The Secrets of Scientology

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Duration: 1 hour

Reporter John Sweeney's last investigation into the Church of Scientology resulted in an explosive confrontation with church officials. This time, in a Panorama Special, one of those officials has turned whistleblower to help him reveal the dark secrets of the church, which boasts Hollywood A-listers Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its devotees.

  • John Sweeney revisits the Church of Scientology

    John Sweeney revisits the Church of Scientology

    In 2007, while investigating the Church of Scientology for Panorama, reporter John Sweeney had a dramatic on-camera confrontation with a church spokesman named Tommy Davis. The church was accusing the reporter of bias and it attempted to stop the documentary from being broadcast - a campaign backed by Scientology A-lister John Travolta. Sweeney has returned to investigate the church again.

    Read about John Sweeney's experiences
  • Reporter John Sweeney followed on Scientology story

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    Panorama reporter John Sweeney travels to Florida, where he confronts strangers following and filming him for the Church of Scientology.

  • John Sweeney hears why he was labelled a 'bigot'

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    Panorama's John Sweeney meets two former members of the Church of Scientology, Marty Rathburn and Mike Rinder, who offer their insights into his last brush with the church.

  • Lifelong Scientologist on walking away from the church

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    Lifelong Scientologist Marika James tells Panorama reporter John Sweeney about her fiance's reaction to her decision to follow her parents and leave the church that she was born into.

  • Scientology receives local rates relief on properties

    Scientology receives local rates relief on properties

    The controversial Church of Scientology receives rates relief and tax rebates on its UK property portfolio, BBC Panorama has discovered.

    Read about the Church's rates relief
  • Panorama Archive: Scientology and Me

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    Church of Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis and Panorama reporter John Sweeney in a frank exchange of views, from the film Scientology & Me originally broadcast on 14 May 2007.

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  • Music used in the programme

    Music used in the programme

    Moby - JTLF (Album: Wait For Me)
    Felix Leband - Dirty Night Town (Album: Dark Days Exit)
    Eminem - Lose Yourself
    Felix Leband - Girls in the Well (Album: 4/4 Down the Stairs)
    Moby - Degenerates (Album: Last Night)
    Felix Leband - Sexaphobes (Album: 4/4 Down the Stairs)
    Felix Leband - Radio Right Now (Album: Dark Days Exit)
    Animal Collective - In The Flowers (Merriweather Post Pavilion )
    Moby - Sweet Apocalypse (Album: Last Night)
    Felix Leband - WildDog (Album: 4/4 Down the Stairs)
    Animal Collective - I Think I Can (Album: Fall Be Kind)
    Felix Leband - Falling off a Horse (Album: Dark Days Exit)
    Felix Leband - Black Shoes (Album: Dark Days Exit)
    Felix Leband - The Sleeping Household (Album: Dark Days Exit)
    Moby - Shot in the Back of the Head (Album: Wait For Me)
    Felix Leband - Calls from the Wire (Album: Thin Shoes in June)
    Moby - Isolate (Album: Wait for Me)
    Moby - Pale Horses (Album: Wait for Me)
    Animal Collective - My Girls (Album: Merriweather Post Pavilion)
    Moby - Ghost Return (Album: Wait for Me)
    Felix Leband - Tomorrow Perhaps (Album: Thin Shoes in June)
    Animal Collective - On A Highway (Album: Fall be Kind)
    Supergrass - Tales of Endurance (Album: Road to Rouen)
    Air - Another Day (Album: Talkie Walkie)
    Moby - Slow Light (Album: Wait For Me)
    Felix Leband - Bats in my Hair (Album: Thin Shoes in June)
    Moby - A Seated Night (Album: Wait For Me)
    Animal Collective - What Would I Want (Album: Fall Be Kind)
    Felix Leband - Whistling In Tongues (Album: Dark Days Exit)
    Moby - God Moving Over the Face of the Water (Album: Everything is Wrong)
    Animal collective - Bleed (Album: Fall Be Kind)
    Air - Spacemaker (Album: Pocket Symphony)
    Felix Leband - Red Handed (Album: Dark Days Exit)

  • Panorama 2000 to 2008

    Panorama 2000 to 2008

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Credits

Reporter
John Sweeney
Producer
Katy Stead
Producer
Sarah Mole
Executive Producer
Darren Kemp

Broadcasts

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