Thailand is in the spotlight this month as BBC
World News broadcasts a special series of documentaries and news
programmes that go behind the headlines to report on life in the
Southeast Asian nation.
From 27 August to 7 September, BBC World
News will explore how Thailand is recovering from 2011’s
devastating floods - socially, economically and culturally.
From the overall state of the Thai economy
to the day-to-day lives of people throughout the country, the
first ever Thailand Direct season will explore the challenges and
opportunities the country faces today.
Commissioning Editor, Editorial BBC World News, said, “Thailand
Direct takes the opportunity almost a year on from when the
country was hit by the worst floods in decades to go behind the
headlines to understand life in today’s Thailand and find out how
the country is recovering. Thailand is seen as one of the most
diverse and complex places both to live and play, and BBC World
News hopes to explore what makes the country tick.”
highlights include (all times in GMT):
Bangkok - 1 September 04.30, 17.30, 22.30 and 2
September 10.30: Like many capital cities, Bangkok reflects the social, political and economic characteristics of the
country. From the High Society families who can trace their blood
lines back to the Palace, to the migrant workers from the poorer,
agricultural North East, Bangkok also reflects the political,
social and economic divides in Thailand. Presented by Rachel
Harvey, ‘Working Lives’ follows six characters from across the
social spectrum to look at the people and places that give Bangkok
its unique character and explore the divisions and common threads
which lie at its heart.
One Square Mile: Ayutthaya: 1 September 12.30
and 2 September 00.30, 07.30, 19.30: Ayutthaya is an ancient capital, province and a
charming little city just 80 kilometres north of Bangkok. Central
Ayutthaya is essentially an island and parts of it, such as the
ruined temples, give an idea of what it must have been like at the
height of its power. BBC World News’ South East Asia correspondent
Jonathan Head finds out that like several other provinces,
Ayutthaya wasn’t spared from the floods which affected parts of
the country in 2011 leaving many of the temples submerged in metres of water. More than 100 historical monuments were affected,
and restoration work is painstakingly slow.
Click: 1 September 06.30, 19.30
and 2 September 03.30,
13.30: Click’s Dan Simmons looks at how
nanotechnology is helping Thailand after the floods of 2011. From
innovative new style sandbags to prevent defences being breached,
to clean drinking water being provided while on the move, tech, on
its smallest scale – offers fresh ideas to help – even when it
comes to specialist cleaning up after a flood. These solutions are
all home-grown by researchers hoping to solve problems specific to
Thailand but as flooding becomes more common the world over
another idea is gaining traction here: huge floating cities which
would rise and fall with the water.
fast:track: 1 September 03:30, 13:30, 18:30
and 2 September 06:30: As a travel destination, Thailand is popular with both budget and high-end travellers. Presented by Rajan Datar,
fast:track travels to Bangkok and Pattaya to find out what is behind the Thai allure.
Previous Direct seasons have focused on India,
Indonesia, Japan, Canada, France, Poland and Ukraine.
HD Video Interview with Rajan Datar, Presenter of Fast Track on
BBC World News
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