The Documentary Podcast: Archive 2015


The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2015.


  • The Battered Champions of Aleppo

    The Battered Champions of Aleppo

    31/12/2015 Duración: 26min

    A fuzzy team photo from the 1980s sends Tim Whewell on a journey to track down football players from a small town in northern Syria who were once the champions of Aleppo province. In the last four years of war their hometown, Mare'a, has become a war zone – bombed by the Assad regime, besieged by Islamic State, subject even to a mustard gas attack. And the civil war has torn through what was once a band of friends – some now pro-rebel, some pro-regime. They’re scattered across Syria and beyond, some fighting near Mare'a, some in refugee camps abroad. What have they gone through since they won that cup? And do they think they can ever be reunited? Shabnam Grewal producing.

  • A New Life 2 - Crossing the Continent

    A New Life 2 - Crossing the Continent

    30/12/2015 Duración: 23min

    The Dhnie family find themselves sleeping rough, getting caught up in riots and being detained as they try to reach Europe after their flight from Syria.

  • My Mothers Sari

    My Mother's Sari

    30/12/2015 Duración: 27min

    Shahidha traces the story of the sari, explores how it feels to wear one and asks what it meant for women like her mother. She discovers the unexpected ways in which clothing can be imprinted with feelings of nostalgia, love and loss.

  • Young, Clever and Libyan

    Young, Clever and Libyan

    29/12/2015 Duración: 26min

    Twenty three of Libya's finest technology graduates plan to rebuild their country

  • A New Life 1 - The Dhnie Family

    A New Life 1 - The Dhnie Family

    28/12/2015 Duración: 23min

    Meet the Dhnie family in Turkey as they prepare to make the journey to Greece, along with thousands of others, from Syria.

  • In Search of Vadim Kozin

    In Search of Vadim Kozin

    27/12/2015 Duración: 50min

    Marc Almond travels to Moscow in search of the marvelous Russian tenor Vadim Kozin, tango-singer and superstar. The darling of the Soviet Union, Kozin melted hearts by the tens of millions in the 1940s, playing to packed concert halls and rallying Red Army troops in World War Two. But he vanished one day in 1944 when the secret police arrested him and sent him to the Gulag for homosexuality

  • The Year of Migration

    The Year of Migration

    26/12/2015 Duración: 49min

    This year, the number of migrants reaching Europe has reached unprecedented levels. It is a crisis with roots in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with many people heading from sub-Saharan Africa, Eritrea, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to European shores. Paul Adams takes a look back at some of the key moments of 2015 that have shaped the situation facing Europe today. Produced by Nina Robinson

  • Malaysia’s Runaway Children

    Malaysia’s Runaway Children

    24/12/2015 Duración: 26min

    The deaths of five school children in Malaysia have provoked an anguished debate about education and what it means to be Malay. The children ran away from their boarding school in Kelantan State and died of starvation in the jungle. They were afraid of harsh punishment from their teachers. Two girls survived eating grass and wild fruits but were found emaciated and close to death 47 days later. The children came from the Orang Asli community, one of the poorest and most marginalised in the country. For Assignment, Lucy Ash travels to the remote region where the children came from and talks to their bereaved parents. Many families are now refusing to send their children to school and campaigners accuse the government of not doing enough to protect rights of the Orang Asli community. Jane Beresford producing. Produced by Jane Beresford

  • The Kampala Dream House

    The Kampala Dream House

    23/12/2015 Duración: 27min

    Amidst the slums of Kampala, MLISADA (Music, life skills and arts for destitution alleviation) is a success story. It is a children's home giving street kids a chance of a musical future. Sarah Taylor visits this remarkable children's home in Kampala, Uganda, to speak to teachers, former pupils and international brass players that help support it.

  • Online Shopping, Indian Style

    Online Shopping, Indian Style

    22/12/2015 Duración: 27min

    Shopping in India is traditionally an intensely hands-on experience, but many are now embracing the online shopping revolution. From motorbike delivery couriers to Amazon India, and bringing online shopping to rural towns, Mukti Jain Campion discovers how Indian businesses are innovating to meet the new challenges.

  • A Greek Drama

    A Greek Drama

    20/12/2015 Duración: 49min

    This summer, as Greece and its creditors argued over the terms of a bailout, the fate of nations – and perhaps the whole European project – was held in the hands of just a few people. This original drama, tells the inside story of those extraordinary months.

  • Space Wars

    Space Wars

    19/12/2015 Duración: 50min

    Why war in space is not just Hollywood fantasy but a fast-approaching threat

  • Cambodia: Trust Me I’m Not a Doctor

    Cambodia: Trust Me I’m Not a Doctor

    17/12/2015 Duración: 26min

    A recent health scandal in Cambodia has prompted the government to clamp down on unlicensed doctors. But these 'doctors' are often the preferred option for many in the countryside

  • A Cold War Dance

    A Cold War Dance

    16/12/2015 Duración: 27min

    How dance during the Cold War was designed to challenge America's military image with The Martha Graham Dance Company’s US State Department tour of South East Asia, 1974.

  • Young, Geeky and Black: Kampala

    Young, Geeky and Black: Kampala

    15/12/2015 Duración: 26min

    Akwasi Sarpong visits Uganda’s thriving coding scene, to find out if home-grown, technology-based solutions can help tackle some of the country’s big development challenges.

  • A Home in Space

    A Home in Space

    13/12/2015 Duración: 49min

    European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is back on Earth after 200 days in space. She tells the full story of the International Space Station, in orbit 400 km above our planet.

  • Homer, Hagrid and the Incredible Hulk

    Homer, Hagrid and the Incredible Hulk

    12/12/2015 Duración: 49min

    Ben Hammersley meets creators and fans to investigate how extended fictional universes, from Star Wars and Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, took over global culture.

  • Robert Jones: Free at last?

    Robert Jones: Free at last?

    10/12/2015 Duración: 26min

    Aleem Maqbool investigates New Orleans’ justice system to find out how Robert Jones spent 23 years in jail for crimes another man had already been convicted of.

  • Does the House Always Win?

    Does the House Always Win?

    09/12/2015 Duración: 27min

    The world of in-game betting where gamblers test their skill and luck almost as the action happens is growing fast as the lucrative new frontier for the betting world, and is particularly popular in the huge Asian market. Does it pose a threat to the integrity of some our most popular sports?

  • Young, Geeky and Black: Accra

    Young, Geeky and Black: Accra

    08/12/2015 Duración: 26min

    Bola Mosuro travels to Ghana to meet the women who are making their mark in the male dominated world of technology, and inspiring young girls to follow in their footsteps.

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