Favorite documentary series about nature, science and history

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1. Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Victor Baker, Phil Bland, Bernadette Carrion van Rijn

Votes: 1,870

2. How the Earth Changed History (2010– )

Documentary

In each episode, geologist Iain Stewart describes how a certain geological force played a determinant part in human history. Culture may render people less dependent on nature, it still ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Ali Haleyalur

Votes: 738

3. How to Grow a Planet (2012– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Geologist Ian Stewart explain in three stages of natural history the crucial interaction of our very planet's physiology and its unique wildlife. Biological evolution is largely driven bu ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Norberto Asensio, Chris Austin, Katrina Hope

Votes: 482

4. Wild Pacific (2009– )

353 min | Documentary

A documentary series on life in and adapted to the conditions of the Southern part of the Pacific Ocean, a vast aquatic region with an unequaled number of islands. Both wildlife and human ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Rowe, Richard Wollocombe, Mark Brownlow

Votes: 2,138

5. Survivorman (2004– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Adventure

No food, no shelter, no fresh water - one man alone in the wild for seven days with only his wits and stamina to sustain him.

Stars: Les Stroud, Todd Standing, Logan Stroud, Sam Omik

Votes: 5,956

6. Wonders of the Solar System (2010– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 4,001

7. Wonders of the Universe (I) (2011– )

TV-G | 59 min | Documentary

Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most dramatic parts of the globe to explain the fundamental principles that govern the laws of nature - light, gravity, energy, matter and time. With ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 3,591

8. Last Chance to See (2009– )

Documentary

Twenty years after Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine traveled the world in search of some of the most endangered animals, Stephen Fry joins Mark to retrace their journeys.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Mark Carwardine, Batian Craig, Lilly Ajarova

Votes: 484

9. Coast (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

The story of the coastline of the UK and her near neighbours.

Stars: Nicholas Crane, Mark Horton, Neil Oliver, Miranda Krestovnikoff

Votes: 306

10. Horizon (I) (1964– )

50 min | Documentary

British documentary series that covers a variety of subjects in science and philosophy.

Stars: Paul Vaughan, Jack Fortune, Dilly Barlow, Martin Jarvis

Votes: 895

11. Victorian Farm (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, History

Victorian Farm historical observational documentary series following a team who live the life of Victorian Farmers for a year. Wearing period clothes and using only the materials that would... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Noonan, Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands

Votes: 395

12. Victorian Farm Christmas (2009– )

60 min | Documentary

Victorian Farm Christmas looks into the lives of 19th century farmers and shows you how to make traditional gifts, food, games and decorations.

Stars: Rupert Acton, Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands

Votes: 178

13. Edwardian Farm (2010–2011)

59 min | Documentary

In this historical documentary series, archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and domestic historian Ruth Goodman team up to re-create a working Edwardian farm. The farm, located at ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands, Stephen Noonan

Votes: 301

14. Victorian Pharmacy (2010– )

60 min | Documentary

Life in a 19th-century pharmacy is re-created in this four-part documentary. Historian Ruth Goodman, professor Nick Barber and doctorate student Tom Quick discover how people attempted to ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Noonan, Nick Barber, Ruth Goodman, Tom Quick

Votes: 164

15. Russia: A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby (2008– )

Not Rated | 245 min | Documentary

Jonathan Dimbleby makes an epic journey from one end of Russia to the other killing cliches and reveling in the unpredictable.

Stars: Jonathan Dimbleby, Valentin Khagdaev, Olga Fleshler, Tatiana Baukova

Votes: 103

19. Japanorama (2002– )

Documentary

A six-part TV series focusing on Japanese films, TV shows, anime, manga & culture, hosted by Jonathan Ross. Interviews include those with Lone Wolf and Cub comic writer Kazuo Koike, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jonathan Ross, Hideaki Anno, Hayao Miyazaki, Keiichi Tsuchiya

Votes: 276

21. Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (2000)

24 min | Documentary

A self-help guide which applies the teachings of philosophers to dealing with life's everyday problems.

Star: Alain de Botton

Votes: 284

22. Secrets of Our Living Planet (2012– )

Documentary

Stunning high-quality photage following organisms at multiple levels of the food-chain, showing the intricate interconnectedness of life in various ecosystems.

Stars: Chris Packham, Dominic Frisby

Votes: 68

24. E Numbers: An Edible Adventure (2010– )

Documentary

Stefan Gates explores what those e-numbers on food packaging mean and comes to some surprising conclusions about what they are made of and what they do.

Stars: Stefan Gates, Andrea Sella, Ruth Goodman, Alice Pegg

Votes: 36

25. The Perfect Home (2006– )

125 min | Documentary

A look at how our environment and the perfect home can philosophically affect our happiness, and how innovative architecture can contribute to the perfect home.

Star: Alain de Botton

Votes: 39

28. The Regency House Party (2004– )

480 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

A "reality" tv series where five men and five women spend 9 weeks at a country house, Kentchurch, living as if they were in 1811 England. The house is staffed by 40 servants. An interesting... See full summary »

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Chris Gorell Barnes, Lisa Braund, Hayley Conick

Votes: 135

29. Wartime Farm (2012– )

Documentary

Wartime Farm is a British historical documentary TV series in eight parts in which the running of a farm during the Second World War is reenacted, first broadcast on BBC Two on 6 September 2012.

Stars: John Simm, Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands

Votes: 210

31. Gadget Man (2012– )

Not Rated | Talk-Show

Demonstrates new gadgets and technology.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Lawson Crawford, Timothy Dalton-Dobson, Charlotte Gascoigne

Votes: 615

34. The Dark Ages: An Age of Light (2012– )

Documentary, History

Christianity slowly emerged from being a persecuted minority to the state religion of the Roman Empire. This episode is a history of the ways believers grappled with a way to depict Jesus. ... See full summary »

Stars: Shaun Greenhalgh, Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 153

37. Lost Kingdoms of South America (2013– )

Documentary

Archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper reveals the extraordinary history of some of South America's ancient civilisations.

Star: Jago Cooper

Votes: 61

38. Wonders of Life (2013– )

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

Physicist and professor Brian Cox travels across the globe to uncover the secrets of the most extraordinary phenomenon in the universe: life.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,375

40. Between the Folds (2008)

G | 56 min | Documentary

Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Through their determination to reinterpret... See full summary »

Director: Vanessa Gould | Stars: Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, Vincent Floderer, Miri Golan

Votes: 784

41. Rise of the Continents (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

The epic story of how the world's continents were created, featuring Professor Iain Stewart.

Stars: Iain Stewart, Dean Ah Chee, Mike Archer, Pedro Montes Coria

Votes: 416

43. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: The Secret Life of the Cat (2013)

Documentary

With the aim of learning what cats get up to and where they go, 50 cats in one English village are fitted with GPS tracking collars that the scientists are later able to map with some surprising results.

Director: Helen Sage | Stars: Kelly Hunter, John Bradshaw, Sarah Ellis, Alan Wilson

Votes: 82

44. A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley (2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

This documentary takes a look at some of the most horrible and despicable murders in modern British history. From Jack the Ripper in the 1880's to Agatha Christie's best known stories.

Stars: Lucy Worsley, Michael Kirk, Ian Burney, Rosalind Crone

Votes: 138

49. The Burrowers (2013– )

Documentary

Chris Packham sheds light on the magical underground world of three iconic British animals - badgers, water voles and rabbits - investigating wild burrows and creating full scale replicas too.

Star: Chris Packham

Votes: 14

50. Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity (2011– )

55 min | Documentary

8.5