EXCLUSIVE: Relationships between Russia and the west are at their lowest since the Cold War. This is bad news for the stability of the world but great timing for documentary filmmakers.
U.S. President Donald Trump recently delivered a stark message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia should “get ready” for missiles to be fired at Syria, while the UK recently found that novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia, was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripaland in Salisbury.
These issues are likely to appear in a new one-off documentary for BBC One. The British broadcaster has ordered the 60-minute film from Mentorn Media, the UK indie behind long-running current affairs format Question Time.
The film, which is fronted by David Dimbleby, who has anchored the BBC’s coverage of every general election since 1979, will look at the direction Russia is taking following the recent Presidential Election, which handed Putin another six-year term.
I understand that Dimbleby and the crew recently travelled to Russia to interview a range of people from different backgrounds and ask what Russians are expecting from Putin’s second consecutive term in office.
While Putin recently said the election was “certainly the most transparent and clean election” in Russia’s history, a statement that the The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said was not the case.
It is the latest Russian documentary for BBC following films such as Putin, Russian and the West and Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia’s War on Women.
Mentorn Media is part of the Tinopolis Group, which owns production companies including American Ninja Warrior producer A Smith & Co and Magical Elves, producer of Project Greenlight and Cold Justice.