Undercover Asia 亚洲机密档案

Episodic Information

CNA's award-winning investigative series Undercover Asia returns for the ninth season to uncover two disturbing trends in China and the fallout from the pandemic, in unexpected quarters, in Asia and beyond.

Uncover the disturbing side of China’s ‘pet economy’ where live pets are transported like goods and pet torture videos can be customised to meet the perversions of online clients. And see how beauty loans, beauty apps and beauty bloggers are feeding an increasing addiction to invasive cosmetic surgeries in the Middle Kingdom.

In the UK, meet the East Asian communities who continue to be targets for abuse, two years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Philippines, the prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns restrict access to contraceptives for women, leading to dire consequences in a country where abortions are illegal. And go behind the closed doors of Singapore’s adult-only KTV lounges, after an outbreak of over 250 COVID-19 infections, leave clients and hostesses alike in limbo.


Awards and Accolades: 

New York Festivals: World’s Best Tv & Film 2015 -

National/International Affairs 2015 (Silver: Freedom or Death) 

Asian Television Awards 2016 -

Best Current Affairs Programme (Won:North Korean Slaves)

Best Current Affairs Programme (Highly Commended : Children of the Cybersex Dens) 

Best Current Affairs Programme (Nominee: Murder in Paradise) 

New York Festivals: World’s Best Tv & Film 2016 -

Current Affairs (Nominee:Cambodia's Sexual Predators) 

Best Direction (Nominee:Cambodia's Sexual Predators) 

Docu/Info Prog: Human Concerns (Bronze: Cambodia's Sexual Predators)

News Prog: News Doc Special (Special: Voices Under the Mango Tree)

News Prog: Best Nonfiction Series (Gold: Voices Under the Mango Tree,
Cambodia's Sexual Predators, Black Lungs ) 

Docu/Info Prog: CA (Gold: Voices Under the Mango Tree) 

Docu/Info Prog: Health/Medical Info (Silver: Black Lungs) 

Docu/Info Prog: Social Issues (Bronze: Girls for Sale) 

Docu/Info Prog: Social Issues (Silver: The Organ Bazaar) 

New York Festivals: World’s Best Tv & Film 2017 - 

National/International Affairs (Gold: North Korean Slaves) 

Best Investigative Report (Bronze: North Korean Slaves) 

Current Affairs (Bronze: North Korean Slaves) 

Current Affairs (Silver: Children of the Cybersex Dens) 

News Programme - Best News Documentray/Special (Bronze: The Man in the Yellow Shirt)

Docu/Info Prog - Environment & Ecology (Finalist: Blood Jade) 

Docu/Info Prog - Human Concerns (Silver: Kasur's Lost Children)

New York Festivals : World’s Best Tv & Film 2018 - 

News - Best Investigative Report (Silver: Drug Vigilantes)

Docu - Social Issues (Bronze: Mistress Busters) 

Docu - Social Issues (Finalist:In the Name of Honour)

News - Best News Docu/Special (Bronze: In the Name of Honour)

Docu – Social Issues (Silver:Lonely Deaths) 

The Association for International Broadcasting 2016 -

International Current Affairs (Nominee: Children of the Cybersex Den) 

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2020 - 

Docu - Social Issues (Silver: Evaporated People)

World Media Festival 2021 -

Documentaries: Economy (Gold: South Korea: Drowning in Debt)

New York Festivals TV & Films Awards 2021 -

Current Affairs [Airpocalypse] (Finalist)

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2022 - 

News: Program – Best Investigative Report (Bronze: Shipwreck Robberies)

News: Program – Best News Documentary/Special (Bronze: The Ugly Side Of Beauty)

Documentary – Human Concerns (Finalist: Make Me Taller)

World Media Festivals Television & Corporate Media Awards 2022 -

Documentaries: Environmental Protection - Gold (Undercover Asia 9 – EP1: China’s Pet Economy)

Documentaries: Human Concerns - Gold (Undercover Asia 8 – The Ugly Side Of Beauty)

2022 Asian Academy Creative Awards National Winners -

Best Current Affair Programme or Series (Undercover Asia 9 - China’s Pet Economy)

Narrator: Remesh Panicker


Episodes: 10 x 60 minutes

Languages: English

Production year: 2022