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Destination Titan

It's a voyage of exploration like no other - to Titan, Saturn's largest moon and thought to resemble our own early Earth. For a small team of British scientists this would be the culmination of a lifetime's endeavour - the flight alone, some 2 billion miles, would take a full seven years. This is the story of the space probe they built, the sacrifices they made and their hopes for the landing.

Did Darwin Kill God?

There are some who believe that Darwin\'s theory of evolution has weakened religion, fuelled in part by Richard Dawkins\' publishing phenomenon The God Delusion. Conor Cunningham argues that nothing could be further from the truth.

Disco at the BBC

A footstomping return to the BBC vaults of Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Later with Jools as the programme spins itself to a time when disco ruled the floor, the airwaves and our minds.

Dispatches - Britain\'s Bankers: Still Cashing In

Jane Moore
Britain\'s top bankers helped bring the economy to the brink of ruin; their gambling triggered thousands of job losses and exposed taxpayers to over a trillion pounds of possible risk. In this edition of Dispatches, journalist Jane Moore investigates exactly how much these former bosses have been rewarded for these failings - and how much they are still raking in.
Business & Management%%%Economics & Finance

Dispatches - Children of Gaza

Jezza Neumann
Surrounded by the remnants of the demolished Gaza Strip and increasingly isolated by the blockade that prevents anyone from rebuilding their homes and their lives, Children of Gaza is a shocking, touching and uniquely intimate reflection on extraordinary courage in the face of great adversity.
Politics & Public Policy

Dispatches - Confessions of a Nurse

Channel 4
As patient numbers and pressures increase, Dispatches investigates the reality of work for nurses around the country and examines whether patient care is being compromised in NHS hospitals.
Medical Sciences

Dispatches - Crash Gordon

Channel 4
As Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has presided over the biggest recession in 75 years. Rawnsley examines the key moments, showing how Brown as Prime Minister inherited the economic problems of his own 10 years as chancellor.
Economics & Finance%%%Politics & Public Policy

Dispatches - Hunted

Channel 4
On the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia is officially welcoming gay athletes and spectators. But in a country where it's thought only 1% of gay people dare to live completely openly, it appears to be a hollow gesture.
Politics & Public Policy

Dispatches - Ready for a Riot

Channel 4
Dispatches asks why, if the vast majority of protests pass off peacefully, police training still focuses on the worst-case scenario of riots and petrol bombs, and hears from critics of the current training who argue it is out of step with 21st century protest.
Politics & Public Policy

Dispatches - Syria Across the Lines

Olly Lambert
Award-winning documentary maker Olly Lambert has spent weeks living deep inside Syrian territory - with both government and opposition supporters - to explore how the two-year-old conflict is tearing communities apart.
Politics & Public Policy

Dispatches - Terror in Mumbai

Channel Four
The untold story of 2008's terrorist attack, in the words of its victims and the gunmen. The programme contains graphic images and descriptions of the atrocity which may upset some viewers. Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Dan Reed, Terror in Mumbai tells the story of what happened.
Politics & Public Policy

Dispatches - The Children Left Behind

Channel 4
With up to 300,000 young people leaving secondary schools in England each year with less than five GCSEs, Dispatches investigates whether the size, design and organisation of comprehensive schools is a key factor in how pupils fare.
Politics & Public Policy