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Need inspiration for which documentary to watch? See what's on BBC Select, from trending shows about the latest news stories to classic BBC documentaries about history, British royalty, nature and more. All available to stream in the US and Canada.

A Very Royal Crisis: Countdown to Abdication

A Very Royal Crisis: Countdown to Abdication

This is the true tale of the biggest scandal ever to engulf the British Royal Family – a  forbidden love affair which had a devastating impact. This BBC Select Original Documentary series recounts the story behind the ten days leading to Edward VIII abdicating his throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. It would change the royals, the press and British history forever.

Queens That Changed The World

Queens that changed the world

So much of history is dominated by men. But some queens wielded extraordinary power, and ruled in ways that far surpassed their male counterparts. This illuminating history documentary series looks at queens such as Victoria, Elizabeth I, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Hatshepsut. It investigates what drove these women, how they asserted their authority and what they did to stay in power.

Find out which queen you most resemble from Queens That Changed The World here.

Eden: Untamed Planet

Eden: Untamed Planet

Venture to the far corners of the planet and discover the secrets of Earth’s few remaining untouched lands. This ground-breaking BBC nature documentary, narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, journeys from the Namib Desert to Alaska, revealing places isolated from the rest of the world and protected from the most damaging effects of human interference. In these lands, life exists as nature intended.

The Abercrombie Guys: The Dark Side of Cool

This documentary deals with sexual abuse.

Allegations of exploitation and abuse have emerged at one of the biggest fashion brands in the US. Former CEO Mike Jeffries transformed Abercrombie and Fitch from a failing retail chain to a multibillion-dollar empire and the epitome of cool. Now, after months of painstaking investigation, reporter Rianna Croxford speaks to men who say they were recruited into a dark world, created to satisfy the sexual fantasies of Mike Jeffries and his British partner Matthew Smith. Silenced for years by the fear of breaking non-disclosure agreements, these men describe feeling exploited and traumatized by their experience. One high-profile American lawyer has called for prosecutors to investigate.

The TikTok Effect

TikTok Effect

What connects amateur sleuths turning up to crime scenes, anti-social behavior in schools and French riots? The answer, according to this fascinating investigative documentary, is they’re all examples of a TikTok ‘frenzy’, where harmful activity on the social media platform spills out into the real world. Users, victims and former employees discuss this concerning, potentially life-threatening phenomenon.