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.

A Murder In Washington

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In 2016 Seth Rich, a young staffer working for the Democrats, was shot in the back in a Washington D.C. street at 4am. The authorities believed he was the victim of a robbery gone wrong. But as this fascinating documentary reveals, his death has spawned a number of conspiracy theories. Was Seth involved in the leaking of sensitive emails? Or is his death being exploited for political gain?

India: the Modi Question


BBC documentary investigating tensions between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country’s Muslim minority. Narendra Modi is the leader of the world’s largest democracy. Elected twice as India’s prime minister, he’s widely seen as the most powerful politician of his generation and considered a key ally to the US and UK. However, as this fascinating documentary series reveals, Modi has been dogged by allegations about his government’s attitude towards India’s Muslim population. But what is the truth?

Episode 1 – Modi’s Rise

This rise of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the controversies that dogged his early career. Narendra Modi is considered one of the world’s most powerful leaders. But where did he come from? This insightful documentary tracks Modi’s first steps into politics, including his association with a right-wing Hindu organisation, his rise through the ranks and his appointment as chief minister of the state of Gujarat, where his response to a series of riots in 2002 remains controversial.

Episode 2 – Modi in Power

A look at relations between Modi’s government and India’s Muslims after the 2019 election. Narendra Modi and his government reject any suggestion that their policies reflect prejudice towards Muslims. But they have been repeatedly criticised by human rights organisations such as Amnesty International. This revealing documentary examines Modi’s plans following his re-election in 2019. A series of controversial policies have been accompanied by reports of violent attacks on Muslims.

Henry VIII's Enforcer: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell

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Was Thomas Cromwell a corrupt, ambitious politician or has history unfairly maligned him?

Thomas Cromwell rose from poor beginnings to become chief minister and the power behind the throne to King Henry VIII. However, falling victim to the King’s anger, he was beheaded in 1540. His greatest triumph was usurped and destroyed. Thomas Cromwell has gone down in history as an ambitious and corrupt politician. But this BBC Thomas Cromwell documentary asks, is that fact or fiction?

The Amol Rajan Interviews: Billie Jean King

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In an exclusive interview the tennis legend opens up about her incredible life and career.

Changing the game, Billie Jean King was a record-breaking tennis player on the court and a boundary-busting social activist off it. She dominated the sport while campaigning to get female athletes treated the same as men in professional sports. Billie Jean King talks to the BBC’s Amol Rajan about her lifelong battle for equality and how she has balanced her activism with a sports career and a tumultuous personal life.

Storming the Capitol: The Inside Story

In scenes that shocked the world, the very heart of the US government was stormed by a crowd of Trump supporters on  January 6, 2021.

Robert Moore and the only news crew who filmed the rioters inside The Capitol, watched as the growing crowd of Trump supporters wreaked havoc. Moore tells the story of the terrifying day that became the defining and dramatic conclusion to President Trump’s ill-fated time in office. Watch now on BBC Select now streaming in the US and Canada.