docu·​dra·​ma ˈdä-kyə-ˌdrä-mə How to pronounce docudrama (audio)
: a drama (as for television) dealing freely with historical events especially of a recent and controversial nature

Examples of docudrama in a Sentence

They are making a docudrama about the controversial court case.
Recent Examples on the Web Watch Vanity Fair on Prime Video 09 of 13 The Last Czars The Last Czars is a six-part docudrama that follows the reign of Nicholas II from his accession to the throne to his family’s execution by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Jacqueline Weiss, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 Rob Lowe is honoring the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party as the host and executive producer of a new, four-part docudrama titled Liberty or Death: Boston Tea Party, premiering Nov. 19 on Fox Nation. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 The immigrant docudrama, written, directed by and starring Anike Tourse, follows the events of an ICE raid of the Diaz family on Thanksgiving day. Sharareh Drury, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023 Lowe, who also stars in the Fox broadcast drama series 911: Lone Star, will host and executive produce a docudrama for Fox Nation about the Boston Tea Party. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 If the script gets a bit preachy in the end, well, House of Usher still brings more insight into the evils of supply and demand to its depiction of pharmaceutical profiteers than the many straightforward docudramas that preceded it. TIME, 12 Oct. 2023 The 12-part docudrama tells the true story of one of the biggest financial swindles of the 21st century. Ben Croll, Variety, 2 Oct. 2023 Shot in black-and-white and unfolding like both a docudrama and a taut, harrowing thriller, the film follows several different characters caught in the abject horror of the current-day refugee crisis at the border of Poland and Belarus. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 16 Sep. 2023 On its surface, the project is a very British affair: A six-part docudrama following the events surrounding Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government in the face of the first wave of COVID-19 in the U.K.. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


documentary + drama

First Known Use

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of docudrama was circa 1961

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“Docudrama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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: a drama (as for television) dealing freely with historical events especially of a recent or controversial nature

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