List of best UK documentaries revealed
Royal Family – the fly-on-the-wall programme on the monarchy – and One Born Every Minute – filmed in a maternity unit – have made it on to a list of the greatest British documentaries of all time.
Wonders Of The Universe (2011), presented by physicist Professor Brian Cox, is the most recent show on the list compiled by the Radio Times, while Whicker’s World, from 1958, is the oldest.
Other shows include David Attenborough’s Life On Earth (1979) and Around The World in 80 Days With Michael Palin (1989).
They feature along with Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (1998) and Simon Schama: A History Of Britain (2000).
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Royal Family (1969) was the first time the Queen allowed TV cameras access to her family.
Channel 4 series One Born Every Minute has been on air since 2010.
Readers have been asked to select from the 20-strong list, which also includes ground-breaking series The Family (1974), which followed the life of an “ordinary” household.
*20 Best British Documentaries:
100 Greatest Britons (2002)
Around The World In 80 Days With Michael Palin (1989)
Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (1998)
Life On Earth (1979)
Omnibus: Cracked Actor (1974)
One Born Every Minute (2010)
Our War (2011)
Royal Family (1969)
Seven Up (1964)
Simon Schama: A History of Britain (2000)
The Ascent Of Man (1973)
The Dying Rooms (1995)
The Family (1974)
The Nazis – A Warning From History (1997)
The World At War (1973)
Walking With Dinosaurs (1999)
Whicker’s World (from 1958)
Wonders Of The Universe (2011)
World In Action: Death On The Rock (1988)