The Top Documentaries To Watch Right Now

Best TV Documentaries to watch on tv

Whether it’s telling a little-known story that’s stranger than fiction, or capturing a singular moment in time, there’s nothing like a deadly documentary to have us glued to the screen. And if true-life tales are your bag, then you’re in luck – because there’s a whole host of crackers to be found on Virgin Movies right now.


From movies to motors and sports and society, there’s something to tickle your fancy available right now – so get ready for some real entertainment with these top docs…




Available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €4.99 An awesome example of thinking outside the box, this documentary blends archive footage with dramatic reenactments, with Alec Baldwin positively uncanny in the role of the car magnate who fell from grace. It’s absorbing and astonishing in equal measure and a reminder of just how versatile documentary making can be.





Available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €4.99


This concert film of the late, great Aretha Franklin dates back nearly 50 years – but will make you feel like you’re in the room. That’s partially because of the wonderful visuals, and a positively tangible atmosphere, but there’s little doubting the centrepiece; that once-in-a-lifetime voice.





Available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €4.99


Whether you consider him a precocious talent or a tempetuous brat – or both! – it’s fair to say that the American tennis icon was certainly memorable. This film, using footage from the mid-80s at the French Open, doesn’t need much more than a camera trained on the star; we get the fabulous forehands, the ferocious glares, and the fascinating rants at the umpire – all in a day’s work for this bloke!





Available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €2.99


Featuring 30 people who were born before 1916 – and, therefore, meet the criteria of the title! – this doc explores everything from relationships to politics; in short, what it’s like to live through the country’s entire history. Director Alex Fegen doesn’t use bells and whistles, preferring instead a loose and conversational style; the result is a movie that could bring a tear to a glass eye…



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