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Morland Sanders ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (18 episodes, 2011-2016)
Antony Barnett ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (13 episodes, 2009-2016)
Tazeen Ahmad ...
 Herself - Reporter (10 episodes, 2007-2015)
Deborah Davies ...
 Herself - Reporter (10 episodes, 1999-2011)
Jane Moore ...
 Herself - Reporter / ... (8 episodes, 2008-2013)
Jon Snow ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (8 episodes, 2006-2012)
Harry Wallop ...
 Himself - Reporter (6 episodes, 2012-2016)
Peter Oborne ...
 Himself - Presenter / ... (6 episodes, 2007-2012)
Liz MacKean ...
 Herself - Reporter / ... (4 episodes, 2013-2015)
David Modell ...
 Narrator / ... (4 episodes, 2002-2011)
Jackie Long ...
 Herself - Reporter (4 episodes, 2012-2016)
Alex Thomson ...
 Himself - Reporter (4 episodes, 2008-2011)
Michael Verney-Elliott ...
 Himself - Reporter (3 episodes, 1987-1992)
Seyi Rhodes ...
 Himself - Reporter (3 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Narrator / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2015)
Sorious Samura ...
 Himself - Reporter / ... (3 episodes, 2006-2010)
Rosie Rowell ...
 Narrator (3 episodes, 2007-2010)
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)
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 Himself - Presenter / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ben Laurance ...
 Himself - Reporter (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
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 Narrator (2 episodes, 2010)
Claire Newell ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Reporter (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Narrator (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Sally Morgan ...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Matthew Oakeshott ...
 Himself - Former Lib Dem Treasury Spokesman (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Max Clifford ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
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)
Fraser Nelson ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2014)
Cathy Newman ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2014)
Paraic O'Brien ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2014)
Michael Buerk ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2015)
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 Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2015)
Siobhan Kennedy ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2015)
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 Herself - Narrator (1 episode, 2015)
Ade Adepitan ...
 Himself - Presenter (1 episode, 2016)
Shaunagh Connaire ...
 Herself - Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Simon Cox ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
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 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
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)
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 Narrator (1 episode, 2012)
Shoaib Sharifi ...
 Himself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2014)
Georgia Boulton ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2015)
Hannah Cogan ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Noel Finn ...
 Himself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
Becky Hammill ...
 Herself - Undercover Reporter (1 episode, 2016)
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)
Phil Roberts ...
 Himself - Merseyside Police (1 episode, 2001)
Matthew Hoh ...
 Himself - Former U.S. State Department Officer (1 episode, 2011)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Chris Johnson ...
 Himself - 'Justice for James' Campaign (1 episode, 2001)
Ali Allawi ...
 Himself, author of 'The Occupation of Iraq' (1 episode, 2010)
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 ...
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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 (1 episode, 2010)
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)
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 Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Najibullah Quraishi ...
 Himself - Reporter (1 episode, 2010)
Rachel Riley ...
 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 (6 episodes, 2010-2016)
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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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