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BBC: Planet Earth - documentary
This is a beautifully shot 11 part series looking at the world in all it's natural wonder, showcasing a breathtaking diversity of life from the poles to the deserts. Narrated by David Attenborough, who is also known for his narration of the equally good "Blue Planet" series.

Episode List:

1.From Pole to Pole
2. Mountains
3. Fresh Water
4. Caves
5. Deserts
6. Ice Worlds
7. Great Plains
8. Jungles
9. Shallow Seas
10. Seasonal Forests
11. Ocean Deep

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Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey - documentary / history
On each episode of "Lock n' Load", R. Lee Ermey takes us on a fascinating ride through the pathology of a featured weapon: where it came from, who thought of it, who improved it, its victories, its defeats, its impact on history and where it is now. R. Lee doesn't start at the beginning. He launches each "Connections-type" journey with that weapon's most modern iteration: for example, unleashing a maelstrom from a Metal Storm gun at one million rounds per minute, then weaving the machine gun's history across the hour, skipping through decades, centuries and milestones as required. Source: History Channel
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I'm Alive - documentary
Featuring the death-defying and moving stories of people who-regardless of the obstacles or consequences-were determined to survive an animal attack. Driven by thoughts of loved ones and the desire to live, these individuals found the strength to survive terrifying and unexpected encounters by some of nature's most dangerous creatures. This inspirational drama combines victim interviews with true-to-life reenactments, giving a replay of the split-second decisions that saved lives. Over the course of 10 episodes, I'M ALIVE immerses viewers in the psychological experience of those involved, focusing on what pulled them through and what left them powerfully changed. Every survivor had something to live for, and in that fleeting moment of chaos, their desire for life outshone the attack.
 10045h 0r
How TV Ruined Your Life - documentary / comedy
A comedic 6 episode documentary series in which Charlie Brooker (from Screenwipe) uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television.
 7630h 0r
Skin to the Max - documentary
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: In a city filled with beautiful people kissing and dancing samba on the street, sex is always on the mind. A local couple decides to spice up their sex-life at a swingers club. Amsterdam, Netherlands: A happily married man has a cuckolding fantasy–he likes to watch his wife have sex with another man–a fetish that brings them to the world renowned sex club FUN4TWO.
 28315h 0r
Sexual Secrets - documentary
Sexual Secrets: "Sexual Secrets" uses footage from "The Sex Files", with contents rearranged to 1-hour episodes. "Sexual Secrets" was premiered on Life Network and Discovery Health Channel. "Sexual Secrets" is the only television series that combines equal measures of fun, down-to-earth talk, and need-to-know information to present a highly entertaining look at that most primordial of human urges - sex. Over the course of ten, hour-long, episodes, we examine the latest work by scientists and sex experts from around the globe as they investigate a broad spectrum of sexual topics
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National Geographic: Explorer - documentary
A weekly series of short documentary segments funded by the National Geographic Society and done in the style of the National Geographic Specials. In 2003, the show was re-branded National Geographic Ultimate Explorer. A news-style journal format is now used instead of the more traditional format of the specials.
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Extreme Fishing With Robson Green - documentary
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 13587h 0r
Life After People - documentary
What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear? Would ecosystem thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive? What would crumble fastest? From the ruins of ancients to present day cities devastated by natural disasters, history gives us clues to these questions and many more in the visually stunning and thought-provoking documentary series 'Life After Poeple'.
 14360h 0r
Meerkat Manor - documentary
This is a documentary drama series which follows a meerkat family in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa, called the Whiskers. Flower is the leader/dominant female of the group, Zaphod is her partner and dominant male, Youssarian is Zaphod's younger brother and Flower's ex-lover and Mozart, Tosca and Shakespeare are all children of Flower. In our journey with this group we'll follow several intriguing events like: Fights with arch rival group the Lazuli; storms; death; family politics and the disappearance of a meerkat we had gotten to know very well.
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The Ascent of Man - documentary
An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.
 9136h 0r
Grow Your Own Drugs - documentary
James Wong presents a guide to making your own natural remedies using everyday ingredients.
 9519h 0r
History Cold Case - documentary
History Cold Case: History series which sees skeletons of everyday people from across the ages analysed in staggering detail, opening new windows on the history of our forebears.
 16971h 0r
Monty Halls Great Irish Escape - documentary
aka: Monty Halls' Great Escape, aka: Beachcomber Cottage
Monty Halls Great Irish Escape: Monty Halls’ Great Irish Escape follows Monty as he returns to his roots as a marine biologis. He travels to the fishing village of Roundstone on the west coast of Ireland where whales, dolphins, porpoises and sharks can be found in the waters off Connemara during their migrations. Monty attempts to collect information on the numbers that show up the area before the winter storms arrive.
 5088h 0r
Fry's Planet Word - documentary
Fry’s Planet Word sees Stephen Fry finding out more about linguistic achievements and how our skills for the spoken word have changed. He dissects language in many of it’s guises.
 5692h 0r
How The Earth Was Made - documentary / history
A brief account of the Earth's geological progression, from its creation 4.6 billion years ago to scientists' predictions of its demise more than 2.5 billion years in the future.
 13586h 0r
Food Tech - documentary / adventure
Bobby Bognar travels America deconstructing our favorite meals, revealing the hidden world behind every bite, uncovering surprising history and seeing first-hand how ingredients from around the globe come together to make the meals we love. Doesn't matter if you like cheeseburgers, burritos or Chinese take-out, Bobby will tell you everything you could ever want to know about your favorite foods.
 9267h 0r
Miami Ink - documentary / reality
5 tattoo artists move to South Beach to open up a tattoo shop.
 20900h 0r
Walking with Monsters - documentary
A 90-minute documentary about life before the dinosaurs. Starting from the Cambrian Period (530 MYA) and ending at the Early Triassic Period (248 MYA), Walking With Monsters shows the life and death struggles prehistoric creatures before the dinosaurs went through. It also portrays an accurate picture of our first ancestors.
 4324h 0r
Heavy - reality / drama / documentary
A&E’s docudrama HEAVY follows twenty-two individuals facing extreme life-threatening health consequences as a result of their obesity.

The one-hour series follows two participants per episode documenting their incredible transformations during a six month treatment program. Unlike other weight loss series, 'Heavy' is not a competition or stunt, but is rooted in the incredible real life day-to-day journeys of the participants during a lengthy treatment program. Heavy treats its subjects with dignity. To most accurately document these multiple weight loss journeys over the course of six months participants are presented in one hour segments with two participants chronicled in each episode.
 12391h 0r
Torchwood Declassified - documentary / sci-fi
Torchwood Declassified is a documentary series created by the BBC to complement the science fiction television series Torchwood.

Continuing the tradition of its parent, Doctor Who Confidential, Torchwood Declassified covers themes presented in the just-broadcast episode, as well as providing behind-the-scenes access, footage, as well as interviews with cast and crew.
 15368h 0r
Village SOS - documentary / reality / competition
Village SOS is presented by Sarah Beeny.
Sarah follows the progress of six different villages who received large sums of money from the Big Lottery Fund
to start up rural businesses in the UK with the aim to breathe life back into the different areas.
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National Treasures Live - documentary
Britain's fascinating history is all around us. Up and down the country there are amazing places to visit and incredible ways to uncover the stories of our shared past. Now historian Dan Snow and BBC presenter Sian Williams are to bring this history to life. The show is broadcast from some of the country's most striking historical locations, and opens the doors to some of the most exciting venues, including restorations, digs, and heritage sites.
 5452h 0r
Filthy Cities - documentary
Filthy Cities is a documentary series which follows Dan Snow as he attempts to take the viewers at home on a unique journey through the squalid grime of the past. He tries to uncover the filthy histories of three of the world's leading cities London, Paris and New York.
 8209h 0r
Secret Service Files - documentary
An inside look at the United States Secret Service, focusing on the agency's lesser-known yet extremely critical duties.
 4131h 0r
Sugar High - reality / documentary
Famed Ace of Cake" Duff Goldman leaves his bakery behind and takes us on a a sweet road trip on a mission to find the best desserts in America, which range from Baked Alaska to Boston cream pie. Duff as the locals at each city to find out where they eat at when they got a sugar craving and then he meet the people behind the best deserts in the nation and gets the low down on it's history and the magic behind-the-scenes of making it . Whether he's mixing an egg cream in Chicago or even to building the best hot fudge sundae in Dallas, Duff brings his unbridled enthusiasm with each new sugar-filled, chocolate-covered bite.
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Madventures - documentary / reality
Two backpackers travel through Asia and America.
 9400h 0r
Traffic Cops - documentary
Traffic Cops is a BBC documentary series which follows traffic officers from various British police forces. The current series follows Sussex Police.
 5727h 0r
Hogs Gone Wild - documentary / reality
The feral hog is strong, it's mean, and it's wreaking havoc on U.S. businesses, farms and homeowners. Follow three pest-control companies as they battle a dangerous enemy that is often more than twice the size of an average man.

Because their reproduction rate is unbelievably high (in just five years, two hogs can produce 44,000 of their kind), controlling the population of these aggressive and unruly beasts is crucial to mitigate costly damages and physical danger. The current estimate on wild hogs is six million with some of them growing as large as 700 pounds. In the United States, millions of dollars of damage is caused per year for business, farm and homeowners. Hogs Gone Wild examines this detrimental issue by following three of the toughest animal removal companies in the country (located in Texas, Hawaii and Florida) in their attempt to combat these ferocious yet intelligent animals.
 7107h 0r
Human Planet - documentary
aka: BBC: Human Planet
Human Planet is an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series that marvels at mankind's incredible relationship with nature in the world today.

Uniquely in the animal kingdom, humans have managed to adapt and thrive in every environment on Earth. Each episode takes you to the extremes of our planet: the arctic, mountains, oceans, jungles, grasslands, deserts, rivers and even the urban jungle. Here you will meet people who survive by building complex, exciting and often mutually beneficial relationships with their animal neighbors and the hostile elements of the natural world.

Human Planet crews have filmed in around 80 locations, bringing you many stories that have never been told on television before. The team has trekked with HD cameras and state of the art gear to film from the air, from the ground and underwater. The result: a cinematic experience created by world-class natural history and documentary camera crews and programme makers.
 16780h 0r
Metal Evolution - documentary / reality
Metal Evolution presents 11 episodes based on the ground-breaking Heavy Metal Family Tree. This 26 sub-genre genealogical chart reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the Chart as his road map, host/producer and metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. From bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals, Sam will visit the pioneers of British and American hard rock who laid metals sonic foundation, as well as the current leaders of contemporary metal. Whether you love metal, documentaries or just great stories, Metal Evolution is the ultimate examination into the history of Heavy Metal music.

Drawing on the expertise of a whole team of musicians, journalists, academics, and producers, Sam will explore the questions heavy metal fans have always wanted to ask. A highlight of the series will be Sams in-depth discussions with many of heavy metals most important and influential personalities. From Alice Cooper to Slash, Lemmy to Rob Zombie and members of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Slayer, Van Halen, Def Leppard, The Stooges, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Poison, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Korn, and many more, Sam will investigate the history, myths and intricacies of Metal.
 7698h 0r
Elizabeth I - documentary / drama / history
Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
 8918h 0r
Swamp Wars - documentary
That battle between humans and cold-blooded creatures will be the subject of "Swamp Wars"
 6958h 0r
Attack of the Show! - documentary
There's the inside track, and then there are those who pave the inside track. Attack of the Show gets you inside, underneath, around, and behind the newest tech, the hottest games, the fastest-breaking news, and the oddest oddities from the fringe.
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