Biographical documentaries

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From world leaders including Volodymyr Zelensky to icons of pop culture like Elizabeth Taylor or billionaires such as Elon Musk, BBC Select brings you the life stories of the influential people that shaped the past and present. Stream a range of compelling biographical documentaries from the BBC and beyond with BBC Select.

Elton John: Uncensored

Elton John Interview BBC

In this world-exclusive interview, Sir Elton John sits down with Graham Norton to look back at his extraordinary, 50-year Grammy and Academy Award-winning career.

Elton shares many candid, personal and laugh-out-loud stories documenting the highs and lows of his life in music.

From addiction battles to health scares and fatherhood, the Rocket Man discusses subjects that are usually out of bounds.

A Life in Ten Pictures - Freddie Mercury

Life in Ten Pictures Freddie Mercury Documentary

Freddie Mercury of Queen was one of the most photographed men in history. But could a selection of photos uncover new truths about someone we all thought we knew? This revealing Freddie Mercury documentary looks at an extraordinary life through a unique lens of ten defining pictures, from iconic shots to private snaps. Secrets are revealed by those who were there and those who knew Freddie best.

Arthur: King of the Britons

Arthur: King of the Britons

Many legends surround the 5th century British monarch King Arthur. The Lady in the Lake, the Sword in the Stone, the Round Table, Merlin, and Lancelot and Guinevere. But what is fact and what is merely apocryphal? This edifying history documentary tries to separate the man from the myth. Was Arthur really a king? Did he even exist at all? And why are so many enduring stories linked to him?

The Real Mo Farah

The Real Mo Farah

Gold medal winning Olympian and British national treasure Sir Mo Farah reveals the shocking truth about his childhood. In this compelling documentary, he describes the journey he made from Somaliland to the UK as a young boy and discusses how he was trafficked into the country aged nine and forced into child labor. And he shares a shocking secret he has kept hidden for 30 years.

Louis Theroux Interviews... Katherine Ryan

Louis Theroux Interviews... Katherine Ryan

Since her arrival in the UK 15 years ago, Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan has become one of the country’s most outspoken performers. Her career has grown from TV appearances to writing and executive producing her own stand-up specials and performing in venues across the globe. Louis Theroux is invited to Katherine’s home for a frank, revealing conversation about her life and her comedy.