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Offline 6pairsofshoes

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Documentary Recommendations
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:13:47 AM »
Does anyone regularly watch documentaries?  This is a thread for recommendations of good non-fiction or educational programs.

We've been watching two series produced by the BBC with the V&A museum.  One on Metalworks and the other Ceramics: a fragile history.  These are not readily available for viewing on US tv, and there is not much good on design produced in the States compared to the UK.

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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2012, 01:28:06 PM »
Virtually any documentary produced by the BBC is a guaranteed winner.  80% of my Sky+ box's memory is chocked full of them. 

I particularly liked Walking with Dinosaurs and Frozen Planet.

And every Horizon ever made.
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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2012, 02:12:26 PM »
Oh, I was going to mention Horizon!

I found this one on bread very interesting:
Bread: A Loaf Affair http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rm508

Now Zoidberg is the popular one!

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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2012, 02:33:42 PM »
I eat up BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rrd83

I was trying to find the dinosaur documentary I had watched.  It was talking about a decline in their species before that they were destroyed by said natural disaster. 
I looked. 

I love watching Henry Rollins.  He did a line of documentaries with National Geographic. 

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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2012, 02:43:24 PM »
I love documentaries...in theory but I never seem to watch any.  I've "acquired" some, say "Planet Earth" and they sit on my hdd until I need the space.  Sad I know.
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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2012, 02:44:38 PM »
I watch them in moderation.  I watch entirely too much daria.

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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2012, 03:03:40 PM »
Are we allowed to mention sites that offer documentaries on here?

There is one I visit that might be able to help Bea.  If not, I'll send  her a PM.

We've watched By Royal Appointment, sort of interesting, Pugin: God's Architect is really very good.  There was a series on Saville Row, I've got a number of the design related Genius of Design series queued up.  They're great.  It surprises me that this programming doesn't usually make it to US Public Television.  We get lots of mysteries (Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, etc) and the historical dramas (Dickens dramatizations, the full range of Jane Austen stories, etc.) but as for the non fiction, only the occasional British Antiques Road Show for series.  The Noid was a good source for this, but there are other places to find them.

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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2012, 03:08:07 PM »
If the site contains links to download copy written material, we prefer you do not put it in the open thread (What happens in PMs stays in PMs ;) ).  If it's just a link to the production company listing the documentaries, feel free.
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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2012, 03:11:57 PM »
Thanks.  Understood.

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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2012, 03:29:14 PM »
BBC Panorama on Scientology.

The Enemies of Reason

A&E Investigative Reports


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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2012, 03:21:40 PM »
This was great, really interesting.  There are three.

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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2012, 04:46:49 PM »
i "found" one called "Hitler's Children" by BBC Two that was very good, descendents of people like Goering, Himmler, etc. living with that name, and what it was like growing up.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01j10j3

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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2012, 05:02:59 PM »
Evidently they'd get along with no problems in India. ¬.¬
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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2012, 07:53:48 AM »
Eye of the Leopard from NatGeo. It's in YouTube

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Re: Documentary Recommendations
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2012, 01:16:48 PM »
Evidently they'd get along with no problems in India. ¬.¬
i get you now Dweez after reading the Hitler store post, if that's what you mean.