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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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Britain's £400bn Covid Bill: Who Will Pay? Dispatches

Summary

Lockdown Britain is enduring the sharpest economic nosedive for 300 years, with jobs and companies disappearing fast, government debt spiralling, and the Bank of England printing hundreds of billions of pounds to help make ends meet. Reporter Liam Halligan investigates the economic costs of the pandemic and what it could mean for our futures, revealing new figures on the scale of the damage and the shocking levels of joblessness the nation may soon face. He investigates the hard choices confronting the Chancellor and Prime Minister in the March Budget and the impact they could have on everyone. Will they gamble and borrow even more, hoping to boost jobs and generate economic growth to pay the Covid bill, or take the UK into austerity, with tax rises and spending cuts? As Halligan reveals, both options are fraught with danger.

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ReporterLiam Halligan

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DirectorMark Alden
Executive producerEamonn Matthews
ProducerMark Alden

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