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.

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.

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.

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.

Citizen Quinn: Bankrupt Billionaire

Citizen Quinn

This is the story of the man who personified Ireland’s boom and subsequently, its bust. Sean Quinn was the world’s biggest single loser in the 2008 global financial collapse. This fascinating documentary looks at the man who gambled his business empire on a single investment and lost everything. Once worth an estimated $6 billion, can he somehow get his fortune back?