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Dispatches - Who Took Your Pension?

Channel 4
Dispatches lifts the lid on the pensions crisis. The programme names some of the blue-chip companies that have abandoned final salary pension schemes. It shows how widespread the problem of underperforming pensions is, and how difficult it is to get full compensation if things go wrong
Economics & Finance




Panorama - BP - In Deep Water

Two months after an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people, Panorama's Hilary Andersson tells the story of America's 'greatest environmental disaster.' Dubbed an environmental '9/11' by President Obama, the leak caused by the explosion is still releasing thousands of barrels of crude oil a day into the waters of the Gulf - livelihoods and ecosystems are threatened, fishermen are unable to work and billions have been wiped off the value of BP shares. Panorama examines the full consequences of the disaster amid a mounting war of words between the Obama adminstration and an embattled BP, asking what went wrong and who is really to blame.
Economics & Finance

Panorama - The Truth About Tax

BBC 1
Aggressive tax avoidance was branded "morally repugnant" by the chancellor in the last budget. But what does he mean? Panorama investigates how some of the UK's most famous companies have been using a tax haven at the heart of Europe to save millions in tax.
Economics & Finance



Storyville - Power, Money, Greed & Oil

Rachel Boynton
An epic venture into capitalism at the beginning of the 21st century. Made over five years, this documentary is a comprehensive insider account of a modern-day gold rush as Dallas-based Kosmos Energy race ahead to develop the first commercial oil field in Ghana's history, in the deep waters of the Gulf of Guinea.
Economics & Finance

Surving Progress

BBC
Documentary 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.
Economics & Finance


The Chinese Are Coming Part 01

BBC 2
Travelling 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.
Economics & Finance

The Chinese Are Coming Part 02

BBC 2
Justin 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.
Economics & Finance

The Great Euro Crash with Robert Preston

BBC
For 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.
Economics & Finance


The Men Who Made Us Spend - Episode 1

BBC
Why do we buy what we buy? Jacques Peretti investigates consumerism and the people who try and shape the public\\\'s appetites.He also reveals how consumerism is driven by an appetite for \\\'new\\\' products.
Economics & Finance




This World - America's Poor Kids

Jezza Neumann
In 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.
Economics & Finance


Tonight - Council Tax Cover Up

ITV
Are 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.
Economics & Finance

Tonight - The Taxman Cometh

ITV
In 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
Economics & Finance

Tonight: The Truth About Fracking

ITV
Fracking 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?
Economics & Finance


Traders: Millions by the Minute - Part 2

BBC
Introducing the new breed of trader - the British men and women who play the financial markets from their kitchens, sofas and bedrooms. Thanks to online trading technology, anyone with an internet connection and some cash to spare can attempt to reap the rich rewards that can come from trading.
Economics & Finance