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Field Guide to: Docudrama

Docudrama is a factually accurate story of a person or a particular point in history (or occasionally, the future), illustrated with dramatic reconstructions.

The story is told through a mixture of documentary techniques such as narration, interviews and shots of contemporary documents, interspersed with scripted dramatic scenes using actors.

There are many variations on this theme and the term is often used interchangeably with drama documentary, but docudrama is more focused on the accurate telling of the facts than on the entertainment values of the dramatic action.

Touching the Void (Theatrical / PBS)

Pompeii: The Last Day –(BBC1 / Discovery)

Explore more factual TV formats:

Constructed documentary

Presenter-Led Documentary Series

Character-Driven Documentary

Drama Documentary .

Point of View Documentary

Immersive Documentary

Observational Documentary Series

Factual Entertainment



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