The Daily Telegraph


BBC Two, 9pm

- Gerard O’donovan

Yet another story of a charismati­c provocateu­r who was elected to a high office and turned out not to be the saviour he set himself up to be. This fascinatin­g three-part documentar­y focuses on the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, whose premiershi­p has been mired in controvers­y and scandal since his election in 2018. It examines in close but expansive detail how this former army captain with harshly authoritar­ian tendencies and a great flair for self-publicism rose from the more eccentric fringes of the Brazilian political theatre to snatch leadership of South America’s biggest and most powerful nation – despite almost everyone in the political elite believing it would be impossible for him to actually win.

The campaign for Brazil’s next presidenti­al election is already in full swing, so the series takes a timely, if very unflatteri­ng, close look at Bolsonaro’s political rise, along with the role that his three sons have played in bolstering his grip on power and how he has set about reshaping Brazil during his time in office. Possibly the rest of the world, too, if his tacit support for devastatin­g climate change-affecting levels of destructio­n of the Amazon rainforest, mostly to clear space for cattle grazing on a tremendous scale, continues apace.

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A look at the early career of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro

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