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Tuesday, 26 November, 2002, 19:55 GMT
Frontline Scotland
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Frontline Scotland is BBC Scotland's investigative current affairs programme broadcast on Tuesday nights.

Live and archived programmes from the current series are available here, along with details of forthcoming Frontline exclusives.

You can contact the programme directly by sending an e-mail - click here


Deepcut - The Mystery Deepens

The Frontline team returns with exclusive details of developments in the inquiry into the deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut army barracks in Surrey.

In the last series, Frontline took a detailed look into the death of 17-year-old Private James Collinson from Perth and three other soldiers who died in mysterious circumstances.

The Army said the deaths were suicide, but parents believe there has been a cover-up.

An investigation has now been launched and the body of Private Collinson is to be exhumed for a post mortem.

The programme broadcast on 1 October featured details of new forensic evidence and exclusive interviews.

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Taken For a Ride

Frontline Scotland investigates the criminals who are making big money out of car insurance.

Old fashioned car theft is on the decline and now organised crime is turning its hand to ever more sophisticated insurance scams.

The programme broadcast on 8 October at 2235 BST looks at how we are all paying the price with higher premiums.

Ross McWilliam reveals how the criminals make a fortune out of insurance companies, inventing accidents that never happened and victims who never existed.

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Danger: Men At Work

More people are killed at work in Scotland than anywhere else in Britain and some employers are getting away with it.

Frontline Scotland's Samantha Poling goes behind the scenes to reveal dangerous practices on the job.

In the programme broadcast at 2235 BST on 15 October, she asks why Scotland has the lowest prosecution rates and the softest penalties for those who break the law.

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The Perfectly Legal Scam

Frontline Scotland exposes the companies ripping you off - again and again - in perfectly legal scams.

Unscrupulous operators can set up company after company, leaving a trail of debt and distressed customers.

From fitted kitchens that fail to fit to repaired roofs that leak, Samantha Poling puts the businessmen on the spot.

The programme broadcast at 2235 BST on Tuesday, 22 October, also looks at new plans to stop the dodgy operators in their tracks.

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Robert Brown

The Case That Jack Built

Robert Brown has been in prison for 25 years for a murder he said he did not commit.

He claims senior police officer Jack Butler forced him to confess to murdering Manchester woman Annie Walsh in 1977.

Next month his case will finally come before an appeal court.

In the programme broadcast at 2235 GMT on 29 October, Ross McWilliam investigates the evidence that has lain hidden for decades.

There are allegations of police corruption and a cover-up that could now prove Brown was wrongly convicted.

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Cop Out

Frontline Scotland investigates allegations that Northern Constabulary has bungled investigations into fatal accidents and suspicious deaths in the Highlands and Islands.

Samantha Poling listens to the concerns of two families who feel that they have had to turn detective themselves to discover who was responsible for their sons' deaths.

The programme broadcast at 2235 GMT on Tuesday, 5 November asks if our most overstretched force can win back the confidence of those it serves.

Or should those living in remote parts of Scotland learn to expect less from their constabulary?

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Scots on the Rocks

Alcohol abuse is killing four times as many Scots as it did 20 years ago and costs the country 1bn a year.

It is the drinking habits of young women which are now causing the greatest concern.

In the programme broadcast at 2235 GMT on Tuesday, 12 November, Samantha Poling follows a 26-year-old woman through rehabilitation as she confronts her alcoholism.

The programme asks: Is it last orders for our carefree attitude to drinking dangerously?

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Who's Laughing Now?

Scotland's police officers have a new weapon in their armoury to crack down on drug driving.

A series of physical challenges, like walking an imaginary line, have been imported from America to catch out the growing number of drivers who are under the influence of drugs.

But critics claim the tests are just party games and not serious science.

Ross McWilliam investigates for Frontline Scotland in the programme broadcast at 2235 GMT on Tuesday, 19 November.

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Free at Last

Robert Brown served 25 years for a murder he always insisted he did not commit.

Now, thanks to a long campaign to clear his name, he is back on the outside, freed two weeks ago by the court of appeal in London.

Frontline Scotland has been with Brown since his release and in the programme broadcast at 2235 GMT on Tuesday, 26 November, looks at how life on the outside is working out for him.

Since he was freed on appeal, Brown has gone through none of the rehabilitation and learning processes in place to help long term convicts adjust to freedom.

The programme also talks to former inmates like Paddy Hill, who served 16 years as one of the Birmingham Six, about how it feels to be a victim of a miscarriage of justice.

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