With The Open University (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview of the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to... See full summary »

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, David Attenborough, Doug Allan, Barrie Britton

Votes: 35,362

2. The Planets (2019– )

58 min | Documentary

9.1
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Welcome to the greatest story that's never been told. In a new, ground breaking series we'll be telling the story of the planets as never before.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,288

3. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.0
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Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 23,709

4. The Hunt (II) (2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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The fascinating relationship between predators and their prey, and the strategies predators use to catch their food and prey use to escape death.

Stars: David Attenborough, Damien Boisseau

Votes: 3,276

5. The Challenger Disaster (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Factual drama exploring the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger's 1986 disintegration.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: William Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 3,812

6. Castles in the Sky (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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It is the mid-1930s and the storm clouds of WWII are forming in Germany. This film charts the work of Robert Watson Watt, the pioneer of Radar, and his hand-picked team of eccentric yet ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Laura Fraser, Arran Tulloch, Lesley Harcourt

Votes: 793

7. The Code (2011)

Documentary

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Numbers are the rulers of the universe. What if there is a code for life's perfection? A code making the world we see, the "what we are" and the "everything else in the universe"?

Stars: Marcus du Sautoy, Jennifer Basil, Loren Carpenter, Corrie Conrad

Votes: 556

8. Earth from Space (2019– )

Documentary

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Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective, revealing new discoveries, incredible colours and patterns, and just how fast it is changing.

Star: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 185

9. The Boy Who Would Be King (2004 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography, History

6.0
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A biography looking at the character and reign of King Charles II.

Director: Nick Rossiter | Stars: Jack Davenport, Martin Alexander, Russell Saunders, Mark Lockyer

Votes: 23

10. Andrew Marr's History of the World (2012– )

Documentary, History

8.4
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Andrew Marr's History of the World is a 2012 BBC documentary television series presented by Andrew Marr that covers 70,000 years of world history from the beginning of human civilisation, ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Marr, Pierre Marais, Aubrey Shelton, Dylan Edy

Votes: 1,077

11. Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream (2012)

70 min | Documentary

7.5
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Filmmaker Alex Gibney investigates the fact that the 400 richest Americans control more wealth than the 150 million people in the bottom 50 percent of the population.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Jack Abramoff, Michele Bachmann, Bruce Bartlett

Votes: 1,131

12. Coast (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.0
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The story of the coastline of the UK and her near neighbours.

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

Votes: 306

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

55 min | Documentary

8.5
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Until recently, electricity was seen as a magical power. It could slay the living, revive the dead, and bend the laws of nature. It is now the lifeblood of the modern world, fueling our ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Jon Agar, Patricia Fara, Iwan Morus

Votes: 345

14. City in the Sky (2016– )

TV-PG | Documentary

8.0
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Every day 100,000 flights criss-cross the globe with more than 1 million people in the air at any one time. Dallas Campbell and Dr Hannah Fry explore the world of aviation.

Stars: Dallas Campbell, Hannah Fry, Joachim Schwarzenberg, Saresh Babu

Votes: 186

15. The Story of Maths (2008– )

TV-G | Documentary

8.0
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The history of mathematics from ancient times to the present day. Narrated by Oxford mathematics professor Marcus du Sautoy, the series covers the seminal moments and people in the development of maths.

Stars: Marcus du Sautoy, Christopher Anagnostakis, June Barrow-Green, Daniel Bernoulli

Votes: 427

16. Icons (2019)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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Who was the greatest icon of the 20th century? Celebrities profile a range of outstanding figures and it's up to the public to decide.

Stars: Clare Balding, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Lily Cole, Trevor McDonald

Votes: 24

17. A History of Christianity (2009)

Documentary

7.8
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Diarmaid McCullough, an Oxford history professor, travels to historical points of interest relevant to Christianity discussing the origins and spread of Christianity in a span of 6 episodes.

Star: Diarmaid MacCulloch

Votes: 178

18. Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (2009 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

8.5
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A documentary about evolution.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,855

19. Bang Goes the Theory (2009– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

7.1
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The BBC's popular science series Bang Goes the Theory delivers the best in both science and technology to explain the world we live in. In this special Technology collection, we'll learn ... See full summary »

Stars: Liz Bonnin, Dallas Campbell, Jem Stansfield, Yan Wong

Votes: 169

20. A History of Scotland (2008–2009)

60 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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A documentary charting the birth and growth of the Scottish nation.

Stars: Neil Oliver, Grace Beagan, James Fleming, Scott Glynn

Votes: 302

21. Full Steam Ahead (2016– )

60 min | History

8.6
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Historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn bring back to life the golden age of steam, exploring how Victorian railways helped to shape modern Britain.

Stars: Philip Glenister, Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands

Votes: 83

22. Shakespeare Live! From the RSC (2016 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Musical

7.8
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A celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, broadcast live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Directors: Bridget Caldwell, Gregory Doran, Robin Mason, Tim Taggart | Stars: Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Akala, Roger Allam

Votes: 140

23. Inside the Bank of England (2019)

120 min | Documentary

6.3
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Cameras go behind the scenes at "The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street" during 2018 to show the inner workings of the institution as it navigates turbulent economic times.

Star: Lesley Sharp

Votes: 9

24. Mental: A History of the Madhouse (2010 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, History

6.4
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Telling the intriguing and poignant story of the closure of Britain's insane asylums.

Director: Chris Boulding | Star: Tamsin Greig

Votes: 45

25. Light and Dark (2013– )

118 min | Documentary

8.4
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Prof. Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of light and darkness in terms of their astronomic importance, and their role in our understanding of the universe.

Stars: Jim Al-Khalili, Daniel Hunt, Chamkaur Ghag, Paul Murdin

Votes: 154

26. Seven Ages of Britain (2010– )

59 min | Documentary

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Stars: David Dimbleby, Molly Bevan, Anita Chowdry, Gwendoline Christie

Votes: 87

27. The Men Who Made Us Spend (2014– )

60 min | Documentary

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Todays newest is tomorrows trash. Jacques Peretti investigates planned obsolescing made to things not to last, and how we are made to buy the newest, though we really don't need it. Meet the men behind our urge to consume.

Star: Jacques Peretti

Votes: 86

28. The Search for a New Earth (2017 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary

7.2
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Directors: Duncan Bulling, Lucy Haken | Stars: Stephen Hawking, Christophe Galfard, Danielle George

Votes: 53

29. Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth (2013– )

177 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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Classicist Dr Michael Scott presents a three-part series looking at the power, influence and history of Ancient Greece, particularly Athens, through the prism of one of its most important cultural spaces - the theatre.

Stars: Michael Scott, Rosie Wyles, Paul Cartledge, Edith Hall

Votes: 39

30. Britain's Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (2018–2019)

180 min | Documentary

5.8
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The campaigning chef embarks upon on a mission to challenge the food industry, restaurants, the government and the British public to tackle the country's growing obesity crisis.

Stars: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jeremy Hunt, Ross Noble, Jamie Oliver

Votes: 14

31. Wild Weather (2014– )

Not Rated | 174 min | Documentary

7.8
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Richard Hammond gets right in amongst real weather to learn and discover how weather works.

Stars: Richard Hammond, Horia Hangan, Charles Knight, Kazunori Kuwana

Votes: 47

32. Secrets of Our Living Planet (2012– )

Documentary

8.4
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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

33. Inside the Commons (2015– )

60 min | Documentary

8.4
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A documentary series which shows the work done by Members of Parliament, both behind the scenes and in public proceedings in the House of Commons.

Stars: Michael Cockerell, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Ed Miliband, David Cameron

Votes: 67

34. Darwin's Dangerous Idea (2009– )

Documentary

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Stars: Andrew Marr, Joseph Ekstein

Votes: 138

35. Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing (2015 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

7.4
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Ada Lovelace was a most unlikely computer pioneer. In this film, Dr Hannah Fry tells the story of Ada's remarkable life. Born in the early 19th century Ada was a countess of the realm, a ... See full summary »

Director: Nat Sharman | Stars: Hannah Fry, Tilly Blyth, Doron Swade, Melina Sydney Padua

Votes: 35

36. The Secret History of Our Streets (2012– )

Documentary

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Stars: Steven Mackintosh, George Andrews, Eileen Christie, John Hall

Votes: 34

37. The Music of the Primes (2005– )

Documentary

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Marcus du Sautoy presents the story of those who have tried to capture one of the greatest unsolved problems of mathematics, the pattern of prime numbers. Filmed on location in America, ... See full summary »

Votes: 30

38. Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain (2017)

120 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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Stephen K. Amos and Susan Calman present a unique series in which LGBTQ people from across the UK talk about the objects that helped to define their lives over the past 50 years.

Stars: Stephen K. Amos, Susan Calman

Votes: 11

39. Endgame by Samuel Beckett (1989 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

8.2
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Director: Tony Coe | Stars: Norman Beaton, Stephen Rea, Charlie Drake, Kate Binchy

Votes: 20

40. Divine Women (2012– )

59 min | Documentary

7.3
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Bettany Hughes looks into the role of women in the history of religion.

Stars: Bettany Hughes, Kate Cooper, Edith Hall, Yvonne Morin Marrero

Votes: 26

41. Our Dementia Choir (2019– )

59 min | Documentary

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Through this series, Vicky McClure takes everyone on a deeply personal journey to discover the true extent of music's power in fighting dementia.

Star: Vicky McClure

42. The Somme: From Defeat to Victory (2006 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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A recounting of the bloodiest single battle of World War One in its various aspects.

Director: Detlef Siebert | Stars: Peter Barich, Darren Black, Steffan Boje, Eric Carte

Votes: 38

43. Britain's Great War (2014– )

59 min | Documentary

7.7
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Stars: Jeremy Paxman, Andrew Bamji, Julian Fellowes, Angela Hartnett

Votes: 52

44. Rome Unpacked (2018)

120 min | Documentary

7.6
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Chef Giorgio Locatelli and art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon explore the Italian capital in search of the generations of ordinary Romans who have left their mark on the city's culture and gastronomy.

Stars: Andrew Graham-Dixon, Giorgio Locatelli

Votes: 19

45. James May's 20th Century (2007– )

Documentary

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James May covers various inventions and discoveries over the past century and discusses their implications on our daily lives.

Stars: James May, Hilary Alexander, John Blaha, Rod Bowden

Votes: 276

46. Meet the Lords (2017)

180 min | Documentary

7.7
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The Upper Chamber of the British Parliament throws open its doors granting unique behind-the-scenes access to the House of Lords during one of the most turbulent periods in its history.

Stars: Gillian Bevan, Betty Boothroyd, Frances D'Souza, George Foulkes

Votes: 25

47. What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us (2003– )

30 min | Documentary

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Star: Dan Cruickshank

Votes: 14

48. The Foods That Make Billions (2010– )

177 min | Documentary

8.5
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A documentary series that tells the story of how three basic commodities water, cereal and yoghurt became some of the richest and most successful industries in the world.

Stars: Nicky Henson, Joanna Blythman, Susan Jebb, Peter Brabeck

Votes: 17

49. The Making of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977– )

Documentary

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Find out how the producers made the best selling movies of the 007 series!

Stars: Janet Woollacott, Lewis Gilbert, Albert R. Broccoli, William P. Cartlidge

Votes: 13

50. The Virtual Revolution (2010– )

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Aleks Krotoski, Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Fry, Bill Gates

Votes: 134


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