Beginning with the invention of the daguerreotype in the 19th century, mug shots were used as a method of criminal identification. In the fascinating feature documentary Mugshot, discover the cultural significance of these photographs and find out why they have become highly sought-after in the world of art and entertainment.

What can we learn from the brutality of World War I? Through newly discovered footage captured by soldiers, the ground-breaking series Apocalypse: World War I offers new perspectives on the war that went on to shape the 20th century.


By night, Jasper Bendici is the frontman in a rock band. By day, he studies religion at a Greek Orthodox seminary. Can he reconcile these two passions? The winning film of TVO’s Doc Studio Contest, The Middle Way, tells Jasper’s story.

John Kastner’s gripping film, Out of Sight, Out of Mind documents 18 months at the Brockville Mental Health Centre, a forensic psychiatric hospital that cares for mentally ill patients, many of whom have committed violent crimes. The film offers unprecedented insight and a new level of understanding towards mental illness.


Be part of the studio audience as TVO On the Road travels to North Bay for a recording of The Agenda with Steve Paikin to examine first-hand how Northern Ontario is adapting to challenges with its economy. The Agenda will invite guests from the region to discuss efforts to innovate, diversify and grow Northern economies, and counteract declining populations and job losses.

Following the success of the living history series Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm, historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologist Peter Ginn are at it again. They’re turning back the clock to the year 1500 to recreate life as tenant farmers on a Sussex Monastery.

Bush-whacking in Borneo, combing Alberta’s badlands, detecting fakes and frauds. International secret agents? Not quite. This is the fascinating world of the Royal Ontario Museum featured in TVO’s new series Museum Diaries.


What makes us tick? Can we change our IQ? Can we reverse dementia? The brain remains much of a mystery. But what scientists are learning is remarkable and, in some cases, revolutionary. Join TVO as we go on a journey of discovery and unlock some of the mysteries of the mind.


Seven years after his tour as UN Force Commander during the Rwandan genocide, retired General Roméo Dallaire returns to Africa to better understand the social, cultural and political influences behind the recruitment of child soldiers. The award-winning Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children documents his remarkable journey.


The Water Brothers returns September 10 with a new season full of travel, adventure, and exploration of the most important water stories of our time.