Here are just some of the single documentaries we have made. What ties them all together is their originality, the fact they all made a big noise and that they have since proved to be influential.
Feature-length, award-winning, exclusive story about the conman who posed as an MI5 ‘Spy’. For 10 years, Robert Freegard – really a joiner – conned a group of young people into believing they were on the run from terrorists. He stripped them of their money, identities, freedom and dignity before being seized in a joint operation between British police and the FBI. (Channel 5 + BBC International Distribution)
(aka “The President’s Scorpions”) 1 hour. The exclusive inside story of the communications battle inside the White House that would determine the survival of President Bill Clinton in the aftermath of the Monica Lewinsky revelations. This was the start of big-time political spinning and also marked the birth of the political blog as an influential force. (BBC, Discovery)
(A ‘Dispatches’ film for Channel 4). This often emulated classic investigation showed what teachers in British schools really have to put up with in the classroom, revealing a startling erosion in the attitudes and behaviour of young children. As we witness knives and guns appearing in school, a massive survey for the programme reveals just how many children are now carrying or witnessing weapons on a daily basis.
A ‘Dispatches’ film for Channel 4). This film exposed how the British government lost the plot during the BSE crisis, allowing itself to be forced into unnecessarily paying huge amounts of money to powerful abbatoir bosses to solve the problem of what to do with potentially contaminated cattle.
(A QED film for BBC1). This film generated more publicity than any previous BBC science film, as it revealed how an American professor sought to communicate with 2 pigs called Hamlet & Omelette. In Aylesbury a piglet called Streaky learned to round up sheep, and as the film probed animal ‘cognition’ we discover that pigs are smarter than any other mammal.