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Season 16

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  • S16E01 Caught in the Storms

    • January 9, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Chris Choi takes a look at the extreme weather conditions faced by Britain in the past month, during which many parts of the country were swamped by heavy rainfall, widespread flooding and high winds. Why do we seem unable to cope when storms hit? Chris talks to those who have been affected multiple times and speaks to experts to discover if the changing weather could affect the value and insurability of thousands of homes. Has the time come to rethink our attitude towards the weather as these supposedly rare flooding events become increasingly frequent?
  • S16E02 Is Britain Back in Business

    • January 16, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    As thousands of manufacturing jobs could return to the UK, Laura Kuenssberg looks at whether we have a sufficiently skilled workforce to make the most of this upturn.
  • S16E03 The Rise of the E-Cigarette

    • January 23, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    In just seven years E-cigarettes have grown from an obscure Chinese import to being at the centre of one of the biggest public health debates for a generation. Chris Choi looks at what is in them, why some countries have banned them while others have welcomed them as a lifesaver, and how they could be regulated in the future.
  • S16E04 To Diet or Not to Diet?

    • January 30, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Jonathan Maitland takes a look at the diet industry which is currently worth two billion pounds a year, yet ironically as a nation we just keep getting fatter. The weight loss industry is big business, but do these diets really work in the long term? As over half the nation resolves to lose weight this year, the programme looks at how we diet and what can be done to tip the scales in our favour.
  • S16E05 Who Wants to Work Forever

    • February 6, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    With the age at which the state pension becomes payable rising, many of us face a future of working for many years to come. Fiona Foster examines the scale of the pension crisis.
  • S16E06 Can We Trust the Police

    • February 13, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    To what extent has public confidence in the police been dented by a succession of damaging allegations and revelations concerning their behaviour? Fiona Foster investigates.
  • S16E07 Rise of the Working Poor

    • March 6, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    After years of austerity it seems that things may be looking up. The government says there are more people in work than ever, but does this tell the real story of life in the UK?
  • S16E08 After the Floods

    • March 20, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Tonight investigates the legacy of the wettest winter on record and hears from the communities struggling to get back to normal
  • S16E09 Truth About Immigration

    • March 27, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    More than 1.8 million immigrants have arrived in Britain since 2004 - a rate of 48 every hour. Julie Etchingham hears from both sides of the debate - are they a drain or an asset?
  • S16E10 Looking After Mum and Dad

    • April 3, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Julie Etchingham reports on the cost of care in old age, how families are increasingly looking after relatives themselves and the legislation which aims to tackle the crisis.
  • S16E11 School's Out

    • April 10, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Fiona Foster investigates the growing problem of parents taking their children out of school during term time to take advantage of cheaper holiday prices, despite the threat of fines. Recent rule changes by the Department of Education mean parents face fines, court action and even a possible jail sentence. Travel companies put up their prices during school holidays by on average 25 to 30 per cent, sometimes more. Many parents are opting to pay the fine to go on a more affordable holiday - but is the money saved worth the potential cost to their child's education?
  • S16E12 Britain's Young Drinkers

    • April 17, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    The nation's binge-drinking culture comes under the spotlight as Jonathan Maitland invites several young people to have their alcohol consumption monitored over the course of a typical night out. They then undergo a series of medical checks to determine the impact on their health - with alarming results.
  • S16E13 Man Versus Machines

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E14 What Next for the NHS

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E15 Living with Dementia

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E16 How Bad is Your Driving

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E17 The Rise of Discount Supermarkets

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E18 The Diabetes Epidemic

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E19 Rise of the Super Rats

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E20 Beating Breast Cancer

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E21 How Safe is your Beach?

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E22 Assisted Dying For and Against

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E23 Is Britain Christian?

    • July 24, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    David Cameron believes Britain is a Christian country, but these days less than half of us describe ourselves as Christian, and only 5% of us go to church on a weekly basis. In ‘Is Britain Christian?’ Tonight asks if the Prime Minister is right, and if it matters if he’s not? Should we accept that Christianity needs to take a back seat in a modern secular society, or will some communities lose more than bricks and mortar?
  • S16E24 The Truth Behind the Bargain Dog Trade

    • July 31, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Puppy business is big business. And with the pet dog population rising by half a million a year, not all come from a responsible source. Large-scale puppy breeding is a multi-million pound industry – but are the rules enforced tightly enough?
  • S16E25 Do You Let Your Kids Play Out?

    • July 8, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    The school holidays are under way and millions of youngsters are celebrating a summer of downtime, but research spanning 40 years reveals a dramatic loss of children's independence, with many parents worried about the dangers of allowing them to play outdoors. Fiona Foster investigates whether kids today really are at more risk than previous generations and finds out what is being done to give some children their freedom back
  • S16E26 Fit To Practice

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E27 The Food We Eat - Can't Cook or Won't Cook?

    • 30 minutes
    Whether it's because we don't know how, or we don't have time, fewer of us are cooking from scratch. The Tonight programme investigates.
  • S16E28 The Food We Eat - Superfoods - Fact or Fiction?

    • August 21, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    The Tonight programme investigates which 'superfoods' actually live up to their billing - can they make us healthier?
  • S16E29 The Food We Eat - Fresh vs Frozen Food

    • August 28, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    The Tonight programme investigates the fresh and frozen food supply chains to find out if quality really is being maintained.
  • S16E30 The Food We Eat - Future Foods

    • September 1, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    What will be on the menu for us by 2050? And will we even need to eat at all?
  • S16E31 The Shape of Things to Come

    • September 4, 2014
    • 30 minutes
  • S16E32 Bargain Britain

    • September 11, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    ITV Tonight: Bargain Britain In Britain we love a brilliant bargain and spend over a year of our lives seeking out the best possible deals. With wages lagging behind the rising costs of everyday life, we’re all becoming more conscious of getting the most for our money. But what’s the best route to a real bargain? Jonathan Maitland sets out to discover creative ways to get true value for money in Bargain Britain…
  • S16E33 Against the Odds

    • September 18, 2014
    • 30 minutes
  • S16E34 Backdoor Britain

    • September 25, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Britain is facing a crisis on one of its busiest borders as it is estimated that 1,500 migrants are massing in Calais, all determined to reach the UK. Ranvir Singh investigates.
  • S16E35 When Interest Rates Rise

    • October 2, 2014
    • 30 minutes
  • S16E37 Ebola Are We Prepared?

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E38 Is Britain Happy

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E39 Trouble with Numbers

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E40 Energy Bills The Cold Facts

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E41 A Fair Deal for Women

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E42 Future Transport

    • November 20, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    More than 16 million of us commute by car to work every day with the average driver spending 124 hours annually stuck in gridlock. A report by the Centre For Business and Economic Research warns that increased congestion will cost the UK economy £307 billion by 2030 - but - there’s a personal cost too. Radical new plans to get our transport systems back on track include high speed railways, super cycle highways and even driverless vehicles will start test runs in the New Year. Tonight investigates what’s wrong with our transport systems and what future travel options could be.
  • S16E43 Who Owns Britain?

    • November 27, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    With many of Britain's best loved brands now owned by foreign companies, Joel Hills investigates whether foreign investment in UK business is always good for the economy
  • S16E44 No Place to Call Home

    • 30 minutes
  • S16E45 Teenager Lives Online

    • December 4, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Social media is an integral part of many teenagers’ lives; with apps like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter allowing them to keep in touch with their friends twenty four seven. But what impact is this having on how our teenagers are feeling? How much is social media affecting their lives? Father and News Presenter Mark Austin has been investigating the online lives of teenagers, and asks is social media affecting their mental health.
  • S16E46 Europe - The People's Poll

    • December 15, 2014
    • 30 minutes
    Tonight reveals the results of one of the largest ever public opinion polls on the future of Britain in Europe.
  • S16E47 Losing Your Local?

    • December 18, 2014
    • 30 minutes
  • S16E49 Britain's Housing Crisis

    • March 5, 2015
    • 30 minutes
    With only half the number of houses needed being built, millions are being locked out of home ownership and many are now stuck in expensive rental accommodation, with few legal rights. Jonathan Maitland investigates Britain's housing shortage and asks what can be done to fix the situation
  • S16E50 Superfoods: Fact or Fiction?

    • March 19, 2015
    • 30 minutes
    The Tonight programme investigates which 'superfoods' actually live up to their billing - can they make us healthier?
  • S16E51 The Pension Revolution

    • March 26, 2015
    • 30 minutes
    This April, the biggest changes to pensions for a generation. Tonight investigates the greater prospects of wealth and the dangers lurking.