The Fifth Estate

For four decades The Fifth Estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program. Hosts Bob McKeown, Gillian Findlay and Mark Kelley continue the tradition of provocative and fearless journalism which began with Adrienne Clarkson, Warner Troyer and Peter Reilly in 1975.

Each week The Fifth Estate brings in-depth investigations that matter to Canadians – delivering a dazzling parade of political leaders, controversial characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy.

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Episodes

The Fifth Estate A Death in the Family

A Death in the Family is the story of William Mullins-Johnson, his wrongful first-degree murder conviction, and how that guilty verdict shattered his family. In Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on June 27, 1993, four-year-old Valin Johnson was found dead in her bed. She had been sick overnight and her family thought she had died after choking on her vomit. Within ...
  • 2009
  • 00:41:39
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

The Fifth Estate The Confession: Inside the Interrogation of Russell Williams

Bob McKeown deconstructs the interrogation and shocking confession of Russell Williams. From his initial denial to the full declaration of guilt, The Fifth Estate deciphers one of the most compelling and distressing confessions in Canadian criminal history with the help of people who know the art of interrogation better than anyone else. For many months, The Fifth Estate has been following ...
  • 2010
  • 00:59:11
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

The Fifth Estate Bus 1170: A Greyhound Nightmare

A seemingly random decision, to take the Greyhound from B.C. to Winnipeg rather than a friend’s offer of a plane ticket, would cost 22-year-old Tim McLean his life and profoundly change the lives of those who witnessed his murder. On Greyhound 1170, Vincent Li, a diagnosed schizophrenic on his own randomly chosen bus journey, sat beside McLean and then, obeying ...
  • 2009
  • 00:41:12
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/26/2014

The Fifth Estate Rate My Hospital

What do we really know about the quality of care we get? The Fifth Estate set out on a nine-month quest to uncover data about Canadian hospitals’ performance and make it public. In this sweeping initiative, CBC based its assessment on data collected from hospitals by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), a publicly funded, non-profit organization that gathers and analyzes ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/04/2014

The Fifth Estate The Life and Death of Gloria Taylor: Assisted Suicide

Gloria Taylor, a B.C. woman stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), was the first Canadian ever to win the right to ask a doctor for help in dying. The Fifth Estate chronicles her struggle with mortality as she fights publicly to change the law over the course of what would be the last year of her life. This documentary ...
  • 2012
  • 00:42:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/04/2014

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