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All shows in the Documentaries category

  1. Posh Pawn

    Posh Pawn

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

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

  2. 15,000 Kids and Counting

    15,000 Kids and Counting

    3 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    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.

  3. The Hunt for the Boston Bombers

    The Hunt for the Boston Bombers

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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

  4. One Born series 5

    One Born Every Minute

    5 Series, 51 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    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

  5. How to Get a Council House

    How to Get a Council House

    2 Series, 4 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    How do councils cope with a lack of properties and a surplus of people in need of homes with affordable rent?

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    First Dates

    2 Series, 8 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    The First Dates restaurant throws open its doors to single people looking for love

  7. Dirty Weekenders in France: Richard E. Grant

    Dirty Weekenders in France: Richard E. Grant

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Richard E. Grant joins professional antique dealers as they search France for treasures to sell back home in the UK

  8. Brazil

    Unreported World

    53 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Critically acclaimed series on the lives of people in some of the fastest-changing areas of the world

  9. Food Prices: The Shocking Truth

    Food Prices: The Shocking Truth

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Jimmy Doherty goes on a global journey to find out why food prices have been rising so quickly

  10. Return of the Black Death: Secret History

    Return of the Black Death: Secret History

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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.

  11. Dead Famous DNA

    Dead Famous DNA

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    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

  12. Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade

    Shop Secrets: Tricks of the Trade

    4 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Harry Wallop puts hidden cameras inside shops, restaurants and market stalls, to reveal the tricks and scams used to make us spend our money

  13. Nigel Farage: Who Are You?

    Nigel Farage: Who Are You?

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Martin Durkin gets to know UKIP leader Nigel Farage, the man who's turning British politics upside down

  14. Secrets of the Vatican

    Secrets of the Vatican

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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?

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    Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

    21 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Revealing documentary series that offers a window into the secretive, extravagant and surprising world of gypsies and travellers in Britain today

  16. The Missing

    The Missing

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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

  17. Undercover Boss USA: Kat Cole

    Undercover Boss USA

    2 Series, 15 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    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

  18. The Million Pound Necklace: Inside Boodles

    Inside Rolls-Royce and Boodles

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    A privileged peek into the exclusive world of luxury brands Rolls-Royce and Boodles

  19. Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane

    Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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

  20. Great Canal Journeys

    Great Canal Journeys

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on four spectacular canal journeys in Britain and France

  21. Jockey School

    Jockey School

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Can discipline, hard work and a love of horses give teenagers with troubled backgrounds a fighting chance of a better life?

  22. The Dambusters' Great Escape: Secret History

    The Dambusters' Great Escape: Secret History

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    The extraordinary story of how two RAF squadrons sank Germany's most dangerous Second World War battleship, after 34 failed attempts

  23. Dogging Tales

    Dogging Tales

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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

  24. 15 Kids and Counting

    15 Kids and Counting

    3 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Three-part series exploring the lives of some of the UK's biggest families

  25. Date My Porn Star

    Date My Porn Star

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Three British porn obsessives visit LA, where they meet their favourite adult movie stars, but also witness the darker side of the porn industry

  26. 16 Kids and Counting

    16 Kids and Counting

    7 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    What's life like when you have enough children to field your own football team?

  27. Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial

    Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    In a UK television first, Jon Snow and Dr Christian Jessen present two programmes that follow volunteers as they take MDMA, the pure form of ecstasy, as part of a ground-breaking scientific study

  28. Accused: The 74 Stone Babysitter

    Accused: The 74 Stone Babysitter

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    The story of one of the most incredible murder trials America has witnessed, following the twists and turns in the case of Mayra Rosales and the death of her two-year-old nephew

  29. Churchill and the Fascist Plot

    Churchill and the Fascist Plot

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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

  30. Crazy About One Direction

    Crazy About One Direction

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Meet the fans dedicated to One Direction. With extreme communication on Twitter, and fantasies of secret relationships between band members, is this a new phase of idolatry?

  31. Educating Yorkshire

    Educating Yorkshire

    8 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    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

  32. Live from Space

    Live from Space

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    A groundbreaking and exciting season of programmes made in collaboration with NASA, taking viewers into space with the astronauts on the International Space Station

  33. Safari, Witchcraft and Murder

    Safari, Witchcraft and Murder

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    The story of David Simpson, a young British pilot who was arrested for the massacre of 13 gold miners in the Central African Republic before eventually being released without charge

  34. Bigfoot Files

    Bigfoot Files

    3 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    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

  35. Emily

    Born to Be Different

    5 Series, 10 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    A candid and unsentimental documentary filmed over nearly 10 years that chronicles the pressures and joys of family life for parents bringing up a disabled child

  36. Jackpots and Jinxes: Lottery Stories

    Jackpots and Jinxes: Lottery Stories

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Cutting Edge tells the story of a number of lottery winners and the moment their lives were suddenly turned upside down, revealing their extraordinary experiences

  37. Japan Tsunami: Caught on Camera

    Japan's Tsunami: Caught on Camera

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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

  38. Jimmy's Forest

    Jimmy's Forest

    4 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    High up in a spectacular tree house, Jimmy Doherty develops an intimate understanding of the inner workings of a British forest

  39. My Big Fat Fetish

    My Big Fat Fetish

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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.

  40. Kate Garraway

    Other People's Breast Milk

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Kate Garraway investigates the pros and cons of cross-feeding, breast milk donation and wet-nursing by meeting some of the growing numbers of women who share each other's breast milk

  41. The pupils

    Secret Life of the Classroom

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    The first year at school is viewed through the eyes of four and five year olds with particular emphasis on how friendships are formed and conflicts negotiated

  42. Secret millionaire Dave King

    The Secret Millionaire

    32 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Millionaire benefactors say goodbye to their luxury lifestyles and go undercover in deprived areas to find out who needs their help

  43. Secrets of the Living Dolls

    Secrets of the Living Dolls

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the secretive world of female masking, where men transform themselves into dolls by squeezing into elaborate rubber second skins

  44. Skint

    Skint

    4 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Provocative and revealing documentary stories of how people survive without work

  45. 9/11: The Firemen's Story

    9/11: The Tenth Anniversary

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Two films marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks

  46. Big Ballet

    Big Ballet

    2 Series, 4 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Wayne Sleep and prima ballerina Monica Loughman work with a troupe of plus-size amateur dancers to realise their dream of dancing Swan Lake

  47. The CCTV Traffic Wardens: Caught on Camera

    The CCTV Traffic Wardens: Caught on Camera

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    After a survey branded Bristol's roads the worst in England, the mayor planned controversial reforms. But these could put him on a collision course with the city's drivers.

  48. Child Genius

    Child Genius

    4 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Earlier this year, 21 highly gifted children aged seven to 11 were selected to take part in a competition run in association with British Mensa, to find the UK's ultimate child genius

  49. D-Day: As It Happens

    D-Day: As It Happens

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    A real-time multi-platform history event telling the story of D-Day in a new way, following the stories of seven people who were there

  50. The Dealership

    The Dealership

    3 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    A look under the bonnet of an Essex used-car dealership. With money tight, can the customers give the dealers a run for their money?

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