This World (TV series)

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This World
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Sam Bagnall
Running time 30–60 minutes
90 minutes (Special)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
BBC Two HD
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 4 January 2004 (2004-01-04) – present
External links
Website

This World is a BBC television documentary strand, shown in the United Kingdom on BBC Two, and occasionally internationally on BBC World. The subject matter is mainly social issues and current affairs stories from around the world.

Most films in the series run for one hour and in the UK are usually broadcast at 2100 on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. The This World website includes additional features and a discussion facility for public comment on the programmes. The BBC streams episodes in RealVideo format via its website for a limited period after they have been shown, and sells them on DVD and VHS by mail order.[citation needed]

Episode list[edit]

2004[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
1 1 "Hell Angels" 4 January 2004
2 2 "Ethiopia: A Journey" 11 January 2004
3 3 "Football and Freedom" 18 January 2004
4 4 "American Virgins" 25 January 2004
5 5 "Access to Evil" 1 February 2004
6 6 "Iran: A Murder Mystery" 15 February 2004
7 7 "A Killer's Homecoming" 22 February 2004
8 8 "Israel's Nuclear Whistleblower" 30 May 2004
9 9 "LAPD: Protect and Serve?" 3 June 2004
10 10 "Secret Swami" 17 June 2004
11 11 "Child Rescuers" 20 June 2004
12 12 "The Boy from the Block" 8 July 2004
13 13 "Saudi: The Family in Crisis" 15 July 2004
14 14 "The Real Bangkok Hilton" 22 July 2004
15 15 "Dolphin Hunters" 9 November 2004
16 16 "A Killer's Homecoming" 16 November 2004
17 17 "Guinea Pig Kids" 30 November 2004
18 18 "Locked in Paradise" 7 December 2004
19 19 "Private War" 14 December 2004

2005[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
20 1 "Tiger Traffic" 8 March 2005
21 2 "It's My Country Too" 13 March 2005
The lives of Salman Ahmad and Muslims in the United States, and the Muslims for Bush pressure group.[4][5][6]
22 3 "Inside Israel's Jails" 22 March 2005
The lives of Palestinian militants in Israeli gaols.[7]
23 4 "The Headmaster and the Headscarves" 29 March 2005
The effect of the French law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools on ħijāb-wearing female Muslim students.[8]
24 5 "Iran's Nuclear Secrets" 3 May 2005

As Iran defies the world by restarting its nuclear programme, Paul Kenyon travels to the Islamic Republic with UN nuclear inspectors, and gains exclusive behind-the-scene access to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iranian negotiators talk candidly about why they deceived the world over their nuclear programme for 18 years.

But it takes on a new complexion now we know that Iran later abandoned the diplomacy and chose to start enriching uranium again.[9]
25 6 "Blood and Land" 5 July 2005
Land reform and related violence in South Africa.[10][11]
26 7 "Bad Medicine" 12 July 2005

The international trade in counterfeit drugs.[12]

This documentary won a Peabody Award in 2005[13]
27 8 "Property to Die For" 19 July 2005
Home ownership and the property market in Russia.[14][15]
28 9 "At The Epicentre" 26 July 2005
Reconstruction after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake in Lampuuk, Aceh.[16][17]
29 10 "Looking for China Girl" 2 August 2005
Demographic imbalance between the sexes in the People's Republic of China.[18][19]
30 11 "The Hurricane That Shook America" 12 October 2005
31 12 "The Cocaine Jungle" 19 October 2005
32 13 "Bollywood: The Casting Couch" 26 October 2005
33 14 "Force Fed" 2 November 2005
34 15 "Underworld Art Deal" 9 November 2005
35 16 "The Last Stand" 10 November 2005
Israeli settlers' efforts to resist the unilateral disengagement plan in the Gaza Strip.
36 17 "Last Hope Clinic" 17 November 2005[a]
37 18 "The Jungle Beat" 17 November 2005[a]
Illegal logging in the Amazon Rainforest.
38 19 "Death Metal Murders" 24 November 2005
Purported links between death metal, Satanism and murders in Italy.

2006[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
39 1 "Munich: Operation Bayonet" 24 January 2006
Operation Wrath of God
40 2 "Kidnap Cops" 13 April 2006
Kidnappings in São Paulo
41 3 "How to Plan a Revolution" 20 April 2006
Pro-democracy youth movements in Azerbaijan
42 4 "Drug Trials: The Dark Side" 27 April 2006
Clinical trials in India administered without informed consent
43 5 "Killer's Paradise" 4 May 2006
Proliferation of murders of women in Guatemala
44 6 "Putin's Palace" 11 May 2006
45 7 "Prisoners of Katrina" 13 August 2006
46 8 "The Tea Boy of Gaza" 3 October 2006
47 9 "Will Israel Bomb Iran?" 10 October 2006
48 10 "Japan: Retired Husband Syndrome" 14 October 2006
49 11 "Black and White and Read All Over" 17 October 2006
50 12 "Baghdad: A Doctor Story" 24 October 2006
51 13 "Iran Kidney Sale" 31 October 2006
52 14 "Religion and Fashion" 16 November 2006
53 15 "Poison, Murder and Putin - Anna's Last Words" 24 November 2006

2007[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
54 1 "A 12-Year Old Smuggler" 17 January 2007
55 2 "Vodka's My Poison" 14 March 2007
56 3 "The Fight for Cuban Music" 1 May 2007
57 4 "I Belaive in Miracles" 8 May 2007
58 5 "Race Hate in Louisiana" 24 May 2007[b]
59 6 "Mystery Flights" 24 May 2007[b]
60 7 "Hunt for Hezbollah" 31 May 2007
61 8 "Running from Mugabe" 7 June 2007
62 9 "Race to the Beach" 14 June 2007
63 10 "All Girl Squad" 21 June 2007
64 11 "The Real Godfather" 16 September 2007
65 12 "Inside the Shari'ah Court" 1 October 2007
66 13 "India's Missing Girls" 22 October 2007
67 14 "American Nightmare" 29 October 2007
68 15 "The Goddess and the King" 5 November 2007
69 16 "Inside Burma's Uprising" 12 November 2007
70 17 "The Trillion Dollar Revolutionary" 19 November 2007
71 18 "Britain's Most Wanted" 25 November 2007

2008[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
72 1 "The Boys from Baghdad High" 8 February 2008
73 2 "Girl Racer" 19 February 2008
74 3 "Diamonds and Justice" 26 February 2008
75 4 "Deep South Divide" 4 March 2008
76 5 "Miss Gulag" 11 March 2008
77 6 "Lethal Solution" 18 March 2008
78 7 "Massacre of Virginia Tech" 8 April 2008
79 8 "Bannatyne Takes on Big Tobacco" 1 July 2008
80 9 "Bttle of the Bishops" 21 July 2008
81 10 "Murder in the Snow" 11 November 2008
82 11 "The Man Who Armed the World" 17 November 2008
83 12 "American Time Bomb" 24 November 2008
84 13 "Forced to Marry" 1 December 2008

2009[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
85 1 "Mandela at 90" 31 January 2009
86 2 "Escaping North Korea" 6 April 2009
87 3 "The Madoff Hustle" 26 June 2006
88 4 "Gypsy Child Thieves" 2 September 2009
89 5 "An Iranian'Martyr'" 24 November 2009
90 6 "Can Obama Save the Planet" 25 November 2009
91 7 "Stalin's Back" 2 December 2009

2010[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
92 1 "Closing Guantanamo" 3 January 2010
93 2 "Obama and Me" 19 January 2010
94 3 "Tsunami: Five Years on" 27 January 2010
95 4 "Mexico's Drug War" 7 February 2010
96 5 "Stolen Brides" 11 August 2010
97 6 "Surviving Haiti" 18 August 2010
98 7 "The Wounded Platoon" 25 August 2010
99 8 "Hostage in the Jungle" 20 October 2010
100 9 "Tea Party America" 1 November 2010
101 10 "Pakistan's Flood Doctor" 13 December 2010

2011[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
102 1 "The Paedophile Hunters" 30 January 2011
103 2 "Geert Wilders: Europe's Most Dangerous Man?" 14 February 2011
104 3 "Nicolas Sarkozy: President Bling-Bling?" 21 March 2011
105 4 "Chilean Milners: What Happened Next" 28 March 2011
106 5 "The Invasion of Lampedusa" 14 June 2011
107 6 "The Camorra - Italy's Bloodiest Mafia" 13 July 2011
108 7 "Thailand - Justice Under Fire" 7 August 2011
109 8 "Spain's Stolen Babies" 18 October 2011
110 9 "Return of the Lost Boys of Sudan" 12 December 2011

2012[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
111 1 "Egpyt - Children of the Revolution" 3 February 2012
112 2 "Inside the Meltdown" 23 February 2012
113 3 "The Fastest Changing Place on Earth" 5 March 2012
Carrie Gracie follows three villagers in China who become subject to an urbanisation.[20]
114 4 "Interviews Before Execution: The Chinese Talk Show" 12 March 2012
The programme takes a look at Chinese television programme Interviews Before Execution in which death row inmates are interviewed by a reporter shortly before they are executed. Chinese authorities cancelled the show following international interest generated by the documentary.[21][22][23]
115 5 "The Mormon Candidate" 27 March 2012
116 6 "Norway's Massacre" 15 April 2012
117 7 "The Shame of the Catholic Church" 1 May 2012
118 8 "Great Euro Crisis" 9 May 2012
119 9 "Aung San Suu Kyi: The Choice" 22 September 2012
120 10 "Obama: What Happened to Hope?" 4 November 2012
121 11 "Cuba" 11 December 2012
122 12 "The Great Spanish Crash" 16 December 2012

2013[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
123 1 "America's Poor Kids" 6 March 2013
124 2 "A History of Syria" 11 March 2013
125 3 "Iraq: Did My Son Die in Vain?" 20 March 2013
126 4 "South Africa: The Massacre That Changed a Nation" 24 March 2013
127 5 "The Mafia's Secret Bunkers" 1 May 2013
128 6 "India's Supersize Kids" 13 August 2013
Anita Rani investigates into a growing epidemic of childhood obesity in India.
129 7 "American's Stoned Kids" 24 August 2013
130 8 "Terror in the Desert" 31 August 2013
131 9 "History of Congo" 9 October 2013
132 10 "No Sex Please, We're Japanese" 24 October 2013
Anita Rani goes into the journey across Japan to investigate as why the Japanese are not having enough babies[24]
133 11 "World's Busiest Maternity Ward" 31 October 2013
Anita Rani travels to Manila - one of world’s most densely populated cities - to understand how the Philippines and countries across the developing world in general are facing a future with a rapidly growing population.[25]
134 12 "Don't Panic - The Truth About Population" 7 November 2013
Swedish statistician Professor Hans Rosling presents an 'as live' studio event featuring cutting-edge 3D infographics painting a vivid picture of a world that has changed in ways we barely understand – often for the better.[26]

2014[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
135 1 "The Tea Trail" 12 January 2014
136 2 "The Coffee Trail" 26 January 2014
137 3 "How China Fooled the World" 18 February 2014
138 4 "Copacabana Palace" 12 May 2014
139 5 "The Secret Life of Your Clothes" 14 July 2014
Ade Adepitan investigates what happens to charity donations and the places where the clothes are sending at.
140 6 "Clothes to Die For" 21 July 2014
141 7 "Ireland's Lost Babies" 17 September 2014
142 8 "Life In Solitary" 21 September 2014
143 9 "Terror at the Mall" 24 September 2014
144 10 "Rwanda's Untold Story" 1 October 2014
Jane Corbin discovers the evidence that challenges the accepted story for one of the most terrifying events after twenty years from the Rwandan genocide.

2015[edit]

Episode Title Original air date
Overall No.
145 1 "Surviving Sandy Hook" 4 March 2015[27]

Specials[edit]

Special episodes were broadcast as the part of 90 minutes.

Episode Title Original air date
1 "One Day of War" 27 May 2004
The experiences of 16 fighters in different conflicts on 22 March 2004.[28][29]
2 "Coming of Age" 22 February 2005
Rites of passage experienced by nine young people in different cultures around the world.[30][31]
3 "Living Positive" 01 December 2005
02 December 2005 (Debate)
The experiences of AIDS stigma by six HIV-positive people around the world on 22 July 2005.[32][33]
4 "Child Slavery" 26 March 2007

A 12 year old boy is sold by his mother for £25 to a fisherman in Ghana. The boy will spend his childhood diving to disentangle nets in the murky waters of Lake Volta.

In Saudi Arabia, a six year old boy who has been trafficked into the country from Yemen, in order to beg on the streets for a gang master, is picked up by the Saudi authorities and deported.

Meanwhile in Cambodia, a 17 year old girl recalls her horrific life as a sex slave, sold to a brothel aged 12.

These are just three of the lives encountered in this special documentary looking at the extraordinary, global story of child slavery today, in which eight and a half million children are estimated to be involved.[34]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b These two episodes were broadcast on 17 November 2005, with different timeslot between 19:00BST and 21:00BST.
  2. ^ a b These two episodes were broadcast on 24 May 2007, with different timeslot between 19:00BST and 21:00BST.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC News - This World, Tiger Traffic
  2. ^ BBC News - This World, Hunting for tiger poachers
  3. ^ BBC News - This World, Tiger Traffic transcript
  4. ^ BBC News - This World, It's My Country Too
  5. ^ BBC News - This World, Muslim American: A new identity?
  6. ^ BBC News - This World, It's My Country Too transcript
  7. ^ BBC News - This World, Inside Israel's Jails
  8. ^ BBC News - This World, The Headmaster and the Headscarves
  9. ^ BBC News - This World, Iran's Nuclear Secrets
  10. ^ BBC News - This World, Blood and Land
  11. ^ BBC News - This World, Blood and Land transcript
  12. ^ BBC News - This World, Bad Medicine
  13. ^ 65th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2006.
  14. ^ BBC News - This World, Property to Die For
  15. ^ BBC News - This World, Moscow's property lawlessness
  16. ^ BBC News - This World, At The Epicentre
  17. ^ BBC News - This World, At The Epicentre transcript
  18. ^ BBC News - This World, Looking for China Girl
  19. ^ BBC News - This World, Looking for China Girl transcript
  20. ^ BBC Two - This World, The Fastest Changing Place on Earth
  21. ^ BBC Two - This World, Interviews Before Execution: The Chinese Talk Show
  22. ^ Coonan, Clifford (14 March 2012). "Dead show walking: China's death row interviews series faces axe". The Independent (Independent Print Ltd). Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  23. ^ Jones, James (12 March 2012). "China's death row TV hit: Interviews Before Execution". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  24. ^ BBC Two - This World, No Sex Please, We're Japanese
  25. ^ BBC Two - This World, World's Busiest Maternity Ward
  26. ^ BBC Two - This World, Don't Panic - The Truth About Population
  27. ^ BBC Two - This World, Surviving Sandy Hook
  28. ^ BBC News - This World, One Day at War
  29. ^ BBC News - This World, One Day at War transcript
  30. ^ BBC News - This World, Coming of Age
  31. ^ BBC News - This World, Coming of Age transcript
  32. ^ BBC News - This World, Living Positive
  33. ^ BBC News - This World, Living Positive transcript
  34. ^ BBC News - This World, Child Slavery

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