BBC Monthly: July Docs, Specials and Video Selections | June 15, 2022

Coming in July 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we learn about the lives of Henry Kissinger and Klaus Fuchs, evaluate conservation efforts for butterflies in California and lions in Africa, and discover a new electricity socket that tells you if it’s using more renewable energy. See below for details and more unique stories.

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Docs and Specials

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One hour
July 2 – 7, 2022

Henry Kissinger reflects on his life and experiences. Few alive can claim as much influence over the shape of the modern world as Henry Kissinger. The former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate is loved, loathed and listened to – for the decisions he took, the attitude he espoused and for his knowledge and analysis of world affairs. James Naughtie travels to Kissinger’s home to discuss six great leaders and the lessons they taught, as Kissinger reflects on his own role in creating the modern world.

The Bomb

Four one-hour documentaries
July 9 – 15, 2022
July 16 – 22, 2022
July 23 – 29, 2022
July 30 – Aug 5, 2022

In this four part series Rosa Ellis looks at the double life of German scientist turned spy, Klaus Fuchs. How did a prodigious young talent at the beginning of a promising academic career, evolve into a fully committed Soviet spy, with access to one of the most secretive areas of science and Britain’s national defense?

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People Fixing the World: The return of California’s butterflies

  • Description: Some of California’s iconic butterflies, including the monarch, have been on the verge of extinction. But the efforts of conservationists to protect them may now be having positive results. Find out more on the People Fixing the World.
  • Suggested social copy: Efforts to protect these beautiful insects include driving electric tractors and hand-rearing them in a lab.
  • Duration: 1 minute 34 seconds

monarch butterfly

People Fixing the World: This plug socket tells you if your energy is green

  • Description: A small tech company in the UK has reinvented the humble electricity socket. This new smart socket tells you if it’s using more renewable energy. It can also save you money by spotting energy that’s being wasted. Presented by Myra Anubi.
  • Suggested social copy: This plug socket tells you if your energy is green.
  • Duration: 3 minutes

green energy socket

Why is that?: Saving Africa’s lions

  • Description: Three quarters of Africa’s lion populations are in decline. Could a focus on community-led conservation help reverse this trend? One of the women leading this approach is biologist Dr Moreangels Mbizah. She explains the benefit of having local people at the forefront of the conservation effort.
  • Suggested social copy: Could community-led conservation help reduce human-lion conflict and preserve populations?
  • Duration: 3 minutes 9 seconds