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Listen: Jamie East on factual TV programmes

9th June 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

It’s not just Zoom quizzes and gardening that have boomed over the last 12 months; there has also been a huge spike in the viewing of factual TV programming, from documentaries to nature programmes.

Over a third (38%) of Brits have watched more documentaries in the last year than ever before, according to new research by Sky Documentaries. Almost a third (31%) of eagle-eyed viewers have gone on to research topics further after initially learning about them on screen and around a quarter (24%) say they like watching documentaries as they love the sense of discovery they experience.

1 in 3 (33%) admit the majority of their knowledge comes from watching factual TV programmes, ahead of books (23%) and the news (17%).  Furthermore, Brits trust documentaries most as a source of information – more so than they do the government (24% vs 11%) which highlights the impact of what we see on our screens has had in recent times.

Aston spoke to presenter, TV and film critic Jamie East.

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