Politics documentaries

Stream a range of BBC documentaries that explore global politics and that provide expert analysis and insights from those close to the story. From accounts of the 20th century's pivotal political events to biographies of modern political figures, BBC Select brings you documentaries about the politics that shape our world.

Rebellion: The Stuarts In Exile

Rebellion: The Stuarts in Exile

In 1715, James Francis Stuart, son of deposed monarch James II, launched one of British history’s most audacious rebellions. He attempted to reclaim the throne from the Hanoverian King George I. In this enthralling history documentary, Dr. Clare Jackson tells the story of The Stuarts in Exile and reveals the political, military, and cultural threat they posed to the embryonic British state.

King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy

King George & Queen Mary The Royals Who rescued the Monarchy

Elizabeth II’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, had a huge influence on the beloved British monarch. As this insightful history documentary series reveals,
George and Mary were pioneering, forward thinking royals who rescued the monarchy from potential disaster. Adored by the public, they were the epitome of regal duty, but often failed when it came to family matters.

Philippa Gregory's The Real White Queen And Her Rivals

Image of Queen Philippa the white queen

The dynastic conflict known as the War of the Roses was steeped in treason and bloodshed. Three remarkable women were at the very center of this pivotal moment in English history. Bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents an emotional portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen, Margaret Beaufort, the Red Queen and Anne Neville, wife of Richard III, one of England’s most notorious kings.

The Last Days Of Anne Boleyn

Image of Anne Boleyn

In 1536, Anne Boleyn, the wife of Henry VIII, became the first queen in Britain’s history to be executed. The brutal speed of her downfall and the astonishing nature of the charges against her – treason, adultery, even incest – make her story shocking even to this day. The truth behind her brutal death, and who was responsible, has been the subject of fiery debate across six centuries.

Ukraine: The People's Fight

Man in a gas mask carrying the Ukrainian flag

As the war between Russia and Ukraine continues to rage, filmmaker Olly Lambert spends two months on Ukraine’s southern front. Gaining unique and privileged access to a group of volunteer special forces on the frontline, he meets and lives with a range of armed forces, often under fire. He witnesses highs and lows as these new recruits prove increasingly effective in pushing back Russian forces.