Over three years, UK police tracked a family crime group who kept their victims in squalid conditions and stole wages to fund their own lifestyle. The trial that followed unmasked the family as the operators of Britain's largest modern slavery ring. With exclusive access to both the police investigation and the court case, the BBC's Panorama program captured the dramatic events as they unfolded. The case provides an insight into the staggering scale of modern slavery across the world.
In conflict zones around the world, battles are increasingly being fought, not just by armies, but by private military contractors operating as guns for hire. These mercenaries live in a shadowy world away from the public eye where the normal rules of combat don't apply. Their work usually remains secret unless something goes very wrong. Four Corners investigates this murky world and the Australian military men at the heart of it.
The aggressive marketing of dangerously potent and addictive opioids by pharmaceutical companies has driven an alarming rise in global drug addiction and death. America has been at the epicentre of this epidemic. Insys Therapeutics was a multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical company which made a fortune from one such drug. Up to one hundred times stronger than morphine, the fentanyl-based painkiller promised fast and effective relief from the most acute pain. Instead of helping those in need, the drug fuelled America's devastating opioid epidemic in the shameless pursuit of profit. Now the lengths this company went to in order to increase its sales have been exposed.
Sixty years ago, the world watched in wonder at the dawning of the space age. Humankind's first flights into space and the landing on the moon showed the seemingly impossible was achievable. Now we are on the brink of a new space revolution. Space travel has never been so accessible. The entrepreneurial vision of business tycoon Elon Musk and his Space X business teamed with more affordable and reliable technology has resulted in a space revolution that is giving rise to a whole new world of possibilities. Four Corners examines the extraordinary opportunities and challenges of the new space age, in which travel beyond our own planet is suddenly affordable.
Violent crime and the mentally ill: how the mental health system is failing to protect the community and the patients themselves. Families reveal a disturbing picture of inadequate healthcare with devastating consequences.
For months Australia was the envy of the world, with COVID-19 largely under control. All that changed when the news broke of a breach in Melbourne's hotel quarantine program. Four Corners investigates how coronavirus escaped back out into the Victorian community, wreaking havoc in the state and putting the rest of the nation in peril. After the initial outbreak, the virus spread with alarming speed and took hold in the most vulnerable places imaginable, aged care homes. This investigation reveals the failures by the authorities that were supposed to keep the community safe.
For decades we've been told that we can do our bit for the environment by recycling our waste. But as Four Corners revealed in 2017, much of Australia's recycling operations have been effectively a sham with mountains of waste being stockpiled with nowhere to go. Now, in this revealing investigation from PBS Frontline, the actions of the American plastics industry are laid bare. The program shows how over decades clever marketing campaigns were created to persuade consumers they should carry the burden of plastic pollution, by recycling, rather than expecting industry to reduce the amount of plastic it manufactured.
Around Australia a vocal band of activists have joined a worldwide protest movement against the arrival of the next generation in wireless technology known as 5G. Activists claim 5G is an invisible and potentially deadly health hazard, blaming the radiation emitted by the technology for a range of long-term health problems. Four Corners investigates these claims, exploring how the technology works and examining the scientific studies undertaken into whether the technology is actually a threat to our health. The program investigates the rise of the anti-5G movement and the spread of wild conspiracy theories tying the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic to the 5G rollout. Piecing together the viral spread of these theories, the program uncovers a sophisticated misinformation campaign.
The financial scandal and human cost of Australia's failing workers compensation schemes. Workers compensation is supposed to be a safety net designed to return injured employees to the workplace and provide assistance to those so badly hurt that they can no longer hold down a job. Australian workers are guaranteed these protections by law, but there is disturbing evidence the system is failing badly. Reporter Adele Ferguson reveals the scandalous state of workers compensation schemes in Australia, in a joint Four Corners, the Age and Sydney Morning Herald investigation.
Four Corners brings you a remarkable film that acts as a forceful reminder of how quickly coronavirus COVID-19 can take off and spread. Presented by the Health Report's Dr Norman Swan, this film from PBS Frontline takes you into the heart of Italy's fight against the virus. One hospital in the thick of the pandemic, in the city of Cremona, allowed a camera in as the crisis was unfolding. The film follows the daily struggles of an inspirational doctor and her staff, as they battle to keep their patients alive. The program is a testament to the courage and hope of medical staff on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Four Corners brings you a searing and profoundly moving story from special guest reporter Stan Grant in the wake of the shocking killing of unarmed black man George Floyd captured on camera in the US. In this deeply personal story, Stan Grant gives voice to the frustration and hurt that has defined the life experience of so many Indigenous Australians and explores why the death of George Floyd resonates so profoundly. In this confronting program, other Aboriginal Australians talk of their experiences with authority and government that have left them feeling like second class citizens.
During the dark and suffocating days of our black summer, fires tore through vast parts of Australia. Six months on, despite all the millions of dollars in donations raised and the promises of government assistance, some are still living in terrible conditions without power or water and they fear they have been forgotten. Recovery is a deeply complex and gruelling process. Knowing how to navigate it is hard. Local volunteers have stepped in to effectively run the recovery effort. In this powerful Four Corners, a portrait of a proud community emerges and they have a message for Australia.
Aviation is arguably the highest profile casualty of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and the impact has been enormous. The aviation crisis has driven Australia's second major carrier, Virgin, to the point of collapse. On Four Corners, the key players explain how things went so wrong so quickly. The program details the battle to keep the airline going, examining why it was vulnerable in the first place and what was driving the refusal of the federal government to step in and directly support Virgin.
For three months in 2020, the elderly and vulnerable residents of the Newmarch House aged care facility have effectively been locked in as coronavirus COVID-19 raged through their home. As the disaster unfolded, Four Corners captured the experiences of several families with loved ones effectively trapped inside. The program investigates key decisions taken by the facility and the state and federal health departments about the care of residents and the treatment of those that fell ill. Health authorities have now announced they believe the crisis has passed. But for these families, the time has come for answers.
AI, or artificial intelligence, will be one of the defining developments of the 21st century. The ability of machines to ‘think’ at a speed and depth far beyond the capacity of any human is unleashing incredible possibilities. China is emerging as an AI superpower, staking its reputation on catching up then overtaking the US for AI supremacy within the decade. Critics say the Chinese Communist Party is using AI as an instrument of authoritarian control. Outside of China, even long-term backers of the tech industry say the rise of the global tech giants is a threat to us all. A PBS Frontline documentary.
Coronavirus restrictions are starting to loosen and our cities and towns are showing more signs of life than they have in months. But health authorities and the federal and state governments insist that without an effective vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, life cannot fully return to normal. Australian scientists are at the forefront of this hunt for a vaccine, working around the clock on several promising contenders. The stakes are high, and the degree of difficulty is intense. Four Corners takes you into their world, where they face extraordinary scientific hurdles as well as extreme moral and ethical dilemmas.
This is Australia's premier investigative journalism program. Since 1961, the team have been exposing scandals, triggering inquiries, firing debate and confronting taboos.
How the Ruby Princess became an incubator for infection, leaving passengers and staff dangerously exposed. An alarming picture emerges of crucial decisions by the cruise operator and the actions of Australian authorities.
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