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Fake Britain Episode Guide

Season 1 Episode 1
Fake Goods The stories of a seven-year-old boy killed by an electric shock from a faulty power charger, and the mini motorcycles endangering the lives of children. Plus, presenter Dominic Littlewood exposes the high-street shop selling counterfeit cigarettes

Season 1 Episode 2
Fake Cash and Cards Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Economic Crime Squad burst into a credit-card forger's heavily fortified base of operations, and former Royal Mint employee Robert Matthews reveals how many fake pound coins are currently in circulation. Plus, a woman from Kent explains how she unwittingly used counterfeit notes at a casino in Las Vegas

Season 1 Episode 3
Fake Cars Dominic Littlewood investigates the cons and rackets associated with the motoring trade, including cloned vehicles that have been stolen and given new identities, and fake service histories that can be purchased online. Counterfeit tyres being sold legally in the UK are also tested on a circuit in Germany to demonstrate their potential danger

Season 1 Episode 4
Fake Medicines Dominic Littlewood reveals the extent of fake medicines, showing how easy it is to purchase drugs online and meeting victims of counterfeits. The programme follows attempts to track down the routes used to transport drugs into the UK, and analyses their contents

Season 1 Episode 5
Fake Identity Dominic Littlewood hosts the consumer show, exploring the extent to which people use false identities in the UK. The programme follows the Border Agency as it apprehends a woman travelling with a fake passport, and gains an insight into the National Document Fraud Unit, which has dealt with cases including the Lockerbie bombing

Season 2 Episode 1
Investigations into counterfeit pound coins, car cloning, and a woman whose dog had a fake pedigree certificate. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 2 Episode 2
Dominic Littlewood and the team investigate the murky world of loan sharks, expose scams surrounding the sale of fraudulent celebrity autographs and reveal how UK Border Agency teams prevent millions of pounds' worth of counterfeit goods entering the country via Felixstowe docks

Season 2 Episode 3
Fake Ransom Conmen targeting families with children on gap-year trips, the dealings of fake medicine suppliers, dangerous hair straighteners, and how deadly counterfeit chainsaws were sold to unsuspecting members of the public. Dominic Littlewood presents

Season 2 Episode 5
A private investigator works with the police and trading standards to track down one of the largest hauls of fake gold and jewellery ever discovered in the UK. Dominic Littlewood also learns how the Border Agency is stopping international forgers using air cargo to transport counterfeit IDs

Season 2 Episode 6
A raid on a house selling counterfeit fashion items, and the tracking of imitation washing detergent from China that saw the culprits imprisoned. Plus, a look at how 108 million eggs were fraudulently relabelled in Britain's biggest ever fake food scam. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 2 Episode 7
Dominic Littlewood tells the story of a 78-year-old grandmother selling bogus loans, and meets a woman who was arrested after a fraudster made withdrawals on her credit card. He also follows the story of fake car brake pads being sold in Northern Ireland, and finds out about how limo drivers are putting their passengers in danger

Season 2 Episode 8
Frauds involving fake oil-drilling parts, agricultural fuel, micro pigs and software, plus tales of bogus landlords renting occupied properties to unsuspecting tenants. Dominic Littlewood presents

Season 2 Episode 9
Revealing the amount of fake electrical cable being found in the UK. Plus, trading standards and police teams in the Midlands tackle the trade in smuggled cigarettes and art forgery expert Curtis Dowling demonstrates how conmen create fake collectibles

Season 2 Episode 10
The UK Border Agency reveals that illegal immigrants are using fake documents to work in Hampshire restaurants, and works with the police and the local authority counter-fraud team to arrest a person wrongfully receiving benefits. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 2 Episode 11
Criminals who counterfeit the euro and the impact it can have on holiday-makers. Plus, a woman whose diet pills contained a banned substance, and the fake buggy salesman who conned money out of young mothers. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 2 Episode 12
A man who lost £800,000 after falling victim to conmen, a woman who was tricked by a faith healer, and a couple whose savings were lost to bogus prize scams. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 2 Episode 13
The story of an innocent holiday-maker who was arrested after drugs were found in luggage checked in under her name on a flight to the UK. Plus, the case of a woman who booked a holiday at a ski chalet that did not exist, and a fake literary agent. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 2 Episode 14
An investigation into new equipment that could allow criminals to carry out apparently genuine transactions by faking Pin numbers and a report on workers whose lives are being put at risk by counterfeit safety equipment. Plus, the story of how a man's intended visit to his family was ruined after he was sold a forged airline ticket. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 2 Episode 15
The UK Border Agency discovers illegal immigrants using counterfeit documents to land jobs in London, and trading standards teams crack down on the growing fake champagne business. The programme also reveals how people are wrongfully acquiring blue badges to park for free in disabled spaces

Season 3 Episode 1
Dominic Littlewood hosts the consumer show, meeting the police and UK Border Agency officers who found more than they bargained for during their hunt for fake passports. Plus, the criminals who skin animals alive to copy popular footwear brands, and fraudulent landlords sub-letting council flats

Season 3 Episode 2
Dominic Littlewood joins an operation to stop the trade in fake medicines, and reveals how investigators exposed an insurance scam involving a bus crash. He also reports on an art forger whose copies of Victorian fairy paintings nearly fooled experts, as well as a conman who cost British tourists thousands of pounds

Season 3 Episode 3
Greater Manchester Police take on forgers in the city's Strangeways district, considered a hotspot for counterfeiting. Fake energy-saving plugs being sold to the elderly are found to be dangerous when tested, and there is a second report on the rogue dental technician making illegal dentures in a laundry room. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 3 Episode 4
Dominic Littlewood examines a fake DVD factory that makes £100,000 a week, Chinese counterfeit items are tested to compare them with the originals, and there is a look at an art forger who made tens of thousands of pounds by faking the paintings of famous artists

Season 3 Episode 5
Dominic Littlewood follows the investigations into more fakes and frauds, including a London-based money-counterfeiting gang that police finally manage to catch up with. He also tells the story of a conman who promised war veterans a battlefield tour, but took them for a ride by giving them nothing at all, and looks at credit card forgeries that are difficult to detect

Season 3 Episode 6
City of London police officers pursue one of the country's most audacious identity fraudsters. Plus, the fake baby carriers putting infants at risk and how aircraft safety was compromised by a fire extinguisher scam. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 3 Episode 7
Dominic Littlewood investigates a rise in fraudulent pet insurance claims, while Trading Standards officers in Brent and Harrow visit market stalls selling fake clothing. The programme also features reports on the dangers of imitation cigarettes, and how pubs and clubs across the country are selling pints that are not what they appear to be

Season 3 Episode 8
Dominic Littlewood investigates fraudulent charity collections costing legitimate organisations millions, and finds out how they operate. Plus, chip shops selling fake fish, and illegal counterfeit fireworks being sold to children

Season 3 Episode 9
How a bogus firefighter relieved shopkeepers of their cash - at gunpoint. Plus, following trading standards officers as they crack down on a dangerous counterfeit vodka that could leave consumers with more than just a headache. Dominic Littlewood presents

Season 3 Episode 10
Dominic Littlewood investigates the fake make-up that is being sold to market customers, and the benefits scrounger who faked disability to get hundreds of thousands of pounds of money. Plus, the Driving Standards Agency cracks down on the fraudsters who take driving tests for other people

Season 3 Episode 11
Dominic Littlewood and the team are given access to the country's biggest postal hub to see the huge range of fake goods entering the UK. Plus, two old-fashioned criminals who forged the works of famous street artist Banksy and the fake lonely heart who tricked pensioners out of thousands of pounds

Season 3 Episode 12
Dominic Littlewood and the team look into the world of fake ham pizza toppings when they go on patrol with Trading Standards officials to visit food outlets fooling the public. Plus, they investigate a bogus burglar alarm company that is conning pensioners out of thousands of pounds

Season 3 Episode 13
Dominic Littlewood investigates a clamping firm accused of faking fines to make money out of motorists and meets a man who tracked down the fraudster who stole his identity and £7,000

Season 3 Episode 14
A factory in China producing millions of counterfeit cigarettes, mobile phone shops in Birmingham selling potentially dangerous chargers, and the problem of fake HIV testing kits. Plus, microphones that are not only made badly, but sound even worse. Presented by Dominic Littlewood

Season 3 Episode 15
Dominic Littlewood and the team learn about the people cashing in on London 2012 by selling dangerous fake lighters. They also report on the international money raids that are keeping counterfeit euros off the streets. Last in the series

Season 4 Episode 1
Matt Allwright hosts the consumer show exploring to what extent people use counterfeit goods in the UK. In this edition, he investigates criminals who import puppies with fraudulent passports, high-tech cloners creating fake car keys, and crooked sellers flogging bogus high-end watches for thousands of pounds

Season 4 Episode 2
Matt Allwright investigates potentially deadly child car seats, a sham marriage that was stopped by the UK Border Agency and the forged £20 notes that are causing problems across the country

Season 4 Episode 3
Matt Allwright investigates more counterfeit goods across the UK, looking at how a seven-year-old's life-threatening electric shock led to the discovery of dangerous fake smartphone chargers. Plus, how copycat products are harming one of the UK's most successful companies

Season 4 Episode 4
Matt Allwright investigates the powerful laser pointers that are capable of causing blindness, and the counterfeit laptop chargers that could engender serious damage. Plus, a fraudster who used multiple identities to claim millions of pounds

Season 4 Episode 5
Matt Allwright investigates more counterfeit goods across the UK, looking at bogus teeth-whitening kits, phoney charity bags and the trade in fake Second World War memorabilia

Season 4 Episode 6
Matt Allwright investigates a confectionery con aimed at children, as well as counterfeit sunscreen that fails to protect against harmful UV rays. He also learns about a man who went to extreme lengths to fake his death by forging his own ashes

Season 4 Episode 7
Matt Allwright investigates imitation car airbags that can kill and counterfeit handbags that are costing unsuspecting buyers hundreds of pounds. Plus, the presenter finds out about the car number plates on sale that can get drivers arrested

Season 4 Episode 8
Matt Allwright investigates fake henna that can scar people's skin for life, and the problem of counterfeit top-of-the-range chefs' knives being sold to the public and restaurant owners. Plus, car servicing software on the black market that could make vehicles too dangerous to drive

Season 4 Episode 9
Matt Allwright investigates the dangerous fake dental equipment that has been found in some British surgeries, and how a group of art forgers made hundreds of thousands of pounds selling counterfeit paintings. Plus, an elaborate plot to help immigrants pass citizenship exams

Season 4 Episode 10
Matt Allwright investigates the substandard food products masquerading as premium goods, and examines counterfeit medical products that can cause diseases. Plus, a website that has provided thousands of criminals with false identities

Season 5 Episode 1
Return of the consumer show. In the first edition, Matt Allwright learns how a man has taken it upon himself to track down lethal counterfeit booze after his 23-year-old daughter was fatally poisoned by fake gin. Plus, the presenter reveals the extraordinary levels of food forgery across the UK. The next edition is on Thursday

Season 5 Episode 2
Matt Allwright investigates lorry drivers who falsify their working hours records, and finds out what effect this can have on innocent road users. The presenter also examines how bogus degrees are damaging Britain's job market, and speaks to family members who were left stranded at an airport after receiving counterfeit holiday tickets

Season 5 Episode 3
Matt Allwright meets a man who thought he had bought his dream home, only to find that the £750,000 he paid for it had been stolen by a bogus firm of solicitors. The Border Force discovers class A drugs ingeniously hidden in fake loads, and there's a report on how dangerous fake motorcycle safety wear is on sale to British consumers

Season 5 Episode 4
Matt Allwright investigates the false job references that are available for sale online. He also examines the rise in the use of fraudulent cards to purchase fuel, and meets a dog with an unerring nose for bogus tobacco

Season 5 Episode 5
Matt Allwright investigates the counterfeit computer hard drives that can cost consumers data as well as money, and the truth about fake hairdryers

Season 5 Episode 6
Matt Allwright finds out how the National Crime Agency is cracking down on suspected ID fakers, and reveals how forged autographs have fooled young Doctor Who fans. Plus, a warning about a bogus dental tool that is being sold to surgeries nationwide

Season 5 Episode 7
Investigating the increasing number of false Facebook profiles that are fast becoming a nuisance to people's lives, a look at the fake washing powder that is actually a danger to the public, and how one man nearly lost out on his inheritance as a result of a sham will. Presented by Matt Allwright

Season 5 Episode 8
Matt Allwright reveals how bogus beggars are fleecing well-intentioned members of the public, and examines the extraordinary story of the fake landfill site that had locals up in arms. Plus, a report on counterfeit car insurance

Season 5 Episode 9
Matt Allwright investigates how bogus car accessories are flooding the UK market. Plus, the story of how a counterfeit insurance document led to disaster

Season 5 Episode 10
Matt Allwright investigates fraudulent fundraising websites that steal money from those who need it most, and the bogus horse passports placing young riders in danger. Plus, a look at furniture considered a fire hazard, and how a Fake Britain investigation led to a national recall of illegal and dangerous mattresses

Season 5 Episode 11
Matt Allwright investigates the risk of counterfeit cigarettes, examining how they have been connected to a woman's death and could potentially contribute to the risk of house fires. Plus, the fake bicycles that are harming businesses and putting cyclists in danger

Season 5 Episode 12
Matt Allwright investigates the rise of counterfeit shampoos and the dangers of using them, fake scanners that have infiltrated Britain's security industry, and candles sold under non-genuine brands

Season 5 Episode 13
Matt Allwright looks at the counterfeit batteries being used in mobile phones, cameras and laptops that have given people more than they bargained for. Plus, investigating a huge haul of high-end fake cosmetics, and an insight into courier fraud

Season 5 Episode 14
Matt Allwright and the team reveal the operators using counterfeit Atol memberships to convince travellers to book with them and part with thousands of pounds. Plus, the LED lights that are a safety hazard, and there is the story of a boy who died after eating fake almond powder in a curry

Season 5 Episode 15
Matt Allwright investigates bike helmets for sale that fail safety tests, as well as counterfeit pesticides that could be heading for UK farms, and the problem of fake supermarket savings stamps

Season 5 Episode 16
Matt Allwright investigates the fake sausages that are being stacked at the stalls of some farmers' markets, and the counterfeit bike parts that are risking the safety of Britain's cyclists

Season 5 Episode 17
Matt Allwright investigates fraudulent gas meter readings, and the damaging consequences this can have for members of the public. Plus, the issues of fake cheese on takeaway pizzas, and imitation film posters

Season 5 Episode 18
Investigating the bogus alcohol blighting Britain's pubs, and the phony architects who are leaving people's renovations in ruins. Plus, lifting the lid on dodgy lamb kebabs. Presented by Matt Allwright

Season 5 Episode 19
Matt Allwright investigates fake safety marks on some of the UK's largest e-cigarette brands. Plus, the programme examines a counterfeit hair curler that is too dangerous to use, and imitation dental drills that were destined for British surgeries

Season 5 Episode 20
Matt Allwright investigates herbal slimming pills containing a banned pharmaceutical compound, and exposes a dog breeder producing pups with fake pedigrees. Plus, the imitation children's scooters scaring parents, and a look at what is really inside a counterfeit iPhone

Season 6 Episode 1
Matt Allwright presents the consumer rights show that investigates the conmen trying to get their hands on people's money by the use of fakes, forgeries and frauds, reporting on counterfeit sunglasses that could be damaging to health, puppies being trafficked into the country, and fake razor blades

Season 6 Episode 2
Matt Allwright investigates fake Frozen merchandise that left a girl scarred for life, dangerous coats and how fraudsters are trying to steal money from tax payers and charities

Season 6 Episode 3
The imitation sunglasses that could seriously harm your health and the counterfeit brake pads that could cost lives. Presented by Matt Allwright

Season 6 Episode 4
Matt Allwright investigates counterfeit personal breathalysers that could cost drivers their licences and put lives at risk. Plus, the bogus bailiffs threatening small businesses and tradesmen using fake trade association logos to rip off home owners

Season 6 Episode 5
The fake chairs that put child safety at risk, counterfeit carbon monoxide detectors that could cost lives, and one of the most sophisticated £2 coins ever seen

Season 6 Episode 6
Matt Allwright reveals how forged documents are being used to smuggle illegal food and animal products into the UK. Plus, a bogus e-mail that cost a couple nearly £100,000

Season 6 Episode 7
Matt Allwright investigates the scandal of counterfeit part-worn tyres being sold on high streets all over Britain, the fake face-mask filters putting workers lives at risk, and the dangerous kitchen gadgets that are fooling the public

Season 6 Episode 8
This edition exposes the trade in fire blankets with fraudulent safety claims and the fake tattoo inks that could be lethal. Plus, suspects running counterfeit operations at home

Season 6 Episode 9
Fluffy hot water bottles that could prove fatal, fake wood-burning stoves and dodgy ladders that could lead to disaster. Plus, the technology used to reveal counterfeit documents

Season 6 Episode 10
Matt Allwright investigates the fake clothing banks that are fleecing kind-hearted people and reports on the counterfeit identity cards that could lead to a construction site catastrophe. Last in the series

Season 7 Episode 1
Matt Allwright returns with the consumer rights show, beginning with reports on counterfeit lifesaving equipment and fake cashmere being sold online

Season 7 Episode 2
Matt Allwright presents the consumer show, investigating counterfeit mattresses being sold across the UK and fake laser pens that caused permanent damage to a child's eye

Season 7 Episode 3
The programme uncovers fake and dangerous fuses being sold on the high street, before investigating bogus online reviews that ruined one boy's Christmas

Season 7 Episode 4
Matt Allwright reports on the fake hoverboards that have caught fire in people's homes and the sophisticated silver copies of jewellery which contain no silver at all

Season 7 Episode 5
Matt Allwright reports on the bogus taxis that are putting thousands of passengers in danger. Plus, features on fake celebrity endorsements and counterfeit cameras

Season 7 Episode 6
Matt Allwright reports on a teeth-whitening businesses that ruined customers' teeth, fake headphones that could be harmful, and halogen heaters that put a woman's life in danger

Season 7 Episode 7
Matt Allwright investigates the fake sports memorabilia that cost collectors thousands, and reveals how fake debt collectors were finally brought to justice

Season 7 Episode 8
Matt Allwright investigates the fake prom dress that ruined a teenager's big day, and the counterfeit memory cards that put precious moments at risk

Season 7 Episode 9
Matt Allwright investigates hoax energy-saving schemes, reveals how a couple's marriage plans were ruined by fake concert tickets and exposes the dodgy remote control business

Season 7 Episode 10
Matt Allwright reports on the fake fairy lights that almost killed a customer and the booming trade in counterfeit jewellery. Last in the series



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