Archives for May 2011

Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed


On the top floor of a private residential hospital on the outskirts of Bristol, locked away from their families and friends, a group of men and women are subjected to a regime of physical assaults, systematic brutality, and torture by the very people supposed to be caring for them.

The victims are some of the most vulnerable in society - the learning disabled, the autistic, and the suicidal.

In Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed, Panorama's Paul Kenyon exposes the truth about a gang of carers out of control, and how the care system ignored all the warning signs.

We welcome your thoughts on tonight's Panorama special, please use our team blog as a forum for debate over the issues raised in the programme.

If you, or anyone you know, is affected by these issues, help is available. Click here for a full list of resources available.

Fifa: Football's Shame?

On June 1 2011, the world's football associations will elect a new president of Fifa: either current incumbent Sepp Blatter, or his challenger from Qatar, Mohamed Bin Hammam.

The organisation they want to head is facing the biggest crisis in its history over allegations of corruption in its senior ranks. At its heart are questions over the World Cup bidding process and the multi-million dollar bribes scandal which Fifa refuses to investigate.

As Fifa's host nation Switzerland demands that football's world governing body clean up its act, Andrew Jennings asks whether either candidate is up to the job.

We welcome your views on the programme and the issue of Fifa's leadership.

Track My Trash - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 14:55 UK time, Monday, 16 May 2011

How does a broken TV thrown out at a council site in London end up 3,000 miles away on a toxic dump in West Africa where children scavenge for metal waste in a cocktail of poisonous fumes?

In Track My Trash, using tracking equipment inside broken TV sets, Panorama investigates the illegal market in electronic waste - and the re-cycling companies whose green credentials may not be all they claim.

We welcome your thoughts on this programme. Please use this forum to leave a comment.

The Death of Bin Laden - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 14:48 UK time, Monday, 9 May 2011

Panorama tells the full story of how America tracked down and killed the world's most wanted man - Osama Bin Laden.

From the small Pakistani town of Abbottabad to the streets of New York, we speak to eyewitnesses, victims of Al Qaeda's terror and military and intelligence insiders.

We explain why so many were kept in the dark about the operation and ask whether the Pakistanis were really unaware of Bin Laden's whereabouts.

As our soldiers take on the Taliban in Afghanistan and we remain alert to the potential of atrocities here at home, Panorama asks whether we can trust Pakistan to be our ally in the war against terrorism?

We welcome your comments on Panorama: the Death of Bin Laden. Please use this forum to give us your thoughts.

Council Houses: Cheats and Victims - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 15:42 UK time, Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Nearly five million people are on a waiting list for something that most of them won't get - social housing.

Filming in Sheffield, Portsmouth and London, Panorama reports on a housing crisis and tells the compelling stories of people who struggle to get by in overcrowded or hazardous homes or who have no option but to rent properties they simply can't afford.

And reporter Richard Bilton goes undercover to confront the cheats who make money unlawfully from badly needed council flats or offer cash rewards for council tenancies.

In big cities like London council properties can fetch up to five times more on the open market than tenants pay for them. Richard discovers one man making £350 a week profit on his council flat and another blatantly advertising to buy up council tenancies.

And in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the programme hits the streets with housing fraud investigators. One door knock reveals a man whose landlord is actually the tenant of a housing association. The rogue landlord ends up in court. The unwitting tenant faces losing his home.

In Sheffield, 170 miles north, Richard meets some of the people who are sitting on the country's longest waiting list for social housing. He spends the night with a family whose home is overcrowded, leaving two of them having to sleep on sofas in the front room.

And in Portsmouth Richard discovers that a shortage of council homes means hopefuls are told there's little or no point in putting your name down.

Pretty much only those in the most urgent need will get a roof put over their heads by the council.

We welcome your views on Council Houses: Cheats and Victims. Please use this forum to leave a comment.

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