I recently blogged about how irritated I was to continually hear background music intruding during British television documentaries. Not only that, the format these days is so unsubtle - you'll get the talking head walking to camera or you'll get one of those ghastly re-enactments with actors in period dress.
So, it was a real joy for me to discover French channel 5 who have a host of well made docs and - bonus of bonus - they have subtitles, albeit in French, but it does make it easier to properly understand what is being said. There are no breaks for pub (adverts) - they come at the end of the programmes, which are straightforward and very informative.
So far I've watched progs about Karl Lagerfeld(it even had lots of old footage when he had a beard and did not wear those infernal dark glasses), Egyptian mummies, The gardeners at Versailles (it followed their different work according to the season) and the French during WW2 (quite a short programme that one - bad joke, sorry).