India: Children of the Inferno

Channel 4

Unreported World

Go to About Section

Reporter Aidan Hartley and director Edward Watts travel to the town of Jharia, eastern India, whose 85,000 inhabitants live in a hell on earth.

Coalfields beneath the town burn out of control: flames burst through the floors of houses, and sulphurous smoke chokes the streets. The fires exact a terrible human price as entire homes, and the people in them, are swallowed by the inferno.

"This week's programme reveals a vision of hell where the earth is literally on fire, as vast subterranean coal fires burn out of control beneath towns and villages"
-The Observer

"It is very easy for very important stories to go missing in a country as vast, populated, diverse and bewildering as India, but the one Aidan Hartley tells in this episode illuminates one of the most crucial."
- The Guardian

First Broadcast

April 24, 2009



Producer Director

Edward Watts


Aidan Hartley

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


If you are a broadcaster who would like to buy this programme please contact Quicksilver Media for distribution details: Tel:+44 (0) 1865 596 252 

Related Productions

No items found.

Copyright 2019 | Quicksilver Media Ltd
Reg no: 5746994
Place of reg: Cardiff
Reg'd office: Beckett House, 14 Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AW

Website By Lemon & LIme