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Human Planet

Human Planet
Narrated by John Hurt
Composer(s) Nitin Sawhney
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Brian Leith, Dale Templar
Cinematography Pete Haynes, Matt Norman, Toby Strong, Robin Cox,
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
France Télévisions
Original channel BBC One
Picture format SD: 576i 16:9
Original run 13 January 2011 (2011-01-13) – 3 March 2011 (2011-03-03)
External links

Human Planet is an 8-part British television documentary series. It is produced by the BBC with co-production from Discovery and BBC Worldwide. It describes the human species and its relationship with the natural world by showing the remarkable ways humans have adapted to life in every environment on Earth.[1]

Announced in 2007,[2] the production teams based at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol and BBC Wales spent three years shooting over 70 stories in some of the most remote locations on Earth spanning about 40 countries. Each episode of the series focuses on a different human-inhabited environment, including deserts, jungles, the Arctic, grasslands, rivers, mountains, oceans, and the urban landscape.

For the first time on a BBC landmark series the production had a dedicated stills photographer, Timothy Allen, who documented the project photographically for the books and multimedia that accompany the series.[1]

Human Planet was originally screened in the UK on BBC One each Thursday at 8pm over eight weeks, starting from 13 January 2011. Domestic repeats have been seen on Eden, with all 8 episodes aired over one week in April 2012.[3] BBC Worldwide has since announced they have sold the broadcast rights to 22 international markets.[4]

Human Planet was nominated for 7 BAFTA Television Craft awards, the most for any programme in 2011, and it won 2 of them, both for the Arctic episode, where Jason Savage won the factual editing prize, and Will Edwards, Doug Allan and Matt Norman won the photography (cinematography) prize.[5][6]

Episode list

Episode 1: Oceans – Into the Blue

First aired on Thursday 13 January 2011. Topics include:

Behind the Lens: Compressor diving in the Philippines

Episode 2: Deserts – Life in the Furnace

First aired on Thursday 20 January 2011. Topics include:

  • Sandstorm and cattle herding near elephants in Mali
  • Fishing in Antogo lake after it has shrunk through evaporation
  • Tubu women crossing the Sahara with a camel caravan in Niger
  • Camel herders in the Gobi Desert
  • Moisture farming in the Atacama desert
  • Underground aqueducts in Algeria
  • Fertility dance of the Wodaabe in Niger

Behind the Lens: Tubu women crossing the Sahara with a camel caravan in Niger

Episode 3: Arctic – Life in the Deep Freeze

First aired on Thursday 27 January 2011. Topics include:

Behind the Lens: Hunting narwhals in Greenland

Episode 4: Jungles – People of the Trees

First aired on Thursday 3 February 2011. Topics include:

Behind the Lens: Building tree houses in West Papua

Episode 5: Mountains – Life in Thin Air

First aired on Thursday 10 February 2011. Topics include:

Behind the Lens: Hunting with Golden Eagles in the Altai Mountains

Episode 6: Grasslands – Roots of Power

First aired on Thursday 17 February 2011. Topics include:

Behind the Lens: Stealing food from a lion pride in Kenya

Episode 7: Rivers – Friend and Foe

First aired on Thursday 24 February 2011. Topics include:

Behind the Lens: Traversing the Mekong's cataracts during the monsoon

Episode 8: Cities – Surviving the Urban Jungle

First aired on Thursday 3 March 2011. Topics include:

Behind the Lens: Collection of filming experiences from all habitats

International broadcast

Country/Region Channel Narrator
 Portugal Canal Odisseia
 United Kingdom BBC One
John Hurt
 United States Discovery Channel
Discovery en Español
Mike Rowe (English)
Gael Garcia Bernal (Spanish)
 Australia ABC1
Latin America
Discovery Channel Gael Garcia Bernal
Milton Nascimento (Portuguese)
 Hong Kong TVB Pearl Wong He
 Finland YLE TV1 Tuomo Holopainen
 Turkey NTV Turkey Tuncel Kurtiz
 Singapore BBC Knowledge
 New Zealand Prime
 Germany ZDFneo
Servus TV
 Israel Channel 1 Kobi Meidan
 China CCTV-9
 Philippines GMA News TV
GMA Network
Kara David
 Netherlands Omroep NTR Carice Van Houten
 France France 5 Fabien Autin
 Iran IRIB Mostanad

Air Time

  • (Original screening)- Thursdays at 8pm over eight weeks, starting from 13 January 2011 on.
  • (Domestic repeats)- 8 episodes aired over one week in April 2012 on Eden.
  • (English)- 6 episodes over three Sunday nights at 8pm E/P (7pm C) from 10 April 2011
  • (Spanish) - 25 April 2011 from 8pm E/5pm P
  • - 20 March 2011 Sunday nights at 7:30pm
  • - 12 May 2011 Thursdays at 11pm E/P
  • - 17 May 2011 Tuesdays at 9:30pm
  • - 13 Mar 2012 Tuesdays at 7pm
  • - 17 July 2011 Sundays at 9pm
  • - 30 September 2011 Fridays at 7:30pm
  • - 14 November 2011 Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:15pm
  • - 13 May 2012 Sundays at 10pm
  • - March 2011 every day at 9pm with replays from April 2012; weeknights at 10:35pm
  • - 19 January 2013 Saturdays at 10pm
  • - (Dutch)- 6 episodes over six Sunday night at 8pm from 20 March 2011
  • - 30 December 2011 every Saturday to Sunday


The Region 2 DVD and Blu-ray three-disc set was released on 21 February 2011.[7][8]

The Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray three-disc set was released on 26 April 2011.[9]

The Region 4 DVD and Blu-ray three-disc set was released on 5 May 2011.[10][11]

The accompanying hardcover book was released on 20 January 2011: Templar, Dale (2011). Human Planet.  [12]


  1. ^ a b "Welcome to Human Planet". Human Planet blog.  
  2. ^ "BBC and Bob Geldof to map mankind".  
  3. ^ "Human Planet on Eden". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Walsh, Barry (25 February 2011). around the world"Human Planet"BBC Worldwide takes . Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "BAFTA Craft Awards". Wales wins five prizes. BBC. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Television Craft Awards Winners". Nominations and winners for the 2011 BAFTA Television Craft Awards. BAFTA. 8 May 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "BBC Shop: Human Planet DVD". BBC Shop Online. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "BBC Shop: Human Planet Blu-ray". BBC Shop Online. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Lambert, David (24 February 2011). "Human Planet – The Latest BBC/Discovery Nature Documentary is Announced for DVD and Blu-ray". Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "ABC Shop: Human Planet DVD". ABC Shop Online. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "ABC Shop: Human Planet Blu-ray". ABC Shop Online. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "BBC Shop: Human Planet Book". BBC Shop Online. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 

External links

  • Human Planet at BBC Programmes
  • Human Planet at the Internet Movie Database
  • Human Planet Audio Slideshow – BBC interview with Human Planet photographer Timothy Allen
  • Human Planet Explorer – BBC video and audio clips documenting the stories of man's relationship with nature
  • Human Planet Gallery – Photo Gallery of the Human Planet series
  • Human Planet web exclusives – Behind the scenes and extra footage
  • blogHuman Planet
  • photography blogHuman PlanetTimothy Allen's
  • Daily Telegraph Review
  • Human Planet on Eden
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