BBC Scotland Investigates Season 2008
S2008 E00Apr 9, 2008
Scottish Prisons in Meltdown Apr 9, 2008 With Scottish prisons straining at the seams and some of our prisons well over capacity, BBC Scotland investigates a prison service that some people are saying is in meltdown. The number of prisoners in Scottish prisons last month hit an all time high with over 8,000 people in prison.
S2008 E00Apr 2, 2008
Police Attacks: Officer Down Apr 2, 2008 BBC Scotland investigates a disturbing rise in the number of assaults on police officers - 13,000 last year alone. Reporter Sam Poling investigates cases where officers have been shot, stabbed, assaulted, beaten up and even run over while on duty - and finds many police officers feel let down by a judicial system which they think fails to fully punish their attackers. The film will for the first time investigate why Scotland is the most dangerous place in the UK to put on a police uniform.
S2008 E00Apr 4, 2008
Chemical Dealers Apr 4, 2008 Documentary investigating the sale of chemicals online from Scotland, which have been fuelling the crystal meth craze and devastating communities across America. The couple who ran the trade from Forth Valley tell Ross McWiliam that the family business was legitimate, despite US investigators decalring that 100 illegal drugs labs had all bought vital ingredients from the chemical dealers.
S2008 E00Mar 26, 2008
Corrupt Cops: The Inconvenient Truth Mar 26, 2008 BBC Scotland Investigates. What happens when the police act as judge, jury, and executioner? Mark Daly explores the astonishing story of the investigation into the death of Dunfermline man Drew Forsyth, in which police ignored witnesses, suppressed evidence, and misled prosecuting authorities in order to secure a conviction- a conviction which has since been overturned. Daly tracks down those responsible for one of Scotland's biggest miscarriages of justice in recent years.
S2008 E10Dec 16, 2008
Inside Scotland's Terror Cell Dec 16, 2008 Mark Daly tells the story of what happened when Scotland was attacked by Islamist terrorists in 2007. The film uncovers how and why militants tried to wreak havoc across the UK, from planting two car bombs in London to exploding a third at Glasgow airport, and reveals the inside story of Scotland's terror cell.
S2008 E10Jul 16, 2008
Margo MacDonald - My Right To Die Jul 16, 2008 In deeply personal conversations with the terminally ill, doctors and ethical experts, Margo MacDonald struggles to decide if the law should change and meets those desperate to die and those determined to stand in their way.
S2008 E10Jul 23, 2008
Scotland's Hidden Epidemic: The Truth About MS Jul 23, 2008 BBC reporter Elizabeth Quigley, who has lived with the incurable, debilitating disease of multiple sclerosis for eight years, goes on a journey to find out why Scotland has the highest rate of MS in the world, and why so little's been done about it.
S2008 E10Nov 19, 2008
Death on the Wards - The Truth About Scotland's Hospitals Nov 19, 2008 Using leaked documents, eye witness accounts and whistleblowers, BBC Scotland Investigates the outbreak of a superbug which claimed the lives of 18 patients at Vale of Leven Hospital. Reporter Samantha Poling also uncovers disturbing evidence which suggests a similar outbreak could happen again, at another Scottish hospital.
S2008 E10Nov 26, 2008
Ashes to Ashes: Is Champix Safe? Nov 26, 2008 BBC Scotland investigates the anti-smoking drug that is dogged by controversy. Smoking is Scotland's biggest preventable killer, and Champix could be the answer. A phenomenally successful anti-smoking drug which is getting people off cigarettes around the world, almost nine million prescriptions have been written globally.
S2008 E10Jun 4, 2008
Truth, Lies, Oil and Scotland Jun 4, 2008 This landmark film shows how the modern history of Scotland is intrinsically linked to the black gold being pumped out of the North Sea. BBC Scotland News business reporter Hayley Millar puts forward the theory that you cannot understand the last 40 years of Scotland's past, its present and its future without understanding oil. And vital to understanding oil is separating the myths from the facts and the truth from the lies that surround possibly the most important natural resource in the world.
S2008 E10Jun 27, 2008
Pills, Potions, and Patients - Scotland's NHS at 60 Jun 27, 2008 Ahead of the 60th anniversary of the NHS, BBC Scotland takes us on a journey through the remarkable,and often forgotten -history of the Scottish health service. Former patient and Prime Minister Gordon Brown joins staff, both past and present with incredible stories to tell and the BBC's Scottish health correspondent, Eleanor Bradford, reminds us why the NHS would be very different without Scotland's input and asks what the next 60 years might hold.
S2008 E10Jul 9, 2008
Buying Hope: Selling Illegal Organs Jul 9, 2008 With Scotland's organ donation programme in crisis, BBC Scotland follows one BBC researcher as she becomes Scotland's first altruistic donor, donating one of her kidneys to a complete stranger in a bid to save a life. What she uncovers on her journey is truly shocking - she discovers, and secretly films, people across the UK willing to sell their own organs, and travels to India to look at how the shortage of healthy organs in Europe is having devastating effects in developing countries.