Channel 4's long-running, award-winning investigative current affairs documentary series. Particularly noted for its undercover reporting.
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Morland Sanders ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (23 episodes, 2011-2017)
Antony Barnett ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (17 episodes, 2009-2017)
Tazeen Ahmad ...
 Herself - Reporter (11 episodes, 2007-2017)
Deborah Davies ...
 Herself - Reporter (10 episodes, 1999-2011)
Harry Wallop ...
 Himself - Reporter (9 episodes, 2012-2017)
Jon Snow ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (10 episodes, 2006-2017)
Jane Moore ...
 Herself - Reporter / ... (8 episodes, 2008-2013)
Peter Oborne ...
 Himself - Presenter / ... (6 episodes, 2007-2012)
Seyi Rhodes ...
 Himself - Reporter (5 episodes, 2015-2017)
Jackie Long ...
 Herself - Reporter (5 episodes, 2012-2017)
Liz MacKean ...
 Herself - Reporter / ... (4 episodes, 2013-2015)
David Modell ...
 Narrator / ... (4 episodes, 2002-2011)
Alex Thomson ...
 Himself - Reporter (4 episodes, 2008-2011)
Michael Verney-Elliott ...
 Himself - Reporter (3 episodes, 1987-1992)
Cathy Newman ...
 Herself - Reporter (3 episodes, 2014-2017)
...
 Narrator / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2015)
Sorious Samura ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (3 episodes, 2006-2010)
Rosie Rowell ...
 Narrator (3 episodes, 2007-2010)
Fraser Nelson ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (2 episodes, 2014-2016)
Anthony Barnett ...
 Himself - Reporter (2 episodes, 2015)
Martin Bright ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Mark Thomas ...
 Himself - Presenter / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Stephen Grey ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2007-2011)
...
 Himself - Presenter / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ben Laurance ...
 Himself - Reporter (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
...
 Narrator (2 episodes, 2010)
Claire Newell ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2015)
...
 Reporter (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
...
 Narrator (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Sally Morgan ...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Iain Duncan Smith ...
 Himself - Former Work & Pensions Minister / ... (4 episodes, 2011-2017)
David Willetts ...
 Himself - Chair, The Resolution Foundation / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2016)
Matthew Oakeshott ...
 Himself - Former Lib Dem Treasury Spokesman (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Max Clifford ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2016)
Andrew Boyd ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 1992)
David Jessel ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 1998)
Simon Barnes ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2011)
Andrew Rawnsley ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2011)
Chris Atkins ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2012)
Michael Crick ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2012)
Michael Darrington ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2012)
Jonathan Miller ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2012)
Alisdair Simpson ...
 Narrator (1 episode, 2012)
Paul Lewis ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2013)
Matt Frei ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2014)
Paraic O'Brien ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2014)
Michael Buerk ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2015)
...
 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2015)
Siobhan Kennedy ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2015)
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 Herself - Narrator (1 episode, 2015)
...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2016)
Shaunagh Connaire ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Simon Cox ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Liam Halligan ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2016)
...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Abigail Austen ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2017)
Caroline Laskowska ...
 Herself - Narrator (1 episode, 2017)
Ramita Navai ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2017)
Denise Fergus ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2001)
Amanda Egbujo ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2009)
Tim Flavin ...
 American voices (1 episode, 2010)
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 Himself - Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (1 episode, 2011)
...
 Narrator (1 episode, 2012)
Shoaib Sharifi ...
 Himself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2014)
Georgia Boulton ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2015)
Paul Cheshire ...
 Himself - London School of Economics (1 episode, 2016)
Hannah Cogan ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Noel Finn ...
 Himself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Becky Hammill ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Graeme Brown ...
 Himself - Chief Executive, Shelter (1 episode, 2017)
Simon Capewell ...
 Himself - University of Liverpool (1 episode, 2017)
Elisa Franzinetti ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2017)
Richard Hyman ...
 Himself - Retail Analyst (1 episode, 2017)
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 Voice Artist (1 episode, 2017)
Belal Malek ...
 Himself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2017)
Anamaria Sandra ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2017)
Lauren Turner ...
 Herself - Senior Staff Nurse (1 episode, 2017)
Alan Williams ...
 Himself - Pathologist (1 episode, 2001)
Corey Lawson ...
 American voices (1 episode, 2010)
John Nagl ...
 Himself - Pentagon Advisor (1 episode, 2011)
Sky Zeh ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2015)
Sean Hannaby ...
 Himself - Cheshire East Council (1 episode, 2016)
Richard Clothier ...
 Himself - Managing Director, Wyke Farms (1 episode, 2017)
Hannah Middleton ...
 Herself - London College of Fashion, UAL (1 episode, 2017)
David Miller ...
 Himself - University of Bath (1 episode, 2017)
Claire Norman ...
 Herself - Senior Sister (1 episode, 2017)
Jayne Raper ...
 Herself - Croydon Council (1 episode, 2017)
Laura Ward-Ongley ...
 Herself - Brand Expert (1 episode, 2017)
Phil Roberts ...
 Himself - Merseyside Police (1 episode, 2001)
Matthew Hoh ...
 Himself - Former U.S. State Department Officer (1 episode, 2011)
Clive Betts ...
 Himself - Communities & Local Government Committee (1 episode, 2016)
Phillip Adcock ...
 Himself - Shopper Psychologist (1 episode, 2017)
Gorkan Ahmetoglu ...
 Himself - Business Psychologist (1 episode, 2017)
Richard Booth ...
 Himself - Health & safety consultant (1 episode, 2017)
James Davies ...
 Himself - Conservative, Health Select Committee (1 episode, 2017)
Robert Walker Kerslake ...
 Himself - President, Local Government Association (1 episode, 2017)
Claudia Machado ...
 Herself - Radiographer (1 episode, 2017)
Laurence Lee ...
 Himself - Jon Venables' Solicitor 1993-1994 (1 episode, 2001)
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 American voices (1 episode, 2010)
David Kilcullen ...
 Himself - Former Advisor to Gen. Petraeus (1 episode, 2011)
Ed Turner ...
 Himself - Local Government Association (1 episode, 2016)
Caroline Nokes ...
 Herself - Minister, Department for Work and Pensions (1 episode, 2017)
Simon Phillips ...
 Himself - Travel Money Executive (1 episode, 2017)
Vickie Sheriff ...
 Herself - Director of Campaigns, Which? (1 episode, 2017)
Mimi Tatlow-Golden ...
 Herself - The Open University (1 episode, 2017)
Daniel Teixeira ...
 Himself - Radiographer (1 episode, 2017)
Dominic Lloyd ...
 Himself - Robert Thompson's Solicitor (1 episode, 2001)
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 American voices (1 episode, 2010)
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 Himself - U.S. Defense Secretary (1 episode, 2011)
Andrew Whitaker ...
 Himself - Home Builders Federation (1 episode, 2016)
David Bradley ...
 Himself - Landlord and Lettings Agent (1 episode, 2017)
Totuccio Castigliore ...
 Himself - Cibosano Ltd (1 episode, 2017)
Sonia Livingstone ...
 Herself - London School of Economics and Political Science (1 episode, 2017)
Julie Smith ...
 Herself - Chief Nurse (1 episode, 2017)
George Turner ...
 Himself - Tax Justice Network (1 episode, 2017)
David James Smith ...
 Himself - Author, 'The Sleep of Reason' (1 episode, 2001)
Toby Dodge ...
 Himself, reader, International Politics, Queen Mary University (1 episode, 2010)
Kate Clark ...
 Herself - Afghan Analysts Network (1 episode, 2011)
Ishrat Sharif ...
 Herself - Design Plan Build (1 episode, 2016)
Ralph Blackledge ...
 Himself - Accommodation Concern (1 episode, 2017)
Gert Gammelin ...
 Himself - Former NHS Doctor (1 episode, 2017)
Miles MacInnes ...
 Himself - Jascots Wine Merchants (1 episode, 2017)
Roy Walker ...
 Himself - Secue Accomodation Network (1 episode, 2001)
Michael Clarke ...
 Himself, director, Royal United Services Institute (1 episode, 2010)
Michael Semple ...
 Himself - Fellow, Harvard University (1 episode, 2011)
Azad Sharif ...
 Himself - Design Plan Build (1 episode, 2016)
Deborah Cohen ...
 Herself - Associate Editor, British Medical Journal (1 episode, 2017)
Mark Fowler ...
 Himself - Croydon Council (1 episode, 2017)
Stephen Hallam ...
 Himself - Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, Melton Mowbray (1 episode, 2017)
Helen Skinner ...
 Herself - Former NHS Doctor (1 episode, 2017)
Peter Misch ...
 Himself - Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist (1 episode, 2001)
Fenik Adham ...
 Herself, Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture (1 episode, 2010)
Robert Grenier ...
 Himself - Director, Counter Terrorism Center, CIA, 2004-2006 (1 episode, 2011)
Sajid Javid ...
 Himself - Secretary of State Communities and Local Government (2 episodes, 2016-2017)
Matthew O'Callaghan ...
 Himself - Chairman, UK Protected Food Names Association (1 episode, 2017)
Filipa Vitorino ...
 Herself - Staff Nurse (1 episode, 2017)
Leon McEwan ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Adnan Pachachi ...
 Himself, Iraqi Governing Council, 2003-2004 (1 episode, 2010)
Philip Alston ...
 Himself - Former UN Special Rapporteur (1 episode, 2011)
Gerald Mason ...
 Himself - Senior Vice-President, Tate & Lyle Sugars (1 episode, 2017)
Laura Navarrete Gonzalez ...
 Herself - Deputy Sister (1 episode, 2017)
John Alliott ...
 Himself - Former Deputy Chairman, The Parole Board (1 episode, 2001)
Zaid Al-Sheikly ...
 Himself, Col., East Baghdad Police, 2004-2009 (1 episode, 2010)
Stephen Devlin ...
 Himself - Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation (1 episode, 2017)
Barry Pactor ...
 Himself - TTM Healthcare (1 episode, 2017)
Chris Johnson ...
 Himself - 'Justice for James' Campaign (1 episode, 2001)
Ali Allawi ...
 Himself, author of 'The Occupation of Iraq' (1 episode, 2010)
Chris Whitney-Cooper ...
 Herself - De Montford University (1 episode, 2017)
John Daly ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1987)
Michael McStay ...
 Narrator (1 episode, 1987)
Tony Cook ...
 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 1989)
Jad Adams ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Cath Adams ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1992)
David Cole ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Vera Diamond ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1992)
Louise Errington ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1992)
Michael Hames ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Helga Hanks ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1992)
Victor Harris ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Stephen Hempling ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Sue Hutchinson ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1992)
Juliet ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1992)
Polly March
(1 episode, 1992)
John Newson ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Bill Thompson ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Sheila Youngson ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1992)
Christine Gosden ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1998)
Gwynne Roberts ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Graham Hall ...
 Himself - Investigator (1 episode, 1999)
Robin Webb ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Jane Kokan ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2003)
Brian Deer ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2006)
Derek Draper ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Rod Liddle ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2006)
Keith Mann ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Evan Williams ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2006)
Jason Barlow ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2007)
Tim Beaty ...
 Himself - Director of Global Strategies, Teamster Union (1 episode, 2007)
Rene Canjura ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Luis Eduardo Garcia ...
 Himself - Coca-Cola FEMSA Employee (1 episode, 2007)
Andrew Gilligan ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2007)
Efrain Guerrero ...
 Himself - Coca-Cola FEMSA Employee (1 episode, 2007)
Russell Keast ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Joseph Lowery ...
 Himself - Civil Rights Campaigner (1 episode, 2007)
Daniel Martinez ...
 Himself - Former Chemical Engineer (1 episode, 2007)
Carlos Miranda ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2007)
P. Read Montague ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2007)
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 The Shopaholic (1 episode, 2007)
Bobby Pathak ...
 Himself - Investigative Reporter (1 episode, 2007)
Brian Price ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Phil Rees ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2007)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2007)
Parv Bancil ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2008)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2008)
Peter Crystal ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2008)
Nadine Dorries ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Joe Duttine ...
 Narrator (1 episode, 2008)
Malcolm Gluck ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Stephen Green ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Abigail Hayes ...
 Narrator (1 episode, 2008)
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 Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Norman Tebbit ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Andrea Minichiello Williams ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Cherie Blair ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2009)
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 Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Aidan Hartley
(1 episode, 2009)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2009)
Digby Jones ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2009)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2010)
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 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2010)
Chris Bryant ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2017)
John Butterfill ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Stephen Byers ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Tim Campbell ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
John Christensen ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Andy Coulson ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
Lou Engle ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
George Galloway ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Alistair Graham ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Philip Green ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
Patricia Hewitt ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Geoff Hoon ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Will Hutton ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2010)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2010)
Sam Kiley ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2010)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2010)
Safia Minney ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Andrew Mitchell ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Margaret Moran ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2010)
John Prescott ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
David Puttnam ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Najibullah Quraishi ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2010)
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 Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Freeman Rogers ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Victor Adebowale ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Danny Alexander ...
 Himself - Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1 episode, 2011)
Douglas Alexander ...
 Himself - Shadow Foreign Secretary (1 episode, 2011)
Paddy Ashdown ...
 Himself - Lib Dem Leader 1988-99 (1 episode, 2011)
Anthony Beevor ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Deirdre Bounds ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2011)
Peta Buscombe ...
 Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Vince Cable ...
 Himself - Business Secretary (1 episode, 2011)
Kevin Cahill ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2011)
David Cameron ...
 Himself - Prime Minister (10 episodes, 2010-2017)
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An example of excellent investigative reporting
8 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dispatches is a highly acclaimed British documentary series, shown by Channel 4, that probes some of the defining issues of our time. It essentially takes you behind some of the stories you see on the news to establish "what's really going on". Along with the excellent "Unreported World" series it is some of the best investigative reporting and aggressive documentary making currently produced on British TV, no small feat considering the prestige and reputation for thoroughness internationally of British documentaries as a field.

Recently the show has slipped into less intellectual territory to pursue sensationalist, attention-grabbing headlines. The show "Mark Thomas on Coca-Cola" typifies this for me, purporting to show the link between Coca-Cola and various human-rights abuses it is responsible for. While the show has always had a left-leaning slant it is usually more balanced and I doubt there is anyone in the Western world who hasn't seen at least one corporation dragged through the headlines for the sake of public disapproval. This doesn't mean the show lacks an edgy, gritty feel, but nowadays it seems more interested in publicity then the cutting-edge of world affairs, which make some of its themes and arguments a bit dated (but does spice things up a bit in a "Michael Moore" sort of way!), and, if you are unfamiliar with the series, unapologetically anti-American. The story (referring to the "Coca-Cola" program) about Coca-Cola's marketing to the Third Riech was all well and good, but I'd heard it all before, along with IBM's (much more thought-provoking) alleged culpability in the Holocaust, and I can remember thinking how earnestly the link was made between the marketing of a soft drink and Adolf Hitler's plans for world domination!

The above paragraph is my own personal grumble at the series, and you can only really pick apart a show when it has totally involved you in it's themes, so please don't let it detract from your enjoyment of what is still an excellent and influential documentary series.


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