Global names documentaries

Whether revered or reviled, BBC Select takes a deep dive into some of the most significant players on the global scene. Sign up for BBC Select in the US or Canada today to watch documentaries about the likes of Murdoch, Trump, Maxwell and Musk.

The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship

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Was the much-loved teen pop icon Britney Spears really ‘overprotected’? The BBC documentary Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship aimed to find out.

Watch the BAFTA award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar seek to uncover the truth behind the battle over Britney Spears following her public breakdown in 2008 and before the news of the ending of her thirteen-year-long conservatorship.

This exclusive film includes never-before-seen interviews with Billy Brasfield, Britney’s makeup artist, her former choreographer Brian Friedman, lawyer Lisa MacCarley and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. Plus, Catherine Falk offers a personal insight as she discusses her Columbo actor father Peter, who was the subject of a conservatorship in his final years.

100 Years of BBC News

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The BBC’s news operation is revered and respected across the world. Available globally, it’s considered a trusted and impartial source of information and has been there for all the big news stories.

As part of the BBC centenary celebrations, this fascinating documentary looks back at 100 years of BBC news. See how news gathering has changed across the decades and how the BBC has covered era-defining events.

Elon Musk – Superhero or Supervillain?

Elon Musk Superhero or Supervillain

His private life, business deals and outspoken social media posts continually hit the headlines, but who is the real Elon Musk? This new Elon Musk documentary explores the life of the Tesla billionaire, space pioneer and tech entrepreneur through intimate interviews with his friends, foes and business associates.

A Life In Ten Pictures: Elizabeth Taylor

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Compelling BBC Elizabeth Taylor documentary revealing the life of the Hollywood star through ten defining photographs. From famous shots such as her Life Magazine cover and on set during the filming of Cleopatra featuring those iconic Elizabeth Taylor eyes to private snaps with friends and family.

Peek inside the life of Elizabeth Taylor through a unique lens. From her breakout to her success in the 50s and 60s and time with spouse Richard Burton, see an amazing life in pictures. With contributions from those who knew her best, secrets are revealed.

House of Maxwell

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This gripping 3-part Robert and Ghislaine Maxwell documentary series explores the rise and fall of the Maxwell family and media empire. Watch in the US with BBC Select. Coming soon to Canada.

Episode one focuses on the life of the media mogul Robert Maxwell including his business empire, scandals and the mystery surrounding his death in 1991. Episode two centres on Robert Maxwell’s family after his death with his socialite daughter Ghislaine Maxwell facing the world’s media. Episode three focuses on Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction for recruiting and grooming underage girls for her billionaire partner Jeffrey Epstein.

Featuring archive footage and accounts of business partners and friends as well as the events of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, House of Maxwell on BBC Select tells the story of one family and years of scandal.