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Netflix UK: Best documentaries on Netflix


Netflix is becoming a saviour for families across the world who are in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Households have been tuning in to the latest new and real-life stories from across the globe. Express.co.uk has put together a list of some of the most-watched documentaries available to watch now on Netflix.

Dirty Money

Dirty Money season two has just been released and has gone down a storm with fans already.

The show is an investigative true-crime series which Netflix says “exposes brazen acts of corporate greed and corruption”.

Viewers can now binge watch both series, with the second series being made up of six hour-long episodes.

The first episode in the second series is called The Wagon Wheel and hones in on Wells Fargo – a financial services company.

The synopsis states: “Wells Fargo was long seen as the ‘golden child’ of banking. But former employees detail the ruthless and fraudulent practices that fueled its growth.”

With finances being on everyone’s minds at the moment during this period of global uncertainty, this documentary series has become particularly relevant.

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Diagnosis is an investigative and emotional documentary series from the New York Times which features Dr Lisa Sanders.

Doctor Sanders is tasked with crowdsourcing diagnoses for mysterious and rare medical conditions, and the series is based on her New York Times Magazine column.

The series is made up of seven episodes which are about 45 minutes long, and each episode focuses on a new individual.

One of the episodes, titled Looking for a Village, focuses on six-year-old Kamiyah who suddenly and briefly goes limp for no apparent reason.

This will happen sometimes hundreds of times a day and it is exhausting both physically and emotionally.

She and her family are on a mission to find others just like her in a bid to work out what causes the condition.

Don’t F**k With Cats

This true crime documentary series has been around for some time but it is still proving to be hugely popular with Netflix fans.

The controversial docuseries focuses on internet killers and their motives, and it has left fans completely shocked.

Netflix said: “A twisted criminal’s gruesome videos drive a group of amateur online sleuths to launch a risky manhunt that pulls them into a dark underworld.”

The limited series is made up of three hour-long episodes so it can be watched in an afternoon.

One fan said on Twitter: “Just watched my first document series Don’t Fk with cats and that was one of the most chilling things I’ve ever watched. I am on edge right now.”

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Miss Americana

Showbiz fans may already be familiar with this intimate and inspiring documentary by pop sensation Taylor Swift.

The documentary is an hour and a half long and Swift describes the highs and deep lows of her music career.

The show was one of the most talked-about documentaries of its time when it was released earlier this year, as it showed Swift in a light no-one has ever seen before.

In the trailer she said: “Throughout my whole career label executives would just say a nice girl doesn’t force their opinions on people.

“A nice girl smiles and waves and says thank you. I became the person everyone wanted me to be.”

As a result she ended up receiving a lot of hate from people online and those in the A-list world, and it broke her.

She said: “Nobody physically saw me for a year and that’s what I thought they wanted.”

The documentary shows the new Swift as she comes out of hiding with a new-found confidence in herself.

Our Planet

An absolute classic by the nation’s hero Sir David Attenborough, who helps viewers experience our planet’s natural beauty.

The limited series focuses on how climate chance impacts living creatures great and small in all parts of the world.

The inspiring and ambitious documentary series has become well-known for its incredible camera work, with families able to catch a glimpse of some of the most intimate moments in the animal kingdom.

This family-friendly series is both uplifting and educational at a time when we need these things the most.

With science and ecology, and narration by one of the world’s most inspirational figures, this factual series is a great one to show children.


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