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On Assignment

  • Episode: 

    2 of

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 21 May 2019
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  • Time: 

    10.45pm - 11.15pm
  • Week: 

    Week 21 2019 : Sat 18 May - Fri 24 May
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On Assignment
ITV’s award-winning international current affairs series On Assignment returns with more revealing stories from around the world, fronted by Rageh Omaar.
This time, Neil Connery asks, ‘What next for the Kurds?’ As the largest stateless nation in the world comes to a crossroads. He meets female Peshmerga fighters and celebrates Newroz, the Kurdish New Year, alongside 25,000 people in the mountains. Rachel Younger visits the unique Danish community of Christiania, which prides itself on consensus and sustainability but is increasingly becoming an area of tension. And Rebecca Barry travels to Sweden to meet the people getting microchips put under their skin to use as personal ID badges or even as self-scanning credit cards. She visits an office where 10 per cent of the workforce are now chipped and asks if this is the future.
They played a defining part in helping to defeat the so-called Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria. The Kurdish community, comprising 30 million people spread across five different countries, remains the largest stateless ethnicity in the world. After years of persecution, Iraqi-Kurds now enjoy a degree of autonomy and freedom - but they’re still hoping that one day they’ll have a state to call their own. Neil Connery goes to Iraqi Kurdistan ahead of the most important celebration in their calendar, Newroz, the Kurdish New Year. He meets female Peshmerga soldiers fighting on the frontlines and hipsters who have achieved social media fame by aiming to bring perfect tailoring to Erbil. Finally, Neil heads to the mountains where hundreds of fiery beacons usher in the new year.
Christiania is one of Copenhagen's most popular tourist attractions. For nearly 50 years, it has also been one of the world's most unique social experiments. This small independent city inside Copenhagen is a communal society run by consensus, with a strong focus on sustainability and the environment. Rachel Younger visits some of the people who call Christiania home to see if the project still works. Given recent reports of tensions between police and drug gangs, she asks what the future holds for Denmark’s utopian experimental community.
Carrying credit cards, Oyster cards - even your house keys or ID - will soon become a thing of the past if bio-hackers get their way. About 4,000 people in Sweden have already been 'chipped' and some organisations say implants could be on their way to the UK. Rebecca Barry attends an ‘implant party’, where the biohacking-curious gather and the committed are then chipped with the latest flashing implant. Is this the beginning of a bright future, asks Rebecca, where chips will one day be able to diagnose and foresee health problems? Or is it a way to keep an ever-closer eye on human movements?