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Season 2015 2015

  • 2015-01-12T20:30:00Z on BBC One
  • 30 mins
  • 1 day, 30 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary, News

Panorama is a BBC Television current affairs documentary programme. First broadcast in 1953, it is the world's longest-running public affairs television programme.

49 episodes

2015x01 The Battle for British Islam

  • Season Premiere

    2015-01-12T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

As France tries to come to terms with the deaths of the 12 people murdered in the Islamist attack at the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, Panorama investigates the battle for the hearts and minds of British Muslims. John Ware hears from Muslims facing an angry backlash for trying to promote a form of Islam which is in synch with British values. They believe that the way Islam has been practised here has more in common with extremist ideologies than some police officers, politicians or Muslim leaders have been prepared to admit.

2015x02 Trouble at Tesco

  • 2015-01-19T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Tesco is losing customers, its share price is down and its profits have taken a tumble. As it faces a criminal investigation over its accounting practices, Kamal Ahmed investigates what's really gone wrong inside Tesco.

2015x03 Rescued from a Forced Marriage

  • 2015-01-26T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

British girls are being forced into marriage against their will even though it is now a criminal offence. Jane Corbin goes with a team from the British High Commission in Pakistan as they rescue a victim and Panorama has exclusive access to the government's Forced Marriage Unit in London as they race against time to find girls vulnerable to abuse, rape - even murder.

2015x04 Emergency in A&E

  • 2015-02-02T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Panorama reports on a week spent in the accident and emergency department of the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, as this vital part of the NHS faces unprecedented pressure. It is the second programme Panorama has made in this hospital. One year on, why have things changed so much? There are more patients who are more ill, others who should never have come to A&E in the first place, and the hospital's 'regulars' - one has come in over 100 times. Panorama talks to patients and to stressed and overstretched staff, the front line troops of the NHS.

2015x05 The Bank of Tax Cheats

  • 2015-02-09T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Panorama reveals how Britain's biggest bank helped some of its wealthiest customers dodge tax. HSBC knew clients were breaking the law - so why didn't the bank report them and why haven't the tax evaders been prosecuted? Reporter Richard Bilton tracks down the tax cheats with secrets to hide, and the man who was in charge of the bank.

2015x06 Can You Cure My Cancer?

  • 2015-02-11T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Panorama reports on the cancer patients who are pioneering a new generation of drug treatments. Patients given just months to live are keeping the disease at bay for years; for some there is even talk of a cure. More than one in three of us will develop cancer, but huge advances in genetics are transforming our understanding of the disease and how to combat it. Panorama was given unprecedented access to trials at the Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research and talked to patients old and young as well as their families and medical teams.

They cross six thousand miles of desert and sea to reach Europe, children travelling alone, on the world's most dangerous migration route. Some of them are as young as seven. Panorama's Paul Kenyon travels to the place they're fleeing, the border area between Sudan and Eritrea, where four thousand migrants cross each month, trying to escape Africa's most secretive rogue state. With exclusive access to desert refugee camps, and to the Sudanese border patrols, Kenyon discovers that more lone children than ever before are attempting the route. Some are recruited by the people-trafficking gangs because they are too young to be prosecuted by the European authorities. Panorama speaks to one such 15-year-old who piloted a boat across the Mediterranean with nearly 200 migrants on board.

As the general election approaches, Fergal Keane reports the first of a new four-part Panorama series - 'What Britain Wants'. A home for your family, a decent job, being part of a community and hope for the future - all helped define the good life in this country for generations. Can modern Britain deliver up the same?

In the second of Panorama's four-part series on how voters are feeling as the general election approaches, Mariella Frostup reports on what home means in modern Britain. Owning a home helped define the good life in Britain for generations, but has it now become an impossible dream?

As the general election approaches, Clive Myrie reports the third of Panorama's four-part series - 'What Britain Wants'. A home for your family, a decent job, being part of a community and hope for the future - all helped define the good life in this country for generations. Can modern Britain deliver up the same?

As the general election approaches, John Humphrys reports the final film in Panorama's four-part series - 'What Britain Wants'. A home for your family, a decent job, being part of a community and hope for the future - all helped define the good life in this country for generations. Can modern Britain deliver up the same?

2015x12 DIY Justice

  • 2015-03-30T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Raphael Rowe meets the parents fighting for access to their children without any legal assistance. Cuts to legal aid mean they must prepare their own cases and represent themselves in court. As senior members of the judiciary warn these cuts have undermined the principle of equal access to the law, the man who made them tells Panorama the British legal aid gravy train had to be stopped.

2015x13 A Suicide in the Family

  • 2015-04-13T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Simon Jack's father took his own life when he was 44. Now the same age, Simon investigates the circumstances around his dad's death and why more middle-aged men kill themselves than any other group. He meets with men who have overcome suicidal thoughts, including professional sportsmen, who are now trying to help others do the same.

Unscrupulous landlords are getting millions of pounds from the taxpayer for housing people in cramped and poor quality accommodation. These housing benefit kings make big profits from the system, while their tenants live very different lives. Reporter Alys Harte investigates some of the offenders - including the slum landlord who had 40 people living in one house and the businessman who hides his properties behind front companies and false names.

2015x15 Who Will Win the Election?

  • 2015-04-27T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Nate Silver is America's rock star statistician. He shot to fame by correctly predicting the outcome of the last two American presidential elections, state by state. Now Panorama has had exclusive access to him as he comes to the UK to try and forecast the outcome of the most uncertain British election in decades. Reporter Richard Bacon takes Nate on a road trip around the country, meeting voters of all political hues and backgrounds, from the rolling hills of Devon to the pier at Skegness. Ten days before polling day, can he tell us which way it will go?

2015x16 Panorama Live

  • 2015-05-11T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Following one of the most closely fought general election battles in decades, Jeremy Vine hosts a special live edition of Panorama from the heart of Westminster. He will be joined by leading politicians, analysts and voters for an in-depth look at what the results could mean for all of us. Our team of correspondents will also be reporting from around the country.

2015x17 Antibiotic Apocalypse

  • 2015-05-18T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Panorama investigates the global advance of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and the threat they pose to modern medicine and millions of patients worldwide. Reporter Fergus Walsh travels to India and finds restricted, life-saving antibiotics on sale without prescription and talks to NHS patients whose recovery depends on them.

2015x18 Britain's Secret Terror Deals

  • 2015-05-28T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

British security forces have been accused of involvement in dozens of murders during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Reporter Darragh MacIntyre investigates.

She's been called 'The Most Dangerous Woman in Britain'. Nicola Sturgeon's party is riding high in Scotland, sending a tartan army of MPs to Westminster, but what will the SNP's electoral success mean for the rest of the UK? Panorama goes behind the scenes with Scotland's first minister to investigate the rise to power of the woman who holds the future of the union in her hands.

2015x20 Catch Me If You Can

  • 2015-06-03T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Mark Daly investigates serious allegations of doping in athletics, spanning more than 30 years and involving some of the biggest stars in the sport. Since the explosion of steroid use in the 1970s, through the years when Lance Armstrong used EPO, the problem of sports doping refuses to go away, and drug testing regimes have struggled to catch the cheats. Daly goes on a journey investigating the world of doping, and in order to truly understand the world he's entering, the reporter becomes a doper himself.

2015x21 GM Food - Cultivating Fear

  • 2015-06-08T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

A new generation of GM foods is winning over governments and former critics of the technology, and scientists say the crops could help feed people in the developing world. So are those who oppose GM doing more harm than good? And is their opposition based on genuine safety concerns, or is it just feeding fear?

It's nearly a year since a damning report into sexual exploitation revealed the abuse of 1400 children in Rotherham. Panorama reporter Alison Holt returns to the town to find many young women still trying to come to terms with what happened and asking if they will ever see their abusers in court. She discovers further evidence of the authorities failing to read the warning signals and investigates whether they're doing enough now to tackle the network of abusers who traffic children around the UK.

2015x23 Disaster on Everest

  • 2015-06-22T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

BBC reporter Tom Martienssen was halfway up Mount Everest when an earthquake made the mountain shake. Tom and a team of British Army Gurkhas were trapped after a wall of rock and ice came crashing down around them. Their footage tells the story of an extraordinary rescue and of the people who lost their lives on Everest. After a second devastating quake, Tom returns to Nepal to find the men who were with him on the mountain and to discover how the country is coping amid continuing aftershocks.

The world was outraged when it emerged that Boko Haram militants had kidnapped 276 girls from a school in Chibok town in Nigeria. Over a year later, most of those girls are still missing. Tulip Mazumdar tracks down women and girls who've escaped from Boko Haram. Those held alongside the Chibok schoolgirls reveal how some have been forced to 'turn', becoming deeply radicalised and joining the militant group.

2015x25 Greece: Euro or Bust?

  • 2015-07-06T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

In a week of high political drama in Athens and Brussels, Richard Bilton investigates what the crisis means to the people of Greece. Filming in Athens and Rhodes, he discovers families whose lives have been shattered by economic collapse and political chaos. And as the nation gears up for its all-important referendum, he meets those who passionately support their government's stand-off against austerity cuts - and those who fear the consequences of an exit from the Euro.

2015x26 NHS: The Perfect Storm

  • 2015-07-13T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The NHS is facing a perfect storm, caught between huge increases in demand and the prospect of a massive £30 billion deficit. Without revolutionary change the NHS as we know it will become unsustainable. Filmed over six months in Liverpool, this Panorama special reports from the frontline of the battle to transform the NHS. It tells the moving stories of patients living in one of the unhealthiest areas in Britain, whose 'long-term' and 'lifestyle' conditions threaten to overwhelm the NHS. And also of the healthcare professionals trying to save them whilst at the same time fighting to fundamentally change the way their organisation works.

On the anniversary of last summer's brutal conflict in Gaza, film-maker Adam Wishart visits Jerusalem and rides the city's controversial new train. Only nine miles from start to finish, some hoped it could help heal divisions between Israelis and Palestinians, but as Wishart discovers, it has only deepened the sense of resentment on both sides. Travelling through the old city, he comes face to face with the battle over one of the world's holiest sites and asks, could it be the flashpoint for the start of another war?

What's life like to be young, homeless and struggling in a town where one in four households are on benefits? Panorama has spent four weeks filming with the young residents of the YMCA in Stoke, once home to some of the world's greatest potteries. The YMCA in England and Wales provides accommodation and support to just under 10,000 16-25 year olds but fears its services may be under threat by the government's proposed cuts to housing benefit.

2015x29 Terror on the Beach

  • 2015-07-30T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

On June 26 38 tourists, 30 of them British, were gunned down in a brutal terror attack on a Tunisian beach. Panorama's Jane Corbin hears the extraordinary stories of suffering and heroism and pieces together what actually happened with unseen footage taken by eyewitnesses. And from Tunisia she investigates whether several warnings were ignored which could have saved lives.

2015x30 Fighting Terror With Torture

  • 2015-08-03T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

How far should we go in the fight against terrorism? Enhanced interrogation methods used by America in the aftermath of 9/11 - including the technique of controlled drowning known as waterboarding - have been condemned as torture. Panorama lets you decide as it recreates what was done, and hears from those who approved, ran and suffered the programme in secret CIA prisons around the world.

2015x31 Trouble at the Post Office

  • 2015-08-17T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Post Office has prosecuted dozens of postmasters after their computers showed that money had gone missing. Some have been jailed, but could there be other explanations for the cash shortfalls? Reporter John Sweeney meets a whistle-blower who says there were problems with the computer system. And he investigates claims that the Post Office charged some postmasters with theft even when the evidence didn't stack up.

Demand for places at high-achieving state schools across the UK far outstrips supply, turning the schools admissions process into a battleground. For many parents it has become one of the most stressful moments in their lives. The losers in this extraordinary educational lottery are often the locals - locked out of the best schools by people playing the system. Panorama goes to Havering to follow the council's campaign to clamp down on abuse of the system and follows the fortunes of parents who've applied for places in one of the most over-subscribed boroughs for primary school places in the country.

On 12 September the Labour Party will elect a new leader. Jeremy Corbyn, a rank outsider just a few weeks ago, is now the hot favourite with the bookies. If he wins, it will be nothing less than a political earthquake. What's the secret of his meteoric rise? And who are the people who have signed up in their thousands to vote for him? With behind-the-scenes access to Jeremy Corbyn, reporter John Ware reveals how, from nowhere, he came to dominate this race. Could a victory for him mean a new dawn for the party, or will it spell electoral oblivion - or even the end of Labour as we know it?

2015x34 Could A Robot Do My Job?

  • 2015-09-14T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Britain is on the brink of a technological revolution. Machines and artificial intelligence are beginning to replace jobs like never before. Reporter Rohan Silva looks at the workplaces already using this new technology and asks whether we should feel threatened by it, or whether it will benefit all of us. Are we ready for one of the biggest changes the world of work has ever seen?

As the Rugby World Cup kicks off, former rugby international John Beattie investigates the link between the sport and brain injuries. He hears worries from those inside the industry that the elite game is putting players at risk, and how these risks could affect the future of the sport. As John travels to the United States to look at scientific evidence that a rugby career can damage the brain long term, top doctors in the game explain what the sport is doing to tackle the problem.

As Europe witnesses the dramatic movement of people across its borders, Panorama reporter John Sweeney joins thousands making the journey from the Greek island of Kos to the Austrian border with Hungary. He meets families fleeing conflict and terror in Syria, refugees separated from their loved ones, children, the old and sick being forced to march to safety. Among this tide of humanity, he also finds economic migrants seeking a better life in northern Europe and he asks, with winter on the way, is the crisis about to claim even more lives?

Edward Snowden, the man responsible for the biggest leak of top secret intelligence files the world has ever seen, gives his first BBC interview to Panorama. Russia has given him sanctuary. America wants him back. With opinion sharply divided, Snowden is acknowledged to have raised the debate over privacy and national security to a new level - framing the agenda for this autumn's parliamentary debate over controversial new legislation previously criticised as 'the snoopers' charter'.

Panorama investigates sensational allegations of historical child abuse and murder by some of the most prominent people in Britain: a paedophile ring at the heart of the Establishment. Why were the allegations described by police as "credible and true" with no hard evidence or corroboration? What role have senior politicians and the media played in promoting this story around the world? And what price will genuine victims of child abuse pay if it turns out not to be true?

As the UK's imprisonment rate remains the highest in western Europe, Panorama joins Michael Gove - the man in charge of British prisons - on a fact-finding mission in Texas. 'Hang 'em high' Texas is not the first place you might look for lessons in criminal justice - they execute more people and lock up more offenders than anywhere else in America. But now this conservative state is the unlikely centre of a rehabilitation-led revolution in prison reform that's sweeping through the US. Crime is down, prisoner numbers have fallen and, on top of this, they have cut costs. Are there valuable lessons to be learned here, and are UK politicians really ready to dole out some Texan justice?

2015x40 The Xi Factor

  • 2015-10-19T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Xi Jinping has become the most powerful Chinese leader for decades. He is a man the British government wants as a major partner. But on the eve of President Xi's state visit, Panorama reveals what sort of friend he really is. The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie retraces Xi's extraordinary journey from cave dweller to absolute power. It's a story that the Chinese government doesn't want told - Xi emerges as a ruthless political operator, who has crushed opposition at home and seeks to punch China's weight abroad.

2015x41 Britain's Mental Health Crisis

  • 2015-10-26T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

We go inside one of the UK's largest frontline mental health trusts. With funding cuts drastically reducing bed numbers, we follow the teams through their daily decision making of who to let in and who send home. We film with the nurses as they deal with the suicidal, aggressive and the isolated in the community and hear how the system is so overloaded and other support services so decimated that staff feel they often struggle to meet all their patients' needs.

2015x42 Hooked on Painkillers

  • 2015-11-02T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Doctors in the UK are prescribing record doses of highly addictive painkillers. Around four million people are now taking opioids - drugs that are closely related to heroin. Reporter Declan Lawn meets patients who have been hooked on painkillers for years and he goes inside the NHS clinic helping them kick the prescription habit.

2015x43 How Hackers Steal Your ID

  • 2015-11-09T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Hackers have stolen the personal details of millions of customers from companies like Talk Talk. So how do cybercriminals get hold of our data? Reporter Daniel Foggo meets the hackers who can break into any website and finds out how criminals profit from our information.

2015x45 The VW Emissions Scandal

  • 2015-11-23T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Richard Westcott investigates how Volkswagen used clever computer software to rig emissions tests, hiding how polluting their cars really are. Owners are left driving tainted cars and our cities clouded by an invisible killer.

Panorama exposes corruption at one of Britain's biggest companies. Reporter Richard Bilton uncovers evidence that employees bribed civil servants and politicians across Africa - undermining a United Nations campaign to save lives. He challenges the officials who took the cash and asks whether the company will now be prosecuted for the crimes.

2015x47 FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Me

  • 2015-12-07T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Reporter Andrew Jennings has been investigating corruption in world football for the past 15 years. He has exposed the criminality of Fifa executives and repeatedly challenged its president to come clean. Now with football in crisis, Andrew is once again back on the road investigating Sepp Blatter's Fifa. His reports includes an insight into an FBI investigation, puts a figure on what Qatar supposedly spent to secure the 2022 World Cup and promises fresh evidence that Sepp Blatter has known about corruption all along.

2015x48 The Taliban Hunters

  • 2015-12-14T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Pakistan city of Karachi is one of the biggest in the world - and now one of the most dangerous. For more than two years, it's seen an onslaught of kidnappings, bombings and targeted assassinations by Taliban militants. The police are now fighting back, but they're understaffed, under-resourced and up against a deadly enemy. More than 160 police officers have been killed in the line of duty in just 12 months. Mobeen Azhar joins Police Superintendent Ijaz and his team of Taliban Hunters as they try to regain control of the city.

One hundred thousand people in the UK have multiple sclerosis, an incurable condition that can result in permanent disability. Panorama has exclusive access to patients pioneering a crossover cancer treatment that has enabled some MS sufferers with paralysis to regain their movement.