The Cars That Made America (History)

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The Cars That Made America (History) – Premieres 13th August – Miniseries

Using the same format as Barbarians Rising, this is a 3 part show that looks at how the car gained its popularity in the US. Using talking head snippets from NASCAR racers, historians and biographers, along with archival footage from the era. This reenacts how the car industry was born and follows the people behind the major companies, showing the innovations they made to vehicle development and the production process. 

While it’s not as interesting as the straight drama of Harley And The Davidsons, it’s an interesting enough watch if the birth of the automotive industry is your thing.

4.7/10

American Ripper (History)

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American Ripper (History) – Premieres 11th July

A crime documentary in the similar vein of Hunting Hitler and JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald, where Jeff Mudgett, the great grandson of notorious US serial killer H.H. Holmes, believes his ancestor was also Jack The Ripper.

To back his claim Jeff enlists the help of former CIA operative Amaryllis Fox, and together the begin to trawl through the history of Holmes to see if they can find any links between the two murderers.

The show is an interesting watch though the whole Jack The Ripper aspect doesn’t appear to be half as interesting as Holmes Murder Castle hotel which is briefly touched upon.

5.0/10

Americas War On Drugs (History)

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Americas War On Drugs (History) – Premieres 18th June – Miniseries

Docu-series that looks into how the CIAs involvement in foreign matters spawned the opportunities in the drug trade that later effected the US.

The show looks into various CIA operations through the decades, where using reenactments and interviews with academics and former intelligence employees, show how their actions either created drug runners or allowed already nefarious types to operate within the country more freely.

Along with looking into those effects, it shows how the War Against Drugs was brought together and highlights the actual results of it aims compared what was publicly declared.

For a documentary it’s does exactly as you’d expect, and it’s an interesting watch.

6.2/10

The World Without Canada (History)

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The World Without Canada (History) – Premieres 31st May – Miniseries

A three part documentary which looks at the inventions and discoveries that Canada has given the world. The show goes through the list by putting out the hypothetical situation that Canada is wiped from history to show how the lack of these discoveries would instantly effect the world.

With each invention the programme goes into back story of who the inventor/scientist was and who the breakthrough came about with the usual mix of expert interviews and some stock visuals. After explaining the discovery it then goes into how it not existing would cause almost instant disruption with the use of some dramatisations.

The programme itself is an easy enough watch though the way a couple of the inventors/inventions are claimed to be Canadian could at worse be seen as tenuous.

3.7/10

America: Promised Land (History)

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America: Promised Land (History) – Premieres 29th May – Miniseries

A documentary the looks into the how the different immigrant groups that have settled in America have been part in creating who the country is today.

It starts off with showing a map of the States which shows where the the immigrant groups are clustered around the country, and then goes through highlight in group. With each group the focus on one pivotal immigrants contribution where in between experts being interviewed they reenact what that person contributed to the society at the time.

As a documentary about the historical roots of the US it is interesting, but with it being an hour and a half long to becomes a bit repetitive in its delivery.

4.3/10

Project Impossible (History)

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Project Impossible (History) – Premieres 24th May

Like Impossible Engineering and Indestructible Mega Structures, this is an show that looks into 4 structures that are currently being built, and the new engineering processes that have had to be employed for the project to be completed.

During each of the four segments the show explains the initial problems that had to be solved before the assignment started and talks to the people involved about how they developed the techniques to construct the project.

For a factual show about modern construction, its execution is almost identical to Impossible Engineering. To the point if you were a fan of the later, then this is more of the same.

3.7/10

Superheroes Decoded (History)

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Superheroes Decoded (History) – Premieres 30th April – Miniseries

A 2 part miniseries that documents the impact the creation of superheroes had on American culture. The first part looks into how the birth of superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Spiderman were linked to the public attitude of the time.

In it, along with the regulation interview with Stan Lee, various comic book writers and enthusiasts talk about how the characters reflected the time that they were in, and how they have been continually changed to fit and reflect the social and political backgrounds of the time.

For a documentary about comic book superheroes it’s surprisingly dull and a bit of a slog to get through.

2.3/10