8:00pm Monday, November 1 on C4

Every day hundreds of children are forced to leave home. Some run away, even more are thrown away: discarded and evicted by their parents. Directed by award-winning film maker Nick Read, and produced by BAFTA-winning team True Vision ( Dispatches: China’s Stolen Children, Chosen ), Dispatches follows four teenagers over six months who are struggling to fend for themselves on the streets. They’re simultaneously at risk and a risk to society, and for all four of them drugs become a way of life, a means of dealing with the stresses and challenges of life away from family and home comforts. All talk candidly and eloquently about why they take flight: family breakdowns, addiction, violence, neglect and abuse.

8:00pm Monday, October 18 on C4

How do the rich avoid paying tax and protect their fortunes? Dispatches reveals the clever devices they use. With more than 20 millionaires in the cabinet, reporter Antony Barnett examines the financial affairs of some ministers and others who have helped the coalition. George Osborne says “we’re all in this together” but are ministers and top Tories paying the same rates of tax as the rest of us? Barnett visits a number of offshore tax havens around the world still under control of Britain, including the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, to find out more about tax avoidance ploys.

9:00pm Thursday, October 7 on C4

In February, US Marines launched the biggest operation since the start of the war in Afghanistan: Operation Mushtaraq. Bravo’s Deadly Mission covers hour-by-hour the entire operation to liberate the strategically vital town of Marjah in February 2010 and contains some of the most intense fighting footage ever caught on camera. Filmed under extremely dangerous circumstances and in the toughest conditions imaginable, this Dispatches special is an extraordinary human story and an unflinching portrayal of war at first hand. Bravo’s Deadly Mission shows just how dangerous and difficult the situation in southern Afghanistan has become, and how hard it will be to turn around.

8:00pm Monday, October 4 on C4

Dispatches examines some of the people influencing, advising and working for those at the centre of the new coalition government. Political journalist Peter Oborne delves into their backgrounds, business interests and current roles with the government.

8:00pm Monday, September 27 on C4

As Britain braces itself for the severest cuts in public spending in more than 60 years, Dispatches examines the response of the trade unions and what their threats of potential mass industrial action mean for the country. Representing the interests of millions of British workers, trade unions are perceived to wield a great deal of political might. In this programme Dispatches reporter Deborah Davies investigates just how much power the unions really have to protect pay and jobs, and what the impact of industrial action might be for the public at large.

8:00pm Monday, September 20 on C4

Veteran war correspondent Sam Kiley turns his sights on the critical issue of whether the British tax payer, and British soldier, are getting value for money from the Ministry of Defence. As the MoD puts the finishing touches to the first Strategic Defence and Security Review in 12 years, Kiley uncovers a ministry barely fit for purpose while men and women are fighting and dying in Afghanistan. Britain’s �42 billion defence budget puts it in the top four in the world so why do we appear to be struggling to support just 10,000 frontline troops?

7:30pm Monday, August 30 on C4

Tonight’s Dispatches is part of a series of programmes on 4 this week, highlighting slavery and trafficking, including the three-part documentary series The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Traffickers and the drama I Am Slave . Over 15,000 overseas domestic workers come to the UK every year. Many make the sacrifice to leave their country for the UK in order to better provide for their families back home. But lobby groups and charities communicate that a worrying proportion of domestic workers have their passports taken away from them, are kept locked up and subjected to sexual, physical and psychological abuse. Dispatches investigates the plight of those overseas domestic workers who find themselves isolated and living in fear in the UK.

8:00pm Monday, August 23 on C4

Dispatches reveals the tragic consequences of first cousin marriage in Britain. The practice is most common in Britain’s Pakistani community, in which more than 50% of people marry their first cousin. The medical risks include infant mortality, birth defects, learning difficulties, blindness, hearing impairment and metabolic disorders. Reporter Tazeen Ahmad meets affected families, including one with three children with serious degenerative genetic diseases. Dispatches questions why no major national publicity campaign warns of these health risks.

8:00pm Monday, July 26 on C4

In some African churches in the UK, evangelical pastors perpetuate a strong belief in witchcraft. Often it is children who are denounced as witches by these pastors, and this labelling can lead to the physical and emotional abuse of those children at the hands of their families. In extreme cases it has led to the deaths of some children. In parts of Africa, branding a child a witch is now outlawed, but in Britain this practise is perfectly legal, despite the fact it can have horrific consequences. Dispatches goes undercover to reveal just what goes on behind closed doors in these African churches.

8:00pm Monday, July 12 on C4

Gay people in Africa are facing increased persecution in a continent where two thirds of countries retain laws against homosexuals. Award-winning filmmaker Sorious Samura investigates for Dispatches what it is like to be a gay person in Africa, discovering shocking levels of prejudice and hate, driven by governments, religious organisations and communities. Samura tracks down the victims of a recent mob attack in Kenya, speaks to gay men who have spent time in prison for their sexuality, and meets African homosexuals who are often forced into secret lives.

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