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Being Indian voted best BBC docu

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 17:39 IST
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Being Indian

, a documentary focussing on what life is like for the youth of today's India, has been voted by TV audiences as best BBC World documentary this year.

The documentary got a total of 18.95 per cent of the votes polled by BBC World viewers, the TV network announced today.

The programme, produced by Rockhopper Television Production, UK, follows the lives of four children from widely differing backgrounds in a country with a fast-moving economy and half its population under the age of 35.

It delves into what the social change and mobility really mean for children of India today.

One of the episodes follows Biru Malik, a nine-year-old, who lives with his family in one bedroom. One of the family's main jobs is to prepare funeral pyres and cremate bodies on the banks of the Ganga.

Throughout November, BBC World viewers have had the opportunity to vote for the most outstanding documentary programme shown on the channel this year, the BBC said in a release.

It said the TV viewers chose from among 15 documentaries.

The other winning programmes are 'The World Uncovered: Sex Crimes and the Vatican', 'Kill or Cure? The Deadly Sleep', 'Africa: Open for Business', Hitler's Bunker: The Last Survivor Speaks and Facing the Truth.

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