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A Week without Lying - The Honesty Experiment

Investigative documentary. Scientists use new technology on three British contributors to discover what our world would look like if we couldn't lie.

Deception is an integral part of human nature and it is estimated we all lie up to nine times a day. But what if we created a world in which we couldn't lie? In a radical experiment, pioneering scientists from across Europe have come together to make this happen.

Brand new technology is allowing them to rig three British people to make it impossible for them to lie undetected. Then they will be challenged to live for a whole week without telling a single lie. It is a bold social experiment to discover the role of deception in our lives - to investigate the impact lying has on our mental state and the consequences of it for our relationships, and to ask whether the world would be a better or worse place if we couldn't lie.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Seinabo Sey


  • 00:03

    Clean Cut Kid

    Vitamin C

  • 00:05

    Years & Years


  • 00:09

    R I T U A L


  • 00:18

    Everything Is Recorded

    Close But Not Quite

  • 00:26


    Let Go

  • 00:31

    The xx

    A Violent Noise

  • 00:33

    Bebe Rexha

    Gateway Drug (Explicit)

  • 00:35



  • 00:36



  • 00:38

    Rita Ora

    Your Song

  • 00:40

    Jess Glynne

    Don't Be So Hard On Yourself

  • 00:42



  • 00:47


    When It Comes To Us

  • 00:50



  • 00:54

    Jonas Blue

    Perfect Strangers

  • 00:56


    Honey & I

  • 00:58

    The xx

    I Dare You


Role Contributor
Producer Vicki Cooper
Director Vicki Cooper
Producer Suzannah Wilkinson
Executive Producer Jonathan Taylor
Editor John Rosser
Narrator Lola Buckley


  • Wed 29 Aug 2018 21:00
  • Mon 10 Sep 2018 23:15
  • Thu 27 Sep 2018 01:35
  • Mon 7 Oct 2019 22:00

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