Archives for March 2011

The Big Squeeze - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 16:02 UK time, Monday, 28 March 2011

With the cost of living rising fast and wages falling behind, Panorama unveils new research which shows that most of us are significantly poorer than we were two years ago.

Reporter Andrew Verity reveals which jobs are being hit hardest, just how many of us are likely to be tipped over a financial cliff if interest rates go up and gets tips from the experts on how we can fight The Big Squeeze.

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My Big Fat Fake Wedding - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 13:22 UK time, Thursday, 24 March 2011

It should be the most romantic day in any couple's relationship, but every year hundreds of weddings take place where often the bride and groom barely know each other, and will rarely ever meet again.

These are sham marriages - a way for desperate immigrants to stay in the country illegally by paying to marry a stranger with an EU passport.

In this Panorama Special, Reporter Richard Bilton exposes a lucrative - and growing - industry. Posing as a wedding photographer, he films a sham wedding and reveals the real human cost at the heart of it; he investigates an Eastern European gang that charges £8,000 to supply teenage prostitutes as bogus brides; the immigration solicitor who will prepare the legal paperwork for sham couples; and he discovers how even the Church of England has been a target of bogus wedding fraudsters.

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Fighting Gaddafi - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 14:07 UK time, Monday, 21 March 2011

As the world unites against Colonel Gaddafi, Panorama reveals the real story behind the country's revolution and his crimes of war.

Using remarkable new footage, it tells how a group of young professionals bravely stood up to 42 years of dictatorship.

Reporter Paul Kenyon travels across the front line to uncover how the Libyan military fired on unarmed protestors and tracks down the man accused of ordering the shooting - Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saadi.

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Tabloid Hacks Exposed - join in the debate

Phone hacking was once dismissed by executives at News International as the illegal work of "one rogue reporter".

The defence collapsed with one journalist at the News of the World being sacked and the original police inquiry having to be re-opened. Now Panorama exposes the full extent of the "dark arts" employed by journalists across the industry to get their story.

The programme reveals a dishonourable history of law breaking that went beyond phone hacking and questions the police inaction that let it continue.

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Smoking and the Bandits - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 16:35 UK time, Monday, 7 March 2011

Panorama investigates the multi-billion pound world of the criminal tobacco trade.

Reporter Sam Poling reveals that more than half of all hand-rolled tobacco in the country is now either counterfeit or smuggled and one in five cigarettes smoked is fake. Using secret filming, the film exposes the gangs which are costing British tax-payers £4billion in lost revenue a year.

Taking you to the heart of the supply chain, Sam Poling buys directly from the criminals, and reveals their products are up to thirty times more toxic than ordinary cigarettes.

And with exclusive access to Customs investigators, we watch as they take out a major organised Chinese tobacco gang which has set up home in Britain.

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