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    Quote Originally Posted by Oggwyn Trench View Post
    Dan Snow (in small doses)
    very small doses

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    Used to love Time Team even though Tony Robinson needs a good slap
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    The Vietnam War by Ken Burns is one of the best War documentaries ever made , its up there with World at War .
    Very much so and the American Civil War series from the same stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    Anyway people who know what they're talking about:-

    Sir John Betjeman
    Dr Ruth Goodman, loved the "- Farm series" etc usually with Alex Landlands and Peter Ginn who are knowledgable chaps.
    Paul Murton - not to be confused with Paul Merton the comedian.
    Neil Oliver
    Professor Sir Simon Schama CBE
    Louis Theroux
    Michael Moore
    Dr Lucy Worsley OBE - even when she's been at the dressing up box.
    Dr Janina Ramirez
    Professor David Starkey CBE
    Professor David Olusoga OBE
    I have a sneaking regard for Jonathon Meades in spite of the pretension he can be prone to.


    Anyone old enough to remember "World in Action"? Investigative journalism at its best not the rubbish "gotcha journalism" of today.

    Panorama has also done outstanding work.
    There were also some late 1980s or 90s series called The A to Z of ... which were excellent.
    Has "The World at War" ever been bettered for second world war history? (and I include "All Our Yesterdays" in that category).
    Neil Oliver always makes me feel he's about to leap out of the TV and head butt me!

    The World at War was outstanding. I saw it repeated on iPlayer a couple of years back.

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    You got your money's worth with Ian Nairn, enjoyed watching Nairn Across Britain when it was put up on IPlayer a couple of years back.
    Funnily enough, I have Nairn's London right next to my mouse - a great source of info for pub bores like me and described by Jonathan Meades as 'A masterpiece...Nairn was a poet'.

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    Dan Snow (in small doses)

    Used to love Time Team even though Tony Robinson needs a good slap

    The Vietnam War by Ken Burns is one of the best War documentaries ever made , its up there with World at War .
    Dan Snow in very small doses. And Tony Baldrick was annoying in an otherwise good programme.
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    ...and Arthur Negus was always a laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tris39 View Post
    ...and Arthur Negus was always a laugh.
    My very first TV appearance was with him. I say 'with him' - I was dragooned into walking past as he did a piece to camera!

    Anyway back to the subject: for sheer entertainment value, Magnus Pyke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangolin View Post
    Anyway back to the subject: for sheer entertainment value, Magnus Pyke.
    Personal favourite for mix of proper science as well as entertainment value: Professor Heinz Wolff.

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    The Southbank Show was good as was its precursor, Aquarius.

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    And then there was also this load of hokum, starting in 1980.

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    Nobody appears to have mentioned Fred Dibnah.

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