Documentaries: Episodes

The story of how Islamic State, a small band of fanatical jihadi fighters, became the world’s richest terror army.
Andrew Harding speaks to defectors inside the militant group Al Shabab and asks if Somalia is turning the tide against extremism.
Claudia Taranto visits Singapore, which is increasingly reliant on labour from abroad - 40% of the population are in the country temporarily for work. She hears from locals who feel anger at being squeezed out of the job market and from exploited migrant workers who are in despair at Singapore's complex ...
Claudia Taranto travels to Nepal where - until the recent disasters - 1600 people were leaving each day to travel overseas for work. The earthquakes are only likely to add to this exodus in the coming years. Claudia discovers the benefits of money earned in the Middle East, but also hears appalling accounts ...
Peru is one of the most biodiverse nations in the world. But its precious wildlife is threatened by traffickers. Crossing Continents goes on operations with the wildlife police.
Over 35,000 African students studied at British universities last year - part of a growing number of foreign students coming to the UK. Bola Masuro charts the progress of four students from Africa. What do they want to take back with them from the British way of life? And what could the UK learn from Africa?
The Jordanian social media campaign run in response to the burning of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh. Dominic Casciani examines Islamic State’s social media strategy and the attempts to combat it.
American historian David Blight explores the legacy of the American Civil War - especially regarding the issue of race-relations. He joins the dots between events from 150 years ago through to the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to more recent protests in the US cities of Baltimore and Ferguson.
Natalia Antelava asks if the creeping influence of the Orthodox Church in Georgia’s schools is turning them into a breeding ground for radical Christianity.
Following the end of World War Two, the BBC began a series of special radio appeals on behalf of a group of children who had survived the Holocaust but were now stranded as orphans in post-war Europe. Alex Last finds out what happened to the 12 children named in the recordings.
Tarek Osman considers how the impact of the Arab Uprisings of 2011 was felt in Saudi Arabia. The country’s growing youth population faced high unemployment and was well adapted to social media. But unlike other Arab countries, they did not take to the streets. And, As King Salman takes power, what ...
Dominic Casciani explores the way the so called Islamic State use social media to recruit people to their cause, and what can we be done combat this. Dominic travels to Canada to meet a mother whose son was recruited by IS and executed by the FSA, and the police chief who says a lot more needs to be ...
Lucy Ash investigates the mass rapes committed by Soviet troops in Germany at the end of World II - in part as revenge for Nazi atrocities in the Soviet Union.
In India, a wrestler in the family can mean a ticket out of poverty. Rupa Jha meets the young fighters determined to get to the top and overcome India's complex caste system.
Tarek Osman investigates the rise of the Kindgom of Saudi Arabia. In this second episode he sees how Saudi Arabia was suddenly challenged at the end of the 1970s by the Iranian Revolution and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan which gave rise to religious extremism, as well as the Arab uprisings.
American satirist PJ O’Rourke travels across Britain trying to work out why party politics in the UK is being shaken up. He meets politicians, pundits and voters, to find out what it takes to get elected to the UK Parliament in 2015.
Will Coley listens to the stories of Ethiopian and Eritrean migrants who have made the often lethal journey across the Sahara, and then the Mediterranean, to arrive in Sicily asking for political asylum. Once the news cameras have left them on the beaches, Italian squatters are helping them to occupy ...
Does Portugal have a problem with police brutality and racism? The residents of Cova da Moura, a largely immigrant community, believe that it does.

(Warning: contains strong language)
American writer and satirist PJ O’Rourke hits the campaign trail to give his own unique take on the British election.
Egyptian writer Tarek Osman follows the dramatic events that led to the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its rise, in less than 50 years, to the status of global power.
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