BBC Select is a brand new streaming channel with critically acclaimed documentaries, many new and exclusive to the US and Canada.
How did a street kid make it all the way to the Kremlin?
Just as it was arguably The Apprentice that made President Trump, it was a TV show that sewed the seeds of President Putin. A chance viewing of a Russian spy drama inspired young Vladimir to sign up to the KGB, where he set his sights on the presidency. Interviewing his inner circle, opponents and victims, this fascinating series gets as close as we’ve ever been to this controversial figure.
BBC Select focuses on the big stories that shape our world as well as the small details that make life so interesting. Immerse yourself in award-winning programs, offering fresh perspectives and ideas from a diverse array of voices across culture, politics and ideas.
Subscribe to BBC Select for hundreds of hours of thought-provoking programs, award-winning series and critically-acclaimed titles featuring a diverse range of voices from around the world, many available in the US and Canada for the first time.
Extraordinary Places to Eat
They’re the experts who know food like no one else. These are the restaurants they love.
In Search of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo’s face is iconic. Musician Emeli Sandé uncovers the woman behind the art.
The Mystery of the Missing Princess
The staggering story of the Middle Eastern princess attempting to escape her life.
Charles & Di – The Truth Behind Their Wedding
The real story of The Crown: the seven days leading up to the marriage of Charles and Diana
Shock of The Nude
Peek behind the fig leaf to find the truth behind the nude in art.
Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners
People as property: historian David Olusoga on the untold stories of British slavery.
Fall of an Icon
Why is an iconic Nobel Peace Prize winner fighting accusations of genocide?
A Black and White Killing
A murder that shook America to its core. What’s behind alleged racist killings in the U.S.?
Putin – A Russian Spy Story
He wanted to be a Russian James Bond. His presidency reads like a spy thriller.
The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty
A story of succession. Rupert Murdoch and the sibling rivalry to inherit his empire.
Gender fluid generation: Meet the people challenging the binary.
Louis Theroux: Selling Sex
Oldest profession, new rules. Louis Theroux gets between the sheets of the sex industry.
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
We were sold technology as a Utopia. The dream failed, says Adam Curtis: the machines won.
Me and My Penis
Penises. What’s it like to have one? Lose one? Want one? Taboo-shattering TV.
Every other week, The Drop offers fresh perspectives on a culturally-relevant topic and puts it under a magnifying glass. Explore themes such as war, parenthood, beauty and A.I. with leading thinkers from across the globe and brilliant programs from the BBC and beyond.
Start the week as a rookie and end it as an expert with BBC Select’s brilliant voices. We bring together global experts and enlightened thinkers.