Documentaries: Archive 2010

Documentaries: Archive 2010

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BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2010.

Episodes

MI6 - A Century in the Shadows (Part Three)  

In the final part of this series, Sir John Scarlett, the former head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service talks about the interrogation of terrorist suspects and MI6's role in the run up to the war in Iraq.

Assignment - Reporting Mindanao  

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world to report from. More than thirty journalists were killed there in a single incident at the end of 2009. Kate McGeowan travels to the troubled southern island of Mindanao to meet one of the reporters whose job it is to cover the daily violence there.

The Foods that Make Billions - Part Three  

How have advertisers and brand specialists convinced us to buy a commodity that is sold for a great deal more than it costs to produce? Louise Hidalgo looks at the exponential growth - and the cost - of the yoghurt industry.

Brazil: Lula's Legacy - Part One  

In this two-part series, the BBC’s Paulo Cabral travels to the two places that marked Lula’s life – the poor region in the northeast where the president was born, and the industrial suburb of Sao Paulo where he made his reputation. What has been the legacy of one of the most popular politicians in Brazilian history?

MI6 - A Century in the Shadows (Part Two)  

The second part in this series describes what went on behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Former MI6 Chief John Scarlett describes his clandestine meeting with an agent and the Russian defector Oleg Gordievsky talks about his reasons for coming over to the other side.

Assignment - Mexico's Toughest Cop  

For Assignment Rob Walker travels to the city of Tijuana on Mexico's border with the United States on the trail of one of Mexico's most controversial law enforcement officers.

The Foods that Make Billions - Part Two  

How have advertisers and brand specialists convinced us to buy a commodity that is sold for a great deal more than it costs to produce? Louise Hidalgo looks at the exponential growth - and the cost - of the breakfast cereal industry.

Power and the Judges - Part Two  

Many Turks have lost faith in their judges, who are seen as out of touch and too close to Ataturk's secular and military state. What will determine this struggle for power between the government and judges?

MI6 - A Century in the Shadows  

Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, marks its centenary this year and BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera talks to senior intelligence figures as well as their former arch enemies about the shadowy world of espionage.

The Foods that Make Billions  

How have advertisers and brand specialists convinced us to buy a commodity that is sold for a great deal more than it costs to produce? Louise Hidalgo looks at the exponential growth - and the costs - of the bottled water industry.

Power and the Judges - Part One  

Why are judges so important in today's world and how do the courts earn and use their power? In part one Laura Lynch hears from judges operating in Russia and Colombia – what does it take for judges to stand up to pressure?

Extremes of Corruption: Somalia - Part Two  

Does Somalia deserve its bad reputation for corruption? In the second of a two-part series, Pascale Harter asks if, after nearly two decades of civil war, is it even fair to talk about corruption in Somalia? Or has it now begun to drive the conflict?

Extremes of Corruption: Sweden - Part One  

Does Sweden live up to its squeaky clean image? In the first of a two-part series looking at perceptions of state corruption, Pascale Harter investigates whether Sweden - consistently ranked among the least corrupt countries in the world - is quite as it seems.

Oiling the Machine - Corruption in Chicago  

"We like our crooks, our fast Eddies, and we find them entertaining." Steve Edwards takes to the mean streets of his hometown Chicago - asking why the Windy City is such a hotbed of corruption.

Manny Pacquiao - Part Two  

In this exclusive two-part documentary, Mike Costello travels to the Philippines to meet boxing legend, record-breaking eight times world champion, politician and national hero, Manny Pacquiao.

Assignment - Europe's Missing Millions  

For Assignment Angus Stickler tracks how money has gone astray across the 27 member states of the European Union and asks why funding continues in regions with proven records of mismanagement and fraud.

Would You Kill the Big Guy: Part One  

You're standing on a footbridge next to a very big man. The only way you can stop an out-of-control train is to push him over the footbridge onto the track. His bulk will stop the train and save lives. Will you push him? Stephen Evans explores this moral dilemma to discover what sort of ethical creatures humans are.

Manny Pacquiao - Part One  

In this exclusive two-part documentary, Mike Costello travels to the Philippines to meet boxing legend, record-breaking eight times world champion, politician and national hero, Manny Pacquiao.

Assignment: Anger in Punjab Province  

More than six million people in Pakistan now face the start of winter without adequate shelter because their homes were destroyed in the devastating floods in August. Jill McGivering, who reported on the floods at the time, returns to one of the worst hit areas to investigate claims that corruption played a major part in the flood damage itself.

Marching into History - Part Two  

"Lucky them, they didn't have to fight the battles we fought." Michael Goldfarb traces the history of protest through the footsteps of those who have campaigned for and celebrated the rights of the gay community in Britain and across the globe.

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