Documentary Shows

Air Combat

Air Combat

Air Combat covers the history of military aviation from World War I to the present day, focusing on famous aerial engagements, heroic pilots and a dramatic array of aircraft from Harrier Jump Jets to B-52 Bombers.
26 Episodes
Beyond
How Does That Work?

How Does That Work?

Technology has made our everyday lives much easier than our ancestors had it. This series explores how this technology works, how it's being used today, and the advances that can be expected in the future.
18 Episodes
Reel
Tough Nuts

Tough Nuts

This explosive series blows the lid off Australia's criminal underworld and reveals the real story behind what made and shaped the most notorious figures in Australian criminal history.
16 Episodes
The Full Box
Secret Lives of Women

Secret Lives of Women

Examine the little-known, fringe subcultures of some women in America. It includes wide-ranging themes, from shopaholics, to plastic surgery, eating disorders and sex.
15 Episodes
Via Vision
Backlight

Backlight

Dutch public broadcaster VPRO offers you impressive and award-winning travel series that will help you expand your view on the world.
14 Episodes
VPRO
Combat at Sea

Combat at Sea

Combat at Sea combines exciting archival and modern footage with superior reporting to relive great sea battles, explore naval strategy and counter-strategy, and tell the stories of mighty warships and the men who commanded them.
13 Episodes
Beyond
Superships

Superships

They're the mighty ships that have managed to tame our seas - see inside some of the world's most incredible floating technology.
13 Episodes
Reel
Out In The Cold

Out In The Cold

When it's -37 Celsius outside and the wind is howling, most of us would do anything to avoid leaving our cozy homes and going to work. But for a handful of individuals living in the extremes of the Arctic, going out in those conditions is their work.
10 Episodes
Beyond
Capturing The Cup

Capturing The Cup

Relive all the highlights of Australia's World Cup victories from 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007.
10 Episodes
Via Vision
Mistresses

Mistresses

A witty probe into the complex world of the 'other' woman, what happens when an affair goes well, and an investigation into how and why it can all go horribly wrong.
9 Episodes
Content Film
Haunting: Australia

Haunting: Australia

Hailing from all corners of the globe, six of the best ghost hunters in the business have joined forces to investigate paranormal activity in Australia's most haunted locations.
8 Episodes
Flame
Dream Island

Dream Island

The rugged Atlantic outpost of Skokholm Island is a bird sanctuary of global importance, but it's fallen on hard times and the buildings have been boarded up and abandoned, and the island put up for sale.
6 Episodes
Flame
Rio: City of Sport

Rio: City of Sport

Explore the story of sport in Rio de Janeiro in the run up to the two greatest sporting events on earth - the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
6 Episodes
Flame
Generals At War

Generals At War

As commanders from the great battles of WWII go head-to-head on the battlefield, they attempt to outwit and outfight each other with strategic moves in a game of skill, bluff and counterbluff. With the lives of thousands of men at risk, the generals' reputations hanging in the balance, the stakes are impossibly high and the pressure is on.
6 Episodes
Reel
Alexander's Lost World

Alexander's Lost World

Following the course of the River Oxus (Amu Darya) for the first time, David Adams takes viewers on an extraordinary 2,400km journey through war-torn Afghanistan and Central Asia.
6 Episodes
Reel
Devil Island

Devil Island

A group of Tasmanian Devils are hauled from the safety of captivity and released into the wilds of a remote island. If they can fend for themselves they might just save their entire species from extinction. But how will the island's teeming wildlife cope with the arrival of their new neighbours?
6 Episodes
ABC Long Form
Dumb, Drunk And Racist

Dumb, Drunk And Racist

Joe Hildebrand has just three weeks to change the opinion of four Indians who think Aussies are Dumb, Drunk and Racist.
6 Episodes
ABC Long Form
Virgins Wanted

Virgins Wanted

Virgins Wanted is an observational documentary that follows one man and one woman as they seek to auction their first sexual experience.
6 Episodes
ABC Long Form
Am I Perfect?

Am I Perfect?

Am I Perfect? is a documentary series that follows 19-year-old Australian Maddy, as she sets out on a journey to see if ‘Hollywood’ perfection is attainable. In this social experiment, she subjects herself to vigorous beauty treatments, diets and exercise regimes endorsed by the media over a gruelling ten weeks.
6 Episodes
Passion
Dream Wrecks

Dream Wrecks

Shipwrecks have fascinated us for centuries, with their watery resting places enticing divers to explore our past. Dream Wrecks looks at some of those stories.
5 Episodes
Reel
21st Century War Machines

21st Century War Machines

The machines and weapons designed to fight the full-on heavy metal wars of the 20th Century now face a grim challenge: they must adapt or die.
5 Episodes
ABC Long Form
The Big House

The Big House

In a radical social experiment, we take one big house in Ireland and staff it up with the direct descendants of the men and women who lived and worked there - upstairs and downstairs.
4 Episodes
Flame
How Much Is Enough?

How Much Is Enough?

With more money than ever before, football has become the sport of high rollers and global sponsors, where being number one is all that counts, in which agents dictate and players dominate. Is the game now an industry, or still a sport, or a hybrid of both?
4 Episodes
Umbrella
Wings At War

Wings At War

Wings At War tells the compelling story of the air war during World War Two when air power was established as a decisive weapon.
4 Episodes
ABC Long Form
Devil’s Brigade

Devil’s Brigade

Modern-day Special Forces troops from the US and Canada are brought together to train using the same methods and equipment as the First Special Service Force in the 1940s. Upon completion of the training, only those who pass will be ordered to reenact one of the key European FSSF missions in the Second World War.
4 Episodes
Monarch
Facing The Atlantic

Facing The Atlantic

Take an extraordinary journey to the wildest and most remote locations of Western Europe in this fascinating documentary series.
3 Episodes
Content Film
Ultimate Battles

Ultimate Battles

Experience three of the most defining battles in the history of the World in these explosive documentaries; the Battle of Waterloo, the Battle of the Bulge, and Alexander the Great's Battle of Guagamela.
3 Episodes
Ovation
Ancient Megastructures

Ancient Megastructures

Certain landmarks have captured the imagination and awe of modern-day architects and engineers around the world as they work to solve the mystery of how their ancient forebears were able to construct such beautiful, timeless and revolutionary structures with none of the machines and materials available to modern engineers.
3 Episodes
Reel
Fight Science

Fight Science

Prepare to go beyond the dojo of pure-style martial arts and explore five new realms of combat. Fight Science brings a selection of nature's best athletes into the lab, to determine the limits of human fighting ability.
3 Episodes
Reel
The Earth's Riches

The Earth's Riches

The metal industry is a major component of the world economy, and the mining takes place all over the world. Yet their extraction and refinement is still an arduous and dangerous process, not only for the workers but for the surrounding environment.
3 Episodes
TVF Media
War Surgeons

War Surgeons

War surgeons have long faced the challenge of saving lives in the most difficult circumstances. This series follows the evolution of their work from ancient times to the present day battlefield.
3 Episodes
Reel
Who Wrote the New Testament?

Who Wrote the New Testament?

Using interviews with biblical scholars with varying views as well as examinations of historical artefacts, the series uncovers what is currently known about the history behind the New Testament.
3 Episodes
Reel
Woodstock Diary

Woodstock Diary

The Woodstock Diary is an enthralling fly on the wall documentary about the creation of Woodstock and of the actual three-day event itself.
3 Episodes
Reel
The Kangaroo Gang

The Kangaroo Gang

Narrated by Barry Humphries, the dramatised documentary tells the true story of a brazen band of Aussie thieves who moved to London in the 60s and ran riot, pulling off the most daring heists that Scotland Yard had ever seen.
3 Episodes
The Full Box
Australia on Trial

Australia on Trial

Through the prism of three of the most sensational trials of the 19th Century, Australia on Trial examines pivotal social battles that changed the fabric of Australian society.
3 Episodes
ABC Long Form
Two Men In China

Two Men In China

Two Men in China sees the indefatigable Tim Flannery and John Doyle - armed with inquisitive minds and enduring humour - explore our powerful neighbour and our major trading partner.
3 Episodes
ABC Long Form
In A League Of Their Own

In A League Of Their Own

Follow the fortunes of the first all-Aboriginal Australian Rules football team to enter a mainstream AFL-affiliated competition, through their first bone-jarring season.
3 Episodes
Ronin
24 Hours: Police

24 Hours: Police

24 Hours: Police compares frontline policing on the violent angry streets of four international cities - San Francisco, Auckland, Perth, and Oslo.
3 Episodes
Flame
Arctic Dilemma

Arctic Dilemma

Iceland and Greenland are being severely affected by climate chnage. How will it affect the future of the islands and their people?
2 Episodes
Reel
What Females Want and What Males Will Do

What Females Want and What Males Will Do

What Females Want and What Males Will Do explores the evolution of sexual strategies and what makes certain species winners and losers in the mating game.
2 Episodes
Reel
Drain the Ocean

Drain the Ocean

What if we could pull the plug and drain the planet's water? What would we see? What would we learn? Follow a virtual scientific expedition to the deep as we explore one of earth's last great frontiers.
2 Episodes
Reel
The Life and Times of Roger Rogerson

The Life and Times of Roger Rogerson

Roger Rogerson was a tough cop in a tough town. Just what was needed many would say. This 2011 portrayal of his life provides a unique insight into Sydney's underworld, the characters, crimes and the key events that spanned his career as one of the city's most feared law enforcers.
2 Episodes
Reel
Superhuman

Superhuman

Go inside the human body to discover its true potential and examine whether some people are pushing it too far.
1 Episode
Reel
Miracles

Miracles

Miracles is a series of epic tales of survival. Each episode features a remarkable and intriguing story of someone's fight against the elements, against time and their battle against death.
1 Episode
ABC Long Form

Documentary Episodes

Extreme Constructions: Thunder Boat

Extreme Constructions: Thunder Boat

The Thunde Boat is a true "Swiss knife", acting simultaneously as an aircraft base, a commandment post and is equipped as a floating hospital, with the ability to shelter troops, helicopters and vehicles.
53mins
Java Films
Green Warriors: South Africa’s Toxic Townships

Green Warriors: South Africa’s Toxic Townships

Johannesburg is considered the most uranium-contaminated city in the world. Waste dumps from around 600 abandoned mines sit next to residential communities, blowing polluted dust into homes and contaminating soil and water supplies.
53mins
Java Films
Green Warriors: Indonesia, The World’s Most Polluted River

Green Warriors: Indonesia, The World’s Most Polluted River

The Citarum river in Indonesia is the world's most polluted river. The Green Warriors team analyzed water samples, rice, children's hair, etc. and found out many toxic chemicals are endangering the lives of the 14 million Indonesians using the water.
53mins
Java Films
A Plastic Surgery: Coca-Cola’s Hidden Secrets

A Plastic Surgery: Coca-Cola’s Hidden Secrets

More and more businesses are promising to recycle, including Coca-Cola, a group selling 4000 plastic bottles every second. Can we depend on promises made by these multinationals? We discover that their promises are as sugar-filled as their products.
53mins
Java Films
Extreme Constructions: Paris Metro

Extreme Constructions: Paris Metro

Paris' metro is the heart of the city. With 220 km of rail, 302 stations and 13 lines, it transports more than five million people daily. Construction tested many methods: wooden tunnels, ground freezing systems, and submerged chambers in the Seine.
53mins
Java Films
The Migraine Solution

The Migraine Solution

For anyone who has experienced a debilitating migraine headache, this condition is no mystery. But for the rest of the world, it's one of the least funded, least understood, and most confounding chronic conditions.
53mins
Java Films
Prescribing Death

Prescribing Death

Oxycontin. Codeine. Fentanyl. All prescription drugs to which countless patients have become addicted. How did it happen?
70mins
Java Films
Stranger than Fiction: The Nanny Killers

Stranger than Fiction: The Nanny Killers

The murder of au-pair Sophie Lionnet by her employers made headlines all over the world. It was a case that seemed too unbelievable to be true. We attempt to answer the question that will forever haunt her grieving parents: how could this happen?
55mins
Java Films
Baby Boss: Italy’s New Face of Terror

Baby Boss: Italy’s New Face of Terror

After the arrests of the Mafia godfathers, Italy hoped it had put an end to organized crime. Instead, the old guard have been replaced by the 'Baby Bosses'. These youngsters do not respect the old rules. The slightest provocation can lead to carnage.
53mins
Java Films
Luxury: Behind the Mirror

Luxury: Behind the Mirror

Beautiful shopfronts and finely crafted goods; brands like Gucci and Max Mara are seen as being the height of luxury. But, all that glitters is not gold. Animal suffering, deplorable hygiene conditions. Discoveries to make your blood boil.
53mins
Java Films
Brexit: The Backstage of a Divorce

Brexit: The Backstage of a Divorce

Reviewing the fake news and political blockages that may have contributed to the referendum result, delving deeper into the "Leave" campaign and the complex relationship between the UK and Europe. We ask: what does post-Brexit Britain look like?
70mins
Java Films
Inside the Russian Info War Machine

Inside the Russian Info War Machine

Paul Moreira investigates how Russia manipulates public opinion, undermines democratic governments and attempts to alter world events. Russophobia is massive.
90mins
Java Films
The Interrogation

The Interrogation

Why would someone confess to a crime they didn't commit? We hear from the men and women who have spent more than 20 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. They tell us about that moment when their lives changed forever.
70mins
Java Films
The Cost of Cotton

The Cost of Cotton

It's the soft, natural fabric associated with high quality and versatility. Used to make everything from jeans and t-shirts to tarpaulins, oil and cattle feed, it powers a 37 billion euros a year industry. But is cotton really as pure as it seems?
53mins
Java Films
The Hidden Side of Animal Transport

The Hidden Side of Animal Transport

Shocking undercover footage shows how animals exported from Europe as livestock are exposed to inhumane conditions and abused. A ruling that EU animal welfare regulations should remain in place until the very end of the journey is not being imposed.
53mins
Java Films
Cabin Pressure: Is the Air Toxic?

Cabin Pressure: Is the Air Toxic?

How healthy is the air you breathe in airplanes? There have long been claims that cabin air contaminated by engine oil is putting at risk passenger health every year. But the airlines deny there is a problem. We investigate aerotoxic syndrome.
49mins
Java Films
South Africa: The End of a Dream

South Africa: The End of a Dream

More than half the population live below the poverty line. The ANC is rife with corruption. Hatred between communities, racially-motivated violence... is the Rainbow nation under threat?
53mins
Java Films
Mata Hari: The Naked Spy

Mata Hari: The Naked Spy

A hundred years ago, Mata Hari faced the firing squad as a convicted German spy. Was she a dangerous spy, whose boldness and sexuality threatened the establishment, or a victim entangled in a climate of blame and desperation as WWI dragged on?
78mins
Java Films
Kim Jong-un: The Man Who Rules North Korea

Kim Jong-un: The Man Who Rules North Korea

He's the world’s most enigmatic and dangerous dictator, cultivating an air of secrecy around himself and never giving interviews. He's now closer than ever to developing nuclear weapons. But what do we really know about Kim Jung Un?
53mins
Java Films
USA: Fear the Police

USA: Fear the Police

Every year, American police officers kill around 1000 people. Today more than ever, the American police force is feared by those it is supposed to protect. The police position has hardened, as they employ increasingly drastic techniques.
53mins
Java Films
Digital Addicts

Digital Addicts

Children are becoming addicted to mobiles, harming their development and causing possible long-term damage. We follow some of the youngest cases and hear how our brains are affected by exposure to screens.
53mins
Java Films
Smoke and Fumes: The Climate Change Cover-Up

Smoke and Fumes: The Climate Change Cover-Up

We reveal how the oil industry has been secretly funding scientific studies, launching false media reports and systematically deceiving the public about climate change - since 1946. Now, the first lawsuits have been filed.
53mins
Java Films
Robots: A Brave New World?

Robots: A Brave New World?

A new industrial revolution is under way. Super-intelligent, docile and never tired, robot workers are carrying out ever more complex tasks. But what will be their impact on the labour market? Is society prepared for such upheavals?
53mins
Java Films
Diesel: The Industry’s Smokescreen

Diesel: The Industry’s Smokescreen

Dieselgate' made headlines around world. For deliberately cheating the system, Volkswagen were made to pay a record $20 billion fine. But, as this investigation shows, they were far from the only culprits.
55mins
Java Films
Lean, Mean and Green

Lean, Mean and Green

Industrial collapse scars cities around the globe so a group of citizens transform their cities into more sustainable communities.
51mins
Galloping Films
Monkey Menace

Monkey Menace

This film explores the unique urban rift that exists between Delhi’s Rhesus Macaques and citizens with all the metaphors that this symbolises.
52mins
Galloping Films
Pray For Japan

Pray For Japan

On March 11, 2011, Japan’s Tohoku coastal region was destroyed by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed.
97mins
Odin's Eye Entertainment
Unlocking Evolution

Unlocking Evolution

Examines the life of groundbreaking New Zealand researcher and lightning rod for controversy, Allan Wilson, who revolutionised the ideas behind evolution.
TVF Media
Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes

Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes

Explore the intriguing world of Conan Doyle and the truth behind his decision to kill off the character that had dominated his life.
TVF Media
The Happy Dictator

The Happy Dictator

Until 2006, Turkmenistan was run by a crazy dictator whose megalomania spawned a personality cult to rival that of Chairman Mao. This is the story of an unlikely desert republic with a grim reputation and a quite astonishing leader.
TVF Media
The Earth's Riches - Iron From China

Iron From China

Follows the journey of iron, from where it is mined from to the plants where the hard work continues as the raw metals are refined and processed.
TVF Media
The Earth's Riches - Copper From Chile

Copper From Chile

Follows the journey of Copper from where it is mined from to the plants where the hard work continues as the raw metals are refined and processed.
TVF Media
The Earth's Riches - Nickel From Caledonia

Nickel From Caledonia

Follows the journey of nickel, from where it is mined from to the plants where the hard work continues as the raw metals are refined and processed.
TVF Media
Inside Broadmoor

Inside Broadmoor

Broadmoor houses 400 of the most difficult, disturbed and dangerous people in Britain. This film offers a unique insight into how a civilised society treats those who are both bad and mad.
TVF Media
Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks

Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks

In an exciting blend of science and natural history filmmaking, Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks draws audiences into the world of one of the ocean's largest and least understood creatures.
TVF Media
Backlight - YouTubeland

YouTubeland

YouTube is travelling like a high-speed train into one of the most powerful online platforms in the world. Which clever earnings model is hiding behind this success story, and how will this affect our future media landscape?
46mins
VPRO
Backlight - Waste = Food

Waste = Food

Natural resources are being depleted on a rapid scale while production and consumption are rising rapidly in nations like China and India.
49mins
VPRO
Backlight - Regreening The Desert

Regreening The Desert

For more than 15 years, cameraman and ecologist John D. Liu has been working on his worldwide mission to green deserts and to restore biodiversity.
48mins
VPRO
Backlight - The Value Of Your Personal Data

The Value Of Your Personal Data

Data is being collected about you constantly. All this personal data is being used to send you advertisements and banners, one would say. But that is just the start.
49mins
VPRO
Backlight - Mobile Gold

Mobile Gold

Our waste is worth money. Recovering it has started up a new global industry worth billions.
48mins
VPRO
The Lost Aviator

The Lost Aviator

Set in the Golden Age of Aviation, Andrew Lancaster follows the life and times of his great uncle, Captain Bill Lancaster.
90mins
Escapade
Backlight - Made In Germany

Made In Germany

Backlight crosses the border to fathom the secrets of the German success.
49mins
VPRO
Am I Perfect? - Despair

Despair

Maddy moves into week nine with the famous lemon detox diet. We watch Maddy get her signature freckles removed and despite pushing through intensive obstacle courses she is heartbroken when she finds out that she has actually gained weight.
Passion
Am I Perfect? - Bargaining

Bargaining

Well and truly over her body plateauing, Maddy takes drastic action and cuts her calorie intake by half. Despite critical warnings from the dietitian, Maddy takes on the macrobiotic diet, cycling and becomes mummified in a weight loss body wrap.
Passion
Am I Perfect? - Acceptance

Acceptance

It is the final week and the lead up to the big finale - Maddy has become a completely different person and is upset at becoming a person she doesn't like. She is desperate to reach her goal and continue losing more weight.
Passion
Am I Perfect? - Denial

Denial

Maddy's spirits are high as she journeys into week two, having already lost 5kg! She eats like a caveman on the Paleo Diet, tests her coordination in home exercise videos and meets with a professional to learn the tricks of make-up.
Passion
Am I Perfect? - Shock

Shock

Meet Maddy - your average 19-year old Australian feeling the pressure to look a certain way. So for ten weeks she is going to try everything the media and her favourite celebrities suggest. Hopefully at the end she will be 'perfect'!
Passion
Am I Perfect? - Anger

Anger

Week five sees Maddy's rapid weight loss come to a halt; the nurse and dietitian inform her that her body is in starvation mode and her weight loss is unfortunately set to plateau.
Passion