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  • Dogging Tales

    Dogging Tales

    Meet the people who have sex in front of strangers in public in a compelling documentary that looks at how and why they do it

  • 12 Year Old Lifer

    12 Year Old Lifer

    An extraordinary insight into a murder that gripped and baffled America and that led to a 12-year-old boy being sentenced to 30 years in jail

  • Skint

    Skint

    Provocative and revealing documentary stories of how people survive without work

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  1. Undercover Boss USA: Kat Cole Undercover Boss USA

    The American version of Undercover Boss shows high-flying executives taking extraordinary steps to ensure their companies are fighting fit by going undercover in their own businesses [S] More on Undercover Boss USA

    Next on: Sunday 20 April, 9PM on More4

  2. One Born series 5 One Born Every Minute

    A ground-breaking look at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit, from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff [S] [AD] More on One Born Every Minute

    Next on: Monday 21 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  3. Kevin's Supersized Salvage Kevin's Supersized Salvage

    Kevin McCloud challenges three designers to turn a plane into hundreds of amazing new products, and prove that creativity is a genuine solution to Britain's waste crisis More on Kevin's Supersized Salvage

    Next on: Thursday 24 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  4. Posh Pawn Posh Pawn

    From helicopters to Lamborghinis, mini-submarines and Hermes handbags, Posh Pawn uncovers the hidden world of high-end pawnbroking More on Posh Pawn

    Next on: Thursday 17 April, 8PM on Channel 4

  5. Brazil Unreported World

    Critically acclaimed series on the lives of people in some of the fastest-changing areas of the world [S] [AD] More on Unreported World

    Next on: Friday 18 April, 7.30PM on Channel 4

  6. Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade

    Harry Wallop puts hidden cameras inside shops, restaurants and market stalls, to reveal the tricks and scams used to make us spend our money [S] More on Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade

    Next on: Monday 21 April, 7.30PM on Channel 4

  7. Dead Famous DNA Dead Famous DNA

    Mark Evans tracks down remains of some of history's most important and infamous figures, and uses cutting-edge DNA analysis to find out more about what made them who they were [S] More on Dead Famous DNA

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 09 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  8. food_unwrapped_s2_jimmy_v2_brand Food Unwrapped

    Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton and Matt Tebbut present the food and science series that travels the world to lift the lid on what's really in the food we eat [S] More on Food Unwrapped

    Next on: Monday 21 April, 8PM on Channel 4

  9. Bodyshock Bodyshock

    Long-running documentary strand that investigates extraordinary and moving real-life stories about the extremes of the human body [S] More on Bodyshock

    Last broadcast: 24 June 2013, on

  10. The Million Pound Necklace: Inside Boodles Inside Rolls-Royce and Boodles

    A privileged peek into the exclusive world of luxury brands Rolls-Royce and Boodles [S] [AD] More on Inside Rolls-Royce and Boodles

    Last broadcast: Sunday 23 March, 8PM on Channel 4

  11. How to Get a Council House How to Get a Council House

    How do councils cope with a lack of properties and a surplus of people in need of homes with affordable rent? [S] More on How to Get a Council House

    Next on: Wednesday 23 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  12. The Hotel The Hotel

    A real-life Fawlty Towers, this comedy-doc looks at life above and below stairs at Torquay's Grosvenor Hotel [S] [AD] More on The Hotel

    Last broadcast: 17 February 2013, on

  13. 15,000 Kids and Counting 15,000 Kids and Counting

    On average, one child is taken into care every 20 minutes in Britain. This series has unparalleled access to the entire adoption process, from social workers to birth parents and adopters. [S] More on 15,000 Kids and Counting

    Next on: Thursday 17 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  14. Speed with Guy Martin Speed with Guy Martin

    Motorcycle racer and mechanic Guy Martin undertakes a series of speed-based challenges, exploring the boundaries of physics and learning about the science of speed [S] More on Speed with Guy Martin

    Next on: Monday 21 April, 10PM on More4

  15. Dogging Tales Dogging Tales

    Meet the people who have sex in front of strangers in public in a compelling documentary that looks at how and why they do it [S] [AD] More on Dogging Tales

    Last broadcast: 04 April 2013, on

  16. The Hunt for the Boston Bombers The Hunt for the Boston Bombers

    The inside story of five days of terror in Boston, told with unique access to the FBI, Boston Police Department, victims of the marathon bombing and those who were caught up in the manhunt [S] More on The Hunt for the Boston Bombers

    Next on: Friday 18 April, 12.05AM on 4seven

  17. Food Prices: The Shocking Truth Food Prices: The Shocking Truth

    Jimmy Doherty goes on a global journey to find out why food prices have been rising so quickly [S] [AD] More on Food Prices: The Shocking Truth

    Last broadcast: Tuesday 25 March, 9PM on Channel 4

  18. Bigfoot Files Bigfoot Files

    Mark Evans and geneticist Bryan Sykes examine the legend of Bigfoot, using DNA testing to determine if he's a hominid, an ape or just a hoax [S] More on Bigfoot Files

    Next on: Saturday 19 April, 9.20PM on More4

  19. Dirty Weekenders in France: Richard E. Grant Dirty Weekenders in France: Richard E. Grant

    Richard E. Grant joins professional antique dealers as they search France for treasures to sell back home in the UK [S] [AD] More on Dirty Weekenders in France: Richard E. Grant

    Next on: Saturday 19 April, 8PM on 4seven

  20. The Mystery of the Nevada Triangle The Mystery of the Nevada Triangle

    An investigation of the 'new Bermuda Triangle' in America's Sierra Nevada mountains, where hundreds of aircraft have disappeared [S] More on The Mystery of the Nevada Triangle

  21. Undercover Boss Canada: Katharine Schmidt Undercover Boss Australia and Canada

    High-flying Australian and Canadian executives take extraordinary steps to ensure that their companies are fighting fit by going undercover in their own businesses [S] More on Undercover Boss Australia and Canada

    Last broadcast: Friday 14 February, 10AM on Channel 4

  22. Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane

    The against-the-odds story of John Wildey, who landed a plane, in the dark and with no flying experience, after the pilot had collapsed [S] More on Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane

    Last broadcast: Thursday 27 March, 9PM on Channel 4

  23. big_fat_gypsy_weddings_carols_caravans_625x352 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

    Revealing documentary series that offers a window into the secretive, extravagant and surprising world of gypsies and travellers in Britain today [S] [AD] More on Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

    Last broadcast: Thursday 02 January, 9PM on Channel 4

  24. Bodyshockers Bodyshockers

    From tattoos to piercings and big boobs, Katie Piper meets people planning major body modifications, and people who've already had them done and regret it. Can they persuade the newbies to think again? [S] More on Bodyshockers

    Last broadcast: Thursday 20 February, 10PM on Channel 4

  25. 12 Year Old Lifer 12 Year Old Lifer

    An extraordinary insight into a murder that gripped and baffled America and that led to a 12-year-old boy being sentenced to 30 years in jail [S] [AD] More on 12 Year Old Lifer

    Last broadcast: 02 May 2013, on

  26. Iceman Autopsy Iceman Murder Mystery

    Ötzi, the Neolithic mummy pulled from a glacier 20 years ago, is our key to understanding his times. Now scientists are briefly thawing him out to look inside and discover more secrets. [S] More on Iceman Murder Mystery

    Last broadcast: Sunday 06 April, 7PM on Channel 4

  27. Nick Cook in front of a Blackbird UFOs: The Secret Evidence

    Is the truth really out there? Defence journalist Nick Cook investigates the best UFO stories and asks what can be explained away by science - and what defies any rational explanation. [S] More on UFOs: The Secret Evidence

  28. Britain's Wicca Man A Very British Witchcraft

    The story of Wicca, from Dorset nudist colonies to witches casting spells to ward off Hitler, tabloid hysteria and appearances on Panorama [S] More on A Very British Witchcraft

    Last broadcast: 17 August 2013, on

  29. Tony Robinson's Gods and Monsters Tony Robinson's Gods and Monsters

    Tony Robinson reveals a terrifying world of walking corpses and evil spirits - the world that our ancestors thought they lived in [S] More on Tony Robinson's Gods and Monsters

    Last broadcast: 15 March 2013, on

  30. Return of the Black Death: Secret History Return of the Black Death: Secret History

    Bubonic plague is still around today, but kills in small numbers. Why did it kill so many people in 1348? The discovery of 25 medieval skeletons in London provides new answers. [S] [AD] More on Return of the Black Death: Secret History

    Last broadcast: Sunday 06 April, 8PM on Channel 4

  31. first_dates_wk13_ep7_625x352 First Dates

    The First Dates restaurant throws open its doors to single people looking for love [S] More on First Dates

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 02 April, 10PM on Channel 4

  32. Jockey School Jockey School

    Can discipline, hard work and a love of horses give teenagers with troubled backgrounds a fighting chance of a better life? [S] [AD] More on Jockey School

    Last broadcast: Thursday 03 April, 10PM on Channel 4

  33. One Born: What Happened Next? One Born: What Happened Next?

    Special programmes revisiting One Born Every Minute couples as they come to terms with the reality of parenthood [S] [AD] More on One Born: What Happened Next?

    Last broadcast: Friday 13 December, 12.55AM on Channel 4

  34. Nigel Farage: Who Are You? Nigel Farage: Who Are You?

    Martin Durkin gets to know UKIP leader Nigel Farage, the man who's turning British politics upside down [S] More on Nigel Farage: Who Are You?

    Last broadcast: Monday 31 March, 7.30PM on Channel 4

  35. Ken Follett's Journey into the Dark Ages Ken Follett's Journey into the Dark Ages

    Author Ken Follett presents two dramatic historical documentaries in which he explores the facts behind the setting of his fictional works [S] More on Ken Follett's Journey into the Dark Ages

    Last broadcast: 19 January 2013, on

  36. Great Canal Journeys Great Canal Journeys

    Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on four spectacular canal journeys in Britain and France [S] [AD] More on Great Canal Journeys

    Last broadcast: Monday 31 March, 9PM on More4

  37. The Dambusters' Great Escape: Secret History The Dambusters' Great Escape: Secret History

    The extraordinary story of how two RAF squadrons sank Germany's most dangerous Second World War battleship, after 34 failed attempts [S] [AD] More on The Dambusters' Great Escape: Secret History

    Last broadcast: Sunday 30 March, 8PM on Channel 4

  38. Katie: My Beautiful Friends Katie: My Beautiful Friends

    Katie Piper sets out on an extraordinary journey to use her personal experience to help rebuild the lives and confidence of people like her who are fighting for normality while living with a disfigurement [S] More on Katie: My Beautiful Friends

    Last broadcast: 05 April 2011, on

  39. Three Wives, One Husband: Married to the Mormons Three Wives, One Husband

    The religious community of Centennial Park, Arizona allow cameras unprecedented access to their lives [S] More on Three Wives, One Husband

    Last broadcast: Monday 03 February, 10PM on Channel 4

  40. How to Win the Grand National How to Win the Grand National

    Mark Evans examines what it takes to win the Grand National, drawing on new technology and analysis of horse anatomy to reveal the biological basis of success [S] More on How to Win the Grand National

    Last broadcast: 05 April 2013, on

  41. The Missing The Missing

    Powerful documentary following the stories of three families struggling to cope with relatives disappearing, exploring the lengths they're going to as they try to find them [S] [AD] More on The Missing

    Last broadcast: Tuesday 25 March, 10PM on Channel 4

  42. Sir Winston Churchill Churchill's Darkest Decision

    The forgotten story of Winston Churchill's darkest decision: to destroy the French battle fleet rather than trust the French government's promise to never hand them over to Hitler More on Churchill's Darkest Decision

    Last broadcast: Saturday 16 November, 8PM on More4

  43. The Churchills The Churchills

    Dr David Starkey tells the story of the two greatest war leaders in British history: Winston Churchill and his ancestor John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough [S] [AD] More on The Churchills

    Last broadcast: 09 August 2012, on

  44. Churchill and the Fascist Plot Churchill and the Fascist Plot

    The compelling story of how Winston Churchill and MI5 hunted down a group of British fascist aristocrats plotting to bring down the government and forge an alliance with Adolf Hitler [S] [AD] More on Churchill and the Fascist Plot

    Last broadcast: 16 March 2013, on

  45. Confessions of a Male Stripper Confessions of a Male Stripper

    This First Cut film goes behind the scenes at Britain's biggest male stripper agency as they audition new recruits [S] More on Confessions of a Male Stripper

    Last broadcast: 29 May 2013, on

  46. Millionaire Boy Racers Millionaire Boy Racers

    London is becoming the top summer destination for super-rich Arab tourists and their supercars, but many Knightsbridge and Chelsea residents are now complaining of sleepless nights... [S] More on Millionaire Boy Racers

    Last broadcast: 03 January 2013, on

  47. Secrets of the Vatican Secrets of the Vatican

    Crime, corruption and cover-up: this is the epic story of the collapse of the Benedict papacy. Can Pope Francis defeat the forces that overwhelmed his predecessor? [S] More on Secrets of the Vatican

    Last broadcast: Tuesday 25 March, 11PM on Channel 4

  48. cOPPERS Coppers

    Filmed across Britain, from inner cities to country beats, Coppers reveals what the police are up against every day of their working lives [S] More on Coppers

    Last broadcast: 27 February 2012, on

  49. Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I'm Gay Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I'm Gay

    Dr Christian Jessen goes undercover to investigate controversial gay 'cures' in the UK and the US [S] [AD] More on Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I'm Gay

    Last broadcast: Tuesday 18 March, 10PM on Channel 4

  50. The Storms That Stole Christmas Storms and Floods

    Two documentaries examine the extreme weather of Christmas 2013 and early 2014, meeting the people who experienced it and asking why it happened [S] [AD] More on Storms and Floods

    Last broadcast: Thursday 06 March, 9PM on Channel 4

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