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All shows in the Documentaries category

  1. How to Get a Council House

    How to Get a Council House

    2 Series, 5 Episodes

    Favourite Show

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Posh Pawn

    Posh Pawn

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

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

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    Food Unwrapped

    4 Series, 19 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    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

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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. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  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. 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

  12. 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

  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. 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

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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. 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?

  17. 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

  18. 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?

  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

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

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

  21. More Sex Please, We're British

    More Sex Please, We're British

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Funny and frank documentary about the UK's booming market for sex toys

  22. Educating Essex

    Educating Essex

    7 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    This series follows a group of GCSE students, and the staff who teach them, as they face the most important year in their education

  23. Thelma's Gypsy Girls

    Thelma's Gypsy Girls

    6 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Dressmaker Thelma Madine, the fairy godmother of Gypsy wedding dresses, trains a group of gypsy and traveller girls to create elaborate wedding outfits

  24. 12 Year Old Lifer

    12 Year Old Lifer

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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

  25. 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

  26. Extreme A&E

    Extreme A&E

    4 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Dr Kevin Fong investigates some of the world's most dangerous, diverse and demanding emergency medicine environments to uncover the science of saving lives

  27. How to Win the Grand National

    How to Win the Grand National

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    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

  28. Lifers

    Lifers

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Cutting Edge meets the convicted killers facing a lifetime behind bars at Gartree Prison in Leicestershire, home to Europe's largest population of life-sentenced prisoners

  29. Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret

    Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    A team of scientists attempt to mummify a specially-donated body in order to understand Ancient Egyptian mummification techniques

  30. My-Daughter-the-Teenage-Nudist

    My Daughter the Teenage Nudist

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Documentary about Mollie and Alex, who are among a growing number of teens and twentysomethings embracing the world of public nudity

  31. Posh Rock

    Posh Rock

    16 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    This fly on the wall documentary spends a summer in Rock, a village in North Cornwall that descends into chaos every summer when they receive an influx of public school teenagers

  32. 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

  33. Bitches and Beauty Queens

    Bitches and Beauty Queens

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    A unique behind-the-scenes look at one of India's most prestigious and intensive beauty camps, where pretty young women are turned into beauty godesses

  34. Bodyshock

    Bodyshock

    9 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Long-running documentary strand that investigates extraordinary and moving real-life stories about the extremes of the human body

  35. 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?

  36. Death Row Stories

    Death Row

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Documentary series that follows director Werner Herzog uncovering the stories of inmates in America as they await execution

  37. 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

  38. Fabulous Fashionistas

    Fabulous Fashionistas

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    This Cutting Edge documentary meets six women with an average age of 80, who are determined to look fabulous, have fun and redefine old age

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    Hitler's Rise: The Colour Films

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Hitler's Rise: The Colour Films follow the Führer's rise to political power, which was as unforeseeable as it was catastrophic

  40. Home of the Future

    Home of the Future

    5 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    A family learn to live with the technology - and the challenges - of the future

  41. All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

    In the Best Possible Taste - Grayson Perry

    3 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Artist Grayson Perry explores British tastes, using his discoveries as inspiration for a work of art

  42. The Million Pound Necklace: Inside Boodles

    Inside Rolls-Royce and Boodles

    2 Episodes

    Favourite Show

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

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    Legally High: True Stories

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    Award-winning director Dan Reed takes a trip into the murky world of legal drugs, where underground chemists invent new drugs faster than the government can legislate against them

  44. Maggie & Me

    Maggie & Me

    1 Episode

    Favourite Show

    As a young reporter, Jon Snow reported live on Margaret Thatcher becoming Britain's first female Prime Minister. Jon shares his personal recollections of the woman who dominated his early career.

  45. 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.

  46. Alain de Botton

    Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness

    6 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Written and presented by Alain de Botton, this series is an entertaining, practical and psychobabble-free self-help course for the philosophically minded

  47. Supersize vs Superskinny

    Supersize vs Superskinny

    10 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Documentary series in which two extreme eaters - one very overweight and the other severely underweight - swap diets in an attempt to change the way they view food and eating

  48. Dave Berry

    Take Away My Takeaway

    10 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Dave Berry surprises teenagers as they wait for their evening takeaway meal. In a bid to offer them nutritional education, they are flown off to the country where their favourite food originates.

  49. Sean Langan ponders globalisation

    Travels of a Gringo

    3 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    Journalist and film-maker Sean Langan travels from one end of Latin America to the other to find out what globalisation means for the people there and what impact it's had on their lives

  50. The Undateables

    The Undateables

    3 Series, 12 Episodes

    Favourite Show

    People living with challenging conditions are often considered 'undateable' - this series meets a few and follows their attempts to find love

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