2016 is shaping up to be a great year for factual television and documentaries. Here are just a few of the highlights watch for.
The Secret life of the Zoo (working title) – Channel 4
This show peeks behind the curtain at what goes on at the UK’s most popular zoo: Chester Zoo. This show peels back the covers on what goes on behind the scenes, and on the way viewers get to meet a new-born giraffe, watch the tigers move house and find out what a pregnant viper looks like under x-ray.
Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America - ITV
Making his return to ITV, this show sees iconic comedian and actor Billy Connelly attempting to circumnavigate the USA by rail. In his first ITV documentary since Billy Connolly’s Route 66 in 2011, Billy travels across the country, talking wanderers, outsiders, fighters and dreamers.
The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs - BBC
According to recent figures, almost 50% of Brits take prescription drugs, and the average British person is given 18.7 prescriptions a year. Some people think this is doing us more harm than good and is costing the NHS a fortune. In this exciting new series, Trust me I'm A Doctor presenter Dr Chris Van Tulleken decides to do something about it. He joins a busy GP practice, treating his patients without drugs and weaning them off their potentially dangerous dependencies.