About The Program
Humans are the ultimate animals - the most successful species on the planet. From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive in the harshest environments imaginable.
We've done this by harnessing our immense courage and ingenuity; learning to live with and utilise the other creatures that share these wild places. Human Planet weaves together eight inspiring episodes, set to a globally-influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney.
Each week the series focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity. In episode one - Arctic, the temperature is sixty degrees below zero. It is the harshest environment on Earth, yet four million people manage to survive in the Arctic. This film follows a year in the human freezer.
In the final episode we visit the urban jungle, where most of us now live, and discover why here the connection between humanity and nature is the most vital of all.
Talking Human Planet with Brian Leith
This coming Sunday, a spectacular new series, Human Planet, will celebrated the amazing, complex and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. Narrated by John Hurt, each episode focuses on a particular habitat, starting up north in the Arctic.
We spoke to its Exectuve Producer Brian Leith about the inspiration behind Human Planet, some rather precarious encounters, and us puny humans are a remarkable species.