Ok, who else here loves documentaries? I have a thing for a seriously good documentary series, and my a seriously good documentary series I mean:
The Ascent of Man
A Picture of Britain
All of which use the classic formula of taking a very broad over-arching topic, breaking it down into one manageable area per episode, getting a really good presenter with a strong personality, and then attacking the subject with a broad range of interesting techniques, incorporating some breath-taking cinematography and lots of highly interesting asides. Of them all, Vikings! with Magnus Magnusson and Earth Story with Aubrey Manning are the least known. I think Earth Story is actually running on discovery now though. Get Vikings! on video. It's worth it just for the title sequence, which is probably responsible for influencing my life a LOT more than it should. Also, it shits on that Blood of the Vikings bollocks. FROM A GREAT HEIGHT.
Anyone else a fan? I also, I must point out, like good travel documentaries (Pole to Pole (and most of Palins stuff), The Island Race, Notes From a Small Island etc.) and also what I shall call 'Discovery channel filler schlock', which covers those mass-produced engineering or war-themed documentary series that all seem to have the same, anonymous narrator (Like 'Raids of World War Two' and 'Speed Machines') and the related fly-on-the-wall type shows (American Chopper, Scrapheap Challenge, Salvage Squad, etc.) Oh, and that one about Aeroplanes with Bruce Dickinson. Just because it's got big Aeroplanes and Bruce Dickinson.
Oh my, and isn't Time Team just one of the best TV Series formulas EVER?
Seriously, if it wasn't for the insanely annoying adverts and the tediously repetitive shows about ancient Egypt, I could watch Discovery and UK History/Documentary...well, pretty much forever.