Documentaries

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

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  • Skint

    Skint

    Provocative and revealing documentary stories of how people survive without work

  • daughter_fathers_brand_image_4mins

    Daughters & Fathers

    What daughters really think of their fathers. What fathers really think of their daughters.

  • 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. 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

  2. 24 Hours in Police Custody 24 Hours in Police Custody

    Bedfordshire Police allowed more than 80 cameras to follow their work for this landmark documentary series from the makers of 24 Hours in A&E More on 24 Hours in Police Custody

    Next on: Monday 29 September, 9PM on Channel 4

  3. 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 [S] [AD] More on Educating the East End

    Next on: Thursday 25 September, 9PM on Channel 4

  4. 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 26 September, 7.30PM on Channel 4

  5. 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

    Next on: Thursday 02 October, 12.30AM on Channel 4

  6. Operation Maneater Operation Maneater

    Mark Evans explores the latest attempts to protect humans and deadly predators from each other More on Operation Maneater

    Next on: Sunday 21 September, 8PM on Channel 4

  7. 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

  8. 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 23 September, 8PM on Channel 4

  9. 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

  10. 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 26 September, 1AM on Channel 4

  11. The Paedophile Hunter The Paedophile Hunter

    This documentary follows online vigilante Stinson Hunter and his associates, who pose as children on social networking sites to draw out men who they assert have paedophilic predilections More on The Paedophile Hunter

    Next on: Wednesday 01 October, 10PM on Channel 4

  12. treasures_decoded_v2_625x352 Treasures Decoded

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

    Next on: Wednesday 24 September, 9PM on More4

  13. 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 30 September, 8PM on Channel 4

  14. The Men with Many Wives The Men with Many Wives

    Some estimate that there are 20,000 polygamous marriages among Muslims in the UK. This documentary explores polygamous life and asks how it can be reconciled with modern British values. More on The Men with Many Wives

    Next on: Wednesday 24 September, 10PM on Channel 4

  15. Bouncers Bouncers

    Series presenting an explosive portrait of Britain by night, seen through the eyes of the door staff who have to stay sober and clean up the mess of a binge-drinking nation [S] More on Bouncers

    Last broadcast: 21 November 2013, on

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill

    The complete story of the operation to find and kill Osama Bin Laden [S] More on Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill

    Last broadcast: 07 September 2011, on

  19. 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 [S] More on 9/11 Firehouse

    Last broadcast: Thursday 11 September, 10PM on More4

  20. 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

  21. 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 [S] More on NFL: Hard Knocks

    Next on: Wednesday 24 September, 12.55AM on Channel 4

  22. The Supervet The Supervet

    Hard-to-cure pets from across the country receive cutting-edge care from Noel Fitzpatrick, the 'Bionic Vet', and his crack veterinary team [S] More on The Supervet

    Next on: Monday 22 September, 9PM on More4

  23. 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: Monday 22 September, 3.55AM on 4seven

  24. Don't Stop the Music 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' [S] [AD] More on Don't Stop the Music

    Next on: Monday 22 September, 1.05AM on 4seven

  25. Britain's Benefit Tenants Britain's Benefit Tenants

    Behind the scenes with two agencies on the front line of Britain's social housing crisis [S] [AD] More on Britain's Benefit Tenants

    Last broadcast: Thursday 12 June, 9PM on Channel 4

  26. The Real Noah's Ark The Real Noah's Ark: Secret History

    The incredible discovery of a 4000-year-old tablet sheds new light on the tale of Noah's Ark [S] More on The Real Noah's Ark: Secret History

    Next on: Sunday 21 September, 8PM on 4seven

  27. The Sinking of the Concordia: Caught on Camera The Sinking of the Concordia Caught on Camera

    An extraordinary minute-by-minute anatomy of the Costa Concordia disaster, made almost entirely from passengers' mobile phone and video camera footage [S] More on The Sinking of the Concordia Caught on Camera

    Last broadcast: 11 April 2012, on

  28. How the Bismarck Sank HMS Hood How the Bismarck Sank HMS Hood

    Two of the world's leading shipwreck detectives use state-of-the-art equipment to discover how the Hood battleship was sunk so quickly during World War II [S] More on How the Bismarck Sank HMS Hood

    Last broadcast: 09 December 2012, on

  29. World's Worst Natural Disasters World's Worst Natural Disasters

    Documentary in which experts list the most significant natural disasters of all time, revealing the key moments that turned natural phenomena into human catastrophes [S] More on World's Worst Natural Disasters

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 30 July, 9PM on More4

  30. 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 [S] [AD] More on All Creatures Great and Stuffed

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 10 September, 10PM on Channel 4

  31. Air France Flight 447 crashes into water Fatal Flight 447: Chaos in the Cockpit

    What happened in the cockpit of Air France Flight 447 during one of the most infamous flights in aviation history? [S] More on Fatal Flight 447: Chaos in the Cockpit

    Last broadcast: 16 September 2012, on

  32. 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

    Last broadcast: Tuesday 09 September, 10PM on Channel 4

  33. 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 series explores life on both sides of the law. [S] [AD] More on Cops and Robbers

    Last broadcast: Monday 08 September, 9PM on Channel 4

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. Japan's Tsunami: How It Happened Japan's Tsunami: How It Happened

    The science behind the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated Japan [S] More on Japan's Tsunami: How It Happened

  37. Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina: Caught on Camera

    A reconstruction of when Hurricane Katrina hit America, using footage shot by those who experienced the cataclysmic storm and its aftermath [S] More on Hurricane Katrina: Caught on Camera

    Last broadcast: 26 August 2010, on

  38. Japan Tsunami: Caught on Camera Japan's Tsunami: Caught on Camera

    Eyewitness accounts of the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011, captured by the people who kept filming as the cataclysmic events unfolded around them [S] More on Japan's Tsunami: Caught on Camera

    Last broadcast: 11 December 2011, on

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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 [S] More on The Gypsy Matchmaker

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 03 September, 10PM on Channel 4

  43. 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

  44. 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

    Last broadcast: Monday 01 September, 11PM on Channel 4

  45. 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

  46. 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

    Last broadcast: Monday 01 September, 9PM on Channel 4

  47. 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

  48. 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: 13 March 2014, on

  49. 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

  50. 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

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