Rank #1: The Dyatlov Pass mystery
Jul 14 2019
Rank #2: In search of the quarter-life crisis
You might have heard of the midlife crisis, said to hit anywhere between a person’s forties and early fifties. But in this programme, we’re trying to find out whether there’s such a thing as a quarter-life crisis.
We’ll hear from young people about their experiences of the crisis and the pressures they say led them to it, from finding a fulfilling job, to landing the perfect partner, to fears they’ll never be able to buy a house and start to actually ‘adult’. We’ll hear experiences from Moscow, Cairo, New York, and London to see if this really is a worldwide issue.
We’ll speak to experts about the evidence for whether it actually exists, including a pscyhologist who calls the quarter-life crisis a ‘global phenomenon’. Is this true, or are millennials just moaning and trying to find a new label for problems every generation has faced? We’ll dig in to the reasons people are feeling in crisis, and hear words of wisdom from those who have overcome it.
This documentary is airing as part of Life Changes, a series of programmes and features across the BBC’s global networks exploring the theme of change - how we change ourselves, our lives, and how we respond to changes in the world around us. Reporting from across the world - from Ethiopia, Korea, Rwanda and Paraguay to Egypt, the US and Russia – it covers everything from sexuality to sustainability, from peace to war, and from neurodiversity to migration.
Presented by Katerina Venediktova.
Produced by Eleanor Layhe for BBC World Service.
Apr 21 2020
Rank #3: Confessions of a mafia boss
Presenter: Dominic Casciani
Producer: Sheila Cook
Image: Gennaro Panzuto
Feb 27 2020
Rank #4: Coronavirus and Europe
Dunja Mijatovic: Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe
Margaret Harris: World Health Organisation
Richard Horton: Editor in Chief of The Lancet
Nathalie Tocci: Political analyst and Director of the Institute of International Affairs
Danae Kyriakopoulou: Economist from OMFIF, the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, an independent financial think tank
BBC World Questions is a series of international events created in partnership with the British Council.
Apr 11 2020
Rank #5: World War Two: The economic battle
Sep 22 2019
Rank #6: ADHD and me
As Saeedeh Hashemi - herself diagnosed with ADHD - will show, there is now increasing understanding that living with the condition also brings positives.
Saeedeh will meet others who, for all the downsides of the disorder, feel that life without it would be like “living cramped within a frame” and who would not give it up as it has fundamentally shaped their personalities.
She will also talk to top medical professionals to hear how they are seeking to recognise the positive potential of ADHD and what innovative ways of treating the condition they’re suggesting.
The modern working environment has shifted and employers are finally embracing neuro-diversity as a vital tool in building effective teams. Saeedeh will explore what it actually means, how the thinking about workflow, work space and team work reflects the needs of people with the condition and allows them to grow to the best of their potential and to the benefit of business.
The programme, of course, certainly won’t suggest that ADHD is entirely a gift. It will, however, seek to emphasise that alongside negatives come strengths and qualities that can help propel individuals to enormous personal success, and how society and businesses are beginning to see it as an opportunity rather than a disadvantage.
This documentary is airing as part of Life Changes, a series of programmes and features across the BBC’s global TV, radio, social and online networks exploring the theme of change - how we change ourselves, our lives, and how we respond to changes in the world around us. Reporting from across the world - from Ethiopia, Korea, Rwanda and Paraguay to Egypt, the US and Russia – the documentaries and digital stories will cover a diverse range of topics, from sexuality to sustainability, from peace to war, and from neurodiversity to migration.
Apr 08 2020
Rank #7: When Africa meets China
Jul 28 2019
Rank #8: Universal Basic Income: Alaska style
Apr 29 2020
Rank #9: Slavery's untold story
May 14 2019
Rank #10: The world turned upside down
Jan 03 2020
Rank #11: North Korea's celebrity defectors
There are a number of popular reality TV programmes starring North Korean defectors. Hyun-joo Yu is one of the most established stars on Now on My Way to Meet You, a popular and long running variety programme. The show features emotional North Korean defectors sharing their stories and performing to dramatic music. At the same time, the South Korean celebrity guests provide commentary and sometimes jokes.
Meanwhile, on the Internet, dozens of North Korean defectors have gained popularity through live streaming, telling stories about their lives in the North on YouTube and Instagram. These defector-celebrities, like 21-year-old Nara Kang, are mostly young, attractive women. Representing a younger generation of defectors, Nara Kang is tapping into an audience with no living memory of the North.
Capitalising on their status as defectors to gain fame, these celebrities cannot move on from being defined by their past. They strive to fit into South Korean society, while emphasising their otherness to South Korean audiences.
Mar 26 2020
Rank #12: Colombia’s new cocaine war
In this Assignment, Michael Buchanan investigates what’s behind Colombia’s booming cocaine trade. He gains rare access to smugglers and producers, as well as meeting the indigenous people who are standing up to the traffickers, and often paying with their lives.
Producers: Josephine Casserly and Almudena Garcia Parrado
Editor: Bridget Harney
(Image: Farmer picking coca leaves. Credit: BBC)
Jan 30 2020
Rank #13: The Death Row book club
May 26 2020
Rank #14: The spy of Raspberry Falls
Jul 30 2019
Rank #15: Romania's killer roads
Aug 22 2019
Rank #16: Belarus: The wild world of Chernobyl
Producer/presenter: Monica Whitlock
Editor: Bridget Harney
(Photo: Galina at the door to her cottage. Credit: Monica Whitlock/BBC)
Jan 09 2020
Rank #17: China and the virus
Apr 22 2020
Rank #18: Riding the Motel 22: Homeless in California
(Image: Homeless people riding bus route 22. Credit: Sarah Svoboda/BBC)
Feb 20 2020
Rank #19: Morocco’s hash trail to Europe
Producer: Neal Razzell
(Image: Spanish police conduct a series of raids hoping to disrupt hash smuggling from Morocco. Credit: BBC)
Jun 13 2019
Rank #20: Germany: Justice and memory
Jan 12 2020