Trending documentaries

Need inspiration for which documentary to watch? See what's on BBC Select, from trending shows about the latest news stories to classic BBC documentaries about history, British royalty, nature and more. All available to stream in the US and Canada.

India: the Modi Question

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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?

Lady Killers with Lucy Worsley

Lady Killers with Lucy Worsley

Lady Killers With Lucy Worsley is the smash hit historical true-crime podcast, now appearing for the first time as a video podcast on BBC Select. Join Lucy and a team of female detectives investigating ordinary lives, and extraordinary crimes, of women from the past using a contemporary feminist perspective. This series includes Mary Surratt, accused of conspiring to assassinate a US President.

A Very Royal Crisis: Countdown to Abdication

A Very Royal Crisis: Countdown to Abdication

This is the true tale of the biggest scandal ever to engulf the British Royal Family – a  forbidden love affair which had a devastating impact. This BBC Select Original Documentary series recounts the story behind the ten days leading to Edward VIII abdicating his throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. It would change the royals, the press and British history forever.

Eden: Untamed Planet

Eden: Untamed Planet

Venture to the far corners of the planet and discover the secrets of Earth’s few remaining untouched lands. This ground-breaking BBC nature documentary, narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, journeys from the Namib Desert to Alaska, revealing places isolated from the rest of the world and protected from the most damaging effects of human interference. In these lands, life exists as nature intended.

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

In a lavish and groundbreaking way of exploring history, Dr. Ian Mortimer looks back at the time of Queen Elizabeth I and explores the lives of the rich and poor. How did the peasantry survive? How did the privileged become and then stay rich? And what changes were occurring for all? Take a journey through the Golden Age of English history with this unique Tudor history documentary.