• 00:00
    News Team

    Correspondent Harry Fear heads to the notorious Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre outside London to do a story about an Afghan inmate who has reportedly been denied treatment for hepatitis for five months. However, on arriving at the prison-like facility, Harry isn’t allowed in, and the detainee doesn’t answer his phone. The producers in Moscow insist that he do a report anyway, so Harry has to come up with a way to salvage his story.

  • 00:30
    Military and War

    They call it “The Grey Zone” – the village of Zaitsevo found itself caught between two warring sides: Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Residents are hostages to the ongoing conflict; they sleep to the sound of artillery fire, never knowing if they’ll survive the night. 

  • 01:00
    Environment

    There's not much life on the 80th parallel north, close to the northernmost point in the world. It's a vast icy desert with the occasional polar bear or walrus seen in the distance. Russian researchers are making their way there aboard the Akademik Tryoshnikov to wedge into an ice floe and simply, 'go with it'. Drifting polar stations were first set up in the 1930s, but became too risky when rising temperatures started causing the ice caps to melt. RTD joins the experimental Transarktika-2019 expedition on a month-long voyage to revive the drifting polar missions.

  • 01:30
    Tested On Mr.Brown

    James Brown enlists and is sent to boot camp, where he will see if he has what it takes to become one of Russia's elite Airborne Troops or VDV.

  • 02:00
    Tested On Mr.Brown

    James Brown joins the paratroopers' mountain division, where he and his comrades engage the enemy in wargames. 

  • 02:30
    This is China Series

    The Siberian tiger was recently on the brink of extinction, but it is now roaming Chinese forests once more. RTD travels to Hunchun National Nature Reserve on the country’s north-eastern border with Russia to stalk its most magnificent beast and learn from rangers and scientists about what it takes to save these awe-inspiring kings of the wild.

  • 03:00
    Traditions

    In the poorest regions of India, widows are a burden. Formerly, they would be burnt alive while their husbands were cremated. Today, many widows are made to leave their families and forced to beg in the streets. Fortunately, some Hindu monasteries are able to offer shelter and hope to these betrayed women.

  • 03:30
    Health

    In Sierra Leone, the deadly Ebola virus continues to take its toll on people who beat it. After being cured, former patients often face ignorance and stigma within their communities. RTD shares the stories of survivors, struggling to rebuild their lives while fighting to be accepted by society.

  • 04:00
    Taste of Russia

    Oscar and Glen visit­­­­­­ a town nestled in the Caucasus Mountains, renowned in ancient times for some of the world’s finest steel weapons and armour. After visiting a local swordsmith, the ‘gastronauts’ try their hands at making a unique Dagestani flatbread before sitting down for a feast including lamb shish kebabs.

  • 04:30
    Human Rights

    Kidnapping girls to marry them is common practice in Kyrgyzstan. Some of those couples live happily together for the rest of their lives, but a lot of the women can never put up with the shame of forced marriage and sometimes take their own lives. 

  • 05:00
    News Team

    Correspondent Harry Fear heads to the notorious Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre outside London to do a story about an Afghan inmate who has reportedly been denied treatment for hepatitis for five months. However, on arriving at the prison-like facility, Harry isn’t allowed in, and the detainee doesn’t answer his phone. The producers in Moscow insist that he do a report anyway, so Harry has to come up with a way to salvage his story.

  • 05:30
    History

    After decades of political antagonism with the West, the Soviet Union made its first Olympic appearance in the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki.The USSR’s team shocked the world, leaving European countries and Australia in the dust, coming in second only to the USA. It was hard to believe that some of the gold medal winners had been wounded in World War II or nearly starved during the siege of Leningrad. A number had even survived multiple Nazi concentration camps. Team’s members describe how they overcame hardships to achieve remarkable victories for their country.

  • 06:00
    Traditions

    The Chukchi, an indigenous population in Russia's far northeast, have hunted marine mammals for centuries. RTD travels to the largest ethnic settlement of Chukotka to meet the whale hunters. They learn what it takes to land a big catch and why their job is crucial to the survival of their community.

  • 06:30
    Health

    More than 4,000 people with haemophilia in the UK have contracted HIV or hepatitis C, and in some cases both, from contaminated blood products imported from the US in the 1970s and 1980s. Patients who already lived with a rare and severe disorder received the infected drug derived from blood donations of up to 40,000 people, including prisoners and drug users. Only decades later, after hundreds had died as a direct result of contamination, were victims and their families given a chance to find the truth behind the contaminated blood scandal. In April 2019, a Public Inquiry opened, hearing victim testimonies around the country. RTD travels to the UK to hear from infected blood victims and campaigners seeking answers and desperate to know why, and how, the tragedy was allowed to happen.

  • 07:00
    Arts and Culture

    While violence in Gaza continues unabated, local children and teenagers still pursue their everyday interests. RTD follows students of a Gaza City music school who have lived through three major military conflicts since 2008. Despite their experiences, they remain hopeful that peace will eventually come. Until then, they seek comfort in music.

  • 07:30
    Investigation

    Letters written by a young man, Flip Slier, while condemned to the Nazi’s concentration camps, were found during a renovation of an old house in Amsterdam. RT correspondent and Flip’s relative, Paula Slier, goes on a personal journey to learn about his fate and those of 119 of her relatives who were killed in death camps.

  • 08:00
    Environment

    Dubbed the Philippines' last ecological frontier, Palawan Island is in danger from massive deforestation. Stretches of virgin rainforest are being razed to make way for industries taking over Palawan's natural resources. To save the island and its forest-based indigenous tribes, ecological activists take the fight into their own hands, capturing loggers and their equipment, demolishing unsanctioned logging sites and exposing corrupt officials.

  • 08:30
    Politics

    Yellow Vests protests have been sweeping over France since November 2018. Priscillia Ludosky, who launched the anti-tax petition that sparked the movement; Ghislain Coutard, who came up with the idea of using warning vests as a symbol; and Jerome Rodrigues, who became the face of the movement after being partially blinded by a rubber bullet, explain why common people in small-town France are so angry.

  • 09:00
    Black Lives Documentary Series

    Civil rights were supposed to give African Americans access to the American Dream. But after decades of legal equality, many feel an entire system is stopping them from being successful. Black Lives Matter activists blame systemic racism and White supremacy, but an activist Imam and a Trump-supporting pastor question the whole American Dream.

  • 09:30
    Lifestyle

    Their death defying stunts are scary to watch. Their videos tempt young fans to emulate their exploits. However, these adrenaline junkies publish them anyway in pursuit of internet fame. Russia’s self-proclaimed ‘Spiderman’ even took on a 70-storey building without protection to promote his name. RTD spent a week with the craziest Russian ‘rooftoppers’ to find out what motivates them… and what price they are ready to pay for more likes.

  • 10:00
    Military and War

    They call it “The Grey Zone” – the village of Zaitsevo found itself caught between two warring sides: Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Residents are hostages to the ongoing conflict; they sleep to the sound of artillery fire, never knowing if they’ll survive the night. 

  • 10:30
    Environment

    There's not much life on the 80th parallel north, close to the northernmost point in the world. It's a vast icy desert with the occasional polar bear or walrus seen in the distance. Russian researchers are making their way there aboard the Akademik Tryoshnikov to wedge into an ice floe and simply, 'go with it'. Drifting polar stations were first set up in the 1930s, but became too risky when rising temperatures started causing the ice caps to melt. RTD joins the experimental Transarktika-2019 expedition on a month-long voyage to revive the drifting polar missions.

  • 11:00
    Traditions

    In the poorest regions of India, widows are a burden. Formerly, they would be burnt alive while their husbands were cremated. Today, many widows are made to leave their families and forced to beg in the streets. Fortunately, some Hindu monasteries are able to offer shelter and hope to these betrayed women.

  • 11:30
    Health

    In Sierra Leone, the deadly Ebola virus continues to take its toll on people who beat it. After being cured, former patients often face ignorance and stigma within their communities. RTD shares the stories of survivors, struggling to rebuild their lives while fighting to be accepted by society.

  • 12:00
    Taste of Russia

    Oscar and Glen visit­­­­­­ a town nestled in the Caucasus Mountains, renowned in ancient times for some of the world’s finest steel weapons and armour. After visiting a local swordsmith, the ‘gastronauts’ try their hands at making a unique Dagestani flatbread before sitting down for a feast including lamb shish kebabs.

  • 12:30
    Arts and Culture

    The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held over 50 years ago, is a highly prestigious award in the classical music world. It attracts well-established and less well-known musicians from all over the world. They all come hoping for glory and international recognition though only one can win.

  • 13:00
    News Team

    Correspondent Harry Fear heads to the notorious Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre outside London to do a story about an Afghan inmate who has reportedly been denied treatment for hepatitis for five months. However, on arriving at the prison-like facility, Harry isn’t allowed in, and the detainee doesn’t answer his phone. The producers in Moscow insist that he do a report anyway, so Harry has to come up with a way to salvage his story.

  • 13:30
    Human Rights

    Kidnapping girls to marry them is common practice in Kyrgyzstan. Some of those couples live happily together for the rest of their lives, but a lot of the women can never put up with the shame of forced marriage and sometimes take their own lives. 

  • 14:00
    Society

    Guns have historically been a distinct feature of American life, but school shootings that have become more frequent recently have raised a question whether the US government should ban people from keeping guns at home.

  • 14:30
    History

    After decades of political antagonism with the West, the Soviet Union made its first Olympic appearance in the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki.The USSR’s team shocked the world, leaving European countries and Australia in the dust, coming in second only to the USA. It was hard to believe that some of the gold medal winners had been wounded in World War II or nearly starved during the siege of Leningrad. A number had even survived multiple Nazi concentration camps. Team’s members describe how they overcame hardships to achieve remarkable victories for their country.

  • 15:00
    Traditions

    The Chukchi, an indigenous population in Russia's far northeast, have hunted marine mammals for centuries. RTD travels to the largest ethnic settlement of Chukotka to meet the whale hunters. They learn what it takes to land a big catch and why their job is crucial to the survival of their community.

  • 15:30
    Health

    More than 4,000 people with haemophilia in the UK have contracted HIV or hepatitis C, and in some cases both, from contaminated blood products imported from the US in the 1970s and 1980s. Patients who already lived with a rare and severe disorder received the infected drug derived from blood donations of up to 40,000 people, including prisoners and drug users. Only decades later, after hundreds had died as a direct result of contamination, were victims and their families given a chance to find the truth behind the contaminated blood scandal. In April 2019, a Public Inquiry opened, hearing victim testimonies around the country. RTD travels to the UK to hear from infected blood victims and campaigners seeking answers and desperate to know why, and how, the tragedy was allowed to happen.

  • 16:00
    Lifestyle

    They can hold their breath for several minutes and slow their heart rate to almost nothing. Free divers plunge to incredible depths with no scuba gear. They push themselves to the limit to break new records but despite the serious risks involved, they can’t resist the call of the deep.

  • 17:00
    Arts and Culture

    While violence in Gaza continues unabated, local children and teenagers still pursue their everyday interests. RTD follows students of a Gaza City music school who have lived through three major military conflicts since 2008. Despite their experiences, they remain hopeful that peace will eventually come. Until then, they seek comfort in music.

  • 17:30
    now
    Investigation

    Letters written by a young man, Flip Slier, while condemned to the Nazi’s concentration camps, were found during a renovation of an old house in Amsterdam. RT correspondent and Flip’s relative, Paula Slier, goes on a personal journey to learn about his fate and those of 119 of her relatives who were killed in death camps.

  • 18:00
    This is China Series

    The Siberian tiger was recently on the brink of extinction, but it is now roaming Chinese forests once more. RTD travels to Hunchun National Nature Reserve on the country’s north-eastern border with Russia to stalk its most magnificent beast and learn from rangers and scientists about what it takes to save these awe-inspiring kings of the wild.

  • 18:30
    Environment

    Dubbed the Philippines' last ecological frontier, Palawan Island is in danger from massive deforestation. Stretches of virgin rainforest are being razed to make way for industries taking over Palawan's natural resources. To save the island and its forest-based indigenous tribes, ecological activists take the fight into their own hands, capturing loggers and their equipment, demolishing unsanctioned logging sites and exposing corrupt officials.

  • 19:00
    Society

    As a transsexual, Yury Ovodov or "Julia" believes that he is actually a woman, and his decision to act the part has alienated his family and stunted his career prospects. However, he claims that he wouldn't be able to live with himself as a male. RTd follows a person trapped between two identities as he seeks acceptance, both from his community and from himself.

  • 19:30
    Arts and Culture

    Becoming a professional ballerina is a journey that begins at a young age and is extremely competitive. We meet young girls devoting their lives to the profession, as well as the women, who end up on the very top, performing on stage at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.

  • 20:00
    Taste of Russia

    Oscar and Glen visit­­­­­­ a town nestled in the Caucasus Mountains, renowned in ancient times for some of the world’s finest steel weapons and armour. After visiting a local swordsmith, the ‘gastronauts’ try their hands at making a unique Dagestani flatbread before sitting down for a feast including lamb shish kebabs.

  • 20:30
    Politics

    Yellow Vests protests have been sweeping over France since November 2018. Priscillia Ludosky, who launched the anti-tax petition that sparked the movement; Ghislain Coutard, who came up with the idea of using warning vests as a symbol; and Jerome Rodrigues, who became the face of the movement after being partially blinded by a rubber bullet, explain why common people in small-town France are so angry.

  • 21:00
    News Team

    Correspondent Harry Fear heads to the notorious Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre outside London to do a story about an Afghan inmate who has reportedly been denied treatment for hepatitis for five months. However, on arriving at the prison-like facility, Harry isn’t allowed in, and the detainee doesn’t answer his phone. The producers in Moscow insist that he do a report anyway, so Harry has to come up with a way to salvage his story.

  • 21:30
    Black Lives Documentary Series

    Civil rights were supposed to give African Americans access to the American Dream. But after decades of legal equality, many feel an entire system is stopping them from being successful. Black Lives Matter activists blame systemic racism and White supremacy, but an activist Imam and a Trump-supporting pastor question the whole American Dream.

  • 22:00
    Lifestyle

    Their death defying stunts are scary to watch. Their videos tempt young fans to emulate their exploits. However, these adrenaline junkies publish them anyway in pursuit of internet fame. Russia’s self-proclaimed ‘Spiderman’ even took on a 70-storey building without protection to promote his name. RTD spent a week with the craziest Russian ‘rooftoppers’ to find out what motivates them… and what price they are ready to pay for more likes.

  • 22:30
    Taste of Russia

    On a bluff overlooking a scenic river near the picturesque hamlet of Tarusa, Oscar mentions to Glen it’s the perfect place to find a duck – and eat one. However, first, they have to shoot it! Luckily, a local gunsmith helps them out, and the pair has great fun running around in the woods playing Rambo. But will the ‘gastronauts’ bag their bird?

  • 23:00
    Traditions

    They are often called Europe’s last barbarians. Photographic and video images recording their centuries-old activities have shocked people.  Despite the international controversy that surrounds their traditional and bloody slaughter of pilot whales, the Faroese claim they have the right to continue doing it. But why?

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