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 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 The 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
  • 13-14
  • 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

The Fifth Estate Out of Control

Ashley Smith was a troubled 19-year-old when she choked herself to death at Ontario's Grand Valley Institution for Women. Her death made national headlines and led to a scathing report by Canada’s federal prison ombudsman. Incarceration for Ashley began at a youth detention centre in New Brunswick. Her crime: she had tossed crabapples at a mailman. Her one-month sentence stretched ...
  • 2010
  • 00:42:46
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Strangers in a Familiar Land

Imagine that you've been transported to another world. It looks exactly like this earth, but with a few crucial differences. Everything seems more intense: noises louder, colours brighter and every sensation overwhelming. And then there's the problem with other people: you understand their language perfectly, but you can't decode what they're saying. And you can't read their facial expressions. You're ...
  • 1998
  • 00:18:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate When the Bough Breaks

Cameras were placed in the homes of three families who were seeking professional help for their young children. The Fifth Estate was also permitted to view therapy sessions where a room full of toys provided countless clues to the roots of each child's distress. The theories behind insecure attachment and relational inheritance are explained and practised, and the happy children ...
  • 1995
  • 01:14:33
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate You Bet Your Life

This one-hour program investigates the effects of VLTs — Video Lottery Terminals. Gambling is no longer considered a sin or vice; instead our provincial governments not only operate these terminals, but they also take 50% of the profits. Children are the fastest growing group of compulsive gamblers. The report highlights how the terminals affect compulsive gamblers and the larger impact ...
  • 2004
  • 00:38:37
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013