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BBC’s Global Services launches Money & Power, a new season of programmes

Reporting from countries across the world, the month-long exploration will look at how money, and the power it brings, can define our relationships and our lives

BBC’s Global Services has announced the launch of a new season of programmes and features titled Money & Power, which will be launched across BBC’s global TV, radio and online networks. They will explore how the basic building blocks of our lives are being shaped and reshaped by money.

Reporting from countries across the world – China, Korea, Pakistan, Israel, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Sweden, Spain and the US – the month-long exploration will look at how money, and the power it brings, can define our relationships and our lives. The season will look at how, and why, money causes some relationships to prosper and others to fail.

Stephen Titherington, Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service English, said, “The world is getting richer, but the age-old questions remain about what good these riches do, and how they are shared across society and across our own families. This is an intimate look at money, and relationships – from owning empty mansions in Punjab to getting back on your feet after bankruptcy in Miami. This is as much about families as it is about global finance, as we test the reality of living together whether it's for richer or for poorer."

This collection of stories will explore, from a personal point of view, winning the lottery, building your dream home, the hidden world of the financial dominatrix, facing financial money clinics as a couple, living in gated communities in Honduras, being an only child in Sweden and Portugal, getting married in Uganda, and in the US and Mexico asking what our teeth say about us to others.

The Money & Power season is the result of the BBC World Service’s annual ‘Creative Challenge’ in which BBC staff, regardless of role, can put forward their own ideas. The selected entries are then made into radio and TV programmes and additional digital content, which are then broadcast and published across the BBC’s global services in different languages.

The programmes include In Every Dream Home a Heartache (TV and radio documentaries, plus digital and social media content), Uganda: The Price of Marriage (TV and radio documentaries, plus digital and social media content), Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (Radio documentary, TV features plus digital and social media content), Back From The Brink (TV and radio documentaries, plus digital and social media content), Money Clinic (TV and radio programmes, plus digital and social media content), Winning It Big (TV and radio documentary, plus digital and social media content) and The Private Cities of Honduras (TV and radio documentaries, plus digital and social media content).

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