Inside Out (2002 TV programme)

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Inside Out
BBC Inside Out logo.svg
GenreNews, current affairs
Presented byVarious
Country of originEngland
Original languageEnglish
Running time30 minutes
Original network
Original release9 September 2002 (2002-09-09) –
30 March 2020 (2020-03-30)
Related showsBBC Scotland Investigates (1993)

Inside Out is the brand name for a number of regional television programmes in England broadcast on BBC One. Each series, made by a BBC region, focuses on stories from the local area. Commissioned by BBC One controller Lorraine Heggessey, the programme began on 9 September 2002 and replaced a number of different titles previously used on BBC Two.[1]

The programme ended on 30 March 2020 and was replaced in 2022 by a new programme, We Are England, which has fewer regional editions[2] and focusses on one subject per edition with regional takes on the chosen subject.[3]


Inside Out England shows selected stories from the regional programmes and is shown across England which is hosted by Matthew Wright. But this was relaunched in 2016 as Inside Out as a weekly round up on the BBC News channel with Lukwesa Burak now presenting.


A programme was filmed in December 2009 and only shown in February 2010. A debate followed as to whether the BBC should have told the police before the programme aired. The BBC was also accused of promoting assisted suicide.[6]

In January 2013, the writer and presenter Chris Geiger investigated a self-styled spiritual healer who claimed to be able to treat cancer using a special diet. Chris Geiger, a cancer survivor himself,[7] used a hidden camera and posed as a client; again this programme provoked widespread debate.[8][9][10]

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  1. a A different region is selected each week for broadcast on the BBC News Channel.


  1. ^ "Regional current affairs move to BBC ONE - Inside Out launches on 9 September". BBC Press Office. 30 August 2002. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  2. ^ "We Are England to redraw BBC TV regions". 6 January 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  3. ^ "New BBC current affairs programme, We Are England, will be a unique platform for the voices and stories of the audience". BBC Press Office. 6 January 2022. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  4. ^ "BBC - Chris Jackson Presenter profile".
  5. ^ "BBC - Keeley Donovan to host regional BBC current affairs programme, Inside Out in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - Media Centre". BBC.
  6. ^ Blake, Heidi (22 February 2010). "BBC accused of 'incredibly zealous' campaign to promote assisted suicide". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  7. ^ "I wrote the book on surviving cancer ; Irish Examiner". Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Home of cancer claim spiritual healer attacked". Gloucestershire Echo. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Chris Geiger: I went undercover to expose cancer claims". BBC. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Spiritual healer advised 'cancer sufferer' to drink cabbage juice". The Daily Telegraph. 14 January 2013. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013.

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