1. Africa

This BBC documentary series about nature and wildlife in Africa is one of the most beautiful animal documentaries ever made. The network has become the world leader in these types of documentaries, thanks to the hard work and the enormous popularity of the series’ narrator, Sir David Attenborough. His voice, which is beautifully clear and wonderfully slow for English learners, has become one of the most well-known and well-loved voices in Britain.

The narrator is a living legend, adored by all Brits and by millions of other people around the world. While he uses some technical language to describe the events on screen, any gaps in understanding can be easily solved: if some words escape you while watching it won’t matter at all because you’ll be so transfixed by the breathtaking images you watch in the series.

Fighting Giraffes, flamingo armadas, monster sharks and mysterious dancing fish are some of the things to be discovered, in one of the most educational and visually stunning productions ever seen.

N.B. Planet Earth 2, Attenborough’s newest and most amazing documentary series yet, is coming to Netflix soon. It’s 110% a must-see!!


  1. World War II in Colour

A documentary series so educational and important to global history it should be legally obligatory for every person to watch it. This production tells the full story of World War II with the aid of rare and unseen archive footage, recently released official documents, modern colourisation techniques, state-of-the-art satellite-delivered maps and graphics. Watching this series is guaranteed to teach you a lot and help you gain much further understanding and appreciation of the horrific period between 1939-45, when Nazi Germany initiated the 2ndWorld War.

This series is narrated perfectly for English learners, because although there is a decent amount of military specific vocabulary it is explained at a medium pace and very well illustrated by the pictures, maps and diagrams seen during the episodes.


  1. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

This property series follows architect Piers Taylor and actress and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin as they discover the world’s most extraordinary abodes. The pair travels far and wide – across mountains, through forests, along coasts and deep underground to find unique properties.

As well as a fascinating look at some truly extraordinary homes, this series is very beneficial to English learners for the clear English and interesting conversations between its two presenters. There’s also a range of accents due to the different locations, plus you may learn a thing or two about architecture and design. In fact, the only downside to this programme is the probability of feeling super jealous by the end of it!


Casa Batlló in Barcelona


  1. Secrets of Great British Castles

A six-part documentary series presented by journalist Dan Jones exploring the history and legends of the great fortresses of Britain.

Who doesn’t love to learn about the history, rivalries and politics of the ancient Brits? This is the perfect show for history-lovers to boost their English. The narration is perfect – beautiful pronunciation, clear intonation, not too technical and not too fast. The marvelous shots will also have you dreaming of a holiday to the UK to see some of these places for yourself!


  1. Medal of Honor

For those people who prefer a little more drama than beauty, this is a fantastic new series. It’s exciting and emotional, and you’ll be captivated from the first episode.

The Medal of Honor is the US military’s highest award for valor, and it has been given to just a few thousand Americans since President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law in 1861. “Medal of Honor” profiles some of the very few who have received the medal, with family members and brothers-in-arms remembering the extraordinary dangers the servicemen faced. There are intense re-creations and archival footage to explore what happened on “the worst day of their lives.”

This is a totally American production, which is great practise for understanding that accent, and the descriptive language used to explain things can really take your English to the next level. You’re also sure to be inspired by the bravery depicted on-screen!

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