This definitive boxset series charts the extraordinary evolution of Volodymyr Zelensky - from wide-eyed entertainer to president of Ukraine, to now, dressed in his ubiquitous khaki, close cropped beard and dark circles under his eyes - a defiant and calculating war leader.
Bringing together past and present, interweaving actuality, immersive archive and intimate testimony, award-winning series director Michael Waldman takes viewers inside the moral complexities of this chapter of world history; the life and death decisions, the power dynamics and the devastating human toll that war takes.
From Zelensky’s childhood as part of a Jewish family touched by the Holocaust, to starting his presidential campaign as a joke; from his career as a romcom movie star and the voice of Paddington Bear in Ukraine, to multiple assassination attempts – this is the incredible story of a globally significant war leader that is far wilder than fiction.
Simon Young says: "History is undergoing a real renaissance on TV, helping us not only to better understand the past, but also the age we live in today. The BBC, and the amazing producers we work with, are leading the charge with some genre-defining programmes and the titles we are announcing today show the sheer breadth, quality and variety of our output.”
Zelensky, a 3x60’ for BBC Two and iPlayer, is made by 72 Films. It was commissioned by Simon Young, BBC Head of History and the Executive Producer is David Glover.