BBC announces documentary on Greta Thunberg's 'international crusade', 'journey into adulthood'

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg will be the centre of a new documentary series announced by the BBC.

BBC Studios' Science Unit says the television series will follow Thunberg's "international crusade" to raise awareness of the climate crisis and put pressure on world leaders to act. The show will see Thunberg at the "front line of climate change in some of the most extraordinary places on earth".

Thunberg, born in Stockholm, Sweden, received international attention last year when she blasted world leaders at the UN for not doing enough to combat global warming. She is also responsible for a global movement of school children skipping school to strike against climate change. 

Time Magazine named her Person of the Year in 2019.

The teenager's meeting with not only scientists but political leaders and business people will make up part of the documentary. She will explore scientific evidence with them and challenge them to change. 

"The films will also chart her own journey into adulthood as she continues to be confronted by the real world consequences of inaction; and will share some of the quiet moments as she writes the impactful speeches that are now broadcast and analysed around the world, as she lives a teenage life like no other," says a statement from BBC Studios.

BBC Studios' executive producer Rob Liddell said it was an "extraordinary privilege" to work with Greta and get "an inside view on what it's like being a global icon and one of the most famous faces on the planet".

It won't be the first documentary about the famous activist, with Hulu set to premiere a show about Thunberg in 2020 titled Greta.