The BBC has sparked a frenzy of speculation after unexpectedly announcing a ‘special’ edition of its investigative news series Panorama.
A new edition of the award-winning documentary series will air at 9pm on Monday October 2 – but details of the programme are being kept under wraps ahead of the broadcast.
The mysterious nature of the programme listing has set social media ablaze as people speculated about the contents of the show.
It comes just weeks after Channel 4 unexpectedly announced a special Saturday night edition of its Dispatches investigative programme, the details of which were initially kept under wraps.
Hours before broadcast, the channel revealed the programme would detail a litany of serious allegations against the comedian Russell Brand. There is no suggestion of a link between the Channel 4 and BBC programmes.
The ‘special’ edition of Panorama is airing on Monday October 2 at 9pm – and has been teased only as an ‘investigative documentary’
Channel 4 previously teased its Dispatches documentary on Russell Brand in a similar fashion. There is no suggestion the content of the programmes is linked
Channel 4’s programme was later revealed to be a hard-hitting exposé of allegations against TV presenter and comedian Russell Brand (pictured), who has vehemently denied claims that he raped or sexually assaulted women
Panorama is known for its hard-hitting exposés – but the details of investigations are usually publicised ahead of broadcast, making the upcoming show an exception.
It has been listed in TV guides and on the BBC’s website simply as an ‘investigative documentary’.
Among its best-known investigations are scoops on the Vatican allegedly silencing allegations of sexual abuse laid against Catholic priests, revelations of abuse in care homes and, more recently, a probe into conspiracy theorists operating in the UK.
The BBC said it had no comment to make on the programme when contacted by MailOnline.
Dispatches’ investigation into Russell Brand, a collaboration with The Times and The Sunday Times, was broadcast on September 16th.
Ahead of the programme’s details being detailed by The Times hours before broadcast, speculation had mounted as to the nature of the programme.
Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy had teased the programme with a tweet of a screengrab of its listing on the Channel 4 website, captioned: ‘Something’s up.’
He later deleted the tweet; sources close to the broadcaster said he was told to take it down because of the documentary’s ‘sensitive’ nature.
The 90-minute special detailed the accounts of four women who claimed to have been the victim of rape or sexual assault at the hands of the TV presenter and actor.
Staff who worked with Brand on shows across MTV and Channel 4 in the noughties claimed they acted as ‘pimps’, picking out audience members for him to have sex with after presenting shows like Big Brother’s Big Mouth.
Brand has vehemently denied the allegations, and pre-empted the broadcast of the Channel 4 programme with a video of his own in which he said came amid a ‘litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks’ on his reputation.
Since the programme aired Brand has been demonetised on YouTube and podcast platform Acast, while the BBC and Channel 4 have removed content featuring the comic from their on-demand archives as they launched investigations into allegations regarding his behaviour.
The Metropolitan Police says it has received ‘a number of allegations of sexual offences in London’ as well as elsewhere in the country related to Brand.
Days after the Dispatches investigation aired, the Met had said it received an allegation of sexual assault in Soho, central London, in 2003. No arrests have been made.
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