The Fifth Estate

For almost four decades, The Fifth Estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program, acquainting viewers with a dazzling parade of political leaders, shady characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy. The tradition of provocative and courageous journalism which began with Adrienne Clarkson, Warner Troyer and Peter Reilly on September 16, 1975 continues unabated with our current team of Bob McKeown, Gillian Findlay, Mark Kelley and Habiba Nosheen.

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Episodes

The Fifth Estate Made in Bangladesh Classroom Favourites

As Canadians, a lot of our clothes bear the label "Made in Bangladesh." But before the deadly collapse of a garment factory there in April 2013, most of us never thought about the people who make them. In Canada, the story hit close to the bone, when tags and clothing bearing the name "Joe Fresh" appeared in the rubble. Bangladesh ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:35
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/13/2014

The Fifth Estate Above Suspicion: The Shocking Case of Colonel Russell Williams

He piloted prime ministers and royalty and later commanded our country's largest air force base in Trenton, Ont. Today, Colonel Russell Williams sits segregated in a prison cell convicted of murder, sexual assault and dozens of break and enters. This unbelievable story has captured the country's attention and left people asking the same simple questions: What really happened? Who is ...
  • 2010
  • 00:41:37
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/25/2013

The Fifth Estate Diagnosis Murder: Shaken Baby Syndrome

It's a scenario as horrifying as it is heartbreaking: a frustrated parent ... a baby that just won't stop crying ... and suddenly, what were tender, cradling arms become instruments of death. At least this is how Shaken Baby Syndrome has been characterized in countless court cases in recent years. But what are the scientific foundations of this diagnosis? "Diagnosis ...
  • 2012
  • 00:41:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Stories from the River's Edge

Each year hundreds of Aboriginal students in Northern Ontario are forced to leave their families and homes to pursue something the rest of the country takes for granted — a high school education. The Fifth Estate presents an extremely up-close and personal look inside the lives of students and staff at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations High School in ...
  • 2011
  • 00:41:15
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Time Bomb: OxyContin Addiction

Since OxyContin was introduced in 1996, Canada has recorded the second-highest number of prescription opioid painkiller addictions and the world's second-highest death rate from overdoses. But how did this little pill become so big, so fast? In 1998, Canadian sales were just a few million dollars, but within 12 years they had soared to $243 million. In the U.S., yearly ...
  • 2012
  • 00:42:46
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Fall and Rise of Theo Fleury

He was a physical lightweight in a heavyweight league. Against all odds, Theo Fleury established himself as a major star in the National Hockey League. In his rookie year, he helped the Calgary Flames win the Stanley Cup and went on to rack up Hall of Fame stats. But, through it all, he was as troubled as he was talented ...
  • 2009
  • 00:41:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Life and Death in Kandahar

This winter, The Fifth Estate cameras were granted four weeks of unprecedented and exclusive access to the NATO trauma hospital at the main military base in Kandahar Province. It's one of busiest trauma hospitals in Afghanistan and it has been under Canadian command for two years. Many of the medical staff are career soldiers in Afghanistan on a six-month tour. ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:14
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Failing Jeffrey

Jeffrey Baldwin was found dead in his grandmother’s east Toronto house in 2002. Officially, he died of pneumonia, but the underlying cause was severe, prolonged malnutrition. Four months later, his grandparents were arrested and ultimately convicted of second-degree murder. Grandparents Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman had a history of child abuse, and Jeffrey was not the first child to die ...
  • 2006
  • 00:41:21
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Lost in the Struggle

Why are young men in certain neighbourhoods of Canadian cities drawn to a culture of violence? For almost a year, three young men who grew up on the rough streets of the Jane and Finch area of Toronto gave Gillian Findlay and The Fifth Estate unprecedented access to the complexities that make up their neighbourhood and their world. For these three friends ...
  • 2006
  • 00:42:22
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Top Gun: Video Gaming Obsession

On the 2008 Thanksgiving weekend, Steve and Angelika Crisp confiscated their son Brandon's Xbox. He retaliated by running away from home, and a much-publicized and unthinkable tragedy followed: his body was discovered three weeks later. Brandon's death became a national news story about much more than just another teen runaway. His disappearance and death revealed to parents a darker aspect ...
  • 2009
  • 00:41:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013