Thailand is in the spotlight this August as BBC World News broadcasts a special series of documentaries and news programmes that go behind the headlines to report on life in the Southeast Asian nation.

From August 27 to September 7, BBC World News will explore how Thailand is recovering from 2011’s devastating floods – socially, economically and culturally. From the overall state of the Thai economy to the day-to-day lives of people throughout the country, the first ever Thailand Direct season will explore the challenges and opportunities the country faces today.

Programming highlights include Working Lives: Bangkok, One Square Mile: Ayutthaya, Click and fast:track. Thailand Direct broadcasts globally on the BBC’s 24 hours news channel BBC World News. Special multimedia content will also be available on