Real Stories

51 episodes

Drawing on a rich seam of human interest stories, covering everything from true crime and incredible humans through to hard-hitting current affairs.

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  • Gripping documentary exploring the stories of five exceptionally talented people, investigating where their amazing skills came from and finding out if they and their families can ever have normal lives.

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  • Fiona Phillips investigates the care of Alzheimer's sufferers in the UK in a special Dispatches film.

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  • Britain’s biggest serial killer was a doctor, Dr Harold Shipman. Unsuspected for many years, Dr. Shipman selected his victims from his patient list.

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  • Delving into the human stories behind the cases and exploring the debate about whether Sharia Law should receive state recognition in Britain.

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  • In this compelling new film, award winning director, Jasmin Kozowy, shines a spotlight on the untold story of the education system in Afghanistan.

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  • Stuart Robinson is a storm chaser. Now some two years since his last 'chase' Stuart is planning another adventure with his American colleague Roger Hill, arguably the world's most experienced storm chaser.

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  • The exclusive story of what happened immediately after the car crashed.

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  • Was the most expensive painting ever sold at auction a fake? This award-winning documentary explores the authenticity of the Sunflowers painting by Vincent van Gogh, bought in the late 1980s for a then record sum.

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  • Deep in the heart of Central Asia lies one of the world’s most secretive countries – Turkmenistan. Run until recently by a crazy dictator whose megalomania spawned a cult to rival that of Chairman Mao.

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  • British Colombia, Canada. Life here is all about the forest. At the heart of the economy is the wood that teams of lumberjacks cut from the immense forest.

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  • This is the story of an eccentric British couple who give up the comforts of retired life in England and travel to India on a mission. They want to save the working donkey.

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  • A gruesome tale set during the First World War, ‘The Bluebeard Case’ tells of a seemingly respectable man who targets single women and sets about seducing them, with the sole aim of murdering them.

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  • Texas Teenage Virgins travels to Lubbock, Texas where teenagers are expected to take purity pledges, promising to remain virgins until they get married. But how hard is it for these teenagers to resist temptation?

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  • There is no doubt that Arthur Shawcross is a psychopath. Found guilty of killing 2 children and 11 prostitutes his tales of cannibalism have made him one of America's most notorious serial killers.

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  • Former Royal Chef Graham Newbould who was once a chef on the Royal Yacht Britannia for the Queen reveals what goes on in the kitchens of the famous House of Windsor.

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  • Twelve-year-old Christian Cunniffe has beaten up his entire family. He's set fire to his bedroom, stabbed his sister with a knitting needle and hit his mother seventeen times with a plank of wood.

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  • This exceptional film follows two young sisters in the Philippines who help former Australian police and Special Forces officers rescue underage girls from sex bars.

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  • An intelligent, moving and gripping exploration of the controversy surrounding Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), an intensive intervention used to treat autism.

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  • This fascinating documentary tells the story of Peruvian baby Milagros born with Sirenomelia or 'Mermaid's Syndrome' giving her what looked like a fish tail and many medical complications.

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  • Tia McCarthy is 7 years old and she has never eaten anything. This film follows Tia and her mother, Sue as they head to Austria to meet Dr Marguerite Dunitz-Scheer who aims to teach Tia to eat.

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  • In January 1999 two little girls, Charlene Lunnon and Lisa Hoodless, went missing. In 'The Girls Who Were Found Alive' we have a unique insight into their ordeal, straight from their own mouths.

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  • Professor Robert Hare is the undisputed oracle on the psychopathic mind. He reveals stunning new evidence behind their behaviour and suggests people should look to the brain for clues and not bad upbringing.

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  • An intimate look at the weird and wonderful subculture of doll collecting. Tapping into why these colourful characters’ lives are ultimately shaped by their obsession.

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  • Entering the lives of the uber wealthy Russians who have made London their home. From multi-millionaire wine merchants and uncompromising art-loving oligarchs to tsarist princesses and beautiful supermodels.

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  • Most teenagers row with their parents. But what happens if you leave home while you are still at school? At the tender age of sixteen, Tony left home and was forced to fend for himself.

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  • This film is about the layers upon layers of games between the sexes and ultimately about the loss of innocence.

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  • On the the 14th December 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook school massacring six adults and 20 children. Over a year, this documentary follows families of victims and survivors present at the school that day.

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