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BBC Select brings you a curated collection of three thought provoking programs and an exclusive Take on a subject that touches us all. We explore a culturally relevant theme and examine it in depth, offering you fresh perspectives on the things that matter in life, from love and war, parenthood and consumerism, to revolution and race.

Ready for your 15 minutes? In an exclusive Take,  Public Enemy rapper Chuck D weighs up the value of fame – and whether it’s even real.  She was the most famous popstar in the world in the 90s-00s, but is Britney Spears’ superstardom the reason she’s under a conservatorship? The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, investigates. From one pop culture icon to another, in David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the death of Bowie’s famous alter-ego is explored. But what does it actually mean to be famous? Extraordinary Women spotlights the megastars of film and How to Go Viral looks at how becoming famous has never been easier.

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The Drop on BBC Select brings you the thoughts of writers, filmmakers and more. This week, Chuck D wants to talk about the ‘f’ word…

How many four letter words spring to mind that begin with an F?  Leader of the seminal rap group Public Enemy Chuck D spells out the pros and cons of fame and reflects on the experience of using social media when everyone knows your name.

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Young Britney Spears smiling to camera

Featuring exclusive interviews and access to the court hearing, award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar investigates Britney Spears’ hotly debated 13 year-long conservatorship. This is a case of staggering complexity and shocking revelations with insight from those on both sides of the Britney fence. What has kept one of music’s biggest superstars constrained for so long?

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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is arguably David Bowie’s most important album. Released in 1972, it’s the record that set the mercurial musician on course to become one of the best-known pop stars on the planet. But, just as the character was set to take over the world, Ziggy was no more. Why did Bowie decide to end the life of one of his most notable creations?

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They seemed to have it all: glamour, power, wealth and adoration. Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Chiang Kai-shek – they were worshipped, loved and sometimes even feared by millions. They were pioneers who showed that a woman could be the equal of any man. This series, featuring archive interviews and dramatic re-enactments, reveals the price these women paid for their achievements.

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Recording artist in a studio

Some of the most iconic musical moments in rock’n’roll history weren’t created by those whose faces were on the record sleeves. Sidemen – and women – were guns for hire who dropped in filthy beats, mesmerizing solos or funky hooks that elevated tracks from boring B-sides to undeniable bangers. Earl Slick shines a light on the geniuses that made the likes of Prince, Bowie and the Stones look good. pieces.

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A man drawing a moustache on the Mona Lisa painting

It might not feel like you’re doing anything significant when you share that Baby Yoda sipping tea meme, but you’re part of a cultural revolution. Memes are changing the way we communicate. Why do we love them? Digital culture expert Richard Clay meets modern meme designers, Tumblr’s meme librarian, and a liberal troll, to decode how memes give us a voice, but are also being used to silence us.

Watch How to Go Viral and start your free 30-day trial on the Apple TV app or Amazon Prime Video Channels. Restrictions apply*.

Each week, we will be exploring new topics and issues with thought-provoking takes from global thinkers. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest Takes and Drops on Select More.

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20th September 2021

CULTURAL EXPLOSIONS featuring Caitlin Moran

Which is the defining cultural explosion in your life? For author and journalist Caitlin Moran It’s feminism. She explains how it' has changed the world and why it’s more fun to be a woman.

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6th September 2021

ALGORITHM featuring Elif Shafak

Why would an algorithm mistake a Turkish bestselling author for an American white supremacist? Novelist and intellectual Elif Shafak explores the dangers of social media.

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23rd August 2021

SEX featuring Louis Theroux

How would you react if a porn star whipped out her breasts? Iconic documentary maker Louis Theroux agonizes about how to handle sex on tv.

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