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Rampaging artists, unravelling royal marriages, nude adventures and the finest dining on the planet. Here’s what you need to devour on BBC Select this week.


Rupert Murdoch Elisabeth Murdoch James Murdoch Lachlan Murdoch in formal attire

Are you a Succession fanatic? Rife with sibling rivalry, family politics and unwavering power, The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty has sparked great intrigue over the biggest media organization on the planet.

Throughout the last 50 years, one man has played an unparalleled part in transforming the global media landscape. That man is Rupert Murdoch. Bringing to you more twists and turns than even the most dramatic of soap operas, this is his remarkable story.


Reggie Yates in Hollywood Los Angeles

Hit TV shows such as Atlanta, Dear White People and Insecure are pioneering examples of how diversity is being celebrated on screen, examining race and identity. Long overdue, reverberating changes are beginning to shake up Hollywood, to depict a more accurate reflection of society following a historically whitewashed global cinema.

British actor, DJ and TV presenter Reggie Yates journeys to Los Angeles to meet with the likes of multi-award-winning actors Mahershala Ali and Terry Crews, as well as writers and showrunners Lena Waithe and Justin Simien to tackle the uncomfortable truths behind a lack of diversity on screen.


Princess Latifa Skydiving over Palm Jumeirah Dubai

An extraordinary tale delving into a sequence of events that has recaptured global attention in the last few weeks. In February 2018, Princess Latifa, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, fled to India in a quest to reach America and start a new life. But she was soon captured, taken home and silenced. For three whole years, her precise whereabouts were unbeknown. In recent weeks, her story hit the headlines once more, as further secret footage emerged from Latifa herself, detailing her situation in captivity. This remarkable documentary pieces together Latifa’s life, where apparent privilege hid a litany of repression and abuse amongst the unfathomably wealthy.


Angela Hartnett and Fred Sirieix smiling on a boat on the Venetian canal

Consider yourself a foodie? If you can’t stop watching Chef’s Table, The Great British Baking Show or Ugly Delicious, then this will be your dish. Extraordinary places to Eat is your metaphorical leading chef’s little black book, collating all those hidden gems and unassuming backstreet bistros you’ve always wanted written down. In this hunger-inducing show, top maître d’ and all-round charmer Fred Sirieux sets off on a culinary adventure like no other. He enlists the most lauded chefs in the world and travels widely to find the globe’s most mouth-watering morsels.


Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer kiss on their wedding day surrounded by members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

If you enjoyed The Crown, and were left with unanswered questions, look no further than this gripping documentary. Twenty-year-old Lady Diana Spencer responded to Prince Charles’ proposal in 1981 with laughter, after only having met him on 12 occasions. Five months later, the world bore witness to one of the most watched events in the history of global television. This is the true story of the seven days that led to one of the most talked about weddings of all time. This documentary strips away all of the noise, to reveal that perhaps the relationship was doomed before it even began.


Grayson Perry sitting at a bar wearing a patterned shirt having a conversation with the individual on his left

How do you think America looks to an outsider? Join award-winning maverick British artist Grayson Perry as he roars across the US on a rainbow-colored Harley Davidson. Meeting Americans across the racial divide, Grayson probes the nation’s deepening cultural and political fault lines. How will Perry channel the lived experience of a divided nation into one united artwork?


A marble statue of a male’s buttocks

Get ready to have a peek behind the fig leaf for this eye-opening, jaw-dropping artistic exposé. Whilst society frowns upon naked imagery, it is generally deemed acceptable to ogle at museum nudes without a second thought.

Art expert and historian Mary Beard interrogates the motives behind our desire to gawp at famous nudes from world-famous Aphrodite to Michelangelo’s David. Gleefully, Mary strips away any lofty claims to reveal the truth behind our obsession with the naked body in art.

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19th October 2021

Taboo Featuring Lionel Shriver

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4th October 2021

AI featuring Jamelle Bouie

Will robots rule the world? New York Times journalist Jamelle Bouie asks how we can guard against AI's perils to ensure we don't become enslaved by them.

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27th September 2021

The Battle for Britney: Exclusive Interview

Award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar speaks exclusively to BBC Select about the developments in Britney's court case since the documentary aired in April 2021.

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