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A BBC One documentary will be broadcast in both English and Hindi for the first time this week. Viewers of One Night in Bhopal will be able to access a Hindi language version via interactive TV.

Five survivors of the toxic chemical accident in Bhopal
The story of five extraordinary people in One Night in Bhopal
Wed Dec 1, BBC One, 9pm
The programme examines the world's worst industrial accident in India 20 years ago which has led to the deaths of at least 15,000 people.

The Hindi language version is aimed at Britain's Indian and other South Asian communities which number over two million people according to census figures.

Digital reach among British Asians is particularly high at 70%, partly due to the availability of Hindi language and other Asian programming on satellite and cable.

The BBC hopes interactive TV will be an effective way of reaching the part of that audience that doesn't speak English as a first language.

Hindi was also chosen because it is the main language spoken in Bhopal.

The programme was filmed largely on location in India using drama reconstruction to tell the story through the lives of five survivors.

These include a doctor who resigned from Union Carbide, the company which operated the chemical works over concerns about safety before the accident.

Another of the characters is the local chief of police, Swaraj Puri. He arrested the American chairman of the multinational corporation who visited Bhopal shortly after the disaster.

The Hindi language translation and dub were produced by Chrysalis Films of Mumbai (Bombay) whose previous work for the BBC includes the Hindi language version of Keeping Up Appearances broadcast on BBC World.

One Night in Bhopal was broadcast on BBC One at 2100GMT, Wednesday, 1 December 2004, at 2100 GMT on BBC One.

It was also broadcast on Saturday, 4 December 2004, on BBC World. Please check the BBC World TV listings for details of transmission times.

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