New BBC streaming service BBC Select has launched in the U.S. and Canada and we’ve got their lineup for April. The BBC Select April 2021 programming brings together fresh voices, an eclectic mix of stories and new perspectives in culture, politics and ideas.
BBC Select is a new streaming channel for independent thinkers everywhere. Featuring many programs never before seen in the U.S. and Canada, the service will deliver an exclusive bundle of content based on a weekly theme: “The Drop” will bring to you a fresh take on a particular topic from an inspiring individual, and group together three titles relevant to that week’s theme.
BBC SELECT APRIL 2021 PREMIERES
Me, My Selfie and I – available today
Most people now have more images of themselves in their phone than of their entire childhood. Conceptual artist Ryan Gander investigates this – the new kind of self-regard that hardly existed just ten years ago.
He discovers the roots of the selfie go back hundreds of years and, in the age of social media, when we are told to be our best selves and live our best lives, he asks what that really means and what technology is doing to our sense of self.
The Romantic Revolution – available today
Sir Simon Schama on the enduring legacy the Romantics have left on our modern world including their ideas – from over 200 years ago – of popular revolutions, self-obsession and modern nationalism.
Contributors include Pete Doherty, Sir David Attenborough, Harriet Walter, Christopher Eccleston, hip-hop artist Testament, French street artist PBoy and Tobias Menzies.
The $50 Million Art Swindle – available today
Acclaimed director Vanessa Engle tracked down the charlatan New York art dealer Michel Cohen – who swindled over $50 million from the art establishment before going on the run from the FBI for 18 years.
Engle persuaded him to tell his extraordinary story which is part crime caper and greed but also an exploration of motive and morality.
The Last Igloo – April 19
Timed with Earth Day, this film tells the story of a typical day in the life of an Inuit hunter in Greenland, as he travels across the stunning arctic landscape with his dog sled, fishes through the sea ice, and finally builds an igloo. While Inuit now live in permanent settlements, igloos are symbolic of a whole way of life that may be lost forever as the snow and ice disappear.
With an original score from acclaimed Icelandic composer Biggi Hilmars, this is an extraordinary and poetic sensory immersion in the arctic landscape.
BBC SELECT SCHEDULE
AVAILABLE APRIL 1
21st Century Mythologies
A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China
Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
Avicii: True Stories
The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump
The Brilliant Brontë Sisters
Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing
Clothes to Die For
Crime and Punishment
Damned In the USA
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
Travels in Europe with Ed Balls
Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal
The Genius of Roald Dahl
Hokusai: Old Man Crazy to Paint
Horror in the East
Joanna Lumley’s India
The Joy of AI
The Kinky Sex Survey
Life After Prison
The Man Who Shot New York
The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun
Masters of Money
Mums Make Porn
Nixon in the Den
North Korea: Voices from the Secret State
Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve
The Queen Mother
Queen Victoria and Her Nine Children
Rebel Women: The Great Art Fightback
Rise of the Nazis
The Secrets of Branding
Secrets of the Superbrands
The Silk Road
Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?
Trump In Tweets
Starbucks & Nespresso: The Truth About Your Coffee
AVAILABLE APRIL 5
The Romantic Revolution
The $50 Million Art Swindle
AVAILABLE APRIL 12
A Brief History of Graffiti
AVAILABLE APRIL 19
The Last Igloo
Epidemic: The Great Plague
Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific