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PlantRobot
Feb 13, 2010


Saw that Eugene Terreblanche, the leader from the Louis Theroux Boer epsiode was killed today. The link is further up the page for a timely watch/rewatch.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8602347.stm


edit to include last page's link:
http://www.veoh.com/collection/louistheroux/watch/v265136d7Q7RJP5

PlantRobot fucked around with this message at 23:28 on Apr 3, 2010

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Petah
Aug 24, 2006

Keeping the American Imperialists at bay since 1948


Chicken Doodle posted:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been looking for this ever since I first saw it. I remember watching until the footage of the crash, and suddenly realizing "holy gently caress, I KNOW about this crash" and then it all sunk in, this guy saved so many people. THIS guy saved so many people. That was loving insane.

Any more docs by the guy who did this one would be greatly appreciated.

Nope, I have no idea who made the documentary, but if you're looking for another amazing survival story/documentary I recommend Touching the Void

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1880576870566584080&hl=en

Zigmidge
May 12, 2002

Exsqueeze me, why the sour face? I'm here to lemon aid you. Let's juice it.

Skam posted:

Does anyone know of any good documentaries on the Israel/Palestine conflict?

It's such a massive subject that the only ones ive ever seen have always seemed heavily biased towards one side.

As for one im recommending (although i can't find it on the internet):

A map for Saturday

http://www.amapforsaturday.com/

Trailer

It is a documentary following a guy as he backpacks around the world for a year, i saw this film just before i left for my own backpacking trip and it's amazing how accurate it is and how he describes the emotions you go through.

If anyone has any interest in Travelling/Backpacking then this is a must see film.
I bought the DVD for the hostel i worked in and everyone who watched it loved it.

If anyone can find it on the net id love to see it again


PBS has a miniseries called The Fifty Years War and it's a rather fantastic compendium of everything that happened from the end of WW2 and on including some very insider perspectives and famous stories told by people who were directly involved.

I'm pretty sure it was a 6 part Frontline production. It doesn't have too much from very recent times but suffice it to say, one can imagine things aren't very different from where it leaves off.

inconsequential
Feb 6, 2004


Just wanted to reiterate the love for "Paradise Lost" about the West Memphis 3. It's not available online but it is the best crime documentary I've ever seen. The plot/characters involved are incredible and uncanny, the story is gripping, and the human emotion is heat-breaking. Basically three young boys are murdered in most brutal fashion in West Memphis and three local teen troublemakers are accused. The filmmakers had unprecedented courtroom access. Great twists and a must-see.

I would also say The Bridge was quite good, but not as depressing as I thought a movie about suicide would be. dear Zachary, on the other hand, has me really disturbed and I'm only 5 minutes into it.

spite house
Apr 28, 2009



I caught The Great Happiness Space recently and was pretty amazed. It's on Netflix instant view.

http://www.thegreathappinessspace.com/

It's about "host boys" working in Osaka. These guys are basically male geishas who entertain women in clubs, manipulating them into spending stupefying amounts of money. I remember one woman saying that she's dropped $15K in a month, or something ridiculous like that. The host boys play all kinds of mind games with the women, tricking them into falling in love -- they're emotional prostitutes. And the kicker is that most of their female clients are actual prostitutes, who should know how the game works and still keep coming back. Everyone in this film is totally broken in one way or another, but it's fascinating.

spite house fucked around with this message at 02:24 on Apr 4, 2010

Fronkey
Oct 20, 2008


I haven't seen this posted yet in this thread:
The World at War

http://www.youtube.com/user/damoosebelly

quote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_at_War
The World at War is a 26-episode British television documentary series on World War II and the events immediately before and after it. It was produced by Jeremy Isaacs, narrated by Laurence Olivier, and has a score composed by Carl Davis. A book, The World at War, was written by Mark Arnold-Forster to accompany it.

The series, which made use of rare colour film footage, was commissioned by Thames Television during 1969. Such was the extent of its research, it took four years to produce at a cost of 900,000 (2009 equivalent: 11.4 million[1]). At the time, this was a record for a British television series. It was first shown during 1973, on ITV.

Apologies it it's already been posted.

mrfart
May 26, 2004

Dear diary, today I
became a captain.


spite house posted:

I caught The Great Happiness Space recently and was pretty amazed. It's on Netflix instant view.

http://www.thegreathappinessspace.com/

It's about "host boys" working in Osaka. These guys are basically male geishas who entertain women in clubs, manipulating them into spending stupefying amounts of money. I remember one woman saying that she's dropped $15K in a month, or something ridiculous like that. The host boys play all kinds of mind games with the women, tricking them into falling in love -- they're emotional prostitutes. And the kicker is that most of their female clients are actual prostitutes, who should know how the game works and still keep coming back. Everyone in this film is totally broken in one way or another, but it's fascinating.

This was pretty interesting.
Japanese are really different and it's not always easy to understand what they do/think. My girlfriend has been working overthere for 4 years and she tells me she sometimes still doesn't understands them.

GhostShirtSociety
Jun 6, 2009

Television. Doesn't it make you want to kick things?

The Ascent of Man http://www.amazon.com/Ascent-Man-5-set/dp/B000NDI3SK was a big BBC series a while back which was narrated by Jacob Bronowski. It really is a history of drat near everything. It started with the evolution of man from apes (which is dated considering newer discoveries) and went all the way through greek and islamic history and onward. It's about the development of human traits and society. What gets me is that there are long shots of Bronowski just talking to you at the top of some mountain or at some ruin and you'd think that would be boring but the man is awesome. My favorite was episode 4 (of 13) called "The Music of the Spheres."

The Ascent of Man Ep 4: The Music of the Spheres http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1980180351354876889
(forgive them their cheesy music)

BonoMan
Feb 20, 2002


Jade Ear Joe

Petah posted:

Real story about an off duty pilot who attempts to land a passenger jet in an impossible scenario. Quite possibly the most gripping story I've ever witnessed in my entire life.

One Hell of a Tale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPu0chBQeUk

Is this the Sioux City crash? I haven't seen this, but read the entire story. It's goddamned phenomenal.

Petah
Aug 24, 2006

Keeping the American Imperialists at bay since 1948


BonoMan posted:

Is this the Sioux City crash? I haven't seen this, but read the entire story. It's goddamned phenomenal.

Yes it is, it's worth watching it for Fitch's narrative though.

Shark Fin Soup
Jun 19, 2007

A symbol of wealth, prestige, and cruelty.


B.I.K.E.

A documentary on bike culture. It specifically follows one of the film makers venture in trying to become a member of Black Label Bicycle Club while presenting the lifestyles of the cyclists they encounter.

Website
NWS Link to FilmNWS for brief nudity

Shark Fin Soup fucked around with this message at 00:49 on Apr 6, 2010

spirited
Nov 2, 2001

Time might lead me to nowhere; Fate might break me apart; I'll always be thankful that once, along life's journey I found the unchanging Imperishable in you.

mrfart posted:

This was pretty interesting.
Japanese are really different and it's not always easy to understand what they do/think. My girlfriend has been working overthere for 4 years and she tells me she sometimes still doesn't understands them.

There's also a not so region or racially specific difference between women and men made a point of in that documentary. Gigolo were giving the social and emotional companionship women internationally complain about not getting, and whores in return were loaning physical companionship to get the love and appreciation from the male prostitutes later.

Men's ears and hearts should be more available and women need to find healthier relationships because it's not as though there are not men out there that appreciate women, but they are all way too boring for the likes of most chicks. Basically, that entire documentary is one about alcoholics, which I used to be, and we loving crave excitement.

Bliggers-
Dec 1, 2006
Back in business

I have been watching a lot of Cold Case/Missing Persons/Child Abduction releated documentaries lately, but this one is loving haunting me. It's got a lot of the old standards; innocent young girl abducted, raped and murdered, inept police investigation and inability to find the main suspect but it's her mother that I cannot get over.

Over the years, she has almost completely removed herself from the crime and investigation to solely focus on preserving the memory of her daughter. She goes through an archive of pictures, paintings, crafts and audio and video tapes. If you didn't know better, you would assume it's just a proud parent reminincing about her now-adult daughter as she preparers to get married or have children of her own. The interview with the former roommate of Dennis Howe is loving creepy as well, in a "I know something but I'm not talking" kind of way.

Sharin'
http://vimeo.com/10196540

A documentary about the brutal 1983 murder of Sharin' Morningstar Keenan in Toronto, Canada. Sharin Morningstar Keenan disappeared around 4 pm from Sibelius Park in Toronto's Annex area on January 23rd 1983. She was found dead nine days later in a rooming house on Brunswick Avenue very close to the park. A man eventually identified as Dennis Melvyn Howe (DOB Sept 26, 1940) was named the perpetrator by police. Since then, Howe has been on the run and Sharins murder has become one of Canadas most iconic child tragedies.

For the first time ever, Sharins mother Lynda has come forward to collaborate on the case, working exclusively with CBC filmmaker David Ridgen. Together they build a never before seen portrait of Sharin using the art, writing, and photographs she left behind. And in the process, they uncover new and surprising information about the case, prime suspect Dennis Howe, and about the people who knew Howe that could aid in his capture.




Here are a few from the TVO website, I am pretty sure you can find them elsewhere around the web if you aren't able to watch them here (Canadian website)


Bomb Harvest
http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?71244422001

Laos - may be the most bombed country per capita on the planet. Australian bomb disposal specialist Laith Stevens has to train a new young "big bomb" team to deal with bombs left from the US "Secret War", but meanwhile, the local children are out hunting for bomb scrap metal. This timely story is terrifying and yet filled with eccentric characters and moments of humour, vividly depicting the consequences of war and the incredible bravery of those trying to clear up the mess.


When Borat Came to Town
http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?65784153001

When Borat Came To Town is a film about a small village in a big universe. A gypsy village is suddenly confronted with huge dilemmas after they are portrayed as backward people from Kazakhstan in the film Borat. Seventeen year old Carmen sees the people around her change and knows her future will change dramatically as well. She grapples with allegiance to family and tradition as she tries to be true to her own dreams.


The Tiger Next Door
http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?64397832001

The film lends a fascinating glimpse into a dangerous North American hobby and offers a compelling, thought-provoking meditation on the perennial human desire to master what is wild and the crucial ethical issues this reveals. As populations of tigers in the wilds of Asia and India dwindle dangerously close to extinction, thousands of highly inbred "American" tigers are being kept and bred by private individuals in the North America. The phenomenon is so extensive that experts now believe there are more tigers in private captivity in the U.S. than there are in the wild in the world. This one-hour, character driven documentary follows the story of one man who has been keeping, breeding, and selling Bengal tigers from his backyard for over fifteen years.


Broke
http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?72716674001

For the down-and-out residents of Edmonton's grim and unforgiving inner city, the AI Trading pawnshop is the bank of the poor. And pawnbroker David Woolfson, a banker of last resort. "I run a legitimate business. I help people who are desperate and I make money off them. Sure I do," says Woolfson. "My wife is not happy about the business I'm in. She says I'm making money from the poor." Broke. a complex, powerful cinma vrit story of the daily life of an inner city pawn shop.


Cat Ladies
http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?65958616001

Cat Ladies is a verite documentary that pierces the intimate world of the "cat lady" - women who give and seek love in their world with their cats. Four different women who have been slapped with the same label: "The Crazy Cat Lady". Through intimate access with Diane, Margot, Sigi and Jenny, we create a sensitive and emotionally honest portrait of women whose lives and self-worth have become intractably linked to cats. Some of these women have only a few cats; others share their small homes with hundreds. They've created an alternative society for themselves that they share with their feline companions. It's not however, the number of cats they possess that defines them, but rather their struggle to find acceptance and value in a society that rejects them. A figure of fun, they're easily dismissed but these women deal with the issues that all of us face to some degree - rejection, loss and loneliness.


A Hard Name
http://www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?65623093001

Raw and intimate interviews with ex-convicts who come across as the most gentle souls you could ever meet-apart from the stabbings and armed robberies-talk about their lives in prison and their struggles to adapt to life on the outside. In jail, the guards and the system try to break them down. To survive, they harden their spirit and live by the prison code: don't make eye contact, don't rat on your fellow convicts, don't talk to the guards, don't be an rear end in a top hat. After 40 years in prison, never having held a job, most find life out of prison harder than life in it. The hardness they've cultivated to survive as convicts crumbles as they reveal the horrific tales of abuse that set the wheels in motion for some very tough lives.

nickhimself
Jul 16, 2007

I GIVE YOU MY INFO YOU LOG IN AND PUT IN BUILD I PAY YOU 3 BLESSINGS


Shark Fin Soup posted:

B.I.K.E.

A documentary on bike culture. It specifically follows one of the film makers venture in trying to become a member of Black Label Bicycle Club while presenting the lifestyles of the cyclists they encounter.

Website
NWS Link to FilmNWS for brief nudity

Dude, this documentary was awesome. Thank you for entertaining me for an hour and a half!

SamLikesCake
Oct 6, 2006

... and he is my navigator.


Bliggers- posted:

Here are a few from the TVO website, I am pretty sure you can find them elsewhere around the web if you aren't able to watch them here (Canadian website)

This stinks. I'm in Canada and it tells me that I can't watch them because I'm out of the viewing area? Pfft. I really wanted to watch the tiger one too. Did the rest of Canada vote NB out by any chance?

SeanBeansShako
Nov 20, 2009


The Nomi Song: Documentary about New Wave Legend Klaus Nomi

This documentary looks into the life of the New Wave German Icon Klaus Nomi from his simple beginning in New York in the seventies right up to his death with interviews from his girlfriend, band members and managers.

SeanBeansShako fucked around with this message at 22:57 on Apr 6, 2010

Fayez Butts
Aug 24, 2006




lovely posting, and it's already in the thread, no way!

SeanBeansShako
Nov 20, 2009


Fayez Butts posted:

lovely posting, and it's already in the thread, no way!

Sorry, I'll make sure to pay attention to your attempts to dominate people with your internet superiority.

You know what isn't in the OP? Hotel Torgo which follows a look in at the infamous filming of the film Manos the Hands of Fate made famous by Mystery Science Theatre 3000 explained by one of the surviving members of the crew and the daughter of Hal the director and actor.

SeanBeansShako fucked around with this message at 22:56 on Apr 6, 2010

torjus
Nov 22, 2005

I want YOU to MSPaint!

SeanBeansShako posted:

Sorry, I'll make sure to pay attention to your attempts to dominate people with your internet superiority.

You know what isn't in the OP? Hotel Torgo which I submitted in the old thread.
I think he/she meant that you could somewhat describe the documentary you're linking.

Take your own submission: Hotel Torgo. I have no idea what this "Hotel Torgo" is without clicking the link, and I guess you can understand how hellish threads like this one would be if you had to click every drat link to find out what it's all about.

SeanBeansShako
Nov 20, 2009


At least you explained it politely and didn't sound like a blundering cockhead. I'll fix them both now.

ilurker
Nov 6, 2009


SamLikesCake posted:

This stinks. I'm in Canada and it tells me that I can't watch them because I'm out of the viewing area? Pfft. I really wanted to watch the tiger one too. Did the rest of Canada vote NB out by any chance?

It seems to work from Alberta, so yes, you have been forsaken.

Go hang out with the frenchies.

SamLikesCake
Oct 6, 2006

... and he is my navigator.


ilurker posted:

It seems to work from Alberta, so yes, you have been forsaken.

Go hang out with the frenchies.

Came home from work and they load just fine. Apparently the website doesn't like the free wireless from the coffee shop next-door.

The Light Eternal
Jun 12, 2006

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.


Petah posted:

Real story about an off duty pilot who attempts to land a passenger jet in an impossible scenario. Quite possibly the most gripping story I've ever witnessed in my entire life.

One Hell of a Tale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPu0chBQeUk

Sweet, thanks for this. If anyone's interested in another perspective there is a Seconds From Disaster episode about this crash.

Railing Kill
Nov 14, 2008

Computer:
Erase this entire post.

SeanBeansShako posted:

Sorry, I'll make sure to pay attention to your attempts to dominate people with your internet superiority.

You know what isn't in the OP? Hotel Torgo which follows a look in at the infamous filming of the film Manos the Hands of Fate made famous by Mystery Science Theatre 3000 explained by one of the surviving members of the crew and the daughter of Hal the director and actor.

Thanks for the link! I heard about this a while back, but it fell off my radar before I ever got a chance to find it.

DevNull
Apr 4, 2007

And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky
A human being that was given to fly



Good news for Americans who want to watch the real version of Life.

We will be able to get it with David Attenborough doing the narration.
http://www.amazon.com/Life-narrated-David-Attenborough-Blu-ray/dp/B002UXRGM0/ref=pe_63680_14785360_as_txt_8/

McBeth
Jul 11, 2006
Odeipus ruined a great sex life by asking too many questions.

DevNull posted:

Good news for Americans who want to watch the real version of Life.

We will be able to get it with David Attenborough doing the narration.
http://www.amazon.com/Life-narrated-David-Attenborough-Blu-ray/dp/B002UXRGM0/ref=pe_63680_14785360_as_txt_8/

Oh good, I don't understand why Oprah and Ripley are somehow better narrators over here than David Attenborough.

StrangersInTheNight
Dec 31, 2007



Exchanging glaaances..



That is awesome. I didn't mind Sigourney Weaver, but I've had to stop watching Life on TV because Oprah is so loving awful at narrating. I'm not even staunchly pro- or anti-Oprah, I was willing to give her a chance, but I had no idea it was possible to suck the joy out of nature television. Somehow, with her dry monotonous narration, she's done it.

Solice Kirsk
Jun 1, 2004

.


StrangersInTheNight posted:

That is awesome. I didn't mind Sigourney Weaver, but I've had to stop watching Life on TV because Oprah is so loving awful at narrating. I'm not even staunchly pro- or anti-Oprah, I was willing to give her a chance, but I had no idea it was possible to suck the joy out of nature television. Somehow, with her dry monotonous narration, she's done it.

Seriously, its like watching an episode of Sesame Street. The worst part of it all is that this is supposed to be Attenborough's swan song of nature film narration and nearly all of the US is missing out on the experience.

I can't wait to watch this on BluRay with his narration. Ignoring it for this long has been torture.

AssGaper 2.0
Apr 16, 2008


I love this thread. I have pretty much stopped watching TV and just watching documentaries at this point. I have a small request however, could anyone point me in the direction of a doc on MS-13, or alternatively the Mexican drug war, that is just not some rehash of stuff on the history channel? thanks.

AssGaper 2.0
Apr 16, 2008


Solice Kirsk posted:

Seriously, its like watching an episode of Sesame Street. The worst part of it all is that this is supposed to be Attenborough's swan song of nature film narration and nearly all of the US is missing out on the experience.

The Life series with Attenborough, it is amazing, they also have a 10+ minute section at the end of each episode about the lengths some of these film makers went to to get the shots they did. Oprah, I have nothing against her, but holy crap, Attenborough. No one in the present world can top his narration. And for me, that is worth the extra effort and money to acquire his versions of this amazing documentary.

I don't care if it costs more, or an rear end load, the only version of Life I will watch is that which D. Attenborough narrates. It is worth it. I have a feeling this will be his last piece, his swan song, and to me, a nature lover, nothing will surpass this. He is simply the man.

Glottal Mots
Aug 16, 2009

by mons all madden


Petah posted:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9130700720867982931&hl=en

The Human Sexes - The Gender Wars

thanks a lot, checking it out now

BeigeJacket
Jul 21, 2005



Skam posted:

Does anyone know of any good documentaries on the Israel/Palestine conflict?

It's such a massive subject that the only ones ive ever seen have always seemed heavily biased towards one side.


Only covers recent history (the Clinton years mainly) but a solid piece of work with interviews from most of the key players. It's by Norma Percy who has done some very interesting films which are well worth checking out.

ELUSIVE PEACE: ISRAEL AND THE ARABS

PART 1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsl5sQ2NYRA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJd7f3KTXpM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uj8AY1NK9I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLg7xpLu-ME
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAHX18mqXd8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9yStLtiuB8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO5QAh_bh6Q

PART 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srHUjE7jiUU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGmufuaY93k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KrNBZbbTPE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp-zxPq4Wo4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Q_i2fpIy4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEwbXlk-N2o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkzXRB5dPNo


PART 3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDtrSuJP7LQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4CWwDBK_co
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_O2r26UD4A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r2TJFvcPF8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xV-1kU3IOQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVLnHdqmP3k



MOSHE DAYAN

Here's a docu I like about the famed Israeli solider and statesmen Moshe Dayan (ignore the stupid title on guba, it's a bbc film not some partisan thing).

http://www.guba.com/watch/3000116569/

e1: yay this thread. I loved the old one and still have a poo poo load of links somewhere, I'll try and get them reposted if they are still live and aren't already here.

e2: another indepth piece on Dayan here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSEbBI6qAtQ

BeigeJacket fucked around with this message at 23:00 on Apr 10, 2010

SeanBeansShako
Nov 20, 2009


The BBC did a kick rear end documentary about the history of modern terrorism a few years back anyone stumbled across it online?

Preoptopus
Aug 25, 2008

Три полоски,
три по три полоски

Spoot posted:

I found this gem.

Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa
http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/off_the_grid_life_on_the_mesa/

It will take you places that you never expected from just watching the intro. It is very insightful to the way these people live and really gives you perspective. It almost makes me want to live off the grid. Almost.

This is the best poo poo I have seen in a while. Crazy tumor guys speech on American freedom was the first reely I have ever heard or seen.

Preoptopus fucked around with this message at 21:40 on Apr 11, 2010

kender
Dec 15, 2000
Forum Veteran

SeanBeansShako posted:

The BBC did a kick rear end documentary about the history of modern terrorism a few years back anyone stumbled across it online?

http://www.archive.org/details/ThePowerOfNightmares

The Power of Nightmares by Adam Curtis?

His follow up, The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom is pretty good too.

SeanBeansShako
Nov 20, 2009


No, it wasn't that. The title was actually more or less along the lines of The History of Terror.

It was made in 2007 I think.

Curly Shuffle
May 31, 2001

If not US, then Mexico.

McBeth posted:

Oh good, I don't understand why Oprah and Ripley are somehow better narrators over here than David Attenborough.

I think any GBS thread concerning Richard Dawkins will explain it. Many Americans apparently find that kind of accent to be condescending.

SG-83
Sep 6, 2004

I guess it's not just a dog thing!

Curly Shuffle posted:

I think any GBS thread concerning Richard Dawkins will explain it. Many Americans apparently find that kind of accent to be condescending.
How can an accent be condescending?

Zigmidge
May 12, 2002

Exsqueeze me, why the sour face? I'm here to lemon aid you. Let's juice it.

Curly Shuffle posted:

I think any GBS thread concerning Richard Dawkins will explain it. Many Americans apparently find that kind of accent to be condescending.

No, many people find Dawkins to be condescending. An accent can't be an attitude.

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SheepNameKiller
Jun 19, 2004



Curly Shuffle posted:

I think any GBS thread concerning Richard Dawkins will explain it. Many Americans apparently find that kind of accent to be condescending.

Dawkins is pretty much the dictionary definition of condescending, it has nothing to do with his accent. Attenborough is fantastic. I have a feeling they only change the narrators over here simply because Oprah and Weaver are bigger names in the US and they feel like it's likely to draw in a bigger audience, and they're probably right.

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