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Series 11
(January-March 2007)

Climate change
Inside Out investigates the impact of global warming across England, and asks if the situation is as dire as many scientists predict.

Nature and climate change
Inside Out investigates the impact of global warming on wildlife across England. Plus photo gallery

Sevso Treasure
To save his family heritage, Spencer Compton, the 7th Marquess, says he needs to sell the world's most stunning collection of Roman silver.

Binge drinking
Not that long ago, the sad drunk was portrayed as the old man on the park bench, his bottle of super strength cider carelessly wrapped in an brown paper bag. But today's booze addict is just as likely to be a woman, possibly in her 30s and even 20s.

A lighter skin
There are dozens of products that claim to be able to lighten your skin. Many are legal. But Inside Out has discovered that there are some still on sale that contain a substance that's been banned here for six years.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
When Trudy Lapinskis from Cambridgeshire knocked her back on the edge of a table at work in 1994, she could hardly imagine what trauma and distress lay ahead for her over the following 13 years.

Ergot is a naturally occurring fungus that lives on wheat. Now there's a battle to stop it getting into our food chain.

There are 15 species of Crane in the world but only one has ever been native to Britain. The Common Crane, also known as the European Crane, was once common in Britain, especially in East Anglia.

Slugs have got to be the most hated creatures on the planet. But do they deserve their reputation?

Deep sea tragedy
Today Wells next to the Sea in Norfolk is a magnet for holidaymakers and bird-watchers. But during the Second World War the waters just off its coast were some of the most dangerous anywhere in the world.

The Gambia
In 2006 presenter David Whiteley and the Inside Out East team went to The Gambia in West Africa. Inside Out returns to Bansang to show what a difference has been made.

Series 10 (Autumn 2006)

War poet, junk food and roadside verges
Martin Newell is known as Britain's most published living poet - read an exclusive extract from his war poem. Plus healthy eating at schools. And roadside verges.

Second World War mystery and timber framed houses
Inside Out East investigates an amazing story from the Second World War. Plus timber framed houses - could some of the advice you get when buying your dream cottage be a load of old wattle and daub?

Diabetes, Hatfield Forest and pawnbrokers
Health experts are calling the increase in diabetes a secret epidemic. Plus Hatfield Forest is an important green lung but is it dying? And we visit the modern pawnbrokers.

Online gambling, high flier and urban explorers
A look at one man's involvement in online gambling. Plus the world of the urban explorer. And auto-gyro high flyer Ken Wallis.

Deep sea wrecks, speed king and Flexibreak
The East Anglian coast is brilliant for wreck diving - plus diving footage. Plus speed king Archie Scott Brown. And we investigate holiday company Flexibreak.

Crop circles, Lottery and mobile homes
They used to be one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time - crop circles. Plus how the Lottery changed the lives of two brothers. And the mobile home controversy.

Big cats, and holiday camps
Kim Wilde goes on a big cat hunt in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to investigate if sightings are fact or fiction. Plus comedian Roy Hudd looks back at the golden age of holiday camps.

Stammering, lidos and record breaker
Heidi King has a severe stammer which means that communication can sometimes be frustrating. Read her diary as she tries out a revolutionary new treatment. Plus investigates the threat to the future of open-air swimming pools. And Peter Dowdeswell who has 309 world records to his name.

Series 9 (January-March 2006)

Debt management, Rooks, and Salfron Walden Museum
Inside Out looks at debt management companies. One of the biggest is Eurodebt Limited. The service isn't cheap, but does it deliver? Plus could Rooks be the world's most intelligent bird? And behind the scenes at the Saffron Walden Museum.

Search for the Holy Grail, Sunday trading, and mood music
A report on a book that claims to solve one of life's great mysteries - the Holy Grail. Plus the plans for extended Sunday trading hours. And John Levine, the composer who claims his music can alter your brain waves for the better.

Wifi, Victorian gadgets, and film maker Otto Kanturek
But just how safe is your computer connection - the wifi connection. Meet Maurice Collins, an avid collector of strange Victorian gadgets. Plus film maker Otto Walter Kanturek.

Roadside car dealers, New Age traveller, and tin tabernacles
Lay-bys are often the preferred location of dodgy car dealers. And meet Simbar Rainmaker, a New Age Traveller. Plus tin tabernacles, built by the Victorians to cope with swelling congregations.

Gambia hospital, and 4x4s
The Northamptonshire woman helping to provide vital medial facilities in the Gambia. Plus the 4x4 controversy.

Knitting, animal hoarding and endangered horns
Over the last couple of decades, knitting's popularity has plummeted, but now it's making a comeback. Plus fears some musical instruments could die out because so few people are taking them up. And the phenomenon of animal hoarding.

Children's teeth, Biggles, and Italian wine makers
The state of children's teeth is deteriorating according to latest figures. Plus Biggles, the creation of W.E. Johns. And the Italian immigrants making wine in Bedford.

Pirate radio, second hand satellites, and mobile homes
Inside Out looks back at Radio Caroline which once operated off the Essex coast. Plus the growing market for second hand satellites. And the mobile home controversy in Kings Lynn.

Get rich schemes, war dogs, and ME
Inside Out East investigates a business scheme promising an attractive income. Plus dogs in warfare, an idea pioneered by Edwin Richardson. And an investigation into ME and chronic fatigue.

Series 8 (September-November 2005)

Pig farming
The East of England is one of UK's main areas of pig production. Inside Out investigates what's really going on down on the pig farm in a special report.

Inside Out looks at the trauma faced by the families in East England with no news about loved ones caught up in the South Asia earthquake.

Gypsies, women builders and lifeboats
The controversial debate surrounding Gypsies in the South East. Plus the new builders - women bricklayers. And the tragic story of a lifeboat that tried to save lives 125 years ago.

Railway vandalism, the history of Papworth, and Dragonflies
Danger on the rail tracks comes under scrutiny. Plus a report on the history of Papworth Hospital, famed for its pioneering treatments. And wildlife comes under the spotlight.

Mobility buggies, hidden wildlife, and car parks
With our ageing population, it's possible that in the future there could be more mobility buggies than pedestrians on our pavements.
Plus hidden wildlife in our cities. And the man with a passion for car parks.

Scooters, life after prison, and Clifford Grey
Inside Out investigates the latest in boy racing - scooters. We look back at classic songwriter Clifford Grey. Plus Tough Talk using gospel music to combat crime.

Drugs and driving, railway heritage, and baby helmets
Essex Police estimate that one in 20 people drive after taking drugs. Plus we travel the tracks 40 years after Doctor Beeching's axe fell on countless railway lines. And a new baby helmet device.

Slimming, old mobiles, and Shamanism
Inside Out East investigates liposlim and slimming claims, uncovers what happens to old mobile phones, and examines the power of Shamanism.

Grandparents' rights, North Sea warming, and male beauty
Inside Out investigates grandparents fighting for access to their grandchildren, nature's response to the North Sea warming up, and the male beauty phenomena.

Series 7 (January-March 2005)

Speeding teens
Find out how Essex Police are driving the road safety message home to recently-qualified teenage drivers.
The jam sandwich diet
Since childhood, 15-year-old Craig Flatman has survived on a diet consisting of little more than jam sandwiches.
New teacher technology
How can new technology help trainee teachers gain confidence in class? Inside Out finds out.
Once upon a time in Victorian Britain, we all believed in fairies. But how did we lose our belief?
Multiple chemical sensitivity
For those with multiple chemical sensitivity, 'home sweet home', becomes a toxic hell.
Life after Ritalin
We meet a teenager who had ADHD to discover what life is like after Ritalin.
'Free' land
We find out if this get rich quick scheme is just too good to be true.
The end of the road for hare coursing
The new Hunting Bill has united poachers and coursers to challenge the hare coursing ban.
Buffalo Milk - The Healthy Alternative?
Buffalo milk is not only tasty, it appears to be a healthy option too.
Private eyes
With billions of pounds lost through false insurance claims, companies are fighting back.

Series 6 (Sept-Nov 2004)

Poptastic pub quizzes
At first glance Bedford's contribution to pop music may not be too obvious, but step inside the Anchor pub and you'll be in the home of one of the country's longest running pub pop quizzes.
Car park peddlers
Welcome to the underground world of the car park peddlers - a multi-million pound operation based on garage forecourts and service stations.

Is there anybody there?
The world of the paranormal remains an intriguing mystery, or indeed, a bit of nonsense, to most. But for some, communing with the spirit world is all in a day's work.

A new life?
It's a hard life for the illegal immigrants who have come to the UK to try and earn enough money to support their families back home in China, but it's even harder when they face adversity every step of the way.

The Norfolk Giant
It is well documented that with each generation, the nation is growing steadily taller, but in 1800s Norfolk, there lived a man who would be classed as exceptionally tall even by today's standards.
Natural vision correction
Nearly 75% of British adults wear glasses or contact lenses to correct vision. But there are some who believe that perfect vision, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Inside Out takes a closer look alternative vision improvement.
Surfing - Getting started
If Inside Out has whet your surfing appetite, and you're itching to pull off a Point Break style pipeline, then read our guide to get you up on your feet and riding a wave with the best of them.
Return to Rwanda
It's 10 years since the genocide in Rwanda in which nearly one million Tutsis were killed. Ten-year-old Roger journeys back to his home country for the first time to learn more about the genocide which took the life of his father.
It's a dog's life
To most, they're man's best friend and a life long companion, but for some disreputable traders, puppies are simply a commodity to be cheaply and cruelly farmed and sold.

Series 5 (Jan-Feb 2004)

Norfolk's crime crackdown
Operation Harrier is the toughest crackdown on crime Norfolk has ever seen. Find out how you may be able to recover your stolen possessions - and avoid being the victim of crime.
Crash Detectives
We all complain about the huge traffic jams following a road accident. But if you think it’s tough for you, meet the crash detectives - those who literally pick up the pieces.
Ghost hunting
Inside Out follows a team of ghost hunters in the historic village of Canewdon, Essex. Is the village pub haunted? And why are the ghost hunters so passionate about following spirits?
Fly tipping increase
As the Government tries to encourage recycling by charging for landfill and dumping, incidences of fly tipping are increasing. Inside Out investigates fly tipping, and the cost of the big clean up.
Film collection's new home
Inside Out has gained access to one of the country’s most important film archives. The priceless footage it contains is so flammable, that it could literally burst into flames at any time.

Series 4 (Sept-Oct 2003)

The great storm
In 1703, a catastrophic hurricane ripped across East Anglia. It was the worst storm in British history and killed 8,000 people. But could global warming make tomorrow's weather even more violent? Inside Out investigates.
Being different - Life with Asperger's
Nita Jackson has Asperger's Syndrome, a socially debilitating condition similar to autism. Nita tells her own story; of how she feels and how she is trying to help people understand her.
Catamarans and their Essex roots
They are smashing sailing records around the globe, have travelled more than 10 million miles and are one of the safest boats afloat. But did you know that the mighty catamaran was created by two Essex brothers, a couple of canoes and some bamboo?
Calculators, Computers and Clive Sinclair
If you are reading this article you are probably a home computer owner, or are surfing the web when you should be working! But as little as 35 years ago calculators - let alone computers - were the stuff of dreams…
When Weeley rocked
Forget Glastonbury or Woodstock, in the summer of 1971, anyone who was anyone was heading to Weeley - a small town outside Clacton - for a music festival on an epic scale.
Dirty dogs - The fight against the mess
Dogs - they may be man's best friend but they are the shoe's worst enemy! Inside Out pays a visit to 'dog mess capital' in Great Yarmouth to discover what's afoot!
Antiques - Beware of the knockers
You may be aware of the pitfalls when it comes to door to door selling, but what about door to door buying? Known in the trade as knockers, they doorstep the vulnerable with their eyes firmly on those treasured antiques…

Series 3 (Jun-Jul 2003)

Credit card cloning
Credit card fraud is a huge problem and it's getting worse. But it's not card theft that poses the greatest problem - it's card cloning.
Rendlesham UFO hoax
For over twenty years the story of the Rendlesham Forest UFOs in Suffolk has gathered momentum. But the incident has never been properly explained, until now…
Water Voles
For those of you brought up on The Wind in the Willows - it may surprise you to learn that Ratty unlike his name suggests, was in fact a water vole. And sadly in real life, the water vole is only just clinging to survival.
Why are we waiting - Hospital beds
NHS waiting lists - the subject of great lamenting and endless complaints. Think you could do a better job organising hospital beds? Radio presenter Nick Lawrence does. Join Inside Out as we put him to the test.
Team chasing
It's fast, it's furious and it's been criticised as one of the most dangerous sports in Britain. Now after 30 years Team chasing is making a comeback.
Sizewell - Protection from radiation
A radioactive leak can have devastating results but one small pill could protect you. Inside Out exclusively reveals how for the first time these life saving tablets will be available to families living close to the Sizewell nuclear power station.

Series 2 (Jan-Mar 2003)

Nighthawkers - The illegal metal detectorists
You need a keen eye and plenty of patience to be a metal detectorist. For one man, his patience has certainly paid off, but will others be pipped at the post by nighthawks?
Falling for fowl
Inside Out journeys to Norfolk to find out why fancy fowl are becoming such popular pets.
East Anglia - A birder's paradise
Inside Out meets the two people who have sold up and moved and all in the name of birds. Birder or twitcher, if your passion is of the feathered variety then Norfolk is the place for you.
Graffiti writers may see themselves as artists, but there are many residents in Northampton who would disagree. With £55,000 a year spent on cleaning it up, Inside Out investigates the problem of graffiti.
The loss of village pubs
Local pubs are falling foul of the property boom as publicans sell on and cash in. Is this the end for a trip to the local?
Local produce
Think less MacDonalds and more Old MacDonalds farm, as Inside Out go back to basics.Transporting food is bad for the environment, so what is the alternative?
Cancer screening
Nina Hobson swaps her role as Inside Out reporter, to share with us her frightening and very moving experience of ovarian cancer.
Teenage drinking
Inside Out investigates the stark reality of underage drinking and discovers that in some cases, alcohol causes more problems amongst teenagers than any illegal drug.
Bare knuckle fighting
Tom and Billy Saunders are widely known on the boxing scene. What is less well known is that both boys are from a long line of bare knuckle fighters.

Series 1 (Sept-Nov 2002)

On the buses
Buses are often the butt of jokes but manoeuvring a 35 foot bus full of impatient passengers in Luton’s rush hour is definitely no joke, as Inside Out finds out.
Life without sight
Imagine giving birth to a child whose face you will never see. This is the ordeal that Bernadette Reddington has faced not with one, but two of her children.
Pigeon pests
Often referred to as 'rats with wings', feral pigeons have become just as much of a problem in towns and cities as their furry, four-legged counterparts.
Post Polio Syndrome
Polio was the killer disease that struck fear into a whole generation in the 1950s. Now it's back in the form of Post-Polio Syndrome.
Mobile phone mania
After it was announced that over 2 billlion text messages were sent in 2002 Inside Out asks "are we addicted to our phones?".
Hen night shenanigans
One in three marriages may end in divorce - but hen and stag parties are a wedding market that’s booming! Inside Out looks at this new breed of hen celebrations, the traditions and reasons for the change.
Bingo - The trendiest game in town
Bingo used to be the preserve of the blue rinse brigade. Now it's the most popular group leisure activity in the country - and it's people in their 30s who are flocking to it.
Life inside a women's prison
Prisons are facing overcrowding. The population of women's prisons has been increasing dramatically. Sally Chidzoy was given unprecedented access to Highpoint Prison in Suffolk.
The secret world of trotting
Every week in the East, illegal horse races take place on open roads. They attract hundreds of travellers who come to watch.
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