The author considers the relation between the allowed and not-allowed creation in television documentary forms and asks the question about their boundaries. She provides not only some examples of programmes in which journalistic provocation and reconstruction of facts were used, but also those made in a traditional way. She points out the fact that the boundaries of creation in traditional feature programmes and television documentaries are little-known. She takes into consideration the question to what degree the process of preparation of facts for television narration infl uences the reported reality. American television producers say that “Life is a bad television”. How to bring this statement together with the rules of non-fi ction formats?