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The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes.


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Tomorrow's Dreams

October 25th, 2016

Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock visits Nigeria, her father's birthplace, and asks why African nations are apparently so keen to journey into the future as a space-going continent. Do space programmes restore a continent’s pride or are just vanity projects of the elite?

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The Debates Dissected

October 23rd, 2016

After three US presidential debates which have attracted some of the biggest viewing audiences in modern American political memory, what have we learned from these televised clashes? In one of the most bitter and polarised presidential campaigns, how much have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton actually revealed about themselves, their policies...

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Armenia’s Daredevils

October 20th, 2016

A group of war veterans who stormed a police station in Armenia call themselves the Daredevils of Sassoun, inspired by an 8th century poem, but are they heroes or terrorists?

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Scenes in and Around Kyoto

October 19th, 2016

What would it be like to walk the streets of 17th Century Kyoto? Cathy FitzGerald explores a sumptuous pair of Japanese screens that depict the historic city in incredible detail. Temples, shrines, castles, shops and homes - the image is crammed with tiny scenes.