This is the kind of suggestions i am looking for! Thanks, guys!
Glancing through my DVD collection a few more jump out, though they don't quite meet your criteria for one reason or another. But I'll list them anyway to annoy people (and attach IMDB links)
- four episodes.
A docu-drama about the space race from the point of view of the primary engineers on both sides (Wernher Von Braun and Sergei Korolev).
Covers the period from the end of WWII to the first moon landing, hence a bit out of your specified time frame. Generally accurate but it attempts to be more about the people behind things rather than pure documentary. It also starkly reveals the politics and hostilities on both sides during the race.
****Pompeii: The Last Day
- 90min docu-drama
Obviously about Pompeii, oft forgotten Herculaneum and Vesuvius on August 24, 79CE. The interesting twist in this beyond ordinary docudrama is that they take some of the Pompeii 'Death Castings' and attach a story to them based on where they were found, death position etc.
"Stephanus the Fuller" dying (show) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pompe ... _day_5.jpg
Real cast recovered at Pompeii - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pompe ... _day_6.jpg
***Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story
- 90min docu-drama
Another docudrama on the same DVD as Pompeii:TLD. Same style of live action and historical information, though all the spoken dialogue by the actors is Latin (thankfully the narrator 'overvoice' is in english). It covers the rise of a slave (Verus) to a gladiator and granted his freedom, as well as some of the intracies of the arena and the "behind the scene operations" in the Flavian times.
Based generally on real events - one of the interesting points is when the 'Big cats' dont perfom as expected (they're scared out of their minds and run away) and the crowd starts booing. Flavius then decides to make the Beastmaster the entertainment (actual historical event)
Well enough rambling for now. Though depending on the amount of tomatoes thrown I may put up some more later.