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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. 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 25 April, 7.30PM on Channel 4

  2. 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 27 April, 9PM on More4

  3. 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 05 May, 7.30PM on Channel 4

  4. 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 30 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  5. love_for_sale_625x352 Love for Sale with Rupert Everett

    Rupert Everett asks why people really buy and sell sex, getting behind the stereotypes and talking to sex workers and their clients More on Love for Sale with Rupert Everett

    Next on: Monday 28 April, 10PM on Channel 4

  6. 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

    Next on: Wednesday 07 May, 9PM on Channel 4

  7. The Island with Bear Grylls The Island with Bear Grylls

    Bear Grylls drops 13 men on a remote, uninhabited Pacific island for a month. Can they survive? More on The Island with Bear Grylls

    Next on: Monday 05 May, 9PM on Channel 4

  8. 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: Thursday 01 May, 8PM on Channel 4

  9. New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors - Secret History New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors

    The discovery of China's Terracotta Army in 1974 revealed just a fraction of this extraordinary treasure. This documentary has exclusive access to the latest discoveries. [S] [AD] More on New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors

    Last broadcast: Sunday 08 December, 8PM on Channel 4

  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

    Next on: Wednesday 07 May, 10PM on More4

  11. 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 More on The Supervet

    Next on: Wednesday 07 May, 8PM on Channel 4

  12. 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

    Next on: Thursday 01 May, 12.05AM on 4seven

  13. 16 Kids and Counting 16 Kids and Counting

    What's life like when you have enough children to field your own football team? [S] More on 16 Kids and Counting

    Last broadcast: 09 April 2013, on

  14. Mr Drew's School for Boys Mr Drew's School for Boys

    Headteacher Stephen Drew, from Educating Essex, welcomes boys and their parents to a residential summer school like no other in a bid to unlock their true potential before it's too late More on Mr Drew's School for Boys

    Next on: Tuesday 29 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  15. Benefits Britain 1949 Benefits Britain 1949

    Benefits claimants volunteer to live by the rules of the first year of the welfare state, to examine how our safety net should work [S] More on Benefits Britain 1949

    Next on: Monday 05 May, 10PM on More4

  16. 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 More on Britain's Most Extreme Weather

    Next on: Monday 28 April, 8PM on Channel 4

  17. 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

  18. 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: Sunday 04 May, 9PM on More4

  19. Bear's Wild Weekends Bear's Wild Weekends

    Bear Grylls takes Stephen Fry, Jonathan Ross and Miranda Hart on exhilarating adventures well outside their comfort zones [S] More on Bear's Wild Weekends

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 25 December, 8.30PM on Channel 4

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

    Last broadcast: Thursday 09 January, 10PM on More4

  23. 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 28 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  24. 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: Friday 25 April, 12.05AM on 4seven

  25. Last Chance School The Last Chance School

    Documentary following three of the most challenging pupils at Muntham House School in West Sussex, which is home to some of the toughest to teach children in the country More on The Last Chance School

    Next on: Tuesday 29 April, 10PM on Channel 4

  26. 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 28 April, 2.35AM on 4seven

  27. 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

    Next on: Saturday 26 April, 7.55PM on More4

  28. 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

  29. True Stories America's Serial Killer

    True Stories examines an unsolved case of serial murder and the online sex trade [S] [AD] More on America's Serial Killer

    Last broadcast: 13 February 2012, on

  30. Catching a Killer: Crocodile Tears Catching a Killer: Crocodile Tears

    A look at crimes where people who've appealed for information committed the crimes themselves, from the Philpott case to the murder of Tia Sharp [S] More on Catching a Killer: Crocodile Tears

    Last broadcast: 25 July 2013, on

  31. 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

    Next on: Saturday 26 April, 9PM on More4

  32. 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

  33. 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

    Last broadcast: Thursday 17 April, 9PM on Channel 4

  34. 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: Sunday 19 January, 8PM on Channel 4

  35. 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

  36. 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

    Last broadcast: Wednesday 16 April, 10PM on Channel 4

  37. 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

  38. 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

    Last broadcast: Sunday 03 November, 8PM on Channel 4

  39. 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

    Last broadcast: Sunday 13 April, 8PM on Channel 4

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

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