Favourite Factual Show

Tears, tantrums and medical terrors... Factual TV has delivered the lot in the past 12 months, but only one show can win the award. Cast your vote


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24 Hours in A & E It really is a case of life and death in this dramatic Channel 4 series, which follows a trauma team as they battle to save people’s lives. Just like the team, you never know quite what to expect and that makes for utterly compelling TV.


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Countryfile This Sunday night favourite has become one of the most popular shows on the box, pulling in incredible ratings for BBC1. The team, led by Matt Baker and John Craven, give us a weekly window into life in the countryside. Indeed the show has been so successful, it’s even been given a daytime spin off, Countryfile Diaries.


Paul O'Grady - For the Love of Dogs

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Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs More loveable canines have been given a home in this warm-hearted ITV series, fronted by Paul O’Grady. It’s a show that often induces tears in viewers due to its hugely emotional stories.


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The Secret Life of Brothers and Sisters Following the success of The Secret Life of 4,5 and 6 Year Olds came this hugely entertaining Channel 4 show about siblings. It gave a fascinating insight into how brothers and sister get on, showing what brings them close and what leads to rows.


Long Lost Family

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Long Lost Family Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell have once again been busy reuniting families in this ITV favourite. There’s almost always tears involved as estranged relatives who haven’t seen each other for years are finally brought back together.


Antiques Roadshow

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Antiques Roadshow Having been first broadcast in 1979, the Antiques Roadshow is becoming something of an antique itself! But it still remains one of the most popular shows on the box as members of the public look stunned to be told that a piece of ‘junk’ they picked up in a charity shop is worth thousands.


David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years working for TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer for TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!