government's proposed NHS reforms rests on England's family doctors. GPs will be responsible for commissioning treatment for their patients. But how much do we know about the effectiveness and value for money offered by doctors in General Practice? Gerry Northam reports.

Success of the Government's proposed NHS reforms in England rests on family doctors. GPs will be responsible for commissioning treatment for their patients, and managing the £80 billion NHS budget. But how much do we know about the effectiveness and value for money offered by doctors in General Practice? Gerry Northam reports.

Doctors In Charge20110306

Family doctors are key to Government health reforms, but how efficient are they?

Drug Danger Distraction?2010012620100131

Investigating concerns about the way a bestselling antipsychotic drug was marketed.

A British drug company is being sued by more than 15,000 people in the United States who claim its bestselling antipsychotic drug caused severe weight gain, diabetes and other serious medical conditions. Ann Alexander investigates concerns about the way it was marketed and asks how much the public should be told about the drugs they take.

A British drug company is being sued by more than 15,000 people in the United States who claim its bestselling antipsychotic drug caused severe weight gain, diabetes and other serious medical conditions.

Ann Alexander investigates concerns about the way it was marketed and asks how much the public should be told about the drugs they take.

Dying On The Streets
Dying On The Streets20180213

The homeless being denied end of life care.

File on 4 hears the stories of the terminally ill left to die in hostels and on the street.

An estimated 4751 people will sleep rough tonight in England. Many are seriously, even terminally ill.

If you're living on the streets, who will care for you when the end comes?

File on 4 hears from homeless people living with life threatening illness, who can't find a regular bed for the night, let alone a place where their medical needs can be met.

A bed in a nursing home or hospice is usually not available to them. Hostels are left to do their best for the dying. But they say they aren't trained or equipped to give people a dignified death.

We speak to those battling to get homeless people basic medical care. And hear how when services fail, people are left to die on the street.

Reporter: Jane Deith
Producer: Emma Forde
Editor: Gail Champion.

Why does life on the street also mean death on the street for some rough sleepers?

Ebola2014102120141026 (R4)

Simon Cox investigates why it took so long for the world to wake up to the threat of ebola

Ebola is now regarded as an international threat to peace and security, according to the World Health Organisation. Yet, when the WHO was first warned of an unprecedented outbreak, the organisation said it was "still relatively small."

Now the UK has asked for volunteers to travel to West Africa to try to bring Ebola under control. Thousands of American troops are also flying out to the region. But could all this have been avoided? Simon Cox asks why it took so long for the world to wake up to the threat posed by Ebola? He also investigates the treatments that are now, belatedly, being developed - treatments that have existed for decades. Vaccines and other drugs are being rushed into production at an unprecedented pace, by-passing the usual safety controls. However, all predictions are that many more people will die before the disease is brought under control. Even then, will it become endemic?

Reporter: Simon Cox

Producer: John Murphy.

is now regarded as an international threat to peace and security, according to the World Health Organisation. Yet, when the WHO was first warned of an unprecedented outbreak, the organisation said it was "still relatively small."

Egypt's Missing Millions2011031520110320

File On 4.

Banks and fraud squads across the world are beginning the task of tracing a vast fortune stolen from the Egyptian people by members of the Mubarak regime.

Some estimates have suggested the missing money could run into many billions of pounds.

Ministers, businessmen and members of the president's family have deposited vast sums in Swiss bank accounts and bought luxury properties in London.

Where did all this wealth come from? How was the Egyptian government able to continue abusing its power for three decades? And could the regime's business partners in multinational corporations really have been blind to what was happening?

Fran Abrams travels to Egypt to investigate and to assess the chances of the money being recovered.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Fran Abrams investigates the corruption that lay behind the Mubarak regime.

File On 4. Banks and fraud squads across the world are beginning the task of tracing a vast fortune stolen from the Egyptian people by members of the Mubarak regime. Some estimates have suggested the missing money could run into many billions of pounds.

Ministers, businessmen and members of the president's family have deposited vast sums in Swiss bank accounts and bought luxury properties in London. Where did all this wealth come from? How was the Egyptian government able to continue abusing its power for three decades? And could the regime's business partners in multinational corporations really have been blind to what was happening?

Egypt's Missing Millions20110320

File On 4. Banks and fraud squads across the world are beginning the task of tracing a vast fortune stolen from the Egyptian people by members of the Mubarak regime. Some estimates have suggested the missing money could run into many billions of pounds.

Ministers, businessmen and members of the president's family have deposited vast sums in Swiss bank accounts and bought luxury properties in London. Where did all this wealth come from? How was the Egyptian government able to continue abusing its power for three decades? And could the regime's business partners in multinational corporations really have been blind to what was happening?

Fran Abrams travels to Egypt to investigate and to assess the chances of the money being recovered.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Fran Abrams investigates the corruption that lay behind the Mubarak regime.

Elderly Care: Neglected Questions2013060420130609

Operation Jasmine was the UK's biggest ever care home abuse investigation.

But in January this year proceedings against two key figures in the case collapsed, leaving dozens of families asking if they will ever get justice.

While relatives demand a public inquiry into what happened in the six Welsh care homes at the centre of the case, 12.5 metric tonnes of unpublished evidence lie in a Pontypool warehouse.

Experts say prosecutors too often face insurmountable difficulties in bringing people accused of neglecting the vulnerable to justice. Several high-profile figures are now calling for a change in the law: one barrister and academic tells File on 4 current legislation gives greater protection against cruelty to animals than against people.

With other major scandals such as those at Winterbourne View and Mid-Staffordshire still fresh in the public mind, Fran Abrams asks if the justice system is fit for purpose when it comes to dealing with abuse and neglect.

Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Elderly Patients In Hospital - Who Cares?20171010

Who cares? Are elderly patients being left to suffer and die from neglect in hospital?

How well do NHS hospitals look after their elderly patients? Allan Urry investigates concerns about a lack of basic care. Is it proving fatal for some? Why are bedsores, repeated falls, malnutrition and dehydration still featuring among the complaints of families who've lost loved ones? The programme also assesses how well the NHS responds when mistakes are made.

Reporter: Allan Urry
Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Election Fraud2014031120140316

With local authority elections due in May, Allan Urry investigates claims of organised vote rigging.

Earlier this year, the Electoral Commission identified 16 areas in England with wards that are at particular risk of electoral fraud.

File on 4 visits some of those towns and cities and hears first hand evidence of intimidation and the widespread abuse of postal votes - including allegations that some people are being pressured into handing over their vote to party activists.

A candidate who successfully took a court case against his opponent after narrowly losing an election, says some campaigners have lost sight of what is right and wrong.

And a judge who sits in election fraud cases attacks the system as "shambolic" and "wide open to abuse".

So is our voting system too vulnerable to fraud? Are the authorities doing all they can to root out corruptions? And is it time to end postal voting on demand?

Producers: Emma Forde and Sally Chesworth.

File on 4 visits some of those towns and cities and hears first hand evidence of intimidation and the widespread abuse of postal votes.

One MP tells the programme that many of his constituents have complained of being pressured into handing over their vote to party activists.

And a high court judge attacks the system as "shambolic" and "wide open to abuse".

Electricity Prices: A Shock To The System?2013100120131006

What will the government's plan to produce more low-carbon energy do to our fuel bills?

The Government wants more wind power and nuclear energy to supply our electricity, but how well is it delivering that plan? In Scotland where conditions for renewable sources are good, there's been a rush to cash in on generous subsidies for wind farms. But the infrastructure can't cope so companies are also being paid handsomely to dump the energy they produce. And, deals which include subsidies are being concluded behind closed doors between Government officials and the nuclear industry for a new generation of power stations. What's this going to add to our fuel bills? Allan Urry investigates.

Producer: Rob Cave.

Energy Prices20111009

Household gas and electricity bills are set to soar, leaving millions at risk of 'fuel poverty' and vulnerable to cold as winter approaches.

The government's hopes for recovery in UK manufacturing industry are also threatened in key sectors by rocketing energy prices.

Some small and medium-sized businesses have already been pushed into liquidation and there are fears that others will follow.

Politically, attention is now focusing on the behaviour of the so-called Big Six energy companies which supply 99% of the gas and electricity used in British homes.

The regulator OFGEM accuses them of 'complex and unfair pricing policies'.

It wants to increase competition by making it simpler for customers to decide to switch suppliers.

It finds that prices go up like a rocket but fall like a feather.

And it wants greater disclosure of corporate accounting systems, to check for excessive profits.

Gerry Northam examines claims from some industry insiders that the Big Six are behaving as the banks did before the credit crunch - threatening economic recovery while believing they are too big to fail.

Producer: Samantha Fenwick.

Are households and businesses being overcharged for gas and electricity?

European Funding2012071720120722

Why are areas of Britain losing millions of pounds of regeneration money from Europe?

The EU has allocated millions of pounds in grants to help our towns and cities regenerate. So why are some complaining they can't get their hands on the cash? European rules mean Britain has to put up an equal amount of money. But, as Allan Urry reveals, cuts at Westminster and in town halls around the country mean that some projects have either stalled or been abandoned because no "matched funding" is available. Critics of the Government say up to a billion pounds of regeneration money will end up in the Treasury's coffers or being returned to Brussels. Yet, it supposed to be supporting economic development in the English regions which the Government has argued will drive growth. That's what's happened in Germany and other EU countries. Have they made better use of funds from Brussels to help narrow the gap between their rich and poor regions? Now, as Europe struggles with austerity, does the European Commission need to re-think its system for allocating cash, and should the Coalition Government in Britain do more to deliver growth?

Producer: Samantha Fenwick.

European Funding: Missing A Match2012071720120722
Europe's Missing Millions2010113020101205

As European member states make spending cuts should more be done to prevent mismanagement of subsidies at EU level? Angus Stickler tracks how money has gone astray across the 27 member states and asks why funding continues in regions with proven records of mismanagement and fraud.

Producer: Gail Champion

Editor: David Ross.

Angus Stickler investigates fraud involving European regional funding schemes.

Over the last seven years, the European Union has paid out billions of Euros in grants designed to revitalise Europe's poorest regions.

But an investigation for File on 4 has revealed the extent to which these payments are open to widespread fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

Angus Stickler tracks how money has gone astray across the 27 member states and asks why funding continues in regions with proven records of corruption and fraud.

Throughout the EU there is evidence that money has been wasted or even stolen.

In Southern Italy, money has gone to Mafia-controlled construction companies and bogus energy projects.

Across the EU expensive projects lie unused and unfit for purpose, despite receiving funding of millions of Euros.

The EU has created its own anti-fraud agency, OLAF, to stop these abuses, but are critics right when they claim it's underfunded and ineffective?

File on 4/Bureau of Investigative Journalism co-production.

Europe's Missing Millions20101205

Over the last seven years, the European Union has paid out billions of Euros in grants designed to revitalise Europe's poorest regions.

But an investigation for File on 4 has revealed the extent to which these payments are open to widespread fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

Angus Stickler tracks how money has gone astray across the 27 member states and asks why funding continues in regions with proven records of corruption and fraud. Throughout the EU there is evidence that money has been wasted or even stolen. In Southern Italy, money has gone to Mafia-controlled construction companies and bogus energy projects. Across the EU expensive projects lie unused and unfit for purpose, despite receiving funding of millions of Euros.

The EU has created its own anti-fraud agency, OLAF, to stop these abuses, but are critics right when they claim it's underfunded and ineffective?

File on 4/Bureau of Investigative Journalism co-production.

Producer: Gail Champion

Editor: David Ross.

Angus Stickler investigates fraud involving European regional funding schemes.

Exiles In Fear2011080220110807

The UK is the largest bilateral donor to Rwanda, giving around £83m a year. President Paul Kagame is praised by the British government for bringing stability and economic growth to a country torn apart by the genocide in 1994. But recently it was revealed that two opponents of the Rwandan regime living in London had been warned by police they were in danger of being assassinated by their own government. Other Rwandans living in the UK have been threatened too. The Rwandan High Commission say the allegations are baseless.

Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe also receives substantial amounts of British aid but via charities and other non-governmental organisations. However an exile involved in the ex-patriot community and who had attended Movement for Democratic Change meetings has been revealed as a former torturer. Far from rejecting his past, its alleged he has until recently been on the pay-roll of the notorious Central Intelligence Organisation - leaving the Zimbabwe community scared and in disarray.

Jenny Cuffe asks whether in the light of such claims the British government should question its aid policy.

Why are some Rwandans in the UK living in fear of their government? Jenny Cuffe reports.

The UK is the largest bilateral donor to Rwanda, giving around £83m a year.

President Paul Kagame is praised by the British government for bringing stability and economic growth to a country torn apart by the genocide in 1994.

But recently it was revealed that two opponents of the Rwandan regime living in London had been warned by police they were in danger of being assassinated by their own government.

Other Rwandans living in the UK have been threatened too.

The Rwandan High Commission say the allegations are baseless.

Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe also receives substantial amounts of British aid but via charities and other non-governmental organisations.

However an exile involved in the ex-patriot community and who had attended Movement for Democratic Change meetings has been revealed as a former torturer.

Far from rejecting his past, its alleged he has until recently been on the pay-roll of the notorious Central Intelligence Organisation - leaving the Zimbabwe community scared and in disarray.

Exiles In Fear20110807

Why are some Rwandans in the UK living in fear of their government? Jenny Cuffe reports.

Extremism: Hidden In Plain Sight20171003

Manveen Rana uncovers hate speech and extremist messages in the UK's mainstream Urdu media

Manveen Rana uncovers hate speech, sectarianism and even support for Jihad in some of Britain's Urdu language newspapers, radio stations and TV channels.

While we are often told the internet and social media have accelerated the fermentation of extremist ideas, File on 4 reveals how widely-available 'old media' is also disseminating sectarian and anti-Semitic messages, as well as support for Pakistani militant groups, through newspapers and TV channels accessible in Muslim communities across the UK.

A common theme is content about the Ahmadiyyah community, who are considered by some Muslims to be heretics. A persecuted community in Pakistan, such violence came to the UK in 2016 when shop keeper Asad Shah was fatally stabbed by a man accusing him of blasphemy. Despite this shocking sectarian murder, British Urdu media continues to publish insulting material targeting the Ahmadiyyah community - included campaigns calling on readers to boycott Ahmadi-made goods.

But at what point do these media outlets cross the line from bad taste to criminal behaviour? And are media regulators doing enough to prevent and punish the offenders?

Producers: Richard Fenton-Smith and Sajid Iqbal
Editor: Gail Champion
Sound Engineer: Neil Churchill.

Manveen Rana uncovers hate speech and extreme Islamist messages in some of Britain's mainstream Urdu language newspapers, radio stations and TV channels.

While we are often told the internet and social media have accelerated the fermentation of extremist ideas, File on 4 reveals how widely-available 'old media' is also disseminating sectarian, anti-Semitic and even violent messages through newspapers and TV channels accessible in Muslim communities across the UK.

But at what point do these media outlets cross the line from bad taste to criminal behaviour? And are media regulators doing enough to prevent and punish the offenders?

Producers: Richard Fenton-Smith and Sajid Iqbal
Editor: Gail Champion.

Failed By Forensics?2018061220180617 (R4)

Are failings in forensic science leading to more miscarriages of justice?

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

File on 4 investigates mounting concern about forensic science in England and Wales - hearing the cases of two men who almost went to prison for rape because the police failed to properly investigate crucial evidence on mobile phones.

Forensic science is increasingly important both in finding criminals and successfully prosecuting them. It's used for everything from investigating fires like Grenfell to huge terrorist cases. And it covers checking phone records, CCTV, DNA and fingerprinting. It's painstaking, time-consuming work but it can often turn up vital evidence.

The programme hears that a criminal investigation is underway into one company providing forensic evidence, another has gone bust and a third has had to be financially bailed out. Meanwhile some police forces carry out their own forensic work but incredibly some do so, without the official accreditation that forensic companies are expected to obtain. And the regulator says she can't do anything about it as the Government won't give her the powers she needs.

Presenter: Melanie Abbott
Producer: Anna Meisel
Editor: Andrew Smith.

Fair Game2016053120160605 (R4)

Should English football clubs take a closer look at who they turn to for investment?

English football clubs enjoy a high profile around the world, leading to many companies vying to do business with them. But have some football clubs entered into financial deals with companies with questionable backgrounds?

File on 4 explores whether clubs are vulnerable to companies and individuals who use the reputation of English football to lend credibility to their activities. But what due diligence do clubs undertake when securing such deals? Allan Urry looks at the relationship between soccer and sponsorship. He hears from some of the victims who've lost money, because they believed those who do business with the biggest names in football, could be trusted.

Reporter - Allan Urry

Producer - Emma Forde.

Faith, Hope And... Tax Avoidance2013070920130714

While the G8 summit of world leaders has agreed a global deal to ensure big business pays its dues, concerns about tax avoidance go wider.

A group of MPs has just examined the case of the Cup Trust, a charity which tried to claim £46 million in tax relief but spent just £55,000 on good works. The Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, concluded the Trust's purpose "was to avoid tax".

And she said this wasn't an isolated case. The Committee heard that HMRC investigates around 300 charities a year over concerns about tax fraud.

In this week's File on 4 Fran Abrams examines the blurred lines around charities and tax.

What happens when genuine charities find 'donations' are designed so the donors can claim Gift Aid payments from the tax man? And how easy is it to register a charity whose main aim is actually tax avoidance?

Is the 160 year-old Charity Commission up to the job of policing 21st Century charities?

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

And she said this wasn't an isolated case. The Committee heard that HMRC investigates 300 similar schemes a year.

Falling Short - Fake News and Financial Markets20180626

Is financial fake news damaging business? Geoff White reports.

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

If fake news is poisoning public debate, then what is it doing to the financial markets?

Short-sellers - investors who bet on a company's shares falling, not rising- have a mixed reputation. For some they play a vital role, exposing weak companies - and can make big profits as a result. But others accuse them of using fake information to deliberately damage otherwise healthy businesses.

File on 4 looks into the hidden world of the short sellers, the researchers who give them the information to make their bets and the companies who fall victim to what they publish. Are the shorters overstepping the stock market's rules on fairness and transparency?

Reporter: Geoff White
Producer: Rob Cave
Editor: Gail Champion.

Falling Short - Fake News And Financial Markets2018062620180701 (R4)

Is financial fake news damaging business? Geoff White reports.

Award-winning current affairs documentary series

If fake news is poisoning public debate, then what is it doing to the financial markets?

Short-sellers - investors who bet on a company's shares falling, not rising- have a mixed reputation. For some they play a vital role, exposing weak companies - and can make big profits as a result. But others accuse them of using fake information to deliberately damage otherwise healthy businesses.

File on 4 looks into the hidden world of the short sellers, the researchers who give them the information to make their bets and the companies who fall victim to what they publish. Are the shorters overstepping the stock market's rules on fairness and transparency?

Reporter: Geoff White
Producer: Rob Cave
Editor: Gail Champion.

Family Annihilation20120311

In the last two months, four fathers have killed their partners, children and themselves. File on 4 investigates what drives these men to take such drastic action.

The programme talks to relatives, expert forensic psychiatrists and academics to try to find out why they became so-called 'family annihilators'.

It looks at new research into such cases which points to a link to unemployment rates and the levels of gun ownership. It will also ask whether authorities like the health service and police could do more to watch for signs that men are a risk to their families and asks whether new gun licence measures are working.

Presenter: Jane Deith

Producer: Paul Grant.

What drives fathers to kill their families and themselves? Jane Deith investigates.

Flooding: Best Laid Plans?2014021120140216

Flights grounded. Trains cancelled. Roads flooded. It's becoming a familiar story every winter as Britain's transport systems are battered by the weather. While rainfall this winter has been unusually high, has some of the disruption that we've seen been caused by a lack of strategic planning and routine maintenance? Should a flooded river have been able to knock out power supplies at Gatwick, catching airport authorities by surprise? Were the drainage systems adequate on some of the railway embankments that collapsed, leaving passengers stranded? Allan Urry investigates why our infrastructure is struggling to cope with the storms and asks whether bad planning has made a bad situation worse?

Producer: Rob Cave.

Flights grounded. Trains cancelled. Roads flooded. It's becoming a familiar story every winter as Britain's transport systems are battered by the weather. Allan Urry investigates why our infrastructure is struggling to cope with the storms. While rainfall has been unusually high, was some of the disruption caused by a lack of strategic planning and routine maintenance? Should a flooded river have been able to knock out power supplies at Gatwick, catching airport authorities by surprise? Were the drainage systems adequate on some of the railway embankments that collapsed, leaving passengers stranded? And we revisit the Somerset Levels a year after locals were promised their rivers would be dredged to help prevent further flooding. How much did the failure to deliver on those pledges make a bad situation worse?

Food Fraud2014012820140202

A year after the horsemeat scandal there are calls for a new police force to fight food fraud amid concerns that organised crime is increasingly targeting the sector because there are huge profits to be made at the expense of the consumer.

Prof Chris Elliott, who was commissioned by the government to investigate the UK's most serious food scandal in recent years, says criminals are committing more food fraud because there's little risk of detection or serious penalties if they're caught.

Gerry Northam investigates the extent of food fraud across the UK and reports from Brussels on whether the EU has learned enough lessons from last year's scandal.

Producer: Carl Johnston.

Foundation Hospitals: An Acute Crisis?2010101920101024

The drive to make acute hospitals more prudent and independent through foundation trust status was meant to usher in a new era of prudent spending for the whole of the NHS.

But now the process is faltering, as a series of foundation trusts hit grave financial, managerial or care quality problems.

And though the NHS was meant to be ring-fenced from the deep cuts now hitting the rest of the public sector, a number foundation hospital trusts are facing bed closures and serious job losses.

In some cases emergency measures have been adopted to turn failing trusts around by bringing in highly paid crisis managers.

But these have alienated staff and unions and seemingly pushed some hospitals further into the red.

So where does this leave the Government's plans for all hospitals to be run by foundation trusts? Julian O'Halloran reports.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Why should we want more foundation hospitals when so many are in financial trouble?

In some cases emergency measures have been adopted to turn failing trusts around by bringing in highly paid crisis managers. But these have alienated staff and unions and seemingly pushed some hospitals further into the red.

Foundation Hospitals: An Acute Crisis?20101024

The drive to make acute hospitals more prudent and independent through foundation trust status was meant to usher in a new era of prudent spending for the whole of the NHS.

But now the process is faltering, as a series of foundation trusts hit grave financial, managerial or care quality problems.

And though the NHS was meant to be ring-fenced from the deep cuts now hitting the rest of the public sector, a number foundation hospital trusts are facing bed closures and serious job losses.

In some cases emergency measures have been adopted to turn failing trusts around by bringing in highly paid crisis managers. But these have alienated staff and unions and seemingly pushed some hospitals further into the red.

So where does this leave the Government's plans for all hospitals to be run by foundation trusts? Julian O'Halloran reports.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Why should we want more foundation hospitals when so many are in financial trouble?

Fraud: The Thin Blue Line2014100720141012 (R4)

The nature of crime is changing, with much of it now happening online, sparking growing concern that official figures fail to account for potentially millions of fraud offences. Experts say frauds involving plastic debit and credit cards are among the crimes left out of the data. So just how reliable - and useful - are the statistics?

At the same time, police economic crime units, which investigate fraud, have become increasingly stretched, partly as a result of government budget cuts. BBC Home Affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, asks whether law enforcement has kept pace with the changing face of fraud and if there are enough resources to tackle financial crime and bring fraudsters to justice.

Reporter: Danny Shaw

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Funding For The Arts19900321

Producer: L.

ALKER

Next in series: 28 March 1990

Previous in series: PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGNERS

Description

Robin LUSTIG investigates 'funding for the arts'

Subject Categories

documentaries (programme format)

investigative programmes (presentation style)

budgets (state finance)

arts (administration)

Broadcast history

21 Mar 1990 16:05-16:45 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Robin Lustig

Gerry Northam (Producer)

Karen Monger (Producer)

Peter Hall (Speaker)

Brian Cox (Speaker)

Roy Strong (Speaker)

Richard Luce (Speaker)

Terry Hands (Speaker)

Philip Hedley (Speaker)

Max Stafford-Clark (Speaker)

Colin Tweedy (Speaker)

Ian Rushton (Speaker)

John Stalker (theatre director (spkr)) (Speaker)

Clive Priestly (Speaker)

Ian Brown (arts council (spkr)) (Speaker)

John Doyle (drama director (spkr)) (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-03-20.

Gain Without The Pain: Legal Drugs In Sport20170530

Painkillers in sport - the legal doping risking the long-term health of athletes.

Painkillers in sport: a form of legal doping or an excessive reliance on medication that puts the long-term health of athletes in jeopardy?

With evidence of widespread use of over the counter anti-inflammatories to support performance or recovery at amateur level, File on 4 looks asks if there is enough regulation of painkilling drugs in sport across the ranks.

About half of players competing at the past three World Cups routinely took non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, according to research carried out by FIFA's former chief medical officer, Prof Jiri Dvorak.

For him, this clearly constitutes the abuse of drugs in football, one which risks player's health and could "potentially" have life-threatening implications.

But is the sports community taking these warnings seriously enough? Professor Dvorak first warned about the long-term implications of players misusing painkillers in 2012 - has anything changed?

Industry insiders their concerns about pain killer use in professional sport - including one former rugby international who says he developed serious long-term health problems as a result.

And with evidence that even paracetamol can have a performance enhancing effect, how can sports regulators control substances that can give a competitive advantage but are widely available over the counter?

With tales of athletes receiving pain relief in order to compete with broken toes or even a fractured bone in their back, we explore the lengths some may go to in order to stay in the game and ask if some sports are risking long-term harm by chasing short-term goals.

Producer: Alys Harte
Reporter: Beth McLeod.

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(Details tomorrow at 4. 05pm)

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Is revolution stirring in the Occupied Territories?

Hugh Prysor-Jones reports on the extent of the challenge to Israel's authority.

Producer VICKY WHITFIELD Editor BRIAN WALKER BBC Manchester

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with Winifred Robinson Producer Sarah Eldridge Editor Gerry Northam BBC North

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Reporter Robin Lustig Producer Liz Carney Editor Gerry Northam BBC North

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Reporter Eric Robson Producer Nicola Meyrick Editor Gerry Northam BBC North

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A new series of the programme that covers major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer Lynne Jones

Contributors

Reporter: Stuart Simon.

Producer: Lynne Jones

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Reporter Roisin McAuley. Producer Clare Hastings

Contributors

Reporter: Roisin McAuley.

Producer: Clare Hastings

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Reporter Roisin McAuley.

Contributors

Reporter: Roisin McAuley.

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Helen Boaden. Producer Liz Camey

Contributors

Reporter: Helen Boaden.

Producer: Liz Camey

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Reporter Helen Boaden.

Contributors

Reporter: Helen Boaden.

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Only six years after the last great famine, over seven-and-a-half million

Sudanese are at risk of starvation. Is the Sudanese government as much to blame as poor harvests? Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer David Ross

Contributors

Reporter: Stuart Simon.

Producer: David Ross

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Reporter Stuart Simon.

Contributors

Reporter: Stuart Simon.

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When Nelson Mandela was freed a year ago, he called upon the black youth to reject the slogan 'Liberation Now -

Education Later'. How have they responded?

Mandla Themba reports from Soweto on the prospects for peaceful change among a generation reared on militancy and violence. Producer John Drury

Contributors

Unknown: Nelson Mandela

Unknown: Mandla Themba

Producer: John Drury

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Mandia Thema reports from Soweto on the prospects for peaceful change among a generation reared on militancy and violence.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910312]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Roisin McAuley. Producer Lynne Jones

Contributors

Reporter: Roisin McAuley.

Producer: Lynne Jones

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Reporter Roisin McAuley

Contributors

Reporter: Roisin McAuley

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910319]

A focus on major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter

Helen Boaden.

Producer Clare Hastings

Contributors

Unknown: Helen Boaden.

Producer: Clare Hastings

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910320]
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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Dorothy Allen. Producer Liz Carney

Contributors

Reporter: Dorothy Allen.

Producer: Liz Carney

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Reporter Roisin McAuley. Producer David Ross

Contributors

Reporter: Roisin McAuley.

Producer: David Ross

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Reporter Robin Lustig. Producer Lynne Jones

Contributors

Reporter: Robin Lustig.

Producer: Lynne Jones

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Reporter Gerry Northam. Producer Clare Hastings

Contributors

Reporter: Gerry Northam.

Producer: Clare Hastings

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Major issues and events at home and abroad.

Producer David Ross

Contributors

Producer: David Ross

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The return of the documentary series. The 'men in the middle' who really matter in modern soccer are not referees but agents.

Stuart Simon reports on how they bend the rules in fixing lucrative transfers and contracts.

Producer Andrew Smith

Contributors

Unknown: Stuart Simon

Producer: Andrew Smith

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In the first of a new series, Stuart Simon reports on how soccer agents bend the rules.

Contributors

Unknown: Stuart Simon

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Why is South America facing a cholera epidemic for the first time this century? Roisin McAuley reports from Peru. Producer David Ross

Contributors

Unknown: Roisin McAuley

Producer: David Ross

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Paul Barker. Producer Lynne Jones

Contributors

Reporter: Paul Barker.

Producer: Lynne Jones

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer Louise Hibbins

Contributors

Reporter: Stuart Simon.

Producer: Louise Hibbins

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Roisin McAuley. Producer David Ross

Contributors

Reporter: Roisin McAuley.

Producer: David Ross

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Roisin McAuley.

Contributors

Reporter: Roisin McAuley.

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Can the peace process in Lebanon point the way through deadlock in the Middle East? Gerald Butt reports from Beirut. Producer Liz Carney

Contributors

Unknown: Gerald Butt

Producer: Liz Carney

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Can the peace process in Lebanon point the way through deadlock in the Middle East? Gerald Butt reports from Beirut.

Contributors

Unknown: Gerald Butt

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Susan O'Keeffe. Producer Lynne Jones

Contributors

Reporter: Susan O'Keeffe.

Producer: Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910703]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Susan O'Keeffe.

Contributors

Reporter: Susan O'Keeffe.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910709]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Roisin McAuley. Producer Louise Hibbins

Contributors

Reporter: Roisin McAuley.

Producer: Louise Hibbins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910710]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910716]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Tony Baker. Producer David Ross

Contributors

Reporter: Tony Baker.

Producer: David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910717]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910730]

Recent revelations suggest that Iraq has long been cheating on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Has the treaty any value? And if it collapses, will there be nuclear anarchy? Reporter Stuart Simon. Producers Liz Carney and Olwyn Hocking

Contributors

Reporter: Stuart Simon.

Producers: Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910731]

Recent revelations suggest that Iraq has long been cheating on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Has the treaty any value? And if it collapses, will there be nuclear anarchy? Reporter Stuart Simon.

Contributors

Reporter: Stuart Simon.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910806]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter David Levy. Producer Louise Hibbins

Contributors

Reporter: David Levy.

Producer: Louise Hibbins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910807]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911015]

Trial and Error

This special documentary is the first in a new series of the programme.

Gerry Northam investigates evidence of radiation damage to hundreds of patients at Britain's biggest cancer centre, the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Producer Andrew Smith

Contributors

Unknown: Gerry Northam

Unknown: Christie Hospital

Producer: Andrew Smith

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911016]

Trial and Error

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911022]

President Bush has warned Israel to stop expandingjewish settlements in the Occupied Territories.

Stuart Simon traces the complex and controversial means by which the Israeli Government may have quietly sabotaged a land-for-peace deal. Producer David Ross

Contributors

Unknown: Stuart Simon

Producer: David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911023]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911029]

As the USA and Holland accept a patient's right to die, Roger Harrabin asks whether it is time for

Britain to change the laws on euthanasia.

Producer Liz Carney

Contributors

Unknown: Roger Harrabin

Producer: Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911030]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911105]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Robin Lustig. Producer Louise Hibbins

Contributors

Reporter: Robin Lustig.

Producer: Louise Hibbins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911106]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911112]

Two-and-a-half years after the Red Army left

Afghanistan, the chances of a political settlement there have never looked better. Will the fighting now stop and enable five million refugees to return home? Hugo Fay reports from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Producer Lynne Jones

Contributors

Unknown: Hugo Fay

Producer: Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911113]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911120]

(Broadcastyesterday 7.20pm)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911126]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer Liz Carney

Contributors

Reporter: Mark Halliley.

Producer: Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911127]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911203]

Ashes of Empire The first of three programmes in which Gordon Clough reports from the Soviet Union. Can a new, cohesive confederation arise from the ashes of the old empire? Red Flag, Green Banners From the northern and southern outposts of the old Union, how strong are the forces of separation and the Islamic challenges to Soviet and Russian domination?

Producers Lucy Ash and Lynne Jones

Contributors

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Producers: Lucy Ash

Producers: Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911204]

Ashes of Empire

A three-part series in which Gordon Clough reports from the Soviet Union.

1: Red Flag, Green Banners

Contributors

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911210]

Ashes of Empire

A three-part series in which Gordon Clough reports from the Soviet Union. 2: Goinglt Alone

Will the separation now demanded by the Ukraine and other republics plunge the old Union into greater poverty and chaos?

Producers Lucy Ash and Lynne Jones

Contributors

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911211]

Ashes of Empire A three-part series. 2: Coing lt Alone

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911217]

Ashes of Empire

The last of a three-part series in which

Gordon Clough reports from the Soviet Union. Can a new, cohesive confederation arise from the ashes of the old empire?

The 16th Republic

As the 15 former Soviet

Republics set about establishing their own armed forces, what role is left for the rump of the Soviet Army? Can there be effective control of the huge Soviet nuclear arsenal? And could the proliferation of firepower lead to a Soviet Yugoslavia? Producers Lucy Ash and Lynne Jones

Contributors

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Producers: Lucy Ash

Producers: Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911218]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920114]

NEW The return of the series exploring major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer Louise Hibbins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920115]

(Broadcastyesterdayat

7.20pm FM)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920121]

Why are a growing number of diagnosed psychopaths who have committed serious offences being refused treatment in Britain' s top security hospitals? And does this refusal put society at risk? Reporter Mark Ha))i)ey. Producer Dav!dRoss

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920122]

fBroadcasf yesterday 7.20pm)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920128]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Owen Bennett Jones. Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920129]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920204]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Robin Lustig. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920205]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920211]

Reporter Adam Raphael. Producer Louise Hibbins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920212]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920219]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920225]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920226]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920303]

An inquest may be the only time a bereaved family learns the full facts of a controversial death. But are coroners' courts equipped to cope with such investigations? Reporter Caroline Beck. Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920304]

An inquest may be the only time a bereaved family learns the full facts of a controversial death.

But are coroners'courts equipped to cope with such investigations?

Reporter Caroline Beck.

(Broadcastyesterday 7.20pm FM)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920310]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920311]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920317]

Adam Raphael reports on major issues, changing attitudes, and important events at home and abroad. Producer Vicky Whitfield

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920318]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920922]

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920923]

(Broadcast yesterday at 7.20pmJ

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920929]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Wend y Jones. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920930]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921006]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921007]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921013]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Gerry Northam. Producer Mark Weston-Turner

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921014]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921020]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921021]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Halliley.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921027]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Wendy Jones. Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921028]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921103]

Reporter Caroline Beck. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921104]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921110]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer Mark Weston-Turner

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921111]

Reporter Mark Halliley.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921117]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921118]

Reporter Wendy Jones.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921124]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Kati Whitaker. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921125]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921201]

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer Mark Weston-Turner

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921202]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921215]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921216]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921222]

A militant mutation of Muslim fundamentalism is coursing through the Arab world. In the second of two special programmes,

Stuart Simon reports on the radical challenge of Islam to Arab governments. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921223]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930126]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930127]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930202]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Wendy Jones. Producer Mark Weston-Turner

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930203]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Wendy Jones.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930209]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930210]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930216]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930217]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930223]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Wendy Jones. Producer Mark Weston Turner

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930224]

with Wendy Jones.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930302]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930303]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930309]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Roisin McAuley. Producer Chris Harmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930310]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Roisin McAuley.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930316]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer Mark Weston-Turner

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930317]

Reporter Stuart Simon.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930330]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer Chris Harmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930331]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930406]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. The last programme of the present series.

Reporter Roisin McAuley. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930407]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930511]

The documentary series returns.

The Fear of Living Dangerously

The face of teenage crime is undergoing some alarming changes. In some areas the level of violence has reached a point where shootings and street-level extortion are routine. In the first of a new series, Brian Crawford investigates the young generation of violent lawbreakers, the disturbing development of a "gun culture", and the emergence of the female gangster. His report uncovers a hard core of disaffected youth who are armed, dangerous and at war with each other. Producer Paul Sapin

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930512]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930518]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter

Caroline Beck.

Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930519]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930525]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930526]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930601]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930602]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930608]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Alex Kirby. Producer Helen Boaden

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930609]

Major issues, changing attitudes, and important events at home and abroad.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930615]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer Amanda Ashton

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930616]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930622]

Can South Africa's police force be persuaded to back the country's moves towards multi-party democracy? Reporter Tom Carver. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930623]

Can South Africa's police force be persuaded to back the country's moves towards multi-party democracy? Reporter Tom Carver.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930706]

Important events at home and abroad. Reporter Caroline Beck. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930707]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930713]

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer Amanda Ashton

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930714]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930720]

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer Liz Camey

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930721]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930727]

Major issues, changing attitudes, and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Tim Llewellyn. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930728]

Reporter Tim Llewellyn.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930803]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930804]

3.42 R S V P

The last in the series in which Matthew Parris investigates intriguing letters that have no known reply.

After 13 years Tchaikovsky's patron abruptly ended her intimate correspondence with the composer. He expressed his sorrow in a last letter. Producer Julia Gillett

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930921]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930922]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930928]

Reporter Mark Halliley.

Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930929]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931005]

Reporter Jenny Cuffe.

Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931006]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931012]

Reporter Paul Campbell.

Producer Liz Camey

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931013]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931019]

Major issues, changing attitudes, and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer Peter Croasdale

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931020]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931026]

Reporter Roisin McAuley.

Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931027]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931102]

With reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931103]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931109]

Reporter Stephen Titherington.

Producer Liz Camey

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931110]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931116]

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer Peter Croasdale

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931117]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931124]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931130]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931201]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931207]

Reporter Stephen Titherington. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931208]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931214]

Last in the present series. Reporter Terry Dignan. Producer David Haggie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931215]

Last in the present series.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940125]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940129]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940201]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Terry Dignan. Producer Peter Croasdale

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940205]

Reporter Terry Dignan.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940208]

Why are millions of pounds of public money being spent on private consultants?

Jolyon Jenkins reports. Producer Kim Barrington

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940212]

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940215]

With reporter Stephen Titherington.

Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940219]

Reporter Stephen Titherington.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940222]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Liz Camey

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940226]

Reporter Jenny Cuffe.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940301]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer Kim Barrington

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940305]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940308]

Reporter Stephen Titherington. Producer Peter Croasdale

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940312]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Stephen Titherington.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940315]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940319]

Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940322]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer Liz Carney

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940326]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940329]

Reporter Gerry Northam. Producer Ingrid Kelly

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940402]

Reporter Gerry Northam.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940405]

Jenny Cuffe reports in the last ofthe series. Producer Stephen Titherington

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940409]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940510]

The return of the series which investigates major issues and important events at home and abroad. The massive military campaign to wipe out Kurdish separatist rebels, gains for an Islamic party in recent local elections, and an economy in crisis, have left many Turks wondering about the future of their country. Jonathan Rugman reports from Istanbul and explores the implications for Europe of Turkey's domestic troubles.

Producer Liz Camey

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940517]

The programme which investigates major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Kim Barrington

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940521]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940524]

Reporter Ian Breach. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940528]

Reporter Ian Breach.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940531]

The programe which investigates major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Halliley. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940604]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940607]

Reporter Emily Buchanan. Producer Caroline Pare

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940611]

Is there an African solution to tribal conflict? Emily Buchanan reports from Uganda and Ethiopia.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940614]

Reporter Gerry Northam.

Producer Kim Bamngton

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940618]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940621]

A special investigation into the hidden world of the liquidators. Britain's 2,000 insolvency practitioners are charged with rescuing bankrupt companies, or disposing of their assets for the best possible price. But are they exploiting this powerful position for their own ends? Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer David Haggie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940625]

Jolyon Jenkins reports on a special investigation into the hidden world of the liquidators.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940628]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940702]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940705]

Reporter Neal Dalgleish.

Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940709]

Reporter Neal Dalgleish. Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940712]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940716]

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer Kim Barrington

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940719]

Magistrates in the south of England employed private bailiffs to collect fines. But the company went bust, and the court is now owed a quarter of a million pounds in fines collected but never received. Gerry Northam investigates what happens when public debt collection is privatised.

Producer Liz Camey

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940723]

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940726]

Reporter Jenny Cuffe.

Producer David Haggie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940730]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19940802]

How far have the Palestinians been obliged by the terms of their peace agreement with Israel to swap military for economic occupation?

Mark Whitaker reports.

Producer David Ross

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940806]

How far have the Palestinians been obliged to swap military occupation for economic occupation? Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940809]

The last in the series investigating major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Terry Dignan reports. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940813]

Terry Dignan reports in the last of the investigative series.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940920]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. With reporter Mark Halliley. Producer Liz Carney

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940924]

Reporter Mark Halliley. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941001]

Local councils and private residents are using private security guards to keep crime at bay. Should the police fear an agenda of creeping privatisation? Gerry Northam reports. Producer Lynne Jones

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941004]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Producer Kim Barrington. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941008]

with reporter Mark Whittaker. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941011]

Stuart Simon examines the Government's attempts to help the High Street. Is it too little, too late?

Producer David Haggle. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941015]

with reporter Stuart Simon. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941018]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Sharon Rowe

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941022]

Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941025]

Reporter Julian 0' Halloran. Producer Lynne Jones

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941029]

Repeated from Tuesday

Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941101]

Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer Kim Barnngton

Repeatd Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941105]

Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941108]

Reporter Stuart Simon.

Producer David Lewis. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941112]

Reporter Stuart Simon. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941115]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Jenny Cuffe reports. producer David Haggle

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941119]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19941122]

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer David Ross. Rptd on Sat at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941126]

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941129]

Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Producer Jill Simpson. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941203]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19941206]

Reporter Stuart Simon. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941210]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19941213]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19941217]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950124]

The return of the series which investigates major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Gerry Northam.

Producer David Haggie. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950128]

Reporter Gerry Northam. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950131]

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad: Jolyon Jenkins reports. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated on Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950204]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950207]

Reporter Alison Hilliard. Producer David Ross.

Repeated on Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950211]

Reporter Alison Hilliard. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950214]

Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Producer David Lewis. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950218]

Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Rptd from Tuesday. See also Monday 8.40am

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950221]

Reporter Gerry Northam. Producer Sharon Rowe

Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950225]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950228]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer Mike Smith

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950304]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950307]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Stuart Simon.

Producer Kim Barrington. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950311]

Reporter Stuart Simon.

Rptd from Tuesday. See also Monday 8.40am

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950314]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer David Haggie

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950318]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950321]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Producer Sharon Rowe. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950325]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950328]

Reporter Stuart Simon.

Producer David Ross. Rptd Sat at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950401]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950404]

Last in the series of major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950408]

Last in the series.

Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950509]

Major issues, changing attidudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Liz Carney.

Producer Kim Barrington. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950513]

Reporter Liz Carney. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Producer David Haggie

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Stuart Simon.

Producer David Lewis. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Producer Sharon Rowe. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Mark Whitaker. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer David Haggie. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Julian O'Halloran.

Producer David Ross. Rptd Sat at 5.00pm

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Reporter Gerald Butt.

Producer Sharon Rowe. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Gerald Butt. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Gerry Northam. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reporter Jenny Cuffe.

Producer Kim Barrington. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer David Haggie. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Steve Annett. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Gerald Butt.

Producer David Lewis. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Julian O'Halloran reports in the last of the series.

Producer Lynne Jones. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

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Julian O'Halloran reports in the last of the series. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950919]

Reporter Julian O'Halloran.

Producer Kim Barrington. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950923]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Producer Kim Barrington Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Mark Whitaker.

Producer David Haggie. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

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Reporter Alasdair Sandford.

Producer Lynne Jones. Rptd Saturday 5pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951021]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19951024]

Reporter Roisin McAuley.

Producer Kim Barrington. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Roisin McAuley. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Lesley Curwen.

Producer David Haggle. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Lesley Curwen. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Alisdair Sandford.

Producer David Lewis. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Alisdair Sandford. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Jenny Cuffe.

Producer Jan Frazer. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Mark Whittaker. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951202]
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Reporter Alasdair Sandford.

Producer David Haggie. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Reporter Alasdair Sandford. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951212]

Reporter Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer Liz Carney. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19951216]

Jolyon Jenkins with the last of the series. Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960130]

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer David Lewis. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer David Ross. Rptd from Tuesday

JOURNEYS INTO SPACE

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With reporter Jane Dodge.

Producer Lynne Jones. Rptd Sat at 5.00pm

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Reporter Jane Dodge. Repeated from Tuesday

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With reporter Julian O'Halloran. Producer Jan Frazer. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960217]

Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Repeated from Tuesday

JOURNEYS INTO SPACE

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Reporter Liz Carney.

Producer Sharon Keatley. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960224]
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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues and changing attitudes. Reporter Jane Dodge. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Major issues at home and abroad. Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Producer Jan Frazer

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Producer Sharon Keatley

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK

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With Britain's high-street shops and supermarkets increasingly filled with exotic fruit, flowers and vegetables grown in Third World countries, Jolyon Jenkins reports from Kenya on the human cost of this new trade. Producer David Haggle

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Jolyon Jenkins reports from Kenya. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer Lynne Jones. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960413]
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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reports on major issues. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer Jim Hackett

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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With reporter Julian O'Halloran.

Producer Kim Barrington. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960601]

Reports on major issues and events. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Richard Watson.

Producer Sharon Keatley. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960608]
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Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Producer Lynne Jones. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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With Jonathan Rugman. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Wendy Robbins.

Producer David Lewis. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

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Wendy Robbins reports. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad.

Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer Sally Chesworth

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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With reporter Mark Whitaker. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Julian O'Halloran.

Producer Jim Hackett. Rptd Saturday 5.00pm

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Reporter Richard Watson.

Producer Mike Hind. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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With Jonathan Rugman.

Producer Sharon Keatley. Rptd Sat 5.00pm

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Roisin McAuley reports on major issues at home and abroad. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Jenny Cuffe reports on major issues at home and abroad. Producer Sally Chesworth

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Jenny Cuffe reports on major issues. Repeated from Tuesday

THE DEEP

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Tim Rogers reports on major issues. Producer Jim Hackett

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Tim Rogers reports on major issues. Repeated from Tuesday THE DEEP

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In the last of the series, Julian O'Halloran reports on major issues. Producer Lynne Jones Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Last of the series with Julian O'Halloran.

Repeated from Tuesday

THE DEEP

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Mark Whitaker reports on major issues at home and abroad. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Mark Whitaker reports on major issues at home and abroad. Repeated from Tuesday

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Jonathan Rugman reports on major issues at home and abroad. Producer Sally Chesworth

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Roger Wilkes reports on major issues at home and abroad. Producer Liz Carney

Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

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Roger Wilkes reports. Repeated from Tuesday

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Reporter Lesley Curwen. Producer Lynne Jones

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes, and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Liz Carney. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reporter Roger Wilkes. Producer Lynne Jones

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reporter Roger Wilkes. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Producer Clare Pointon

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes, and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Producer Sarah Lewthwaite

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

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Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday at 5.00pm

* Face behind the Voice: page 13

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. In the first programme of the new series, Julian O'Halloran examines the reasons for the rising number of E Coli cases. The Scottish food poisoning scare, which has cost 16 lives and made hundreds ill, is close to being the world's worst outbreak of its kind. But the incidents of E Coli have rocketed over the past ten years, leaving a trail of deaths and kidney-damaged children. Tonight's programme asks whether lives could have been saved if the government had imposed some basic food and health measures.

Producer Sarah Lewthwaite

Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

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Presented by Julian O'Halloran. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

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Current affairs magazine. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Producer Kim Barrington

Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer Gregor Stewart

Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

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Major issues at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Producer Justin Rowlatt

Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Last in the series.

Producer Sarah Lewthwaite Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Repeated from Tuesday

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Last month a House of Commons

Committee criticised the Ministry of Defence's failure to provide full information on "Gulf War Syndrome". In the first of a new series of File on 4, Julian O'Halloran examines how much is now known about the causes of veterans' illnesses. Producer Gregor Stewart

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer Justin Rowlatt

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer Sarah Lewthwaite

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday 5.00pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Producer Gregor Stewart. Rptd Saturday 5pm

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Liz Carney. Producer Kim Barrington Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With reporter Liz Carney. Repeated from Tuesday

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With Richard Watson.

Producer Justin Rowlatt

Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With Richard Watson.

Repeated from Tuesday

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With Mark Whitaker. Producer David Lewis

Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With Mark Whitaker. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jenny Cuffe. Producer Sarah Lewthwaite Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With Jenny Cuffe.

Producer Sarah Lewthwaite Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jonathan Rugman. Producer Gregor Stewart Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With Jonathan Rugman. Producer Gregor Rugman. Rptd from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Jolyon Jenkins. Producer Liz Carney

Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With Jolyon Jenkins.

Producer Liz Carney. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer Kim Barrington Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With Mark Whitaker. Producer Kim Barrington Repeated from Tuesday

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With Justin Rowlatt.

Producer David Lewis. Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With Justin Rowlatt. Producer David Lewis. Repeated from Tuesday

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Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Julian O'Halloran. Producer Gregor Stewart Repeated Saturday 5pm

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With Julian O'Halloran.

Producer Gregor Stewart. Rptd from Tuesday

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The Labour government has committed itself to a "zero-tolerance" policy towards failing schools and inadequate teachers. Mark Whitaker asks what lessons Britain can learn from Chicago's public education system. Once deemed the worst in America, it is currently being revolutionised in the name of improved classroom performance. Producer Deborah Hawkes Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Mark Whitaker asks what lessons

Britain can learn from Chicago's public education system.

Repeated from yesterday

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Richard Watson reports on major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Producer Kim Barrington Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Richard Watson reports on major issues at home and abroad.

Producer Kim Barrington Repeated from Tuesday

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Liz Carney reports on major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Producer Andy Denwood Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Liz Camey reports on major issues and important events at home and abroad.

Producer Andy Denwood

Repeated from Tuesday

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Peter Hetherington reports on major issues at home and abroad.

Producer Gregor Stewart. Rptd Saturday 5pm

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Peter Hetherington reports on major issues at home and abroad.

Producer Gregor Stewart Repeated from Tuesday

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Mark Whittaker examines the record of the Environment Agency, which was created 18 months ago and integrated the work of the anti-pollution agencies for water, air and land. Producer Deborah Hawkes Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Mark Whitaker examines the record of the Environment Agency. Producer Deborah Hawkes

Repeated from Tuesday

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Lesley Curwen reports on major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Producer Kim Barrington Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Investigation into the work of the World Trade Organisation. With Lesley Curwen. Producer Kim Barrington. Rptd from Tuesday

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Richard Watson reports on major issues, changing attitudes and important events both at home and abroad.

Producer Andy Denwood Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Richard Watson reports on major issues at home and abroad.

Producer Andy Denwood. Repeated from Tuesday

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Liz Carney reports on major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Producer Christine Morgan Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Liz Carney reports on major issues at home and abroad.

Producer Christine Morgan Repeated from Tuesday

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971118]

The civil war in Sudan is the longest-running conflict in Africa and has claimed at least 1.5 million lives. As yet another attempt to broker a peace deal gets under way, Maurice Walsh assesses the chances for peace.

Producer David Lewis. Repeated Saturday 5pm

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The civil war in Sudan has claimed at least 1.5 million lives. Maurice Walsh assesses the chances for peace. Producer Christine Morgan Repeated from Tuesday

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Mark Whitaker reports on major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Producer Gregor Stewart Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Lesley Curwen reports on major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Producer Deborah Hawkes Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Lesley Curwen reports on major issues at home and abroad. Repeated from Tuesday

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Julian O'Halloran reports on major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Producer Christine Morgan Repeated Saturday 5pm

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Julian O'Halloran reports on major issues at home and abroad. Repeated from Tuesday

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Liz Carney reports on major issues; changing attitudes and important ' events at home and abroad. Producer Andy Denwood

Repeated Saturday 5pm ;

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Liz Carney reports on major issues at home and abroad. Repeated from Tuesday

Green Doubts Over Role For Coal *2008061020080615

Julian O'halloran reports on the calls for a new generation of coal-fired power stations by electricity generating companies.

The demands are fuelled by concern over energy security and rocketing gas prices, but opposition is widespread.

Julian O'Halloran reports on the calls for a new generation of coal-fired power stations by electricity generating companies. The demands are fuelled by concern over energy security and rocketing gas prices, but opposition is widespread.

Green On Blue2012092520120930

Why are growing numbers of allied soldiers being killed by their Afghan allies?

In the first of a new series, Gerry Northam investigates the rising number of so called "green on blue" attacks in which Afghan soldiers and policemen have turned their guns on British and other international troops.

With more than 50 NATO troops killed in insider attacks this year, is enough being done to protect those working as mentors?

The US has invested over $50 billion on developing independent Afghan security forces but according to a US Government audit, the majority of Afghan troops remain heavily reliant on American help and support. Even widespread illiteracy remains a problem.

Meanwhile the impact of the recent attacks is huge - undermining the trust that's needed between the Afghan forces and the coalition troops getting them ready to take over the security in 2014.

So how reliable is the screening of new Afghan recruits? And, with continuing questions over their loyalties and capabilities, can there be an effective withdrawal in two years' time?

Presenter: Gerry Northam

Producer: David Lewis.

Grooming: A Life Sentence?2013061120130616

In the latest high profile grooming trial, 7 men from Oxford will be sentenced later this month for sexually exploiting and raping 6 schoolgirls. Police said the girls - some as young as 12 - were 'abused to the point of torture' for years. One girl was injected with heroin. Another was forced to have a backstreet abortion.

The police praised the young women for finding the strength to give evidence against the gang and protect other girls.

But, after the legal process ends, what support is there for victims?

After a string of such abuse cases around the country, Jane Deith finds there are many young women who say they've been let down by the authorities and are struggling, alone, with mental health problems and difficulties with education and housing.

More victims of grooming are being rescued. But does being sexually exploited as a child mean a life sentence?

Reporter: Jane Deith Producer: Sally Chesworth.

Gun Control: Europe's Flooded Market2015032420150329 (R4)

With Britain on heightened alert following Islamist shootings in Paris and Copenhagen, how well prepared are we to deal with a similar attack?

Allan Urry discovers how extremists in neighbouring European countries were able to get access to guns and hears concerns about the ready availability of illegal weapons from Eastern Europe and North Africa.

So what risk does that pose for the UK? Britain prides itself on tough gun control, but is that enough to prevent determined would-be terrorists getting access to firearms?

Reporter: Allan Urry Producer: Gail Champion.

Gun Crime2003101420031019

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad, with reporter Gerry Northam

H M Customs2004031620040321

Two years ago File on 4 revealed details of a police investigation into the way HM Customs had handled major drugs cases.

Now, Gerry Northam examines new claims of even more serious misconduct and asks whether this once-great agency can survive further scandals.

'high Way' To Hell2016090620160911 (R4)

: File on 4 investigates the lethal highs coming to the UK from China.

Earlier this year, the government introduced legislation banning the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs. Designed to stop what has been described as a tsunami of chemicals flooding into the UK, it has resulted in the closure of the high street shops which had been selling exotically named substances like Spice, Mamba and China White.

So why are they still finding their way onto the streets? File on 4 traces the supply back to labs in China and discovers a myriad of psychoactive substances are still only a few internet clicks away. Prior to the ban, the authorities were aware of the risk that internet sales could take over from the high street and that China is fast becoming the 'chemical and pharmaceutical wholesaler to the world'.

So is the new legislation really the answer, and if not, what options remain to disrupt the now illegal supply of these lethal substances?

Reporter: Danny Vincent

Producer: Nicola Dowling.

Highways Agency2012112020121125

With the CBI calling for it to be scrapped, Allan Urry examines the Highways Agency.

Fed up with road works? Stuck in a queue of traffic? The Government is promising big improvements for drivers who use motorways and major roads. It's looking for ways to increase private sector involvement and to boost investment. So what future for the body that currently manages the network in England? With the CBI calling for it to be scrapped, and with criticism from local authorities and motoring organisations, Allan Urry road asks whether it's the end of the road for the Highways Agency?

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Homes But No Loans2011012520110130

Despite the threat of a new slide in house prices and rising levels of negative equity, the number of property-buyers having their homes repossessed has declined over the past year. But now many economists predict interest rates will rise in the course of 2011, fuelling fears that Britain's housing market could be facing a double dip. With banks chasing profits and affordable mortgages harder to find. Michael Robinson asks what impact the new housing freeze will have on Britain's already battered economy.

Producer: Andy Denwood.

How will the mortgage freeze hit Britain's already battered economy?

Despite the threat of a new slide in house prices and rising levels of negative equity, the number of property-buyers having their homes repossessed has declined over the past year.

But now many economists predict interest rates will rise in the course of 2011, fuelling fears that Britain's housing market could be facing a double dip.

With banks chasing profits and affordable mortgages harder to find.

Michael Robinson asks what impact the new housing freeze will have on Britain's already battered economy.

Homes Not Hospitals2016091320160918 (R4)

Has care for people with learning disabilities improved since Winterbourne View?

Five years after shocking revelations about the abuse of patients at Winterbourne View, File on 4 asks what progress has been made on the promise to get people with learning disabilities and autism out of hospital units and into homes in the community with good support.

Families of those still stuck in these units say patients are trapped in the system with no clear plan or apparent will to get them home. For those eventually discharged, almost as many others are admitted - parents say, because there aren't enough community support services.

But if people are let out by the institutions, what's does so-called 'supported living' in the community look like? File on 4 hears concerns about the quantity and quality of this promised care. Parents describe living on the brink of a crisis that could land their children back in a cycle of being sectioned and locked up.

NHS England says the plans are taking shape. But families say it's like living in The Twilight Zone, in a limbo hidden from mainstream view and unable to find a way out.

So just how successful is the landmark 'Homes not Hospitals' plan, that aims to improve life for some of the most vulnerable patients in the NHS?

Reporter: Jane Deith

Producer: Sally Chesworth

Editor: Gail Champion.

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The government and senior medical figures want consultants to be more hands on in hospitals at weekends and at night. It follows evidence patients are less likely to receive prompt treatment and more likely to die if they are admitted to hospital on a Saturday or Sunday. A recent survey of hospital chief executives showed they had significant doubts their hospitals were as safe at weekends as during the week.

Jane Deith examines cases which raise concerns about out of hours care in hospitals. Is there enough senior medical support for junior doctors and how effective is the on-call system where consultants are available to give advice over the phone from home?

While departments such as accident and emergency, intensive care and obstetrics, already have consultants working in hospitals during the weekend, some medical colleges believe the time has come for 24 hour, seven days a week consultant cover on the wards. Jane visits hospitals trying to achieve this and hears the challenges they face.

The programme also investigates what this increased consultant presence might cost the NHS and whether there will be enough senior doctors available to make it happen. The College of Emergency Medicine, for example, says accident and emergency departments are facing a recruitment crisis and it does not expect to see the required number of consultants until 2030.

Producer: Paul Grant.

Housing Blight?2015060920150614 (R4)

With the urgent need for more housing, Britain's planning laws are under pressure like never before. Greenbelt land and even sites designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are being earmarked for development. So how far can we protect the countryside when the need for houses is so acute? Allan Urry reveals new figures on scale of the problem and investigates claims that the planning system is being stretched to breaking point.

Reporter: Allan Urry

Producer: Emma Forde.

How can we build more houses and still protect our countryside? Allan Urry investigates.

How Safe Is Your Pension?2016101120161016 (R4)

Following the BHS scandal, Allan Urry investigates other cases in which employees claim they've lost out because companies have ditched their full pension fund commitments.

It's the job of the Pensions Regulator to ensure employers follow the rules and to protect the benefits of those who've been paying in. So how good are they at keeping your pension safe?

The programme untangles the complex financial engineering that goes on as some foreign investors try to wash their hands of any on-going obligations to their UK workforce.

And one former director whose actions cost a pension fund millions of pounds is confronted at his home.

Producer: Paul Grant

Reporter: Allan Urry.

As the scandal over the collapse of BHS rumbles on, how safe is your pension?

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Jon Manel looks at the potential problems in closing the US's controversial detention facility and investigates claims that the US is already breaking international law by sending detainees to countries where thay may face abuse and torture.

How to Close Guantanamo?

Hs2: Winners And Losers2013100820131013

Who are the winners and losers from high-speed rail?

The government is stepping up its support for HS2, the high-speed rail project due to link London and Birmingham by 2026 with extensions to Manchester and Leeds by 2032.

The cost is officially estimated to be £42.6bn and could rise to more than £51bn if, as expected, the scheme incurs VAT. Opponents foresee further increases and have predicted an eventual bill of £80bn for taxpayers.

Who stands to gain from the project and who will be the losers?

The government has published detailed maps of the route to be taken by the first stage, leading to calamitous falls in the value of many nearby properties.

Towns and cities which are near the route but not linked to HS2 fear that their economies will suffer as businesses are attracted to Birmingham and the northern ends of the line. Current fast train services are due to suffer drastic cuts in the wake of HS2 and some major development plans are now deemed to be at risk.

Meanwhile, economic advisers in the three major cities are planning for billions of pounds worth of benefits as travel-times and congestion on the existing network are reduced.

Gerry Northam reports from areas which expect to benefit from HS2 and those which could lose out and asks what lessons can be learned from the impact of Britain's first high-speed rail project - HS1 in Kent.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane

Editor: David Ross.

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The recent conviction of an arms broker from Yorkshire has raised serious concerns about the murky world of the international weapons trade. Gary Hyde was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for one of the largest illegal arms deals ever uncovered: 80,000 guns and 32 million rounds of ammunition shipped from China to Nigeria - enough to equip a small army. But no-one knows where they ended up. Britain has strict regulations governing the sale and export of firearms, so how did he manage it? Where have the guns gone?

File on 4 investigates the British arms dealers brokering weapons for some of the world's most dangerous regimes. Some have done work for the Ministry of Defence. One was even a firearms advisor to the Home Office. Allan Urry asks what this means for the UK's licensing and arms export regimes, claimed to be among the best in the world.

Producer: Gail Champion.

In The Shadows2015092220150927 (R4)

With the Government cracking down on migrants working illegally, Simon Cox investigates Britain's shadow economy. He meets illegal workers to ask whether the get-tough message is putting them off. And he reveals the ways in which both employers and workers are getting round the law. So can the UK Border Force deliver on ministers' promises to make the UK an "unattractive" place for those who want to work illegally?

Reporter: Simon Cox Producer: David Lewis.

Simon Cox meets migrants working in Britain illegally.

Inside The Abattoir2014061720140622

The recent furore over halal meat has focused attention on how our meat is killed and processed.

But beyond the ethical and religious debate over halal, are there bigger concerns about how abattoirs are regulated and policed?

Companies have been fined for failing to remove body parts associated with the human form of mad cow disease, BSE.

Now there are plans to shake-up the inspection process which critics say this could lead to more infected animals entering the food chain.

There are also claims that vets based in abattoirs to monitor animal welfare - and inspectors who check meat we eat is safe - regularly face threats and intimidation.

Allan Urry investigates the grim realities of the slaughterhouse.

Producer: Carl Johnston.

After the recent debate over halal meat, Allan Urry investigates Britain's abattoirs.

Insolvency Practitioners20101017

Do Insolvency Practitioners measure up to the high standards expected of them when they are called in to a stricken business? Allan Urry examines concerns that some IP's don't always act in the best interests of creditors who are owed money when companies fail.

Are landlords right to complain they've been getting a raw deal because some corporate undertakers side too much with their retail paymasters, who are pushing for reduced rents because their businesses are in trouble.

The Office of Fair Trading is calling for far reaching reforms amid concerns about high fees and low recovery rates for some creditors.

So is there proper oversight of a profession which takes a billion pounds in fees each year, but isn't subjected to much public scrutiny?

PRODUCER: Paul Grant.

Allan Urry investigates concerns about the role of insolvency practitioners.

Insurance And Child Abuse2015022420150301 (R4)

With a growing number of compensation claims arising from cases of historic sexual abuse and more recent high profile cases of sexual grooming, Tim Whewell investigates the key role which insurance companies play. In representing the local authorities where scandals occurred, insurers naturally seek to limit liability but are they doing so at a cost to victims? Lawyers say they have to battle to get access to files and other information - causing further distress and delaying help for those damaged by abuse. Some say the fight is getting harder as insurance companies have toughened their approach in recent years. And, with a national inquiry into historic cases of child sex abuse, how much influence did insurance companies have on the way some past investigations were carried out? File on 4 talks to senior local authority insiders who say they were told to alter their approach to abuse investigations to protect the insurers' interests. But was that at the expense of children at risk?

Reporter: Tim Whewell Producer: Sally Chesworth.

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With doctors and the Government at loggerheads over claims of a crisis in NHS intensive care, Matthew Hill asks why, despite extra funding, some patients are still being put at risk.

Iranian Sanctions2012021420120219

With the EU poised to ban oil imports from Iran, Allan Urry assesses the impact of international sanctions on Britain and Europe.

Designed to curb Iran's nuclear programme, the oil embargo could further push up the cost of fuel.

Iranian companies are involved in a number of joint ventures that bring energy into European homes and factories: File on 4 examines what will happen to these vital projects as the new round of trade restrictions begins to bite.

And British companies that trade legitimately with Iran are already finding it harder to do business. They warn that it could lead to job losses.

How will the sanctions affect Europe at a time when many economies are in recession or are just stagnating?

And how effective are the new restrictions likely to be given Iran's experience of finding ways around international controls on what it can buy and sell.

Producer: David Lewis.

How will a European ban on Iranian oil affect Britain during a period of economic gloom?

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How will a European ban on Iranian oil affect Britain during a period of economic gloom?

Iran's Nuclear Standoff2013052820130602

There's mounting concern over the Iranian nuclear programme. Is Tehran is simply playing cat and mouse with the international community and buying time until it is ready to develop a nuclear weapon? Evidence is emerging that Iran is co-operating with North Korea, a country which has already developed its own weapon.

The latest report from the UN's international watchdog, the IAEA, is due out next month - but has the IAEA been strong enough in its dealings with Tehran and Pyongyang?

Reporter Rob Broomby charts the history of concealment of Iran's nuclear activities and its refusal to abandon the most controversial parts of its programme, despite numerous UN Security Council resolutions and a raft of sanctions. In a detailed interview with File on 4, Iran's ambassador dealing with nuclear matters, Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, denies his country is a "serial offender". But can protestations of innocence be taken seriously when Iran still refuses inspectors access to key sites and documents?

The programme also examines the role of the IAEA in dealing with Iran and hears from former nuclear inspectors, ex-Whitehouse officials, diplomats and experts. Is the Agency up to the job of preventing states from acquiring the bomb?

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Islamic State: Looting For Terror2015021720150222 (R4)

Satellite images reveal the extent to which sites of important historical interest have been looted in Syria. Some of these are in areas controlled by Islamic State where looters are believed to pay a tax to allow them to operate. Iraqi military say evidence from a senior IS mem