Real Stories

79 episodes

Drawing on a rich seam of human interest stories, covering everything from true crime and incredible humans through to hard-hitting current affairs.

  • Episodes
  • A morally complex post-colonial tragedy, the story of a murder and of Fiji, a small country divided along ethnic and class lines, told through the eyes of two very different families.

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  • This documentary explores the heinous crimes uncovered during the investigation of the disappearance of the Chohan family.

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  • Award-winning filmmaker Dodge Billingsley tells the story of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment - crack US frontline troops.

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  • Exposing the truth behind the private investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

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  • In contrast to socially acceptable moaning about minor stresses and strains, The Day I Snapped investigates what happens when the stress of working life causes a major meltdown.

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  • A part of Dispatches collection, Breadline Kids asks daring questions about food poverty in the UK, asking children what it's like to live when the cupboards are bare, and what desperate measures parents go to feed their kids.

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  • The unsung, unseen heroes of society, young carers provide emotional and physical care for disabled and sick parents in a complete reversal of the child/parent role.

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  • With unprecedented and unique access to juvenile prisons around the world, this film looks at the experience of incarceration for juvenile offenders in countries as diverse as the USA and India, the UK and Brazil.

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  • This film follows life inside 5 UK primary schools to uncover the enormous challenges faced by teachers dealing with violent and disruptive behaviour. 97 percent of teachers say they have to deal with disruptive pupils in their classroom.

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  • This powerful and disturbing documentary covers the outcry approaching the release of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the two ten-year-old boys who killed two-year-old James Bulger in 1993.

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  • This documentary meets three children whose families are struggling to get by, and asks them to tell us what life in modern America really looks like through their eyes.

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  • Bust is an intimate portrait of families struggling to cope with personal debts as the credit crunch unfolds.

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  • A powerful international investigation of the global pharmaceutical industry.

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  • This film takes the audience onto the streets of London, Manchester and Bradford to find out what the young men who actually carry guns and knives really think.

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  • Dispatches: Mum Loves Drugs, Not Me, reveals the destruction and despair drugs wreak upon families and how it is the children and the grandparents who suffer the consequences.

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  • Screws follows a group of newly recruited prison officers through training at the country’s most controversial jail - HMP Belmarsh in south-east London, also known as "Britain’s Guantanamo Bay" or "Hellmarsh".

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  • Looking For Mike follows filmmaker Dylan Reibling as he investigates the mysterious death of his friend, computer salesman Michael De Bourcier.

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  • The Price of Honor is an award-winning documentary about the murders of Amina and Sarah Said, teenage sisters from Lewisville, Texas, who were killed in a premeditated “honour killing” in 2008.

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  • This explosive film reveals the hidden reality inside the west’s close ally Saudi Arabia. With unprecedented access to an underground network of young activists and footage from previously unseen corners of life.

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  • A deadly airborne disease is making a dramatic comeback in Swaziland. Passed on by a simple cough or sneeze, TB is travelling fast and now new, multi-drug resistant variants are starting to appear all over the world.

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  • Calling for action where legislation has failed, this topical film explores alternative strategies for keeping kids safe from sexual predators.

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  • The inside story of Alexander Litvinenko's death in London and the subsequent international manhunt that led to the Kremlin, told in full for the first time, with exclusive access to key individuals.

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  • Criminologist Professor David Wilson conducts a series of revealing interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer. Although never charged, Bert is widely suspected of killing newspaper delivery boy Carl Bridgewater in 1978.

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  • A historical look at Britain's most notorious gangs; this time in Liverpool, with a focus on the infamous Cornerman.

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  • World-famous rapper Professor Green takes an intensely personal journey to uncover the truth behind the suicide of his father.

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  • Dale Farm in England is the largest Travellers’ site in Europe. For ten years, fifty families have illegally occupied green belt land they own, but are not supposed to live on. For ten years, the local council has been trying to evict them.

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  • Behind Closed Doors gives an extraordinary insight into the most common violent crime to take place in the home.

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  • Brutally murdered by her family in 2006, 'Banaz: An Honour Killings' tells the story of her, Banaz' sister Bekhal, and the story of the police team that didn’t give up on her case and brought her killers to justice.

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  • Gripping documentary exploring the stories of five exceptionally talented people, investigating where their amazing skills came from and finding out if they and their families can ever have normal lives.

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  • Fiona Phillips investigates the care of Alzheimer's sufferers in the UK in a special Dispatches film.

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  • Britain’s biggest serial killer was a doctor, Dr Harold Shipman. Unsuspected for many years, Dr. Shipman selected his victims from his patient list.

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  • Delving into the human stories behind the cases and exploring the debate about whether Sharia Law should receive state recognition in Britain.

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  • In this compelling new film, award winning director, Jasmin Kozowy, shines a spotlight on the untold story of the education system in Afghanistan.

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  • Stuart Robinson is a storm chaser. Now some two years since his last 'chase' Stuart is planning another adventure with his American colleague Roger Hill, arguably the world's most experienced storm chaser.

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  • The exclusive story of what happened immediately after the car crashed.

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  • Was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction a fake? This award-winning documentary explores the authenticity of the Sunflowers painting by Vincent van Gogh, bought in the late 1980s for a then record sum.

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  • The killing of a 41-year-old from London shook the foundations of China.

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  • Nobody would have guessed that Pierre- François Lacenaire would become a murderer.

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  • A film about how a civilised society treats those who are both bad and mad.

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  • Manar Maged was born with two heads. The second head protruding from her own was that of her conjoined twin whose body developed no further than a compacted thorax.

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  • Texas Teenage Virgins travels to Lubbock, Texas where teenagers are expected to take purity pledges, promising to remain virgins until they get married. But how hard is it for these teenagers to resist temptation?

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  • There is no doubt that Arthur Shawcross is a psychopath. Found guilty of killing 2 children and 11 prostitutes his tales of cannibalism have made him one of America's most notorious serial killers.

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  • Former Royal Chef Graham Newbould who was once a chef on the Royal Yacht Britannia for the Queen reveals what goes on in the kitchens of the famous House of Windsor.

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  • Twelve-year-old Christian Cunniffe has beaten up his entire family. He's set fire to his bedroom, stabbed his sister with a knitting needle and hit his mother seventeen times with a plank of wood.

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  • This exceptional film follows two young sisters in the Philippines who help former Australian police and Special Forces officers rescue underage girls from sex bars.

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  • An intelligent, moving and gripping exploration of the controversy surrounding Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), an intensive intervention used to treat autism.

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  • This fascinating documentary tells the story of Peruvian baby Milagros born with Sirenomelia or 'Mermaid's Syndrome' giving her what looked like a fish tail and many medical complications.

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  • Tia McCarthy is 7 years old and she has never eaten anything. This film follows Tia and her mother, Sue as they head to Austria to meet Dr Marguerite Dunitz-Scheer who aims to teach Tia to eat.

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  • In January 1999 two little girls, Charlene Lunnon and Lisa Hoodless, went missing. In 'The Girls Who Were Found Alive' we have a unique insight into their ordeal, straight from their own mouths.

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  • Professor Robert Hare is the undisputed oracle on the psychopathic mind. He reveals stunning new evidence behind their behaviour and suggests people should look to the brain for clues and not bad upbringing.

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  • An intimate look at the weird and wonderful subculture of doll collecting. Tapping into why these colourful characters’ lives are ultimately shaped by their obsession.

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  • Entering the lives of the uber wealthy Russians who have made London their home. From multi-millionaire wine merchants and uncompromising art-loving oligarchs to tsarist princesses and beautiful supermodels.

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  • Most teenagers row with their parents. But what happens if you leave home while you are still at school? At the tender age of sixteen, Tony left home and was forced to fend for himself.

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  • This film is about the layers upon layers of games between the sexes and ultimately about the loss of innocence.

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  • On the the 14th December 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook school massacring six adults and 20 children. Over a year, this documentary follows families of victims and survivors present at the school that day.

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