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Season 18



  • S18E01 The Nightmare of Bad Sleep

    • January 7, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Fiona Foster investigates the troubling statistics that around a third of people in the UK struggle to get the recommended amount of sleep.
  • S18E02 Floods: Are We Ready for the Future?

    • January 14, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    This winter has seen some of the worst flooding in living memory, particularly in the north of the UK. With predictions of more rain-sodden seasons to come, Tonight examines how Britain may have to change and adapt to a far wetter world in the future. Presented by Alex Beresford.
  • S18E03 Supermarkets - The Tricks of the Trade

    • January 21, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Fiona Foster reports on how supermarkets are battling to keep the business they have from cheap discount retailers and online shopping services.
  • S18E04 Britain: Shirkers or Workers?

    • January 28, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Richard Edgar investigates why Britain's productivity lags behind that of Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden despite a recent economic revival in the country.
  • S18E05 Addicted to Your Smart Phone?

    • February 4, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Two thirds of people in the UK own a smartphone and more than half also use a tablet on a regular basis. As the appetite for gadgets shows no sign of slowing and many individuals spend hours each day staring at a screen, the time has come to ask - is Britain addicted to technology? Tonight aims to find out by challenging one tech-obsessed family to give up their devices for one week.
  • S18E06 Kids v Career - Having it All?

    • February 11, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Helen Skelton reports on her most difficult challenge yet - been a mum and maintaining her career.
  • S18E07 Behind Closed Doors: Fear and Control

    • February 18, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    A investigation into the scary rising statistic that more women are dying at the hands of their partners then ever before.
  • S18E08 Young and Obese - Confronting the Crisis?

    • February 25, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    A investigation into the youth obesity crisis in the UK.
  • S18E09 Meeting My Enemy

    • March 3, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    The episode, shot over two years, explores whether bringing a victim of crime face-to-face with the perpetrator actually works.
  • S18E10 Old and Wealthy - End of the Golden Years?

    • March 10, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Janet Street-Porter investifates concerns around the growing wealth gap between young and old.
  • S18E11 Alcohol - How Much is Too Much?

    • March 17, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Jonathan Maitland investigates just how much is too much alcohol.
  • S18E12 Europe Under Attack

    • March 24, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    A report on Tuesday morning's bombings in Brussels, the latest in what is becoming a long line of terror attacks across Europe.
  • S18E13 Migration - Is Britain Really Full?

    • March 31, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    In 2016 Britain, one of the key issues is migration. In the European referendum, it is one of the key topics been used poll after poll. The number of people coming to Britain is still rising, but what are the real facts behind the much reported pressures of immigration, and is Britain really too full? Reporter Ranvir Singh travels to London, Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester to find out.
  • S18E14 Generation Homeless

    • April 7, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Charlene White investigates whether the system is letting young homeless Britons down as she meets desperate youths sleeping on the streets or on friends' sofas, all struggling to survive. More than 80,000 young people in the UK experience homelessness each year and with cuts biting, increasing numbers are now struggling to make ends meet and losing the roofs over their heads. In the budget, the government promised over 100 million pounds to services tackling homelessness, but with plans to curb housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds from next year and other benefit changes, will more young people end up being forced onto the streets?
  • S18E15 Fraud: How Safe is Your Money?

    • April 14, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    With 750 million pounds having been stolen from our bank accounts in the past year, Jonathan Maitland investigates how it is being taken - and who is to blame.
  • S18E16 Europe - In or Out? Part 1

    • April 21, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    In the first of a two-part programme, ITV's political editor Robert Peston examines the case for staying or leaving the European Union ahead of the referendum in June. He looks at whether Britain's exit really would mean some medium term drop in prosperity as some predict, and examines whether that is a price we are prepared to pay for increased control over our laws and borders. He travels to Switzerland to see if we could embrace their version of life on the outside of the EU.
  • S18E17 Europe - In or Out? Part 2

    • April 28, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    ITV political editor Robert Peston examines the case for staying or leaving the European Union ahead of the referendum in June. In the second of two programmes, Peston examines how leaving or staying might impact security at home and how the vote could affect immigration in future. What does controlling our borders mean in a post-Brexit world - and what price are we prepared to pay for this privilege?
  • S18E18 Should I Intervene?

    • May 5, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    When faced with a situation where a split second decision must be made, would most people intervene and possibly prevent a crime, or help a stranger in need even if putting themselves at risk? Fiona Foster investigates the potential consequences of stepping in to assist others, and why many ultimately choose to walk on by and not get involved.
  • S18E19 Children of the Migrant Crisis

    • May 12, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Special programme from the Greek Islands of Lesbos and Chios, looking at the work of dedicated British volunteers helping some of Europe's most vulnerable refugees. The programme details some of the moving stories of families who have fled war-torn countries, as well as following some of the Brits caring for orphaned children whose parents perished in the journey to reach Europe.
  • S18E20 Pauline's Story Living With Ebola

    • May 19, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    At the height of the Ebola crisis, Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey volunteered to travel to Sierra Leone to help the afflicted and dying. When she returned home, her own crisis began - she had contracted the virus and in December 2014 became critically ill. In conversation with Julie Etchingham, she reveals how she has since suffered further complications - including contracting the virus a second time. She also talks about her current health and her hopes for the future, while her relatives relive their moments of fear.
  • S18E21 Fraud: How They Steal Your ID

    • June 3, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    This documentary examines the growing problem of identity theft and how organised crime has moved online as internet banking and shopping increase. Using data hacks, spam email and malware, criminal gangs are now able to steal account details, then freely trade them on the so-called dark web. They will telephone their victims, convincing them to transfer money into an account they control, or will extract personal information which allows them to take over bank or credit card accounts. The programme highlights the case of one man who has tricked the banks, traumatised his victims and stolen tens of thousands of pounds in a single day.
  • S18E22 Food Fraud: How Safe Are We?

    • June 23, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Food fraud hit the headlines three years ago when horse meat was found in some products. Aasmah Mir investigates to find out just how safe our food is now.
  • S18E23 Brexit: What Does It Mean For You?

    • July 4, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    ITV's consumer affairs editor Chris Choi examines how the vote to leave the EU will affect people's everyday lives, looking at its impact on money, property prices, holidays and bills. Chris also talks to families and businesses around the country about their futures and financial expert Martin Lewis gives tips for life beyond Brexit.
  • S18E24 Brexit: What's Your House Worth?

    • July 28, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    The EU referendum campaign brought extravagant claims on how Brexit might impact the housing market - but what's the reality?
  • S18E25 Summer Diets - Fact or Fiction?

    • August 4, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Coronation Street actress Cath Tyldesley investigates the diet industry - are quick-fix diets a sensible solution for long-term health?
  • S18E26 Secrets of Your Car Insurance

    • September 1, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Car insurance costs and premiums are on the rise again for many, despite competition and price comparison sites. Aasmah Mir investigates some of the factors driving such increases, including dodgy claims and compensation culture.
  • S18E27 Saving Britain's Savers

    • September 8, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    As interest rates drop to record lows and many bank accounts offer little in the way of returns, are savers now facing a crisis? Adam Shaw explores the impact of the rate cuts, and finds out what other options might be available for people trying to be smart with their money.
  • S18E28 Careless Killings?

    • September 15, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Murders, serious crimes and incidents involving people with mental illness seem to hit the headlines with frightening regularity. Aasmah Mir investigates whether they are being let down by a system that is not coping or caring for them properly.
  • S18E29 Suspended: Britain's Pay Scandal?

    • September 22, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Jonathan Maitland and the Tonight team investigate why hundreds of employees of public bodies every year are suspended on full pay at huge cost to the tax payer, using Freedom of Information legislation to unveil the scale of the problem.
  • S18E30 Fraud: Elderly and at Risk

    • September 29, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Tonight investigates the increasingly sophisticated methods criminals are using to target the elderly and defraud them of their savings.
  • S18E31 Trump's America - Will it Happen?

    • October 6, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Robert Moore explores why many Americans feel so angry ahead of one of the most bitterly-fought and divisive presidential campaigns in history. Voters in Ohio hold the election in the balance and tensions are running high. Trump and Clinton supporters both share their fears for the future if the other side triumphs.
  • S18E32 A&E in Meltdown?

    • October 13, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    The Tonight programme reports concerns that patient safety is being put at risk by overcrowding in our A&E departments.
  • S18E33 The Truth About Term Time Holidays

    • October 20, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Ranvir Singh investigates holidays taken during term time.
  • S18E34 Can Your Diet Defeat Diabetes?

    • October 27, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Could changes to diet could prevent or even reverse diabetes and help the NHS cut some of the £10 billion annual spend on treatment?
  • S18E35 Funerals: A Costly Undertaking?

    • November 3, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    The Tonight programme investigates rising funeral costs - and discovers how ill-prepared many of us are for the event.
  • S18E36 High-Speed Rail: Is It Worth It?

    • November 10, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    With the government set to give the go-ahead to the biggest infrastructure scheme in a generation, who will benefit from a rail project that may cost more than 56 billion pounds?
  • S18E37 Why Can't Britain Sleep?

    • November 17, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    As a new health study claims that the British are the worst sleepers in the world, Fiona Foster investigates the consequences of sleep deprivation - and finds out what can be done to ensure a good night's rest.
  • S18E38 The Truth About the Menopause

    • November 24, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Julie Etchingham speaks to women going through 'the change', their partners and families to break the silence around the menopause. With millions of women in work during their menopausal years, are workplaces doing enough to support women as they work through what can be devastating symptoms, and can new UK guidelines aimed at empowering bosses to support women going through them really help?
  • S18E39 Christmas Buyers Beware

    • December 1, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    The Christmas countdown has begun with millions of us starting our search for those special gifts. However there are an increasing number of consumer dangers out there - from online fraud to hazardous toys. Adam Shaw reports on how people can keep their money and families safe when shopping during the festive season.
  • S18E40 The Great British Pub Revolution?

    • December 8, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Jonathan Maitland discovers why the local pub could be making a comeback. Pubs contribute billions to the economy every year - yet it is estimated each week around 20 of them shut their doors forever. But with many communities now rallying to save their much-loved local, and the craft beer industry flourishing, is the pub industry having a renaissance?
  • S18E41 The Secrets of Your Christmas Dinner

    • December 15, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    Every year millions of people sit down to Christmas dinner on 25 December. It may be the event that the nation loves, but what is the true cost of bringing the family together around the table? Fiona Foster reports on what impact the big day has on our health, wealth and well-being.
  • S18E42 2016 - The Year That Changed the World

    • December 22, 2016
    • 30 minutes
    It has been dubbed the year of rebellion - a year when everything that was assumed to be the political and social norm was turned upside down. After Brexit and the shockwaves following the American election, it would be no exaggeration to describe 2016 as the year that changed the world. In this special programme, Tom Bradby explores the Brexit vote in Britain and how it revealed a deeply divided nation, uncertain of how best to proceed under the highly pressured umbrella of the European Union. In America, the election of Donald Trump signalled a rejection of the elite and for many the start of a 'golden new age' for the US. Tonight takes a look at what has happened over the last 12 months and whether the rebellions that occurred will set the tone for years to come in other countries across the globe.