BBCDocumentary telling the double-edged story of the grave risks we pose to our own survival in the name of progress. With rich imagery the film connects financial collapse, growing inequality and global oligarchy with the sustainability of mankind itself.
Graeme McAulayPoet Roger McGough narrates the extraordinary story of how a simple invention - the shipping container - changed the world forever and forced Britain into the modern era of globalisation.
BBC 2Travelling across three continents, Justin Rowlatt investigates the spread of Chinese influence around the planet and asks what the world will be like if China overtakes America as the world's economic superpower. In the first of two films, he embarks on a journey across Southern Africa to chart the extraordinary phenomenon of Chinese migration to Africa, and the huge influence of China on the development of the continent. While many in the West view Africa as a land of poverty, to the Chinese it is seen as an almost limitless business opportunity. From Angola to Tanzania, Justin meets the fearless Chinese entrepreneurs who have travelled thousands of miles to set up businesses.
BBC 2Justin Rowlatt crosses Brazil and the United States on an epic journey as he continues to investigate the spread of Chinese influence around the planet. In Rio, local industries, including bikini factories, are threatened by cheap Chinese imports, and in the Amazon, Justin witnesses the phenomenal impact of the Chinese hunger for resources on the indigenous people and the environment. In the US, from California to the rust belt, Justin encounters the rising undercurrent of American fury over their own decline in the face of competition from China.
BBCFor more than two years Europe has teetered on the edge of an economic precipice - one of the factors that has pushed Britain back into recession. How exactly did Europe get itself into the current financial mess? Talking to historians, economists and politicians, BBC business editor Robert Peston takes a long view of the euro.
James GilesMichael Cockerell uses archive film and interviews to uncover the world of the Treasury.
Jezza NeumannIn the United States, child poverty has reached record levels, with over 16 million children now affected. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand, and homeless shelters now have long waiting lists, as families who have known a much better life sometimes have to leave their homes with just a few days notice. This World asks three children whose families are struggling to get by to explain what life in modern America really looks like through their eyes.
ITVAre you paying more council tax than your neighbours? Last year Tonight’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis revealed how to check and challenge your council tax band; thousands succeeded, each getting a massive payout. Now it’s become a political issue with the Tories accusing the Government of hiding the fact 400,000 homes are paying too much. Tonight examines whether this stacks up, showing how to check if you're a victim and, if so, how to get your money back.
ITVIn just one year, 1.6 million Britons received the wrong tax bill from the Inland Revenue. Tonight's Jonathan Maitland meets the victims battling to get their money back and uncovers widespread chaos in the tax department
ITV, 2013Fracking has become a national debate in Britain and it’s one the Government are determined to win. With an estimated 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas lying underneath Britain, just a tenth of which could supply our energy needs for over 40 years, it is seen by many as an opportunity which is too good to miss.But what is the environmental cost?
Channel 4The true story of a gang of young drug dealers, told using surveillance footage to provide a fascinating insight into their lives.
Lixin FanLast Train Home documents how, every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as a tidal wave of migrant workers return home by train for the Chinese New Year.
More 4The Flaw attempts to explain in unprecedented depth the underlying causes of the global financial crisis
More 4A British scientist is attempting to convince farmers and the authorities to adopt his revolutionary alternative to slash-and-burn farming.
Peter Snow Dan SnowFather and son duo Peter and Dan Snow lift the lid on Britain's last taboo. We don't talk about it with our friends, and two-thirds of us keep it secret from our partner, but why are we all so secretive about what we get paid? Peter and Dan reveal who earns what in Britain, asking if the people who work the hardest get paid the most.