New British TV Documentaries for 2023

From Netflix to the BBC, these are the best new UK documentaries, covering true crime, catfishing, the cure for cancer, the cult of celebrity, and just straight-up cults.

A youth in front of a blazing vehicle in Belfast during The Troubles
Photo: BBC/Keo Films/Associated Press/Robert Dear

Not so long ago, Netflix was the king of must-see documentaries – mostly about true crime, and nearly all from the other side of the pond. The ongoing appetite created for documentaries like Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and The Staircase sparked a trend that now goes far beyond Netflix, with all the major streamers, plus regular UK terrestrial channels, after a slice of the documentary action. 

The good news is they’re not all about serial killers any more. The even better news is they’ve cottoned onto our wish to be entertained as well as educated, weaving clever storytelling narratives to tell a tale that will break boundaries, keep you invested, and often stay with you for a long time after the credits roll.

Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting British documentary series being released in 2023 and beyond, from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix, Disney+ and more:


If These Walls Could Sing – Disney+

Paul McCartney’s daughter Mary directed this Disney documentary about the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, capturing the experience of the many music stars who recorded there through archive footage and interviews with the likes of Elton John, Noel and Liam Gallagher, and of course her dad and his bandmate Ringo Starr. It also documents how Abbey Road was where film scores including the Star Wars score was born, and explores what’s behind the magic of the recording studio which still attracts thousands of tourists to its iconic zebra crossing.


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