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10 factual shows to blow your mind

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They say the truth is stranger than fiction, and that old adage certainly applies to this weird and wonderful selection of factual treats on Virgin Media this week.

From romance to surviving the wild (same difference for some), space to the human brain, there’s plenty of enthralling real-life entertainment on offer. So, settle down and prepare to be inspired as we take you through all of the cracking shows available for you to watch…

If you love to be amazed

No matter how dangerous you are, parallel parking can still be tricky.

No matter how dangerous you are, parallel parking can still be tricky.

Hardwire: Agent Down

Fans of Sicario can get a taste of the real thing in this gripping one-off documentary. Special Agent Victor Avila saw his partner killed when they were set upon by a vicious Mexican drug cartel in 2011, but his attempt to discover the reason why they were targeted hit a dead end. Refusing to give up, Avila dug deeper and deeper, uncovering a conspiracy that he alleges involves the White House.

Hardwire: Agent Down airs on Friday, 9pm, Sky News HD (CH 603)

Life On Mars: Agent Down

When Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on the Red Planet in 2004 they were expect to last 90 days tops. Turns out Spirit soldiered on for six years, while Opportunity is still rolling. This one-off documentary follows their miraculous journeys.

Life On Mars: Amazing Rovers airs on Sunday, 8pm, Nat Geo HD (CH 268)

If you love mysteries

Asking questions you didn’t even know you needed to be asked.

Asking questions you didn’t even know you needed to be asked.

From Christ To Constantine

Professor Jonathan Phillips’ six-part mission to trace the origins of Christianity starts in Bethlehem, before he follows the journey of Jesus Christ as described in the gospels. Set against a stunning Middle Eastern backdrop, this profound series asks plenty of questions.

The Road From Christ To Constantine airs on Friday, 9pm, PBS America (CH 276)

Inside Alcatraz: Legends Of The Rock

This one-hour special examines the mythology around the world’s most infamous prison (nicknamed ‘The Rock’) and takes a closer look at the remarkable 1962 escape that remains a mystery to this day.

Inside Alcatraz: Legends Of The Rock airs on Sunday, 8pm, H2® HD (CH 274)

If you love to geek out

Just out of shot: pool table, beer fridge and life-sized cut-out of Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Probably.

Just out of shot: pool table, beer fridge and life-sized cut-out of Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Probably.

Man Caves

For those unfamiliar with the concept of a man cave, it’s basically a room filled with all of the gadgets, gizmos and gimmickry that allows blokes to be blokes. Each episode of this awesome series sees licensed contractor Jason Cameron and former NFL great Tony “The Goose” Siragusa help one lucky guy create his own personalised macho haven.

Man Caves airs on Sunday, 4pm, Travel Channel (CH 292)

Carnival Eats

Does chicken wing ice cream sound like your kind of thing? How about a slice of strawberry rocket pizza? Join food expert Noah Cappe for this brand new series, as he travels the USA in search of the weirdest and wackiest foods imaginable. Beans on toast will never taste the same again.

Carnival Eats airs on Monday, 9pm, Good Food HD (CH 280)

If you love the great outdoors

Even with a fur coat, gloves and scarf are still recommended..

Even with a fur coat, gloves and scarf are still recommended..

Life Below Zero

Making a mockery of the British weather, this reality show follows a group of people as they battle against the harsher-than-harsh elements in Alaska. With snowstorms, hungry bears and limited resources to contend with, only the strongest will be able to tough it out.

Life Below Zero available in the Walk On The Wild Side folder in TV On Demand

Kings Of The Wild

British chef Matt Tebbutt and New Zealand hunter Josh James prove that it’s easy to rustle up a quality meal no matter where they are, visiting some of the world’s remotest locations before finding the right (if not unusual) ingredients to create some incredible feasts in this new series. Mexico, Borneo and Finland provide some of the sparse, stunning settings.

Kings Of The Wild airs on Sunday, 10pm, Discovery HD (CH 251)

If you love things outside the box

He’s reading your mind right now and judging you.

He’s reading your mind right now and judging you.

Brain Games

The human brain is an amazing thing, as self-confessed “wonder junkie” Jason Silva explains in this new series of the popular reality show. London is the setting for the first episode, with Silva using the nooks and crannies of the city as a metaphor for the mind.

Brain Games airs on Sunday, 7pm, Nat Geo HD (CH 268)

Grace Dent ON Romance

Is romance really dead? That’s the burning question journalist Grace Dent asks in this intriguing look at how internet dating has changed the landscape of love. With around nine million people using over 1,400 dating websites in the UK alone, join her on her quest to discover whether love is still in the air and not just through your broadband.

Grace Dent airs on Romance on Monday, 9pm W HD (CH 191)

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