Global Affairs Documentaries

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BBC Select has a range of compelling documentaries focusing on the latest global issues and social issues that matter to us all. Stream shows from BBC News and leading documentary filmmakers and get the inside story on politics, influential world leaders, regional conflicts and more.

After Oppenheimer: The Doomsday Clock and the Nuclear Threat

After Oppenheimer: The Doomsday Clock and the Nuclear Threat

Created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Doomsday Clock warns and hopes to inspire action concerning the greatest threats to mankind. These include nuclear war, climate change and digital disinformation. This fascinating documentary looks at the history of the Doomsday Clock, the people who created it and what factors push the clock’s hands ever closer to midnight.

Life, Loss and Waiting in Ukraine

Life, Loss and Waiting in Ukraine

The Ukrainian army’s 24th brigade has been fighting Russian forces non-stop since February 2022. Only a handful of those fighting Putin’s troops have been there from the start. Mark Urban has secured unprecedented access to the brigade, meeting the drone operators on the frontline, the wives whose husbands are missing, and those being called up now to fill in behind fallen comrades.

Living Next Door to Putin

Living next door to putin

Beyond the front line in Ukraine, how is Putin’s war changing ordinary lives across Europe? From Poland to Norway, BBC reporter Katya Adler takes to the road to meet Russia’s neighbors. Along the way, she meets those heading into battle, those fighting the war from home and even a beluga whale who might be a spy. For many, old wounds have been reopened as memories of Soviet Russia are revived.

Putin Vs The West: The Next Chapter

Putin Vs The West: The Next Chapter

Award-winning filmmaker Norma Percy returns with the critically acclaimed documentary Putin vs the West which tells the inside story of the year that followed Russia’s incursion, and how it rocked the foundations of European security. Told by the leaders making the critical decisions, cracks in the global order are revealed as the resolve of Ukraine and its allies is tested like never before.

Challenging Putin: Moscow and Mutiny

Challenging Putin: Moscow and Mutiny

The mutiny in Russia during the summer of 2023 by mercenaries led by Yevgeny Prigozhin was the greatest challenge to Vladimir Putin in his two decades in power. In this fascinating documentary, Jane Corbin investigates what really happened during the failed coup. She looks at Prigozhin’s mysterious death, the consequences for Putin as elections approach, and its effect on the war in Ukraine.