The Documentary Unit

Operating from London, The Documentary Unit at BBC Studios is the home of high quality, thought-provoking and BAFTA award-winning factual television. Powerful storytelling is at the heart of what we do. Our output ranges from observational access series to history, arts and factual drama.

We work with the very best filmmaking talent to produce critically acclaimed shows like Murdered By My Father, The Met: Policing London, The Secret History of My Family, Our World War, Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners, Louis Theroux: Savile, and Life and Death Row.


Don't Take My Baby
BAFTA award-winning drama about a disabled couple facing the terrifying possibility of losing custody of their newborn.
Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners
David Olusoga’s BAFTA-winning two-part documentary for BBC Two reveals the hidden history of the abolition of slavery in Britain.
Life and Death Row
This BAFTA award-winning series follows the lives of young people who are awaiting capital punishment in the USA.
Murdered for Being Different
Award-winning team from the ‘Murdered by’ strand takes a powerful look at the devastation caused by intolerance.
The Met: Policing London
Returning for a second series in 2017, this hit documentary series follows the officers of Britain's biggest and busiest police service as they deal with life, death, crime and its victims, all across the capital.