The WORST episodes of Channel 4 (UK) Documentaries

Every episode of Channel 4 (UK) Documentaries ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Channel 4 (UK) Documentaries!

Channel 4, in common with the other main British stations, airs a highly comprehensive range of programming. It was established in 1982 with a specific intention of providing programming to groups of minority interests, not catered for by its competitors, which at the time amounted to only the BBC and ITV.

Last Updated: 4/24/2024Network: Channel 4Status: Continuing
Share:
star
0.00
0 votes

#1 - Courtney Act's Christmas Extravaganza

Season 2018 - Episode 51 - Aired 12/24/2018

Global drag sensation Courtney Act celebrates Christmas in spectacular style with Leona Lewis, Little Mix and Zara Larsson. Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock gets a full drag makeover, and in a UK exclusive Courtney is also joined by Drag Race icons Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio and Darienne Lake.

star
0.00
0 votes

#2 - The Ultimate Pop Stars : the UK's Official 50 Best-selling Artists

Season 2004 - Episode 23 - Aired 2/22/2004

Best selling artists in UK as at 2004

star
0.00
0 votes

#3 - A Year of British Murder

Season 2019 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/21/2019

Between January 1 and December 31, 2017, 768 people died as a result of murder or manslaughter in Britain - approximately 14 people a week. This documentary tells the stories of some of those cases, following victims' families and friends from the immediate aftermath of the crime, through the court process and beyond, as they try to rebuild their lives. The programme also goes beyond individual incidents to ask what the patterns of murder say about the state of modern Britain.

star
0.00
0 votes

#4 - Roy `Chubby` Brown - Britain's Rudest Comedian

Season 2007 - Episode 47 - Aired 5/8/2007

The country's crudest comic opens the door to his shocking world. This one-hour observational documentary follows Roy as he tours the country. Royston Vasey, a.k.a. Roy 'Chubby' Brown, is Britain's rudest comedian, infamous for his outrageously racist, sexist and homophobic gags. It's an accolade that's meant he's never been allowed to perform on TV. But this has turned out to be more of a blessing than a curse as he's done very well for himself off the back of his army of fans buying his videos, DVDs, audio cassettes and show tickets. But how different is Roy Vasey from his stage persona 'Chubby' Brown? Film maker Will Yapp follows him around for a few months in 2005 and attempts to find out, following Roy as he goes on tour, re-visits his home town of Middlesborough, shares his family life and prepares for his first appearance on TV in 18 years on The Frank Skinner Show. Are the bigoted, offensive jokes he tells on stage just his act or personal views with a nastier edge to them?

Directors: Will Yapp
star
0.00
0 votes

#5 - Brexit: The Uncivil War

Season 2019 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/7/2019

Drama by James Graham providing a behind-the-scenes exploration of the 2016 referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union, which has had far-reaching consequences. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and campaign director of Vote Leave, while Rory Kinnear is Craig Oliver, who oversaw Remain's communications strategy, as the programme examines the anatomy of a modern data-driven election campaign, and each side's controversial backers.

star
0.00
0 votes

#6 - 21 Kids and Counting

Season 2019 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/3/2019

Britain's biggest family is about to get even bigger as 21 Kids and Counting follows the chaotic and fascinating lives of Britain's largest family in the lead-up to the birth of their 10th baby girl. And for every baby that parents Sue and Noel welcome to the family, another one is preparing to fly the nest. The cameras return to the family home in Lancashire, as the teenage Radfords grapple with big life decisions, such as moving out of the home, learning to drive, choosing a career, and how to get any privacy in a house that's packed to the rafters with kids. As the family prepares for the next arrival, Sue and Noel decide to head off on a super-sized package holiday to Benidorm, with 20 kids in tow. With Sue and Noel spending quality time with the kids in the sun, 21 Kids and Counting offers a warm-hearted look at parenting, family, growing up, and growing up surrounded by 10 times more brothers and sisters than the average British household.

star
0.00
0 votes

#7 - What Britain Bought in 2018

Season 2019 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/2/2019

Mary Portas surveys Britain's spending habits over the past 12 months, revealing customers' passions, fashions, fads and faux pas during 2018. Throughout the programme, Mary goes inside a £2billion delivery company to find out how the UK became a takeaway nation, and sees how some of the biggest high street names and companies are attempting to be more ethical and cut down on their use of plastic. She also finds out how veganism went from marginal to mainstream and how companies have responded to consumers'

star
0.00
0 votes

#8 - Britain's Wildest Weather 2018

Season 2018 - Episode 55 - Aired 12/30/2018

At times funny and at times frightening, Britain's Wildest Weather 2018 tells the story of an incredible extreme weather year through first-hand accounts and eye-popping footage filmed by the people who were caught in the eye of the storms. From the infamous 'Beast from the East', which brought record-breaking snowfalls across the country, to our blistering summer heatwave and devastating rural and urban wildfires, this was a weather year to remember. Rural communities high in the Cumbrian hills were snowed in and London neighbourhoods faced terrifying urban wildfires. Experts explain where our weather comes from, how it affected us in 2018, and why.

Big Ben: Countdown to New Year
star
0.00
0 votes

#9 - Big Ben: Countdown to New Year

Season 2018 - Episode 54 - Aired 12/30/2018

2018 Episode: As the clock tower is dismantled into thousands of pieces and sent for repair, new technologies uncover astonishing secrets of the past. But will Ben's bells be ready in time to chime for New Year?

star
0.00
0 votes

#10 - The Secret World of Emily Bronte

Season 2018 - Episode 53 - Aired 12/29/2018

Two hundred years after the author's birth, Lily Cole - an admirer of Bronte's work - explores her world and the groundbreaking novel she produced, Wuthering Heights. Given that Bronte had to publish her book under the androgynous pseudonym Ellis Bell, Cole goes on to consider the parallels in terms of contemporary women's ongoing struggle to achieve equal pay, recognition and opportunity in their chosen profession.

star
0.00
0 votes

#11 - Rob Rinder's Good Year, Bad Year

Season 2018 - Episode 52 - Aired 12/28/2018

End-of-year review show in which the man best known as ITV's Judge Rinder casts an unflinching eye, razor-sharp legal mind and acerbic tongue over the events of 2018, to determine once and for all whether the year will be chalked up as being a `good' or `bad' one. With the help of guests Anthony Scaramucci, Deborah Frances-White, Ed Balls, Clare Balding, George Osborne, Tez Ilyas and David Baddiel, Rob delves deep into all the news stories, people and talking points of the year. Uncompromising, perceptive and funny, he gives a fresh take on the big issues while also reminding viewers of the hilarious tiny details already forgotten in the post-Christmas haze

star
0.00
0 votes

#12 - Sounds of '69

Season 1999 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/7/1999

Documentary examining the 19 number one singles of 1969. Alan Freeman & Tony Blackburn host.

Directors: Ricky Kelehar
star
0.00
0 votes

#13 - Celebrity Call Centre at Christmas

Season 2018 - Episode 50 - Aired 12/19/2018

The Call Centre reopens at Christmas, as celebrities including Debbie McGee and Goggleboxers Steph and Dom tackle the public's queries - from festive dilemmas to affairs of the heart.

star
0.00
0 votes

#14 - The World's Most Extraordinary Christmas Dinners

Season 2018 - Episode 49 - Aired 12/19/2018

This programme meets the people whose ambition and creativity have no limits as they strive to achieve the world's most extraordinary Christmas dinners. Nasa astronaut Anne McClain will be spending Christmas day on the International Space Station. Each meal that she has in space has to be carefully selected and prepared in advance, so she and the food technicians go through every meal while she's still on Earth, and hope that it tastes as good in zero gravity. On a nuclear submarine at the bottom of the ocean, 150 submariners tuck in to a Christmas dinner that was carefully prepared and stored before the sub set off. Their mission is so secret that on Christmas Day only six crew members have any idea where in the world they are.

Paul Heaton - From Hull to Heatongrad
star
0.00
0 votes

#15 - Paul Heaton - From Hull to Heatongrad

Season 2018 - Episode 48 - Aired 12/12/2018

Exploring the life and career of one of the UK's most successful songwriters - the man behind the much-loved songs of The Housemartins, The Beautiful South and latterly Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

star
0.00
0 votes

#16 - The Real Brexit Debate

Season 2018 - Episode 47 - Aired 12/9/2018

Krishnan Guru-Murthy chairs a live Brexit debate, with four high-profile politicians who represent the main divisions between MPs on Brexit and an audience with diverse perspectives.

star
0.00
0 votes

#17 - World's Weirdest Homes

Season 2018 - Episode 46 - Aired 12/5/2018

From a giant sandcastle and a farm that floats on the ocean, to the tallest single-family home on the planet, Charlie Luxton explores jaw-dropping homes, and examines why the people who live in them choose to escape the everyday world. The funny, heart-warming and insightful programme meets a Bible-obsessed Dutch entrepreneur, a group of scientists pretending they live on Mars, and a billionaire YouTube celebrity with his own zoo full of wild animals named after Versace, Gucci and Paris Hilton, revealing what it takes to live in a one-of-a-kind wonder.

star
0.00
0 votes

#18 - Finding Mum And Dad

Season 2014 - Episode 73 - Aired 1/14/2014

A look behind the scenes of a bold new scheme designed to help children find adoptive parents. Connor and Daniel are brothers. For over 12 months, they've been in care, waiting to be adopted. But, as sibling boys, aged six and four, they are 'hard to place'.

star
0.00
0 votes

#19 - Finding Mum And Dad

Season 2014 - Episode 72 - Aired 1/14/2014

A look behind the scenes of a bold new scheme designed to help children find adoptive parents. Connor and Daniel are brothers. For over 12 months, they've been in care, waiting to be adopted. But, as sibling boys, aged six and four, they are 'hard to place'.

star
0.00
0 votes

#20 - John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky

Season 2018 - Episode 45 - Aired 11/24/2018

John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky is the untold story of John Lennon's album Imagine, released in 1971. The underlying message was one of radical engagement, as relevant today as ever. This film reveals the depth of the creative collaboration between John and Yoko and explores how the art, politics and music of the pair are intrinsically entwined. The album, and its iconic title track, shows the genius behind the music that defined a movement and marked an era. Above Us Only Sky recounts a story of hope, justice, empathy and love.

Trans Kids: It's Time to Talk
star
0.00
0 votes

#21 - Trans Kids: It's Time to Talk

Season 2018 - Episode 44 - Aired 11/21/2018

Psychotherapist and author Stella O'Malley reflects on the huge rise in numbers of young people embarking on gender transition, through the prism of her own experience as a child with gender identity issues. As a child in the 1970s and 80s, Stella was convinced she should be a boy, but is now a married woman with two children. She examines how the experiences and options open to transgender children today compare with her own childhood, and asks what person she might now be, had these choices been available to her.

star
0.00
0 votes

#22 - Extreme Everest with Ant Middleton

Season 2018 - Episode 43 - Aired 11/11/2018

This documentary provides an adrenaline-fuelled account of Ant Middleton's attempt to climb the Earth's highest mountain. It documents the raw emotion and the impact on Ant's body and mind at every stage as he attempts to reach the 8848-metre summit and gets trapped in an unexpected and life-threatening storm. Climbing Everest has become a hugely popular, controversial and commercialised pursuit for thousands of people each year. But this popular bucket list adventure comes with serious risk.

star
0.00
0 votes

#23 - Sleeping with the Far Right

Season 2019 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/21/2019

Extremist attitudes are on the rise throughout the Western world. In a bid to understand why, broadcaster Alice Levine is spending a week living with British nationalist Jack Sen, his wife of Ukrainian heritage, their young daughter, and Jack's mother - whose hero is Donald Trump. As a liberal who embraces diversity and tolerance, Alice aims to understand why Jack holds the views he does and attempts to dig deeper into what leads people to fanaticism. Jack, a nationalist activist who uses the internet to spread his message, stood for election as a UKIP MP, but was expelled from the party for sending tweets considered anti-Semitic to Labour MP Luciana Berger.

Britain's Viking Graveyard
star
0.00
0 votes

#24 - Britain's Viking Graveyard

Season 2019 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/21/2019

A mass Viking grave has been found in a Derbyshire garden. It reveals the extraordinary stories of female Viking warriors and new evidence of a massive military encampment.

star
0.00
0 votes

#25 - The Massacre That Shook the Empire

Season 2019 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/13/2019

Writer Sathnam Sanghera explores the events leading up to 1919's Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which hundreds of peaceful protesters in Amritsar, India, were gunned down by British troops. Sathnam explores the profound implications of the massacre on modern attitudes to the British Empire, and travels to Punjab to meet descendants of the survivors.