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The BNP: From Pariahs to Panellists

As the British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin prepares for his historic and controversial appearance on BBC Television's Question Time programme, Panorama has traced the origins of the UK's far-right organised groups from the late 1950s to the present day, from pariahs to panellists, through a video archive.

Panorama also created a special in-depth website, detailing the party's membership, activities, roots and profiling its leader, Nick Griffin when it broadcast its investigation 'Under the Skin of the BNP' in 2001. You can browse that website here.

It was not just the BBC's Panorama that has examined the BNP's track record.

In 2004, Jason Gwyne went undercover to infiltrate the party.

The result was the documentary The Secret Agent.

Jason spent six months undercover in Bradford and came back with some shocking footage.

The project began in December 2003 when the BBC was put in touch with a local BNP leader, Andy Sykes, who had joined the party after being concerned about asylum seekers but who had quickly become disillusioned with its actions and ideals.

Mr Sykes had been acting as a mole within the BNP since the time of the Bradford riots in 2001, passing on information about its activities to the Trades Union Congress. He agreed to introduce Jason to other BNP members as an activist and help him to film evidence of racism within the party.

You can read Jason's experiences of life undercover here and watch an abridged version of the film here.

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The Secret Agent was originally broadcast on BBC One on 15 July, 2004.


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