Intruders (Animal Planet)

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Intruders (Animal Planet) – Premieres 5th November

A show that recounts to stories of regular folks having to deal with unwanted animal visitors to their homes. The programme gets through three separate stories where those involved narrate through the sequence of events while reenactments are played out on screen.

It’s similar in its delivery to I Was Prey, though while that dealt with animal attacks this is solely focused on folks dealing with infestations and unwanted guests, while explaining how they were dealt with and the after effects it caused.

It’s not the best programme to ever be created though if you enjoyed I Was Prey, this is almost more of the same.

2.4/10

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Terror In The Woods (Destination America)

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Terror In The Woods (Destination America) – Premieres 10th October

Using reenactments and narrations from those involved, this is a 45 minute show that covers two stories told by regular folks of supernatural things they’ve encountered in the American woodlands.

It’s a lot like the paranormal shows Paranormal Lockdown, Haunted Case Files & Paranormal Survivor, where it comes over as a sub par campfire tale with the occasional bad special effects. There’s nothing in the programme that would make you want to watch it again and it’s all pretty forgettable.

1.7/10

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

Three Days to Live (Oxygen)

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Three Days to Live (Oxygen) – Premieres 5th March

Signalling the beginning of the transfer of Oxygen to crime only programming, Three Days To Live is a docuseries where each episode follows a case where from the moment the crime occurred, the police have three days to have any realistic chance of finding the victim alive.

The show recounts the events from the moment the victim disappears by interviewing family and member of the police involved in the investigation. Along with the interview they also show actual footage, 911 audio clips and reenactments to show what happened during the case.

It similar to other real crime programmes like Copycat Killers and Policewomen Files in the way the story is delivered, so if you enjoy them then this s more of the same.

2.5/10

My Crazy Sex (LMN)

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My Crazy Sex (LMN) – Starts 28th December

A show that’s like a sexcapade version of Greatest Party Story Ever where three women recount a memorable sexual encounter they’ve had.

So between the occasional talking to camera the story is reenacted with actresses that have a passing resemblance, and stories usually end with the reveal that they married the person in the end.

While it’s not that great, it’s funnier than Greatest Party Ever Told, Party Legends, and any other anecdotal story based show.

2.1/10

Blood & Fury: America’s Civil War (AHC)

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Blood & Fury: America’s Civil War (AHC) – Starts 14th December

A docu-series that unsurprisingly looks into the American Civil War, It uses the same setup as Roman Empire where the programmes narration links between reenactments of the events and experts giving talking head explanations of the tactics used, and the situations the soldiers found themselves in.

Compared to other AHC programmes there’s a definite increase in production values, though content wise it goes along at a similar sluggish pace like their other shows such as American Lawmen.

2.6/10

The Warfighters (History)

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The Warfighters (History) – Starts 11th November – Renewed

Documenting some of the missions that the US armed forces have performed since 2001 during the war on terror. This gets the soldiers involved to recount on what happened as unexpected events occurred during what should be routine missions, and how they adapted and succeeded in completing their objectives.

In it the soldiers explain the sequence of events, along with some occasional reenactments and news footage from the time. The main difference between this and similar show No Man Left Behind, is the this focuses more on the backgrounds of those involved and how it effected them, whereas No Man was more about the details of the mission being told.

That said No Man Left Behind came across as a lot more structured and well made than this and was a more interesting watch.

4.5/10