Politics documentaries

Contrary to some opinions, the world of politics is never dull. From political documentaries on Putin and Zelensky's fight for power in the East or Trump's influence in the West, BBC Select is here to help you stay informed. If you live in the US or Canada, you can enter this world of intrigue with BBC Select.

Churchill: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

Weeks after winning World War II in 1945, Winston Churchill found himself in a new battle: to be re-elected British Prime Minister.

He was confident of being rewarded for his leadership against Hitler and the Nazis. But as this BBC history documentary reveals, Churchill was humiliated and lost the general election.

Why did his countrymen turn so vehemently on their Great British Bulldog?

KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy?

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America’s most infamous supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, claim to be in the midst of a revival saying there is a surge in membership and an increase in cross burnings across the Deep South.

In this BBC documentary, which contains disturbing information, Dan Murdoch meets the leaders of the Loyal White Knights, who claim to be the largest Klan chapter.

As tensions grow and protests erupt, following a massacre of nine black worshippers in a church, the violent intentions behind the Ku Klux Klan’s ideology are laid bare.

Young Victoria

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She is now one of the most recognizable monarchs in British Royal history. But Queen Victoria’s path to the throne was by no means easy.

As this BBC royal history documentary reveals, Britain in the 1830s was on the brink of revolution. Victoria was seen as a deterrent to this, but there were those determined to grab power for themselves.

How did Victoria’s scheming mother complicate her ascent?

Putin's Russia

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For 20 years, Russia has been in his grip. The fact that we’re still asking ‘Who is Putin?’ says a great deal about the former spy who became president.

British journalist David Dimbleby finds out what Russians see in Putin. From the deputy prime minister and kids loading their guns in a patriotic youth club to the protesters who accuse him of ‘criminal thuggery,’ this Putin documentary gives a fascinating insight.

Zelensky: The Making of a President

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In just over three years, Volodymyr Zelensky has  gone from Ukraine’s best-known comedian to one of the world’s most recognizable leaders. He’s rallied his country in its fight for survival against Russia and has gained global respect and admiration.

This in-depth documentary tells the fascinating story of the Ukrainian president’s transformation. The BBC’s former Ukraine correspondent Jonah Fisher who followed Zelensky closely during his rise to power, explores one of the world’s most incredible political journeys.