Singapore – As Singapore approaches 50 years of independence, BBC World News and BBC.com turn their attention to the tiny island nation in a Singapore Direct season of programming, the latest installment of the Country Direct seasons.

The Singapore Direct season will explore how the island nation is using its considerable wealth across its economy, society and cultural life. Is this a model that other countries could learn from or is Singapore’s mix of political conservatism, tight social controls and economic prosperity a curious one-off?

Through BBC World News programmes like Fast:trackOne Square Mile, Talking Movies and Working Lives, BBC’s journalists explore the issues faced by a country and its people – from the economic opportunities and challenges to living life at every level of society; from its traditions and history to future plans and innovations.

Mary Wilkinson, Head of Commissioning, BBC World News and BBC.com: “Much has been said and written about Singapore from the chewing gum ban to full employment, but this season of programmes will explore what it is really like to live and work there.”