• 00:00
    Human Rights

    Brick factories in Bangladesh are where modern-day slavery thrives. Men, women and children of all ages make bricks by hand, risking their health and lives. ‘They treat us like dogs,’ says one brickyard worker. With its 160 million population, Bangladesh is undergoing a rapid urbanisation programme and construction boom driving demand for cheap building materials. This is a rare glimpse into Bangladeshi brick production, with workers sharing how it feels to be a slave in the 21st century.

  • 00:15
    Meeting with Nature

    Best observed in high latitudes, the Northern Lights have been fascinating people for centuries. A group of enthusiasts from St. Petersburg, known as the Aurora Hunters, has mastered the art of chasing and predicting them. Natalya, the group’s leader and mastermind, has created a website packed with statistics and forecasts invaluable for everyone who fancies spending a chilly night in the middle of nowhere staring at the sky.

  • 00:30
    Discovering Russia

    Crimea has transformed significantly since rejoining Russia, with new infrastructure, modern energy systems, scientific advancements, and cultural developments shaping the lives of its residents. Watch this documentary to witness firsthand, the changes and future plans for the peninsula.

  • 01:00
    Society

    Kristina was 19 when she and her brothers and sisters lost both parents within a year. She had no time to grieve, though, as her family of six could have been taken into care. Kristina put her studies aside and moved back to her home village to become her siblings' legal guardian. Big Sister is in charge, but the kids all play their part in running their hectic household. They milk cows, care for their numerous pets, chop wood, mow, fix, build, and they still go to school. They even find time to play. Find out how Kristina handles being a Mum and the head of her big family.

  • 01:30
    Military and War

    The final stages of the retaking of Donetsk airport took place in late 2014 early 2015. By that time, in response to the Donbass people’s militia attempts to retake the airport, the Ukrainian army directed fire towards the peaceful districts of the city. In the end, the Ukrainian military surrendered the airport. It was utterly destroyed.

  • 02:30
    Health

    The abject poverty sucks the residents of Herat province in Afghanistan into a vicious circle. They sell their kidneys to raise money to feed their families, but the damage to their health by the semi-legal and unsanitary surgery impairs them and takes away the already slim chances of finding a job. Does this problem have a solution?

  • 03:00
    This is China Series

    Chinese food may be the world’s most popular cuisine. To find out what the Chinese themselves eat, RTD goes with foreign food lovers on a by turns mouth-watering and stomach-churning culinary odyssey through the country’s gastronomic capitals. On the way, they taste exotic creatures, learn good table manners and sample the illustrious Peking duck.

  • 03:30
    Crime and Terrorism

    In August 2022, Russian journalist Daria Dugina was killed in a car bomb attack organised by the Ukrainian authorities. In October 2022, a massive blast hit the Crimean Bridge. The Russian security services regularly foil dozens of subversive acts. The documentary takes a look at the terror methods used by Ukrainian nationalists and traces its roots to Soviet times, when US intelligence funded Ukrainian sabotage activities against Moscow.

  • 04:00
    Discovering Russia

    St Basil’s has several names, but the one it is most known for was given to it after Basil the Blessed, a “holy fool” who deliberately walked barefoot and abandoned clothes and his home. He was close to people and stood for the truth, and even Ivan the Terrible was said to be afraid of him. The Cathedral was built in the 16th century, and many periods of its life are shrouded in mystery. So what secrets does it hide?

  • 04:30
    Human Rights

    During World War II, the Finnish army established a military administration in Karelia, one of the republics of the Soviet Union. For four years Soviet territory was occupied. During this time Finns built 14 concentration camps, 34 labor camps and dozens of prisons. The exact number of people who perished in Karelia and Petrozavodsk concentration camps is still unknown. In 1990, the concentration camp survivors united to find those responsible for the crimes. However, more than 30 years on, they continue to struggle for justice mainly to little avail.

  • 05:30
    The Silk Road Series

    Modern China is a unique mix of cutting-edge technology and centuries-old tradition. It takes pride in its booming economy and rich cultural heritage. In many ways, China owes its complexity and versatility to the Silk Road, an ancient trade route established in the 2nd century BC that for hundreds of years initiated cross-cultural interaction between Eurasian civilisations.

  • 06:30
    Environment

    ‘Although our efforts may seem ridiculous and insignificant, the theory of small deeds has to work, we’ve got to fix our planet’, says Vladimir Privalov, ‘Clean Arctic’ volunteer. Vladimir joined the expedition and went to Franz Josef Land to remove car batteries and barrels contaminating the soil and water. Volunteers have to carry out extensive work as previously advanced Arctic research facilities eventually became abandoned and polluted.

  • 07:00
    History

    When Auschwitz was freed on January 27, 1945, the survivors met their liberators with shouts of “the Russians have come.” Some 70 years later, the Red Army’s instrumental role in defeating the Nazis in WWII is being wiped from Western history books. However, not all have forgotten who stopped Hitler’s war machine. Those who remember still honour their tremendous sacrifices.

  • 08:00
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    Lifestyle

    People living in the tundra are accustomed to the nomadic lifestyle. Every couple of days, they pack all their belongings and move to a new place, covering up to 600 km in the wild Tundra per year. Their children help care for the reindeer herds and build sledges, but when they leave for school, some of the kids opt to remain in the comforts of the city. Will their choice put an end to the ancient Nenets tradition?

  • 09:00
  • 10:00
    This is China Series

    Chinese food may be the world’s most popular cuisine. To find out what the Chinese themselves eat, RTD goes with foreign food lovers on a by turns mouth-watering and stomach-churning culinary odyssey through the country’s gastronomic capitals. On the way, they taste exotic creatures, learn good table manners and sample the illustrious Peking duck.

  • 10:30
    Military and War

    In 2014 Donbass residents in the Donetsk region refused to recognise the results of “Maidan” and were confronted by a severe reaction from the Ukrainian authorities. As a result, Donetsk airport became a stronghold for the Ukrainian army wanting to remain in control. One of the main objectives was to retake the airport control tower, which the Ukrainian army used to target the shelling of militia and peaceful citizens.

  • 11:30
    Space

    More than 400 applicants are competing for just eight places in a cosmonaut recruitment campaign by Roscosmos. The Russian space agency is looking for future crews to take new-generation spaceships to the moon. Civilians Irina, Konstantin and Andrey are among the hopefuls going through a rigorous selection process, that includes thorough medical checks and intense interviews. For almost two years, RTD follows the contenders to see how hard they are willing to work and which ends up with their dream job.

  • 12:00
    Human Rights

    Brick factories in Bangladesh are where modern-day slavery thrives. Men, women and children of all ages make bricks by hand, risking their health and lives. ‘They treat us like dogs,’ says one brickyard worker. With its 160 million population, Bangladesh is undergoing a rapid urbanisation programme and construction boom driving demand for cheap building materials. This is a rare glimpse into Bangladeshi brick production, with workers sharing how it feels to be a slave in the 21st century.

  • 12:15
    Meeting with Nature

    Best observed in high latitudes, the Northern Lights have been fascinating people for centuries. A group of enthusiasts from St. Petersburg, known as the Aurora Hunters, has mastered the art of chasing and predicting them. Natalya, the group’s leader and mastermind, has created a website packed with statistics and forecasts invaluable for everyone who fancies spending a chilly night in the middle of nowhere staring at the sky.

  • 12:30
    Investigation

    Microfinance organisations have gained a reputation as adept illusionists, skillfully deceiving and bankrupting people. Despite numerous negative experiences, many still turn to dubious enterprises, falling victim in the process. The film portrays cases when attempts to escape debt led to utter deception.

  • 13:00
    Society

    Kristina was 19 when she and her brothers and sisters lost both parents within a year. She had no time to grieve, though, as her family of six could have been taken into care. Kristina put her studies aside and moved back to her home village to become her siblings' legal guardian. Big Sister is in charge, but the kids all play their part in running their hectic household. They milk cows, care for their numerous pets, chop wood, mow, fix, build, and they still go to school. They even find time to play. Find out how Kristina handles being a Mum and the head of her big family.

  • 13:30
    The Silk Road Series

    Modern China is a unique mix of cutting-edge technology and centuries-old tradition. It takes pride in its booming economy and rich cultural heritage. In many ways, China owes its complexity and versatility to the Silk Road, an ancient trade route established in the 2nd century BC that for hundreds of years initiated cross-cultural interaction between Eurasian civilisations.

  • 14:30
    Discovering Russia

    St Basil’s has several names, but the one it is most known for was given to it after Basil the Blessed, a “holy fool” who deliberately walked barefoot and abandoned clothes and his home. He was close to people and stood for the truth, and even Ivan the Terrible was said to be afraid of him. The Cathedral was built in the 16th century, and many periods of its life are shrouded in mystery. So what secrets does it hide?

  • 15:00
    Discovering Russia

    Crimea has transformed significantly since rejoining Russia, with new infrastructure, modern energy systems, scientific advancements, and cultural developments shaping the lives of its residents. Watch this documentary to witness firsthand, the changes and future plans for the peninsula.

  • 15:30
    Health

    The abject poverty sucks the residents of Herat province in Afghanistan into a vicious circle. They sell their kidneys to raise money to feed their families, but the damage to their health by the semi-legal and unsanitary surgery impairs them and takes away the already slim chances of finding a job. Does this problem have a solution?

  • 16:00
    Crime and Terrorism

    In August 2022, Russian journalist Daria Dugina was killed in a car bomb attack organised by the Ukrainian authorities. In October 2022, a massive blast hit the Crimean Bridge. The Russian security services regularly foil dozens of subversive acts. The documentary takes a look at the terror methods used by Ukrainian nationalists and traces its roots to Soviet times, when US intelligence funded Ukrainian sabotage activities against Moscow.

  • 16:30
    History

    When Auschwitz was freed on January 27, 1945, the survivors met their liberators with shouts of “the Russians have come.” Some 70 years later, the Red Army’s instrumental role in defeating the Nazis in WWII is being wiped from Western history books. However, not all have forgotten who stopped Hitler’s war machine. Those who remember still honour their tremendous sacrifices.

  • 17:30
    Military and War

    The final stages of the retaking of Donetsk airport took place in late 2014 early 2015. By that time, in response to the Donbass people’s militia attempts to retake the airport, the Ukrainian army directed fire towards the peaceful districts of the city. In the end, the Ukrainian military surrendered the airport. It was utterly destroyed.

  • 18:30
    Environment

    ‘Although our efforts may seem ridiculous and insignificant, the theory of small deeds has to work, we’ve got to fix our planet’, says Vladimir Privalov, ‘Clean Arctic’ volunteer. Vladimir joined the expedition and went to Franz Josef Land to remove car batteries and barrels contaminating the soil and water. Volunteers have to carry out extensive work as previously advanced Arctic research facilities eventually became abandoned and polluted.

  • 19:00
    Human Rights

    During World War II, the Finnish army established a military administration in Karelia, one of the republics of the Soviet Union. For four years Soviet territory was occupied. During this time Finns built 14 concentration camps, 34 labor camps and dozens of prisons. The exact number of people who perished in Karelia and Petrozavodsk concentration camps is still unknown. In 1990, the concentration camp survivors united to find those responsible for the crimes. However, more than 30 years on, they continue to struggle for justice mainly to little avail.

  • 20:00
    Military and War

    In 2014 Donbass residents in the Donetsk region refused to recognise the results of “Maidan” and were confronted by a severe reaction from the Ukrainian authorities. As a result, Donetsk airport became a stronghold for the Ukrainian army wanting to remain in control. One of the main objectives was to retake the airport control tower, which the Ukrainian army used to target the shelling of militia and peaceful citizens.

  • 21:00
    Investigation

    Microfinance organisations have gained a reputation as adept illusionists, skillfully deceiving and bankrupting people. Despite numerous negative experiences, many still turn to dubious enterprises, falling victim in the process. The film portrays cases when attempts to escape debt led to utter deception.

  • 21:30
  • 22:30
    Space

    More than 400 applicants are competing for just eight places in a cosmonaut recruitment campaign by Roscosmos. The Russian space agency is looking for future crews to take new-generation spaceships to the moon. Civilians Irina, Konstantin and Andrey are among the hopefuls going through a rigorous selection process, that includes thorough medical checks and intense interviews. For almost two years, RTD follows the contenders to see how hard they are willing to work and which ends up with their dream job.

  • 23:00
    Lifestyle

    People living in the tundra are accustomed to the nomadic lifestyle. Every couple of days, they pack all their belongings and move to a new place, covering up to 600 km in the wild Tundra per year. Their children help care for the reindeer herds and build sledges, but when they leave for school, some of the kids opt to remain in the comforts of the city. Will their choice put an end to the ancient Nenets tradition?