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Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad

    Game Changer: How the UK played on during coronavirus

    Game Changer: How the UK played on during coronavirus

    From the Olympics to Euro 2020, the world’s biggest sporting events have fallen like dominoes because of coronavirus. But as the global pandemic was declared and most European countries closed their sports stadiums, the UK allowed events to carry on with hundreds of thousands of fans coming together to watch everything from Champions League football to the Cheltenham Gold Cup. File on 4 casts a forensic eye over the decisions that were made before the UK went into lockdown, speaks to those at the heart of these big events and asks whether allowing them to go ahead, enabled the virus to spread and put more lives at risk.

    Reporter: Adrian Goldberg
    Producer: Mick Tucker
    Editor: Carl Johnston

    • 36 Min.
    Coronavirus: The care homes catastrophe

    Coronavirus: The care homes catastrophe

    The awful impact of Covid-19 on the lives of care home residents and staff is now well understood. But many in the industry believe the authorities, both local and national, didn't recognise the threat of the virus on the most vulnerable elderly early enough and didn't react quickly enough to stop it spreading through their homes.
    File on 4 hears from those who say opportunities to collect and share information were missed, that vital PPE supplies weren't secured quickly enough and that a policy of discharges of untested patients into care homes was ill thought-out and badly executed. The effect this has had on residential elderly care, they say, isn't just measured in the deaths of those who went too soon, but also in the threat the virus now poses to the survival of the whole private care industry.
    With testimony from those at the front line at the very beginning of the crisis, File on 4 examines the fight to keep care home residents safe on the frontline and investigates the circumstances which led to care homes becoming one of the most significant crucibles for the virus.

    Editor; Ciaran Tracey
    Producers; Rob Cave and Helen Clifton
    Reporter; Jane Deith

    • 36 Min.
    Coronavirus: Stories from behind the mask

    Coronavirus: Stories from behind the mask

    They’re the intensive care staff we see on the TV news. In their protective equipment, we can’t see their expressions – even their own colleagues find it hard to recognise them behind their masks. We can’t read their faces, but we can hear their thoughts - as they record a series of diaries as the weeks in the grip of the virus go by.
    In these recordings for File on 4, doctors and nurses take off their masks and reveal their private emotions and professional fears. They talk from the heart, sharing how they feel about their patients and the emotional toll on them and their families. For the diarists, it’s a rare moment to stop and reflect, to mourn the losses and hold on to the glimmers of hope.

    Reporter: Jane Deith
    Producer: Paul Grant
    Editor: Carl Johnston

    • 37 Min.
    Critical Condition: Allegations of failings at Great Ormond Street

    Critical Condition: Allegations of failings at Great Ormond Street

    Great Ormond Street Hospital in London has a global reputation for providing outstanding care to children with the most complex medical conditions who need expert help.
    The hospital, known as GOSH, boasts more specialist services for children under one roof than any other and employs some of the country's leading doctors to staff them.
    The vast majority of the 43,000 children who stay at GOSH every year receive care which befits its reputation.
    But when things go wrong, is the hospital being transparent about its failings and does it do everything it can to prevent mistakes being repeated?
    When serious mistakes happen hospitals are duty-bound to launch serious incident investigations to understand what exactly happened and report them to external bodies.
    But File on 4 investigates claims that in some cases the hospital has failed to declare serious incidents despite evidence of harm.
    Reporter Michael Buchanan began investigating how the hospital deals with errors after attending the inquest of 14-year-old Amy Allan, from North Ayrshire, who died following elective back surgery.
    Michael returns to Scotland six months later to investigate how the hospital responded to Amy's death and meets other families who say they cannot get the answers they're seeking.

    Producer: Ben Robinson
    Reporter: Michael Buchanan
    Editor: Carl Johnston

    • 36 Min.
    Extreme measures: Can extremists be de-radicalised?

    Extreme measures: Can extremists be de-radicalised?

    Usman Khan was released from prison in 2018 for plotting a terror attack. He'd undertaken two de-radicalisation programmes designed to turn him away from violent extremism. Yet despite efforts to rehabilitate him, Khan launched an attack near London Bridge - killing two people. It was the first of two violent attacks involving convicted extremists in a little over two months. So just how effective are schemes designed to de-radicalise offenders? For the first time, File on 4 hears from those at the heart of these programmes - the 'intervention providers' tasked with turning offenders away from violence. Some say offenders are able to cheat the system and convince the authorities they've changed their ways. So how can these intervention providers ever know when their work has been successful? The programme hears from a serving prisoner in a maximum security jail who says convicted terrorists are "gaming" the system by pretending to comply with "de-radicalisation" courses - and he warns that non terrorist offenders are being dangerously radicalised.

    Reporter: Adrian Goldberg
    Researcher: Luke Radcliff
    Producer: Helen Clifton
    Editor: Carl Johnston

    • 37 Min.
    Taking the Rap

    Taking the Rap

    When a video of one of the UK's biggest rap stars being attacked went viral, it marked the start of a series of events that left three young people dead. They died when tensions escalated between rival gangs in Tottenham and Wood Green in the north London borough of Haringey. File on 4 has been told the events that led to their deaths were triggered by an attack on a rapper called Headie One from the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham. Tensions were escalated via social media - violent tit-for-tat attacks filmed and posted on Snapchat and You Tube. Livvy Haydock hears the stories of those at the heart of this feud and from those whose lives it has devastated.

    Reporter: Livvy Haydock
    Producer: Oliver Newlan
    Editor: Carl Johnston

    • 36 Min.

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