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The Great Divide

Series 1 - Episode 2 The Great Divide



It would be understandable if you felt watching pandemic hardships unfold around the world wasn’t top of your wish-list right now. But make an exception for this outstanding series, which tonight takes us from the Bronx to Beirut, Nairobi to St Petersburg, via human snapshots that collectively make the point that in 2020, we were all very much not in it together. 

A French journalist notes that for some it was like a holiday, for others more a jail sentence. A New York mother of six learns to home-school. A Russian ballet dancer films himself at his dacha. And a Kenyan couple remember the son they lost — not to the pandemic, but to the police brutality that came with it.


Told through candid interviews and personal archive, cameras reveal what happens as lockdowns continue around the planet and the pressure of being trapped indoors begins to be felt. Contributors include a French photojournalist who is forced to decide between working and home-schooling, and heads to the frontline of the pandemic.

Cast & Crew

Director James Bluemel
Editor Justin Badger
Executive Producer Will Anderson
Executive Producer Andrew Palmer
Executive Producer Clare Sillery
Executive Producer Hamish Fergusson
Producer Sara Obeidat
Producer Gus Palmer
Producer Jo Elliott
Producer Daisy Squires
Series Producer Alice Henley
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