Documentaries

Inspirational and award-winning documentaries from over 25 years of groundbreaking television

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  • Home Truths

    Home Truths

    A series of short films exploring what Home means to us in all its unique and unusual forms

  • Skint

    Skint

    Provocative and revealing documentary stories of how people survive without work

  • The Human Mannequin

    The Human Mannequin

    A rare genetic condition is causing Louise Wedderburn's body to freeze, and turning her into a human mannequin

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  1. 999: What's Your Emergency? 999: What's Your Emergency?

    An intimate and frank look at modern Britain through the eyes of the emergency services on the front line [S] More on 999: What's Your Emergency?

    Last broadcast: 11 November 2013, on

  2. Penis Envy Penis Envy

    This ground-breaking series explores all things penile. The penis is the organ most central to a man's sense of self, and the quest for penile perfection has driven some men to incredible lengths. More on Penis Envy

  3. What Happens in Kavos... What Happens in Sunny Beach and Kavos...

    Documentary series following young Brits on holiday abroad, to see what really happens in the hedonistic party towns of Sunny Beach and Kavos, away from parents and surrounded by temptation [S] More on What Happens in Sunny Beach and Kavos...

    Last broadcast: 23 January 2014, on

  4. all_creatures_great_and_stuffed_brand All Creatures Great and Stuffed

    Documentary exploring the global revival of taxidermy, including a cat converted into a helicopter, freeze-dried pets, and road-kill appearing in a high street boutique More on All Creatures Great and Stuffed

    Next on: Wednesday 10 September, 10PM on Channel 4

  5. Educating the East End Educating the East End

    Playground high jinks, inspirational lessons and life-changing friendships and events, from Frederick Bremer School in East London More on Educating the East End

    Next on: Thursday 04 September, 9PM on Channel 4

  6. james_rhodes_interview_brand Don't Stop the Music

    Two-part documentary in which pianist James Rhodes attempts to give schoolchildren the chance to learn a musical instrument by calling for an 'instrument amnesty' More on Don't Stop the Music

    Next on: Tuesday 09 September, 9PM on Channel 4

  7. 9/11 Firehouse 9/11 Firehouse

    Documentary recounting the story of Ten House, the fire station right next to the World Trade Center, and the experiences of its firefighters on 9/11 More on 9/11 Firehouse

    Next on: Thursday 11 September, 10PM on More4

  8. Worst Place to be a Pilot Worst Place to be a Pilot

    A visually jaw-dropping series that follows young British pilots flying in some of the most breathtaking, remote and dangerous locations on earth [S] More on Worst Place to be a Pilot

    Next on: Tuesday 02 September, 9PM on Channel 4

  9. cops_robbers_brand_625x352 Cops and Robbers

    Repeat offending in the UK is at a record high, with serial offenders responsible for more than a third of all crime. This four-part series explores life on both sides of the law. More on Cops and Robbers

    Next on: Monday 08 September, 9PM on Channel 4

  10. First Time Farmers First Time Farmers

    A new generation of farmers is breathing life into the agricultural world, balancing hard work with finding time for love, laughter and partying [S] [AD] More on First Time Farmers

    Next on: Thursday 04 September, 10PM on Channel 4

  11. Posh Pawn Posh Pawn

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

    Next on: Tuesday 09 September, 8PM on Channel 4

  12. 9/11: The Miracle Survivor 9/11: The Miracle Survivor

    The story of Pasquale Buzzelli, who rode a blizzard of falling debris from a 22nd-floor World Trade Center stairwell on 9/11 and somehow survived [S] More on 9/11: The Miracle Survivor

    Last broadcast: 10 September 2012, on

  13. One Born Every Minute USA: Couple hold their newborn baby One Born Every Minute USA

    American version of One Born Every Minute, the show that looks at the drama and emotion of a maternity unit from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff [S] More on One Born Every Minute USA

    Next on: Friday 05 September, 1.05AM on Channel 4

  14. treasures_decoded_v2_625x352 Treasures Decoded

    Series using state-of-the-art forensic science to shed new light on ancient mysteries More on Treasures Decoded

    Next on: Wednesday 10 September, 9PM on More4

  15. gypsy_matchmaker_brand_625x352 The Gypsy Matchmaker

    Documentary following Roma Gypsies living in the UK but following traditional codes, including marriage under the age of 16, which brings them into conflict with British law More on The Gypsy Matchmaker

    Next on: Wednesday 03 September, 10PM on Channel 4

  16. NFL: Hard Knocks NFL: Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks follows the players, coaches and staff of the Atlanta Falcons, chronicling the daily demands of an NFL training camp More on NFL: Hard Knocks

    Next on: Wednesday 03 September, 12.55AM on Channel 4

  17. Emergency services look for survivors in the World Trade Centre wreckage The Miracle of Stairway B

    Survivors of the September 11 Terror Attacks tell how 12 firefighters, a police officer and an office worker survived in the North Tower of the World Trade Center as it collapsed on top of them More on The Miracle of Stairway B

  18. How Britain Worked How Britain Worked

    Guy Martin celebrates the workers of the Industrial Revolution by helping to restore some of the 19th century's most impressive engineering achievements [S] More on How Britain Worked

    Last broadcast: 25 November 2012, on

  19. 24 Hours in A&E 24 Hours in A&E

    With 91 cameras filming round the clock, 24 Hours in A&E offers unprecedented access to one of Britain's busiest A&E departments, at King's College Hospital [S] [AD] More on 24 Hours in A&E

    Last broadcast: Monday 16 June, 9PM on Channel 4

  20. pakistans_streets_shame_brand_625x352 Pakistan's Hidden Shame

    Powerful documentary about the sexual exploitation and abuse of many thousands of poor and vulnerable children in Pakistan's north-western city of Peshawar [S] More on Pakistan's Hidden Shame

    Next on: Monday 08 September, 2.05AM on 4seven

  21. 9/11: The Lost Tapes 9/11: The Lost Tapes

    Newly released recordings of military and air traffic control conversations offer a moving perspective on 9/11 and the fateful minutes that changed America forever [S] More on 9/11: The Lost Tapes

    Last broadcast: 19 April 2012, on

  22. Dogs: Their Secret Lives Dogs: Their Secret Lives

    Mark Evans examines what our dogs get up to while we're out, and how to keep them happy in the modern British home [S] [AD] More on Dogs: Their Secret Lives

    Next on: Tuesday 02 September, 8PM on Channel 4

  23. Britain's Fattest Man Britain's Fattest Man

    Can Paul Mason, Britain's fattest man, get the surgery he needs to keep him alive? And will Paul's dream of walking again come true? [S] More on Britain's Fattest Man

    Last broadcast: 05 January 2011, on

  24. Royal Marines Commando School Royal Marines Commando School

    Behind the scenes of one of the most arduous basic military training programmes in the world [S] More on Royal Marines Commando School

    Next on: Tuesday 02 September, 9PM on 4seven

  25. 9/11: Ground Zero Underworld 9/11: Ground Zero Underworld

    This moving documentary tells the personal stories of those who searched tirelessly for their loved ones, sifting through tonnes of debris from the Twin Towers, to bring them home to rest More on 9/11: Ground Zero Underworld

  26. How to Be a Billionaire How to Be a Billionaire

    Some of the world's wealthiest individuals reveal all about their lives, their lifestyle, their dreams, how they've achieved their success and the revolutionary new projects they're working on [S] [AD] More on How to Be a Billionaire

    Last broadcast: Thursday 13 March, 10PM on Channel 4

  27. The New York Times 102 Minutes That Changed America

    Documentary joining together hundreds of pieces of footage of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center into a seamless historical record, much of it never seen before [S] More on 102 Minutes That Changed America

  28. Photo of a man falling from one of the towers 9/11: The Falling Man

    This documentary examines the story behind one of the most unforgettable images of 9/11: a photograph of a man falling from one of the towers [S] More on 9/11: The Falling Man

  29. The 9/11 Hotel The 9/11 Hotel

    The story of the 14 guests and staff trapped in a hotel beneath the Twin Towers on September 11, and their narrow escape More on The 9/11 Hotel

  30. The World's Weirdest Weather The World's Weirdest Weather

    From freak desert snowstorms to glow-in-the-dark ocean waves, The World's Weirdest Weather examines some of the planet's most extraordinary weather phenomena. [S] [AD] More on The World's Weirdest Weather

    Next on: Wednesday 03 September, 9PM on More4

  31. The Real Mill with Tony Robinson The Real Mill with Tony Robinson

    Tony Robinson explores the true story of the factory workers whose blood, sweat and tears forged the Industrial Revolution, focusing on Quarry Bank, from hit drama series The Mill [S] More on The Real Mill with Tony Robinson

    Last broadcast: Sunday 31 August, 9PM on More4

  32. Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice

    A group of people whose lives are dominated by stuttering enrol on an intensive four-day course to find their voices [S] [AD] More on Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice

    Last broadcast: Thursday 28 August, 9PM on Channel 4

  33. Britain's Killer Storms Britain's Killer Storms

    The story of five major storms that battered the UK, and the people who survived them [S] More on Britain's Killer Storms

    Last broadcast: 15 December 2013, on

  34. 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: 02 January 2014, on

  35. how_bad_is_our_weather_v1_625x352 Britain's Most Extreme Weather

    Weatherman Alex Beresford investigates why Britain's recent weather has been so severe and asks if we're facing the worst weather ever [S] [AD] More on Britain's Most Extreme Weather

    Last broadcast: Monday 19 May, 8PM on Channel 4

  36. 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

    Last broadcast: Monday 18 August, 8.30PM on Channel 4

  37. Educating Yorkshire Educating Yorkshire

    A warm and humorous exploration of what it's like to grow up or work in a secondary school in the heart of a diverse northern community [S] More on Educating Yorkshire

    Last broadcast: Thursday 21 August, 9PM on Channel 4

  38. Star Paws: The Rise of Superstar Pets Star Paws: The Rise of Superstar Pets

    Cutting Edge meets animal agents, pet owners and the kittens, puppies and professional pets that star in some of the world's favourite adverts and viral web videos [S] More on Star Paws: The Rise of Superstar Pets

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 27 August, 9PM on Channel 4

  39. Addicts' Symphony Addicts' Symphony

    Composer, musician and recovering alcoholic James McConnel brings together ten classical musicians whose lives have been blighted by addiction for a spectacular concert [S] [AD] More on Addicts' Symphony

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 27 August, 11PM on Channel 4

  40. Is Our Weather Getting Worse? Is Our Weather Getting Worse?

    Droughts, violent storms and floods - has 2012 been a freak year or should we prepare for more extreme weather? [S] More on Is Our Weather Getting Worse?

    Last broadcast: 11 December 2012, on

  41. Richard-Attenborough-Brand_v2 Richard Attenborough: A Life

    A tribute to the extraordinary Richard Attenborough, who made an unmatched contribution to the British film industry and many other areas of British life [S] More on Richard Attenborough: A Life

    Last broadcast: Tuesday 26 August, 7PM on More4

  42. My Online Bride My Online Bride

    From Bangkok to Ukraine, this programme follows British men as they head abroad in search of a wife [S] More on My Online Bride

    Last broadcast: Monday 18 August, 10PM on Channel 4

  43. Psychopath Night Psychopath Night

    Psychopath Night unravels the mystery of psychopaths, exploring how their minds work, counting down the top ten movie psychopaths and revealing familiar faces on the psychopathic scale [S] More on Psychopath Night

    Last broadcast: 14 December 2013, on

  44. 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

    Last broadcast: 19 January 2014, on

  45. 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

  46. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap: Dr Dre and Ice-T Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

    Vibrant, feature-length documentary discussing the art behind rap music with old-school icons and reigning superstars, presented by rapper Ice-T [S] More on Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

    Last broadcast: Thursday 21 August, 12.10AM on Channel 4

  47. The Year Britain Flooded The Year Britain Flooded

    A look at why the floods of 2012 happened, and the personal stories of the people caught up in them [S] More on The Year Britain Flooded

    Last broadcast: 12 February 2013, on

  48. Date My Porn Star Date My Porn Star

    Three British porn obsessives visit LA, where they meet their favourite adult movie stars, but also witness the darker side of the porn industry [S] More on Date My Porn Star

    Last broadcast: 21 October 2013, on

  49. Richard III: The New Evidence Richard III: The New Evidence

    Would Richard III's spinal deformity have prevented him from leading the charge at the Battle of Bosworth? [S] More on Richard III: The New Evidence

    Last broadcast: Sunday 17 August, 9PM on Channel 4

  50. My Big Fat Fetish My Big Fat Fetish

    Big women eating food are becoming an underground internet hit. My Big Fat Fetish meets four of the big beautiful women becoming increasingly popular in magazines and online. [S] More on My Big Fat Fetish

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