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.

Dynasties: The Families That Changed The World

Dynasties The Families That changed the World

Throughout history, certain names have cropped up again and again, holding onto the reins of power. Families that seem to continually reach the pinnacle of society. But how do they do it? This insightful historical documentary series delves into the inner workings of the world’s most powerful and intriguing dynasties. The scandals, powerplays, humble beginnings and dramatic downfalls are all explored.

Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad and Me

Idris Elba Mandela My Dad and Me

In 2013, acclaimed actor Idris Elba produced and released ‘Idris Elba presents mi Mandela’, an album inspired by his time researching and portraying Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This revealing biographical documentary follows Idris on his promotional tour as he reconnects with his roots while investigating his own family history.

A Life In Ten Pictures: Alexander McQueen

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Alexander McQueen rose from incredibly humble roots to become the star of the fashion world before his tragic, untimely death. Little is truly known about this publicity shy maverick. In this remarkable documentary, ten images are used to illustrate the life and personality of this unique individual. Those who knew him share their stories from his extraordinary life.

A Life In Ten Pictures: Bruce Lee

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He was a cinematic icon who introduced martial arts to the western world and became a globally recognizable figure. But few people knew the real Bruce Lee. In this acclaimed documentary series, ten images, from publicity shots to private snaps, reveals the true character of this action hero who died tragically young.

A Life In Ten Pictures: Nelson Mandela

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He was a political heavyweight, inspirational figure and global icon for the repressed and incarcerated. Nelson Mandela went from activist to political prisoner until finally becoming the leader of his nation and a states man on the world stage. But who was the real Nelson Mandela? This acclaimed biographical documentary attempts to explore the true nature of this extraordinary individual through ten images.