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BBC World viewers select best documentary programmes of 2006


The six documentary programmes with the most votes in BBC World's Best Of The Year: Documentary online poll have today been announced. Throughout November, BBC World viewers have had the opportunity to vote for the most outstanding documentary programme shown on the channel this year, from a selection of 15 documentaries – many of which are award-winning BBC productions.

Voting closed on Monday 4 December, and the six documentary programmes that received the most votes will be shown across two weekends at the end of December.

The winning programmes are:

1 Being Indian with 18.95 per cent of votes

2 The World Uncovered: Sex Crimes And The Vatican  with 16.36 per cent of votes

3 Kill Or Cure? The Deadly Sleep with 15.04 per cent of votes

4 Africa: Open For Business with 14.86 per cent of votes

5 Hitler's Bunker: The Last Survivor Speaks with 11.61 per cent of votes 

6 Facing The Truth with 11.41 per cent of votes

BBC World's editorial team selected the original shortlist of 15, based on viewer panel research and feedback, spread of subject matter and global availability.

The channel is giving viewers the chance to again enjoy the winning documentaries of 2006 at the following times:

Facing The Truth

Saturday 23rd December at 0800 GMT

Repeated: Saturday 23rd at 1500 and Sunday 24th at 0100, 1200 and 2000 GMT

In this powerful and unique programme, victims and perpetrators of Northern Ireland's conflict come face to face with each other for the first time, in the presence of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The BBC's Foreign Affairs Correspondent Fergal Keane presents the programme, and in this episode, the guests remember 27 August 1979 - the day the greatest numbers of soldiers were killed by the IRA. 

Produced by BBC News and Current Affairs, Northern Ireland

Hitler's Bunker: The Last Survivor Speaks

Saturday 23rd December at 1230 GMT

Repeated: Saturday 23rd at 20300 and Sunday 24th at 0230, 0830 and 1730 GMT

Bernd Freytag con Loringhoven, a military aide to the German Chief of staff in 1945 and the only living survivor of Adolf Hitler's Berlin bunker who was in daily contact with Hitler at the end, speaks exclusively to the BBC's diplomatic correspondent Brian Hanrahan at his home in Munich.

Produced by BBC Television News, UK

Africa: Open For Business

Saturday 23rd December at 1430 GMT

Repeated: Saturday 23rd at 2230 and Sunday 24th at 0530, 1030 and 1830 GMT

Africa: Open for Business, offers a glimpse of flourishing entrepreneurship in a continent where war, famine, natural and man-made disaster is rife. The series features a variety of small and larger businesses in ten African countries, offering an insight into the continent that is not seen very often by the rest of the world.

Produced by Carol Pineau, USA

Kill Or Cure? The Deadly Sleep  

Saturday 30th December at 0830 GMT

Repeated: Saturday 30th at 1530 and Sunday 31st at 0130, 1230 and 2030 GMT

Sleeping sickness is one of the most deadly of the forgotten diseases. Experts thought it had been eradicated, but it's back with a vengeance and now mobile field teams are out in the bush in the Democratic Republic of Congo, carrying out tests to try to beat the disease.

Produced by Rockhopper Television Production, UK

The World Uncovered: Sex Crimes And The Vatican 

Saturday 30th December at 1215 GMT

Repeated: Saturday 30th at 2015 and Sunday 31st at 0215, 0815 and 1715 GMT

This programme examines a secret document which sets out a procedure for dealing with child sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church. Crimen Sollicitationis was enforced for 20 years by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he became the Pope. It instructs bishops on how to deal with allegations of child abuse against priests and has been seen by few outsiders. Critics say the document has been used to evade prosecution for sex crimes.

Produced by BBC Panorama, UK

Being Indian  

Saturday 30th December at 1430 GMT

Repeated: Saturday 30th at 2230 and Sunday 31st at 0530, 1030 and 1830 GMT

Being Indian follows the lives of four children from widely differing backgrounds, in a country with a fast moving economy and half its population under the age of 35. The programme delves into what the social change and mobility really means for children of India today. This episode follows Biru Malik, a nine-year-old, who lives with his family in one bedroom. One of his family's main jobs is to prepare funeral pyres and cremate bodies on the banks of the Ganges.

Produced by Rockhopper Television Production, UK


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Date : 05.12.2006
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