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"Kolkata with Sue Perkins" on BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Sue Perkins explores the story of India through the life of its most beguiling and exuberant city – Kolkata. From its grand history as the seat of British Imperial power to its modern reincarnation as a centre of commerce, the past, present and future of India co-exist here like nowhere else.

The last rich kids of the Raj, the new property entrepreneurs, the 8,000 rickshaw men and an estimated 250,000 homeless street children all live, work and sleep in the same beautiful, crazy and colourful place. Through encounters with people from every strata of society, from the richest to the poorest, Sue unravels the strands that make this modern-day megacity work.

Full of powerful and emotional human stories, this stunning film captures the complexity and vivacity of Kolkata offering a fascinating insight into a place still tied to its dark past but looking forward to a bright future.

BBC Earth is on Starhub Channel 407.