National Geographic Channel


For the past ten years Diego Buñuel has been a foreign correspondent for French Television covering all kinds of countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, or the Congo. 
Every time he left for one of his stories, he would tell his production crew in the Paris office, “Don’t tell my mother I am in Colombia, it makes her really nervous.” 
After a few years of traveling repeatedly, Diego realized that the international news coverage, of which he was part of, only focused on the worst headlines possible. 
So Diego embarked on a rather unusual effort; to talk about countries that make headlines, but instead on focusing on the same three basic stories, he extended the reach of his eye to look at a more subtle vision of these countries, full of culture, people, interests that rise high above the daily news reports.


  • Don't Tell My Mother: Johannesburg
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Iran
    While one may not necessarily associate Iran with hip-hop, host Diego Buñuel checks out an underground rap show in Tehran, featuring a performance by a local mullah's son. With a huge following and representatives from more than 30 countries, Diego attends the Olympics of Koran reading where participants memorise and recite entire chapters of the Koran from heart. Meeting with a Jewish antiques dealer in Tehran, Diego shares alcohol made from grapes before visiting one of the city's synagogues and heading over to the Iranian parliament with one of its Jewish members. In Esfahan, Diego takes in a local basketball game and hits the town afterwards with an American player finding stardom in Iran. At Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art, Diego examines works of Picasso, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol, Monet and more - all of which have remained in basement storage since 1979. At the Caspian Sea, Diego hitches a ride with police who monitor the waterways for caviar poachers.
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Colombia
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Holy Land
    After 5 wars, the papers are still filled with news of violence. Despite this, our eternal optimist Diego journeys from the Gaza Strip to Jerusalem.
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Lions
    Examine the tactics used by a pride of South African lions as they hunt three distinct prey animals in the Singita Game Reserve – The Zebra, Impala, & ultimately the tallest land animal, the Giraffe.
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Lagos
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Johannesburg
    Eighteen year old Lia McCord wanted to go to college but her parents couldn't afford the Fees. The A grade students solution to the problem was simple, if a little naïvebecome a heroin smuggler. But her naïve plans went horribly wrong and she faced the death penalty in a squalid prison in Bangladesh.
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Iraq
    Flanked by bodyguards, Diego must alter his interview routine after entering Iraq where multiple searches and evening curfews are routine."
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Venezuela
    Flanked by bodyguards, Diego must alter his interview routine after entering Iraq where multiple searches and evening curfews are routine."
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Pakistan
    The Economist called Pakistan is said to be the world's most dangerous place." Get ready to see Pakistan like you've never imagined it before with Diego."
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Tokyo
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Wild Wild West
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Russia
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Indonesia
    Boasting Bali's white sand beaches, Java's lush rainforest, and a rich cultural history throughout the islands, Indonesia has become a coveted destination for tourists from around the world. But behind the picture perfect postcard, Indonesia is a fascinating country of extremes. Is it a moderate democracy or a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism? A natural paradise or a man-made environmental disaster? In his show "Don't tell my mother I am in Indonesia," Diego Bunuel travels across the world's biggest archipelagic nation to find answers and along the way feels the heat from an angry and active volcano, helps save some furry friends and tastes the world's most expensive coffee. Its an adventure you don't want to miss.
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Somalia
    Piracy, lawlessness, Islamic extremism.... all reasons that Somalia has made the front pages of newspapers around the world. The African country now has fairly won the title of the "World's Most Failed State." There has been no central government since 1991. This power vacuum has allowed Islamic Militias to take over the streets and pirates to take over the seas. In "Don't Tell My Mother I Am In Somalia" Diego returns to his roots as a war reporter to take on a region that very few journalists have the opportunity or the desire to explore. Strapped tightly into his flak jacket, Diego comes under some heavy fire and learns about the impossible obstacles somali's face everyday. But to his surprise he also has a few laughs and finds some hidden treasures along the way.
  • Don't Tell My Mother: Kazakhstan