Ask me anything about sharks and Nazis.

I love watching documentaries. Ricky Gervais in his awesome first stand up set practically outlined the life many blokes in the digital TV age have ended up living. Flicking between the different documentary channels:

Ask me anything about sharks and Nazis. Not as bad as a lot of people make out, actually. Sharks I mean, not Nazis. Sharks, brilliant. Nazis, rubbish.

My two favourite series at the moment are "How The Universe Works" and "Elegance and Decadence". Both go well with the sound system pumped up in the background. The former features massive planets colliding with each other alongside an epic sound ambient soundtrack. The latter has a pretty groovy rock soundscape to it.

Anyway, during my time in documentary world I've noticed certain cliches popping up from time to time. Here's some of the ones I've noticed alongside others suggested by the Margerrison twitterarti ...

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY CLICHE #1

"They were very much the, ah, Posh and Becks, of the period," person saying it pulls face a bit or rolls their eyes...

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY CLICHE #2

"Back then they didn't have 'email' or 'blackberrys'," said with a bit of a sneer.

NATURE DOCUMENTARY CLICHE #1

"And that's right, these lovely creatures are all going to die, because of you and your greed".

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY CLICHE #3

"This period was one of dramatic change, it was a little like the 60's, sort of," cue rock music montage.

POP MUSIC DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A DEAD ROCKSTAR CLICHE #1

"In many ways they looked to be on the verge of an artistic comeback".

SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY CLICHE #1

"Weighs as much as whales" By @MargoJMilne

SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY CLICHE #2

"...is as tall as of double decker buses". @KeithTrue

NATURE DOCUMENTARY CLICHE #2

"An area size of Wales deforrested every X weeks." @odaviesnh

SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY CLICHE #3

"Until one man in [insert place] had an idea" @simmoski

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