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Developing Factual Ideas

Field Guide to: Immersive Documentary

A presenter goes on a physical journey to discover something about the world. As they learn, so does the audience.

The presenter isn’t an expert in the subject they’re investigating, and approach it from an ‘everyman’ perspective (they usually are men).

The presenter doesn’t tell us about their subject – they live it.

Dirty Jobs (Discovery)

Ross Kemp on Gangs (Sky One)

Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (BBC2/Discovery)

Dawn Porter: Extreme Wife (Ch4)

Tribe / Going Tribal (BBC2/Discovery)

Explore more factual TV formats:

Constructed documentary

Presenter-Led Documentary Series

Character-Driven Documentary


Drama Documentary .

Point of View Documentary

Observational Documentary Series

Factual Entertainment



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