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FACTUAL OVER FICTION: TV Reviewer Jamie East on the rise of documentaries

 

TV viewers were disappointed to find out that several of their favourite shows were delayed due to the Pandemic. 

Programmes such as Succession, Line of Duty and Eastenders all had to stop filming as the world went through a period of uncertainty.

With TV Dramas put on the shelf, the public had to turn their attention to the real world and this has been shown dramatically in new figures.

Almost two in five (38%) UK adults say that over the past year they’ve watched more documentaries than ever before, with crime and justice (28%), history (27%) and science and nature (25%) the most popular genres

The revolution will not be televised… but it appears the education will be, with one in three people (33%) saying the majority of their knowledge comes from watching factual TV programmes, ahead of books (23%) and the news (17%)

The research results are being released on the first anniversary of Sky's factual channels being launched and on the eve of Sheffield Doc/Fest, the international film and arts festival and marketplace

It also coincides with an exciting announcement of new original programming which will be available later this year and in 2022, including Shark with Steve Backshall, Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein's Shadow, The Bambers: Murder at The Cottage, and Mother Teresa: For the Love of God

TV Reviewer Jamie East explains a potential reasoning here for the rise of documentaries.


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