Lockdown Chaos: How the Government Lost Control

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An eye-opening investigation into why the UK government failed to hold back a second wave of coronavirus, leading to most of the country returning to lockdown.

In the spring the Prime Minister said he hoped life would be back to normal by Christmas, and introduced a new weapon in the battle against coronavirus - a 'world beating' £12bn test and trace system. So what went wrong?

Lockdown Chaos: How the Government Lost Control investigates the scientific advice the Prime Minister ignored, why the UK's £12bn test and trace system couldn't stop a second wave of infection, the secretive contracts given to the companies operating the system, and goes undercover inside one of the UK's largest Covid-19 testing laboratories.  

First Broadcast

November 16, 2020



Producer Director

Sarah Hey

Anna Davis

Alice McShane


Antony Barnett


Mark Summers

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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