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: 35,437

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: 1,306

3. Frozen Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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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: 23,782

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

Documentary, Biography, History

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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

5. 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: 3,283

6. 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: 190

7. 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: 3,813

8. 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, Joe Vaz

Votes: 1,077

9. 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: 794

10. 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: 558

11. Coast (2005– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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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

12. 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: 1,133

13. City in the Sky (2016– )

TV-PG | Documentary

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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: 187

14. The Story of Maths (2008– )

TV-G | Documentary

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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

15. A History of Christianity (2009)

Documentary

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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: 179

16. 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

17. 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: 1,857

18. A History of Scotland (2008–2009)

60 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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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: 303

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

55 min | Documentary

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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

20. 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

21. 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

22. 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

23. 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

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

89 min | Documentary

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

Votes: 53

25. 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

26. Endgame by Samuel Beckett (1989 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

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

Votes: 20

27. Seven Ages of Britain (2010– )

59 min | Documentary

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

Votes: 87

28. 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

29. Raging Planet (1997– )

60 min | Documentary

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Take a thrilling ride right into the heart of the planet's most amazing forces - revealing the speed of a twister, the power of a hurricane, the lethal force of a lightning bolt, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Randall Lee Rose, Mike Theiss, Jose Borrero, Mark Halliley

Votes: 54

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

177 min | Documentary, History

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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

31. Inside the Medieval Mind (2008– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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Stars: Robert Bartlett, Hugh Gilbert

Votes: 115

32. Inside the Bank of England (2019)

120 min | Documentary

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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

33. Rome Unpacked (2018)

120 min | Documentary

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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

34. The Joy of Stats (2010 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

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Professor Hans Rosling shares his excitement with statistics, and shows how researchers are handling the modern data deluge.

Director: Dan Hillman | Stars: Hans Rosling, Stephen Emmott, Sep Kamvar, Eileen Magnello

Votes: 119

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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

38. Secrets of Our Living Planet (2012– )

Documentary

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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

39. Darwin's Dangerous Idea (2009– )

Documentary

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Stars: Andrew Marr, Joseph Ekstein

Votes: 138

40. Light and Dark (2013– )

118 min | Documentary

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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

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

Documentary

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

Votes: 34

42. 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

43. Drama (1977– )

50 min | Drama

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Stars: Patrick Stewart, Nigel Stock, Max Wall, Rosalie Crutchley

44. 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

45. Justice (2009– )

Documentary

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Star: Michael Sandel

Votes: 33

46. Climate Change: Britain Under Threat (2007 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Directors: Milla Harrison-Hansley, Peter Oxley | Stars: David Attenborough, Kate Humble, Matt Allwright, Geoff Aitkenhead

Votes: 17

47. The Virtual Revolution (2010– )

60 min | Documentary

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

Votes: 134

48. Meet the Lords (2017)

180 min | Documentary

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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

49. 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

50. 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


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