Dispatches is airing a potentially career-ending documentary on Channel 4 on Saturday – but what are some of the show’s biggest scandals?
Dispatches will air a last-minute episode on Saturday at 9pm, potentially ending the career of one British A-list celebrity. It is thought the Channel 4 documentary will highlight bad behaviour from a well-known household name.
Insiders tell The Mirror the upcoming instalment has been “years in the making” and is being “edited up to the last minute”. The source said: “It has the potential to halt the career of at least one celebrity with the contents.”
The award-winning investigative programme has exposed several showbusiness scandals over the years, here The Mirror looks back through three of its biggest entertainment exposés, from a soap scandal to a deep dive into The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime
It was only last year that Dispatches documentary Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime showed the scale of the appalling treatment and lack of care towards some guests and production staff on ITV ’s The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Death on Daytime examined the inner workings of the show, with former guests and staff speaking out to claim it was manipulative and manufactured events by riling people up backstage.
The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled in 2019 after 14 years on the air following the death of guest Steve Dymond, who took his own life after filming an episode where he failed a lie detector test that told his fiancée he had cheated, something he denied.
Celebs for Sale: The Great Charity Scandal
In 2020, Harry Redknapp and Caitlyn Jenner pocketed huge fees to plug a fake charity in a TV sting. Dispatches approached booking agents after setting up a bogus charity called Cleaning Up Plastic Pollution in Africa (CUPPA).
Agency MN2S said footie manager Redknapp would post on Instagram for £15,000 and do a photoshoot for £5,000, so the reporters paid £20,000 for both. After uploading the snaps, his lawyer said Harry “would never knowingly charge for regular charity work”.
“He agreed to payment after being informed the charity was supported by private investors,” they explained at the time. “He was paid less than the sum quoted.” MN2S also received £19,500 for a photoshoot and post with US reality star Caitlyn.
Her lawyer said at the time: “Apart from this, she has never been paid for charitable work and intended to donate the money to charities.” MN2S said charities benefit from celeb links and fees are “heavily discounted” from usual rates.
Celebs, Brands and Fake Fans
It was in 2013 that Channel 4 went against legal threats from ITV when they aired an undercover sting allegedly showing soap stars promoting bogus products on Twitter, now X. The film, titled Celebs, Brands and Fake Fans, aired in August that year.
Coronation Street actors including Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster), were among those secretly filmed receiving beauty products from a bogus cosmetics firm. They ran the risk of breaking Advertising Standards Authority guidelines by thanking the “Puttana Aziendale” brand for the gifts.
At the time, a Channel 4 spokesperson told The Mirror: “Celebrities have considerable influence on social media. But are some less than transparent when tweeting brand names with their legions of fans? Dispatches exposes the new tricks used by marketeers to plug brands, from buying fake Facebook ‘likes’ and YouTube ‘views’ to influencing social media conversations.”
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