The Full List of 170+ British TV Shows on BBC Select

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Recently, the BBC launched a new streaming service in the US and Canada. Called BBC Select, the service focuses exclusively on factual content. Programming includes everything from history and politics to art and music, and it's perfect for those who want something British to break up all the detective shows and period dramas.

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100 Vaginas streams on BBC select

100 Vaginas – 2019 – This documentary follows Laura Dodsworth’s project to photograph 100 vulvas.

9/11: Truth, Lies, and Conspiracies – 2016 – Roughly half of all Americans believe there’s something they aren’t being told about 9/11. This documentary explores what happened, and why so many people think the full story may never come out.

A Black and White Killing – 2019 – This two-part documentary takes a look at the increasing racial tensions in America, including interviews with some of those trying to change it.

Addicted to Pleasure – 2012 – Actor Brian Cox explores the origin stories of four of the world’s most addictive substances – sugar, opium, tobacco, and whisky.

Africa & Britain: A Forgotten History – 2016 – Historian David Olusoga takes a look at the enduring and occasionally difficult relationship between Great Britain and Africa.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace – 2011 – In this series, Adam Curtis takes us on a journey through the dream of technology – and the reality.

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Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby – 2017 – Food critic Giles Coren and chef Monica Galetti take a look behind the scenes at some of the world’s most extraordinary hotels. The series includes visits to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Giraffe Manor in Kenya, Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador, and Icehotels in Sweden.

American History’s Biggest Fibs – 2019 – British historian Lucy Worsley digs deep into America’s history to find out the motives behind some of its most enduring legends.

Amish: A Secret Life – 2012 – This groundbreaking documentary sees an Old Order Amish couple who have taken the great risk of allowing cameras into their home.

A Nation Divided: The Charlie Hebdo Aftermath – 2015 – In 2015, Muslim extremists opened fire on the employees of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, angered by caricatures of Muhammad published by the magazine. Comedian Shaista Aziz visits Paris to take a closer look at the incident, a growing far right movement, and the debate over free speech.

Archaeology: A Secret History – 2013 – This series sees archaeologist Richard Miles battling heat, ticks, and leeches as he goes out in search of ancient secrets.

Ariana Grande: Live in London – 2018 – Pop star Ariana Grande performs in London and discusses the Manchester Arena Bombing.

Art of China – 2014 – Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon takes us on a journey through 3000 years of Chinese art.

Art of France – 2017 – Over the course of three episodes, Andrew Graham-Dixon walks us through the rich history of French art.

Art of Russia – 2009 – Art expert Andrew Graham-Dixon takes a closer look at Russian art and its preoccupation with icons.

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Art of Scandinavia

Art of Scandinavia – 2016 – Though it’s a region where darkness reigns for months on end, art expert Andrew Graham-Dixon discovers surprising creativity, playfulness, and eroticism in Scandinavian art.

Art of Spain – 2008 – Critic and historian Andrew Graham-Dixon goes out on the road to reveal some of Spain’s greatest artistic treasures.

Aung San Suu Kyi: The Fall of an Icon – 2020 – Though once hailed as an icon of resistance, this Nobel Prize winner has more recently faced allegations of mass murder and rape of Rohingya Muslims. This documentary takes a look at Aung San Suu Kyi and whether anyone really understood her.

Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution – 2005 – Using computer graphics, reconstructions, and interviews, this docu-series attempts to offer insight into the full scale of the atrocities that took place at Auschwitz.

The Beauty of Anatomy – 2014 – Dr. Adam Rutherford takes a look at the close relationship between art and anatomy over the years.

The Birth of Empire: The East India Company – 2014 – This documentary takes a look at how the East India Company became the world’s first multinational, as well as a massively corrupt imperial power.

Borderlands: Life on the Line – 2017 – This documentary takes a look at the individuals who spend time around the US-Mexico border – from the criminal vigilantes to the border patrol officers to the humanitarian groups trying to aid those attempting to cross.

Brainwashing Stacey – 2016 – British reporter Stacey Dooley immerses herself in anti-abortion and big game hunting groups to see if their extremist mindsets will sway her.

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Brazil with Michael Palin

Brazil with Michael Palin – 2012 – In spite of its size and population, Brazil is a destination that eluded Michael Palin for decades. In this series, he visits the country, exploring everything from the cities to the most remote areas.

Bright Lights Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities – 2014 – Art expert James Fox takes a look at the underbelly of three cities – Paris, Vienna, and New York – at important moments in their cultural histories.

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners – 2015 – This two-part series takes a look at who owned slaves in Britain, and the country’s unusual decision to compensate slave owners for “loss of property” when slavery was outlawed in 1834.

Celebs, Brands, and Fake Fans – 2013 – This undercover sting takes a look at some of the less-than-honest things marketers do to promote their clients in the new world of online influence.

Charles and Di: The Truth Behind Their Wedding – 2019 – Prince Charles proposed to Diana after just twelve meetings, and the two would walk down the aisle together just five months later. This documentary takes a look at what was really going on behind the fairy tale.

China: A New World Order – 2019 – Since Xi Jinping came to power, Communist power has increased and more dissent has been quieted. This series take a look at the causes and implications of these changes.

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China on Four Wheels

China on Four Wheels – 2012 – British journalists Anita Rani and Justin Rowlatt embark on two very different car journeys across China – one seeing the cities in luxury and style, the other travelling rural areas where life is simpler.

China: Triumph and Turmoil – 2012 – Professor Niall Ferguson talks with Chinese citizens about living in a Communist country with a capitalist economy, and looks at how a system seemingly designed to fail has endured for 2000 years.

Chopin Saved My Life – 2013 – This documentary from James Kent takes a look at how Chopin’s Ballade Number 1 has affected the lives of two young men.

Civilization: Is the West History? – 2011 – Historian Niall Ferguson takes a look at whether the West’s power is coming to an end.

Click to Change Your Life: Secrets of a Global Craze – 2019 – British reporter Ellis Flynn goes undercover to get a closer look at internet-based multi-level marketing and the sub-culture of deeply-indebted influencers who target other vulnerable women.

Confessions of a Serial Killer – 2019 – This documentary takes a look at how Samuel Little got away with murdering as many as 93 women over the course of 40 years.

Conspiracy Files: George Soros – The Billionaire Global Mastermind? – 2019 – This documentary explores how George Soros became the world’s favourite billionaire boogeyman.

Conspiracy Files: Vaccine Wars – 2019 – This documentary takes a look at how one man – the disgraced former doctor Andrew Wakefield – kicked off a dangerous anti-vax movement with his fraudulent data.

Couples on the Couch – 2019 – In a specially-constructed clinic, couples hash out their most intimate arguments and misunderstandings.

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Cuba with Simon Reeve

Cuba with Simon Reeve – 2012 – Journalist and adventurer Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find out what modern Cuba is really like.

The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler – 2012 – Why did millions support this hateful man, ultimately destroying their own country by following him? This compelling docu-series takes a look at how regular people can become devoted to a horrible person.

Design for Life – 2009 – Designer Phillippe Starck sets out to find one worthy designer in a crowd of twelve hopefuls.

Diana: 7 Days That Shook the World – 2017 – This documentary takes a look at the public reaction after Diana’s death, along with her death’s impact on the royal family.

Dictatorland – 2017 – Journalist Benjamin Zand heads for the portion of central Asia which has the highest concentration of dictators in the world.

Did Darwin Kill God? – 2009 – Theologist Conor Cunningham takes a look at the often strained relationship between science and religion.

Don’t Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years – 2015 – Swedish statistician Professor Hans Rosling uses data to show us how allowing poverty to exist is a choice, not a given.

Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population – 2013 –  Swedish statistician Professor Hans Rosling uses data to demonstrate that the population crisis isn’t what it’s been made out to be, and that human population is on track to stabilise by the end of the century.

Drowning in Plastic – 2018 – Wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin talks with scientists who are trying to get the plastic problem under control before it ruins our planet.

Eat to Live Forever with Giles Coren – 2015 – Food writer Giles Coren tries three extreme diets to figure out what’s best. Should we embrace unusual diets or accept a shorter life that includes cake?

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Ed Balls: Trump's America

Ed Balls: Trump’s America – 2016 – As a puzzled world looks on at the US, British former politician Ed Balls travels to the “MAGA heartland” to meet and listen to some of the people who love Trump.

Extraordinary Places to Eat – 2018 – Accomplished London maître d' Fred Sirieix travels to some of the world’s finest restaurants in its finest cities.

Extreme Combat: The Dancer and the Fighter – 2020 – Dancer Akram Khan takes a look at the rise of MMA and what draws people to its spectacle.

Fake News: A True History – 2019 -This documentary takes a look at the history and consequences of “alternative facts”.

Feasts – 2009 – Gastro-adventurer Stefan Gates travels the world to explore some of the most decadent and unusual food-related festivals.

The Flu That Killed 50 Million – 2018 – This documentary takes a look at the Spanish Flu and the lessons we can learn from it.

Frankenstein and the Vampire: A Dark and Stormy Night – 2014 – This documentary takes us back to an important moment in gothic history, a night where Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and a number of their contemporaries gathered to share ghost stories.

Frat Boys – 2016 – While movies portray fraternities as harmless fun, this documentary takes a look at what happens when fraternities cross the line, giving safe harbour to things like hazing, brutality, and sexual assault.

Gandhi – 2009 – Journalist Mishal Husain takes a look at Mahatma Gandhi’s complicated legacy and impact on India.

Genderquake – 2018 – This two-part series puts 11 people of differing gender identities in a house together in hopes of promoting discussion and understanding.

The Genius of Carl Faberge – 2013 – Originally made for the Russian Tsars as Easter gifts, these expensive eggs have a fascinating history. Cultural commentator Stephen Smith goes on a hunt to uncover their secrets.

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Genius of the Ancient World

Genius of the Ancient World – 2015 – Historian Bettany Hughes travels the world to study the lives and times of great philosophers like Socrates, Confucius, and Buddha.

Genius of the Modern World – 2016 – Historian Bettany Hughes looks at the world that helped shape intellectual greats like Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmung Freud, and Karl Marx.

Germany’s New Nazis – 2016 – In Germany, right-wing extremism is reaching its highest levels since the Third Reich. This documentary takes a look at what we can learn about the conditions that allow such extremist views to flourish.

Gorbachev: The Man Who Changed the World – 1996 – This documentary takes a look at how the son of a peasant family grew up to become the last leader of the Soviet Union, ushering in a new era of change and collaboration.

Grayson Perry: All Man – 2016 – Dress-wearing artist Grayson Perry takes a look at what really constitutes manhood.

Grayson Perry: Big American Road Trip – 2020 – Artist Grayson Perry travels the US to get a closer look at the increasingly deep lines between people of different races, classes, and political leanings.

Grayson Perry’s Art Club – 2020 – Throughout the lockdown, artist Grayson Perry offered artistic expression and escapism through his art club.

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Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Grayson Perry: Who Are You? – 2014 – Artist Grayson Perry explores the concept of identity in a world where we’re constantly bombarded by our own curated image of ourselves.

Greek Myths: True Stories – 2015 – Robin Lane Fox takes a look at how Greek myths have crossed over into our modern stories.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic – 2017 – JK Rowling invites us into her private archive to learn more about what inspired the enchanting world she created.

Harry Styles Live in Manchester – 2017 – Former One Direction member Harry Styles performs for a live audience.

Her Story: The Female Revolution – 2016 – This series takes a look at some of the women who bravely fight against men who’d rather they didn’t.

The High Art of the Low Countries – 2015 – Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the region that gave us Vermeer, Rembrandt, Mondrian, Magritte, and Van Gogh.

Hiroshima: The Real History – 2015 – This documentary takes a closer look at what we know about the bombing of Hiroshima and the new age it ushered in.

Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant – 2012 – Oscar-nominated Richard E. Grant gives us unprecedented access to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

House of Saud – 2018 – This documentary takes a closer look at both the wealth and the challenges faced by Saudia Arabia’s new Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

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How to Go Viral

How to Go Viral – 2019 – Digital culture expert Richard Clay meets modern meme designers and internet trolls to find out how memes influence us.

In and Out of Hell: The Meat Loaf Story – 2015 – This hour-long documentary takes a look at Meat Loaf, the world-famous musician who helped shape the power ballad as we know it.

In Louboutin’s Shoes – 2015 – For many years, Louboutin shoes were known exclusively among the fashion elite and extremely wealthy. This documentary looks at how the shoe became such a well-known status symbol.

In Search of Frida Kahlo – 2014 – This documentary heads to Mexico City to learn more about artist Frida Kahlo’s difficult life and work.

Inside the Billionaire’s Wardrobe – 2016 – Reggie Yates traces the path from animal to closet, investigating whether “sustainable killing” can clear a buyer’s conscience.

Isis: The Origins of Violence – 2017 – English historian Tom Holland explores the tensions  between Islam and the Western world, asking difficult questions about the origins of violent Islamist terrorism.

It Was 50 Years Ago Today – 2007 – Fifty years after its release, documentarian Alan G. Parker takes a look back at the Beatles’ legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

I Was Once a Beauty Queen – 2012 – Beauty contests were popular on British TV in the 1970s and 80s, but what happened to the women once it was all over?

Japan with Sue Perkins – 2019 – Comedian Sue Perkins travels Japan to immerse herself in some of their strangest cultural offerings.

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Joanna Lumley’s Japan

Joanna Lumley’s Japan – 2016 – Actress and activist Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) explores some of Japan’s biggest cities and most remote islands.

Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure – 2015 – Actress Joanna Lumley takes a 6000-mile rail trip from Hong Kong to Moscow via China and Mongolia.

The Joy of Winning – 2018 – Mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry takes a look at how you can apply game theory to your daily life to improve your odds of success.

The Killer Years – 2012 – This two-part series takes a look at the fight of F1 drivers to improve safety in their sport.

Kolkata with Sue Perkins – 2015 – Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins travels to the Indian city of Kolkata to offer up an interesting look at modern India.

Kylie’s Secret Night – 2019 – Comedian Alan Carr hosts a show in which some of Kylie Minogue’s most dedicated fans are brought together to enjoy a night with her.

Leaving Amish Paradise – 2011 – This documentary follows two Amish families as they struggle to adapt to the modern world.

Louis Theroux: A Different Brain – 2016 – Documentarian Louis Theroux takes a look at how patients and families cope with life-changing brain injuries that come with little to no outward physical signs.

Louis Theroux: Altered States – Choosing Death – 2018 – Louis Theroux looks at the growing movement urging governments to allow euthanasia for the terminally ill.

Louis Theroux: Altered States – Love Without Limits – 2018 – Louis Theroux visits Portland, the US capital of polyamory, to learn more about couples who’ve opened up their relationships.

Louis Theroux: Altered States – Take My Baby – 2018 – In this hour-long documentary, Louis heads to the open adoption state of California, where he talks with women handing over their babies to families paying tens of thousands of dollars.

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Louis Theroux: Beware of the Tiger

Louis Theroux: Beware of the Tiger – 2011 – The United States has more captive tigers than the total number of wild tigers in the rest of the world. British filmmaker Louis Theroux visits breeder and collector Joe Exotic at his Oklahoma zoo to investigate why people collect rare and dangerous animals.

Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion – 2016 – Louis Theroux spends time at King’s College in London as liver specialists try to help alcoholics who can’t seem to help themselves.

Louis Theroux: Extreme Love – Autism – 2012 – British filmmaker Louis Theroux looks at how autistic children perceive the world around them, and the impact it can have on their families.

Louis Theroux: Extreme Love – Dementia – 2012 – Filmmaker Louis Theroux visits Phoenix, dementia capital of America, to see how it affects patients and their loved ones.

Louis Theroux: LA Stories – City of Dogs – 2014 – Louis Theroux travels to LA to learn about the city’s vast dog population – from weaponised dogs in downtrodden areas to the pampered pooches of Beverly Hills.

Louis Theroux: LA Stories – Edge of Life – 2014 – Louis Theroux visits America to take a look at the country’s for-profit healthcare system and how its extremely high costs can impact end-of-life decisions for patients and their families.

Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg – 2008 – Louis Theroux takes a look at the lengths wealthy South Africans go to in order to stay safe in the often dangerous city of Johannesburg.

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Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Lagos

Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Lagos – 2010 – British filmmaker Louis Theroux spends time with some of Nigeria’s paramilitary state groups and youth gangs to help make sense of a city that can at times seem both lawless and orderly.

Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail – 2011 – The United States incarcerates an enormous percentage of its people, and it’s brought about the need for mega jails where inmates can await sentencing. Louis Theroux visits one of those facilities to meet men awaiting their day in court.

Louis Theroux: Most Hated Family in America – 2007 – In this documentary, Louis Theroux spends time with Christian extremists from the Westboro Baptist Church hate group.

Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge – 2019 – This documentary takes a look at what happens when new mothers experience postpartum psychosis.

Louis Theroux: Selling Sex – 2020 – In the era of online ordering, it’s become increasingly easy to market and sell sex. Should it be as easy as hailing an Uber? Louis Theroux examines the issue.

Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family – 2019 – Thirteen years after he first encountered them, Louis Theroux returns to the extremists of the Westboro Baptist Church to see what happens after a hate group loses its patriarch.

Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia – 2017 – Louis Theroux visits two of London’s biggest adult eating disorder clinics to find out why anorexia is so deadly and difficult to treat.

Louis Theroux: The Night in Question – 2019 – Louis Theroux visits American universities to meet students whose universities have found them guilty of sexual assault under stricter new policies.

Louis Theroux: The Return of America’s Most Hated Family – 2011 – A few years after his initial visit with the Westboro Baptist hate group, Louis Theroux returned to the US to accompany the Phelps family as they travelled the country.

Louis Theroux: The Ultra Zionists – 2011 – British documentarian Louis Theroux travels to Israel’s West Bank to meet the extreme Jewish nationalists who consider it their obligation to populate its most contested and sensitive areas.

Louis Theroux: Under the Knife – 2007 – Filmmaker Louis Theroux travels to Beverly Hills, meeting some of its plastic surgery-obsessed residents and joining them on consultations as they attempt to stay eternally youthful.

Mad Dog: Inside the Secret World of Muammar Gaddafi – 2014 – This documentary takes a look at the evil reign of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi – from his billion dollar weekly oil income to the torture and murder he used to silence his opposition.

The Making of Merkel – 2013 – Andrew Marr takes a look back at Angela Merkel’s life and rise to power in Germany.

The Man Who Shot Vietnam – 2016 – Welsh photographer Philip Jones risked his life to bring the world incredible images of the Vietnam War’s victims. This documentary takes a look at the man and humanitarian behind the camera.

Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook – 2012 – In 2012, British reporter Emily Maitlis was given exclusive access to Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives at Facebook. She tackles the question of how a company can grow while also keeping both investors and users happy.

Meet the Young Americans – 2014 – British investigative journalist Stacey Dooley travels to the US to find out more about the challenges facing young Americans today.

Me, My Selfie, and I – 2019 – Many of us have more images of ourselves in our phones than we have from our entire childhoods. This documentary takes a look at whether selfies are a modern phenomenon, and how they impact our well-being.

Me and My Penis – 2020 – This show marked the first time an erect penis was seen on UK television, and it follows artist and sex activist Ajamu as he explores the relationship between men and one of their most beloved parts.

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The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

The Mekong River with Sue Perkins – 2014 – British presenter and comedienne Sue Perkins  travels along the Mekong River, telling the story of this important river and the people who rely on it.

Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President – 2017 – This documentary looks at the Trump family’s immigrant history.

Million Dollar Wedding Planner – 2019 – This documentary follows wedding planner Lelian Chew to learn more about the increasingly lavish weddings thrown by Asia’s new billionaire class.

Murder 24/7: True Crime/Real Time – 2020 – This docu-series follows the team of experts who work non-stop to solve violent and deadly crimes.

The Murder Detectives –  2015 – This three-part documentary follows a real-life murder case from the initial call through the arrest and process of building a case.

Muslim Beauty Pageants and Me – 2015 – Dina Torkia is Britain’s top Muslim fashion blogger, and this documentary sees her heading to Indonesia as a finalist in the World Muslimah pageant.

Mystery of the Missing Princess – 2018 – In 2018, Princess Latifa of Dubai fled to India, hoping to escape her life. Unfortunately, she was captured, and it wasn’t long before a video detailing her repression and abuse was released. She’d arranged for it to be released if her escape failed.

Obsessed with My Body – 2016 – This series explores the increasing body pressures on men and the rise in male eating disorders.

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One Deadly Weekend in America: A Killing at the Carwash

One Deadly Weekend in America: A Killing at the Carwash – 2017 – In May 2015, an autistic teenager was murdered for wearing the wrong colour of shoes. Through his story, we get a look at what life is like in LA’s gangland.

The Plastic Surgery Capital of the World – 2018 – With 60% of Korean women in their 20s having had plastic surgery, it’s the plastic surgery capital of the world. This documentary takes a look at the cost of the pressure to be perfect.

Power and the World’s Women – 2015 – Three of the world’s most powerful women – Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Madeleine Albright – discuss the way women’s power has evolved, and the work that’s still to be done.

The Pregnant Man – 2008 – Trans man Thomas Beatie and his wife Nancy want to have a family together, but it’s Thomas who gets pregnant. This documentary takes a look at the legal and medical issues that arise with their unusual situation.

Putin: A Russian Spy Story – 2015 – After the chance viewing of a Russian spy drama, young Vladimir Putin was inspired to sign up for the KGB, ultimately going on to become the leader of Russia. This documentary interviews members of his inner circle, along with his opponents and victims.

Putin’s Russia – 2018 – British journalist David Dimbleby attempts to gain some insight into Russia’s long-time, notoriously secretive leader.

Rallying: The Killer Years – 2016 – In the 1980s, rallying was immensely popular and incredibly dangerous. This series takes a look at how increasingly powerful cars led to a series of tragedies that would ultimately bring about greater regulation.

Rat Pack: A Conference of Cool – 1999 – For a few short years, Frank Sinatra and his friends were the epitome of cool. This documentary tells the story of their influence.

Reagan – 2011 – This documentary explores how the first “make America great again” president shaped the last 40 years in US politics.

Reggie Yates in China – 2019 – Presenter Reggie Yates takes a look at the latest generation of Chinese young people, and how they’re transforming both their country and the world.

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Simon Schama presents Rembrandt

Rembrandt – 2014 – Simon Schama takes a look at Rembrandt’s final, scandal-plagued years.

The Rise of Female Violence – 2015 – From drunken partygoers to female gangs, this series sets out to explore the causes of increasing violence by women.

The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty – 2020 – Rupert Murdoch owns the biggest media operation in the planet, and it’s given him unprecedented levels of influence. This three-part documentary looks at how it happened.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sidemen – 2016 – This documentary shines a light on the side artists who helped make some of the world’s most iconic acts look good.

Royal Cousins at War – 2014 – At the beginning of the 20th century, three cousins ruled Britain, Russia, and Germany. This documentary takes a look at how their chaotic relationships had a devastating impact on Europe.

Russia 1917: Countdown to Revolution – 2017 – In just a few months, Stalin, Lenin, and Trotsky went from troublemakers to world leaders. This documentary takes a look at how it happened so quickly.

Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithm – 2015 – Algorithms power everything from search engines to dating apps, and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy attempts to demystify them.

Secrets of Silicon Valley – 2015 – Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to change the world, but those changes haven’t always been for the best. This series examines whether we’re all heading for a tech-led disaster – or whether technology might genuinely improve the human condition.

Secrets of South America – 2014 – Reporter Billie JD Porter dives into the darker side of South American life.

Secrets of Sugar Baby Dating – 2019 – High university tuition and soaring housing costs have led some young women to become “sugar babies”. This series meets women whose lives are funded by wealthy older men.

Sex and the Church – 2015 – Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch looks at how Western attitudes on sex and gender have been shaped by Christian influence.

The Sex Changes That Made History – 2015 – When the “sci-fi surgery” of gender reassignment became available in the 1940s, it was a media sensation. This documentary takes a look back at some of the earliest people to make that choice.

Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life – 2015 – Richard Dawkins explores the way man’s thoughts on sin, gods, and the afterlife have shaped our world.

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Shock of the Nude

Shock of the Nude – 2020 – Classicist Mary Beard takes a closer look at what drives our obsession with the body in art.

Simon Schama’s Power of Art – 2006 – This eight-part series sees art historian Simon Schama attempting to illustrate the power of art through in-depth looks at eight iconic masterpieces.

Simon Schama’s Shakespeare and Us – 2012 – Historian Simon Schama takes a look at what made Shakespeare’s plays so groundbreaking and enduring.

Smartphones: The Dark Side – 2018 – More than half of us look at our smartphones immediately upon waking up, and we pick them up an average of 58 times in a day. This series looks at how the constant pings diminish our attention spans, and how we’ve become addicted to the dopamine rush they offer.

Soup Cans and Superstars: How Pop Art Changed the World – 2015 – Art historian Alistair Sooke takes a look at how the works of artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein defined their eras.

Stalin: Inside the Terror – 2003 – At the end of WWII, Stalin gained a vast empire in the East. This documentary looks at how a once-principled man transformed into an evil and controlling despot.

Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy – 2011 – Insiders tell the story of Apple and its unusual founder.

The Story of Women and Art – 2014 – This three-part series takes a look at some of the largely overlooked women of art history.

Suffragettes – 2018 – In celebration of 100 years of the female vote in Britain, Lucy Worsley takes a look back at the brave women who helped bring about that change.

Tamara Rojo’s Swan Lake – 2014 – World-famous dancer Tamara Rojo takes a look at why Swan Lake has enjoyed such enduring fame.

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Touched by Auschwitz

Touched by Auschwitz – 2016 – Six Auschwitz survivors share their experiences to help us understand the human cost of the Holocaust’s atrocities.

TV’s Black Renaissance: Reggie Yates in Hollywood – 2019 – Actor Reggie Yates travels to LA to explore some of the majority-black television shows of recent years.

U2 Live in London – 2017 – This programme sees U2 performing live from Abbey Road Studios in London.

Ugly Beauty – 2009 – Art critic Waldemar Januszczak shows us how to look at modern art in a new way.

Vienna: Empire, Dynasty, and Dream – 2016 – From its Roman origins onward, Vienna has been a pivotal city in the history of Europe. This series sees historian Simon Sebag Montefiore sharing that history.

Vincent Van Gogh: Painted with Words – 2010 – Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) takes on the role of the iconic Dutch post-impressionist. Though dramatised, the dialogue is sourced from Van Gogh’s own words.

Virtual Adultery and Cyberspace Love – 2008 – This documentary attempts to figure out why some people become so involved in virtual worlds, even to the point of taking on a virtual lovers and leaving their real families.

The Wild West – 2018 – This docu-series blends tales of the Wild West with modern archaeological and forensic research.

The Women of World War One – 2014 – War reporter Kate Adie takes a look at the impact of the work women did on the homefront during WWII.

The World’s First Computer – 2014 – The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered on an ancient shipwreck, and it’s thought to be one of the world’s first computers. This documentary tells the story of the mysterious object thought to have been used to predict solar eclipses and time the Olympics.

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World's Weirdest Homes

World’s Weirdest Homes – 2014 – This programme takes a look at some of the strangest homes the world has to offer, including a toilet house.

World War Three: Inside the War Room – 2016 – This documentary offers a look behind the scenes at those who are monitoring the world’s greatest threats and creating strategies to help avoid nuclear attack.

 

Is BBC Select Your Cup of Tea?

BBC Select offers an eclectic mix of shows, and it surely won't be to everyone's taste. For us, there are some interesting shows, but far too much American politics for our liking. We watch British TV to see British people and scenery and stories. It will no doubt become a “sometimes” service in our regular streaming rotation. How often will depend on the frequency of their show rotation.

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