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Dispatches

  • 1987
  • News and current affairs
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

"Dispatches" is an ongoing series of investigative and topical documentaries that have been broadcast on Channel 4 since 1987. It covers issues ranging from politics, health and religion to international current affairs and the environment. The first episode on October 30, 1987, featured a report on the black market in weapons grade uranium operated from Khartoum. Other episodes in the long-running series have included a report in 1989 on the widespread use of anabolic steroids in horse racing, an undercover investigation in 1999 into Britain's sex slave trade, and an examination in 2009 of the terrorist attack that year on Mumbai from the point-of-view of victims, security forces and perpetrators.

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Episode 1: Royals for Hire: Dispatches

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With debate raging over how some members of the royal family earn a private income, Dispatches goes undercover to find out what some of the Queen's family might be prepared to do for money. Reporter Antony Barnett finds that one royal offers the use of Kensington Place to an overseas gold company, and privileged access to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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