Next Episode of On Assignment is
Season 5 / Episode 2 and airs on 21 May 2018 22:15
On Assignment presents in-depth reports from around the world and the stories behind the headlines. Fronted by Rageh Omaar, ITV News's award-winning team of specialist journalist contribute to the programme.
Rageh Omaar presents the current affairs series featuring in-depth reports from around the world. Alok Jha visits the forests and parks of Wyoming to explore the science behind the many wild fires that have raged across the western United States this past summer. Julie Etchingham returns to the city of Mostar, twenty years after reporting from there during the Bosnian war, to discover how the city has tried to heal the ethnic divisions brought to the fore by the conflict. Emma Murphy investigates Moldova to see the central role that the country's wine is playing in a complex geo-political game between Russia and the West.
Rageh Omaar presents the current affairs series. John Ray revisits Sierra Leone, three months after torrential rains triggered a devastating mudslide that claimed over 1,000 lives. John Irvine investigates a local controversy surrounding India's famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal. Critics believe the row has become emblematic of growing Hindu nationalism encouraged by the government to the detriment of Muslims in India. Debi Edward meets the Mongolians conquering Japan's most traditional sport - sumo.
Three months ago, the British Virgin Islands were devastated when Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean. Penny Marshall was one of the first journalists to report from the archipelago, and she returns to see how the islanders are trying to rebuild their wrecked communities and vital tourist industry. Joel Hills is given rare access to Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit in Seattle, to ask who is responsible for preventing cyber-attacks and to explore the issue of state-sponsored hacking. Rageh Omaar travels to his family's home country, Somaliland, which could become the first state in Africa to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation.
This time, John Ray explores the sensitive issue of post-apartheid land redistribution in South Africa, which has sparked an outpouring of hope and fear. Debi Edward speaks to families torn apart during the Korean war, now desperately hoping to be reunited with their loved ones in the North. And Penny Marshall travels to rural Albania to meet the last remaining ‘sworn virgins' - women who have agreed to live their whole lives as men.
In this week's episode, Lucrezia Millarini travels to Poland, where the government is trying to tighten its already very restrictive abortion laws. Rageh Omaar is in Israel on its 70th birthday to meet conscientious objectors risking prison sentences for their refusal to serve in the Israeli army. And Nina Nannar is in Los Angeles to learn whether insects could be the next big food trend in Europe.
In this third episode, Martin Geissler is in Vice President Mike Pence's home state of Indiana to find out just who he is and why this deeply religious family man has stuck by President Trump. Meanwhile Richard Pallot is in Norway, where half of new car sales are electric, to discover what lessons we can learn in the UK. And Neil Connery bears witness to the final days of the ancient Turkish city of Hasankeyf, which is set to be flooded under 60 meters of water.
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