When is Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World on TV?

This three-part documentary series on BBC One follows Greta Thunberg as she takes a year off from school to witness the impact of climate change firsthand.

Greta Thunberg on the Athabasca Glacier. © Mark Ferguson/BBC Studios

When is Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World on TV?

The three episodes of Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World will be aired on BBC One on:

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  • Episode one: Monday 12 April, 9pm
  • Episode two: Monday 19 April, 9pm
  • Episode three: Monday 26 April, 9pm

All three episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Watch the trailer for Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World:

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Who is Greta Thunberg?

Greta Thunberg with her striking sign, which translates to: School Strike for the Climate. © Banfa Jawla/BBC Studios
Greta Thunberg with her striking sign, which translates to: School Strike for the Climate. © Banfa Jawla/BBC Studios

Greta Thunberg is a young environmental activist from Sweden who rose to prominence in 2018 when she, aged 15 years old at the time, began striking outside the Swedish parliament on Fridays against climate change. Since then, she has become the face of the youth climate movement, addressing the UN, joining other young school strikers around the world, and sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to America. She was named as the 2019 person of the year by Time magazine.

Greta’s parents are Malena Ernman, an opera singer, and Svante Thunberg, an actor. She has a younger sister.

Greta has Asperger’s syndrome, which falls under the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. She has described it as a gift, and as being different as a “superpower”.

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What is Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World about?

In 2019, Greta took a year off school to go around the world and witness the impact of climate change on the planet, including visiting melting glaciers, seeing firsthand the destruction of wildfires, sailing back across the Atlantic Ocean at the UN climate conference is moved from Chile to Madrid, attending the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, and meeting Sir David Attenborough.

Greta Thunberg (left) and her father Svante Thunberg on La Vagabonde. © Rob Liddell/BBC Studios
Greta Thunberg (left) and her father Svante Thunberg on La Vagabonde. © Rob Liddell/BBC Studios
Sir David Attenborough with Greta Thunberg. © Alex Board/BBC Studios
Sir David Attenborough with Greta Thunberg. © Alex Board/BBC Studios

The documentary follows her throughout this year, and how the coronavirus pandemic has affected her activism.


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Main image: Greta Thunberg on the Athabasca Glacier. © Mark Ferguson/BBC Studios