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    Big Cat Diary

    Big Cat Diary

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    BBC (ended 2008)
    Filmed in Masai Mara, Africa, big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs are shown in their natural habitat. The presenters offer commentary and focus on big cats with cubs and lion prides.moreless
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    NOVA

    NOVA

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    PBS
    Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Each week NOVA takes an in depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering. NOVA's unique way of presenting each topic can be interesting to both those with no prior knowledge or those whose life's work is being covered.moreless
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    30 for 30

    30 for 30

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    ESPN
    This series will feature 30 documentaries over several months geared towards showcasing a variety of sports topics that have occurred in the past three decades. They will feature celebrity guests and acclaimed documentary filmmakers.moreless
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    Deadliest Warrior

    Deadliest Warrior

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    Spike TV
    The greatest warriors of all time face off against one another. History provides the information; scientific tests and expert testimonials provide the results. Hours of intensive research is done to answer one question; "Who is Deadliest?"moreless
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    E! True Hollywood Story

    E! True Hollywood Story

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    E!
    Want the inside scoop on Tinseltown's steamiest secrets? Watch E!'s Emmy-nominated documentary series for the real Story on the shows, the stars and the secrets of the Hollywood elite.
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    Cosmos

    Cosmos

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    PBS (ended 2005)
    Carl Sagan brings us the Cosmos, everything that ever was and ever will be, in an approach that is easily accessible even for those of us that are not science wizards. This 13 part series covers everything from the history of astronomy, the challenges it faced at its creation, how the universe was created and how it all might end, to the evolution of life on Earth, and the nature of the human brain. First aired in 1980 by the Public Broadcasting Service, Cosmos has seen multiple versions over the years. When the series was released on home video in the late 1980s, a 14th episode was included, which consisted of an interview between Dr. Sagan and Ted Turner. Dr. Sagan taped new epilogues for the 10th anniversary version in 1990, in which he addressed new discoveries and alternate viewpoints. The Science Channel rebroadcast the series on its 25th anniversary in 2005 with enhanced computer graphics. The series was awarded an Emmy and a Peabody Award. It has been broadcast in 60 countries and has been seen by an estimated 500 million to 1 billion viewers worldwide.moreless
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    The Revolution

    The Revolution

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    The History Channel
    A thirteen-part documentary series detailing the American Revolution, from the causes that lead to America's fight for independence to its conclusion and the birth of a new nation.
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    Faking It

    Faking It

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    Channel 4
    Faking It is a documentary series made by RDF Media for Channel 4 (UK). Part makeover, part challenge, and part fly-on-the-wall show, each programme follows a volunteer from one walk of life who lives and trains with an expert from a completely different field. After a four-week crash course in their mentor's area of expertise, the volunteer is put to the test by competing against genuine practitioners. Judges (who in most cases aren't initially aware that there is a faker in the line-up) are asked to pick a winner, and then pick out the fake. There is no particular prize for success - the fakers do it just for the experience. And to entertain us, of course. The programme has won several prestigious awards: Montreux Television Festival 2003 Golden Rose (awarded for the best TV programme overall) (Orchestra Conductor episode) BAFTA Awards Best Factual Primetime Feature 2001 (Chef episode); Best Factual Feature 2002 (series 4) Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards Best Primetime Feature 2001 (Series 3) Radio Times Reader's Choice Awards Best Factual Programme 2002 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Single Documentary 2002 (Drag Queen episode) Faking It has been sold around the world and has been, or soon will be, seen on Life Network Canada; Channel 9 Australia; TV2 Denmark; TV Norge Norway; Kanal 5 Sweden, BBC America, BBC Prime (South Africa) and Channel 33 Dubai. An American version was shown in both the UK and USA (on TLC) in March 2003 and other domestic versions are in production in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Brazil. Faking It is made in 16:9 widescreen, except Season 7 which is in 4:3. Frequently Asked Questions How are fakers selected? In a variety of ways. Generally, the challenge is devised first, and then the producers look for someone who is a good contrast. Usually they advertise in relevant publications and websites - for instance, having decided they wanted someone who worked in computing to become a surfer, they advertised in the computer magazines. Other times, they actively scout for fakers (a visit to a London music college turned up Sian Evans, the cellist who would be transformed into a DJ in one of the show's classic episodes), or invite people who've written in. For the first USA series, open auditions were held. Now that the series has taken off, the producers have plenty of applicants to choose from, so the shortlisted applicants (sometimes as many as 50) have a final audition before the faker is chosen. What do they win? I don't know what it says about the different cultures, but for some reasons Americans are always asking this question while Brits almost never do. The answer is: nothing. You could say that the experience of being on the show is its own reward. "Faking It" isn't really a gameshow, after all - more of a "staged documentary" (to coin a phrase). Do they get paid? They get "expenses", apparently - it appears that they are compensated for loss of earnings, but they don't get an actual fee. Is it three weeks or four weeks? I'm sure they've said both. Has it changed? It's four weeks on the UK show, three weeks on the US version. I'm not sure why the difference - perhaps they just reckon Americans won't be able to get four weeks off work. Has anyone ever dropped out? No. The fakers are free to walk out if they choose, but no-one has ever done so (the closest is Chris Sweeney, who left, but then came back). There was one faker who never made it to screen though - the girl originally selected to become a ballroom dancer was so bad that she was sent home after two weeks. About episode titles: With the exception of "Web Surfer to Wave Surfer" and the follow-up special "Faking It Changed My Life", none of the British episodes had official titles when shown in the UK. For the purposes of this guide, the titles given are those used by BBC America (where known). These can be considered semi-official. The Faking It USA episode titles were used by both TLC and Channel 4 and can be considered official.moreless
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    The Naked Brothers Band

    The Naked Brothers Band

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2009)
    Real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff set out to prove that rock and roll isn't just for adults in this rock-mockumentary parody, with songs composed by the Wolff brothers themselves. As for being based on real life, the series is created by the siblings mom, Polly Draper ("thirtysomething" actress), who also serves as chief writer, executive producer, and director. Draper's husband and Nat and Alex's dad, jazz pianist Michael Wolff (former music director of "The Arsenio Hall Show") stars as the accordion playing dad on the show, who also serves as music supervisor/producer. The path to super stardom is a long, difficult one. The cameras follows Nat and Alex through their concerts, their rehearsals, and their private lives, as they deal with the growing pains related to love, friendship, and fame. Do the boys have what it takes to make it in the music business? By the music business we mean The Naked Brothers Band consisting of Nat and Alex Wolff, Allie DiMeco (as Rosalina), Cooper Pillot as the band's manager, David Levi, Thomas Batuello, and Qaasim Middleton.moreless
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    I Survived...Beyond and Back

    I Survived...Beyond and Back

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    The Biography Channel
    A spin-off of the series I Survived, individuals tell their stories of how they died and were brought back to life.
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    River Monsters

    River Monsters

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    Animal Planet
    See what strange creature lurk beneath the surface of our river waters in this fascinating Animal Planet show.
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    An Idiot Abroad

    An Idiot Abroad

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    Sky1
    On a podcast, Karl Pilkington admitted that he doesn't see the fuss about the Seven Wonders of the World, despite never going to see even one of them. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant respond by sending him around the world to experience the Wonders for himself. An Idiot Abroad, filmed in high definition, is the documentary travelogue series that covers Pilkington's journey as he visits landmarks like the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. An Idiot Abroad originally aired in the UK on Sky One before being picked up by the Science Channel in the U.S. in 2011.moreless
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    The Joy of Painting

    The Joy of Painting

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    PBS (ended 1994)
    The Joy of Painting was a television show dedicated to the art of the late Bob Ross, during this half an hour television show, Bob would do his best to teach everyone, from the most talented painter, to casual art type, his special techniques. Bob was famous for his landscapes and "Happy little trees" that would be our little secret.moreless
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    Top Gear US

    Top Gear US

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    The History Channel
    Car enthusiasts won't want to miss this BBC-inspired reality show. Cars, celebrities, and comedy-could it get any better?
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    Unwrapped

    Unwrapped

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    Food Network
    Ever wondered where the tiny marshmallows in your breakfast cereal came from? Have we got a show for you! Each week, Unwrapped uncovers behind-the-scenes details on classic American food, from peanut butter and chocolate syrup to French fries and bubblegum. Join host Marc Summers as he explores the test kitchens and the secrets behind lunch box treats, soda pop, movie candy, and more. Unwrapped--the show for everyone who's ever worn a pair of wax lips.moreless
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    Ice Road Truckers

    Ice Road Truckers

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    The History Channel
    At the top of the world, in the coldest parts of North America, there is a whole trucking industry that most people had never heard of. Some communities and industries can only be reached for a few months each year, when rivers or seas freeze over. Ice Road Truckers follows some of the drivers that live life on the edge, working flat-out to supply them over these winter roads. Season 1 and 2 are based in Canada's Northwest Territories, first the diamond mines around Yellowknife and then the Mackenzie River ice road from Inuvik. Seasons 3 and 4 move to the USA and focus on Alaska's Dalton Highway, supplying the oilfields in Prudhoe Bay. Season 5 splits coverage between Alaska and the winter roads Winnipeg, in Canada's Manitoba.moreless
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    NY Med

    NY Med

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    ABC
    NY Med is an ABC eight-episode documentary series follow-up to "Boston Med" and "Hopkins." The new documentary series will explore the lives of doctors and patients inside of Columbia and Weill Cornell hospitals, two of New York's most prestigious hospitals.moreless
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    Dark Matters: Twisted But True

    Dark Matters: Twisted But True

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    The Science Channel
    John Noble hosts and explores some of history's strangest and most controversial scientific experiments that have ever been tried.
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    The Universe

    The Universe

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    The History Channel
    Introducing absolutely everything. The beginning of history starts here. There are 50 billion galaxies in the universe. 95% is still uncharted. This series examines the mysteries of everything, from black holes to how our sun functions. Is our planet as insignificant to the cosmos as a drop of water is to the ocean? This series will investigate the uncharted frontiers of space and explore the possible existence of life-supporting worlds beyond our own.moreless
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    Dogfights

    Dogfights

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    The History Channel (ended 2007)
    This show uses the latest simulation technology and computer-generated effects to transport the viewer back to the days of dogfighting. Original camera work and rare, archival footage will be used to aid the re-creation of some of history's most famous air battles.moreless
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