Documentaries, By Category

Documentary, History

America Before Columbus

This 2009 documentary from National Geographic explores what America really was like before the Europeans arrived to conquer.

Lafayette: The Lost Hero

The story of our French Founding Father, an amzing young man who was like a son to Washington, who played a critical role in the victory at Yorktown, and whom modern Americans have almost forgotten.

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Nova: Pocahontas Revealed

The story of the real Indian princess and the founding of Jamestown, based on the archeological discoveries and re-creation of the James Fort using techniques of the time.

Rebels & Redcoats: How Britain lost America

A look at the American Revolution from a very different point of view!

The Adventure of English 1: Birth of a Language

The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg in a unique way. This is Part 1 of the 8-part series, and tells how English began.

The Adventure of English 2: English Goes Underground

The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg in a unique way. This is Part 2 of the 8-part series, and tells how English was surpressed by the Norman Conquest. .

The Adventure of English 3: Battle for the Language of the Bible

The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg in a unique way. This is Part 3 of the 8-part series, and tells how the Bible was finally brought into English -- several times..

The Adventure of English 4: This Earth, This Realm, This England

The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg in a unique way. This is Part 4 of the 8-part series, and explores the re-birth of the English language in Shakespeare's England..

The Adventure of English 5: English in America

The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg in a unique way. This is Part 5 of the 8-part series, and explores the evolving English of America.

The Adventure of English 6: Speaking Proper

The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg in a unique way. This is Part 6 of the 8-part series, and explores how the English language got its rules of what is "proper English."

The Adventure of English 7: The Language of Empire

The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg in a unique way. This is Part 7 of the 8-part series, and explores how the British commercialism spread and changed the language.

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The Adventure of English 8: Many Tongues Called English

The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English presented by Melvyn Bragg in a unique way. This is the last of the 8-part series, and looks at the many languages called English.

The Eagle Has Landed - NASA's Apollo 11 Story

For the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, the story of how it unfolded.

The Forgotten War of 1812

The British burned Washington, the US got its national anthem, and Canada got a sense of itself as a nation. This 2-hour documentary tells the story.

The Last Platoon

In 2003, there were just 27 British survivors of The Great War still alive. Today, they are all gone. These are the stories they told.

The Lost Pyramids of Caral - BBC Horizon

A 5,000-year-old city in Peru, Caral seems to have been the center of a peaceful civilzation in the Americas that's contemporary with ancient Egypt.

The Real George Washington

There is much more to George Washington than you know, and this documentary/biography from National Geographic reveals a great deal of newly discovered information

Documentary

Black Coffee

Coffee is "the most widely used legal drug," and a huge business. But where did it come from, how does it get to your cup, and how do you brew a great one? This 3-part PBS documentary tells all!

The Haunted History of Halloween

From the History Channel, a look at the real history of Halloween, from its beginnings as Samhain, a Celtic harvest festival, and its evolution into the holiday we celebrate today.

The Marines

This is the story of America's oldest fighting force, in an excellent and comprehensive PBS documentary.

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Treasures of the Louvre

Paris-based writer Andrew Hussey travels through the glorious art and surprising history of an extraordinary French institution to show that the story of the Louvre is the story of France.

Vienna: City of Dreams

Joeseph Leo Koerner takes us on a tour through Vienna of yesterday and today in the BBC documentary. This is a double feature -- it's followed by Rick Steve's popular take on Vienna.

Documentary, Biography

Cary Grant: the Leading Man

An excellent biography of Hollywood's definitive leading man for more than five decades.

Dolly Parton - Platinum Blonde

In this 2002 documentary, the BBC tells Dolly Parton's story, with great interviews with Dolly and the people she worked with.

Mary Pickford: America's Sweetheart

A most excellent biography of the first real female movie star, from the PBS American Experience series.

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

This PBS documentary looks at how the talent, style, and imagination of Steve Jobs have shaped all of our lives, and also at the influences that shaped and molded him.

Music, Documentary

High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music

The story of how this original American music developed from old-time country music, told by the very people who made it happen.

Howard Goodall's 20th Century Greats: Cole Porter

Cole Porter was the most gifted of a generation of composers who transformed popular music in the 1920s and 30s. Howard Goodall explains how this influenced the music of the 20th Century.

Howard Goodall's 20th Century Greats: Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein was a great classical composer and musician, but it was his popular works like West Side Story and On the Town which definied "crossover music," as Howard Goodall shows us.

Howard Goodall's 20th Century Greats: The Beatles

Britain's composer and music educator, Howard Goodall, is about to give you a new appreciation of the music you already love!

Documentary, Arts

Hotel California: LA from The Byrds to The Eagles

How a few singer-songwriters turned LA from a musical backwater into the music capital of the world, and then lost the dream when corporate rock took over.

Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

Handel's Messiah is some of the world's best known music. But few people know the extraordinary story of how it came to public attention and, in the process, saved the lives of tens of thousands of children!

The Richest Songs in the World

The story of the ten best-paying songs of all time, and how they make money. Different and interesting from the BBC!

The Story of Music 1: The Age of Discovery

The beginning of the story takes us from the Stone Age to Monteverdi.

The Story of Music 2: The Age of Invention

This episode looks at the fertile period between 1650 and 1750, when the inventions of modern tuning, chords and harmonies created the orchestra.

The Story of Music 3: The Age of Elegance and Sentiment

In the age of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin, composers went from being servants of the rich to freelancers, writing for a new middle-class audience.

The Story of Music 4: The Age of Tragedy

Howard Goodall examines the music of the middle to late 19th century, in which a craze for operas and music that dealt with death and destiny swept Europe.

The Story of Music 5: The Age of Rebellion

This program covers the period when modernism in music arrived, and when the birth of recorded sound changed music forever.

The Story of Music 6: The Popular Age

In the sixth and final episode, composer Howard Goodall looks at the popular age - the last hundred years in music.

The Story of Music, from Babylon to the Beatles

In this 6-part series from the BBC, renowned composer Howard Goodall tells the story of how man developed music.

Documentary, Science

Tutankhamun's Fireball

This BBC documentary tracks down the source of some glass in Tutankhamun's necklace, and presents an amazing theory of its origin.

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