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Human Planet - The Latest BBC/Discovery Nature Documentary is Announced for DVD and Blu-ray

Hosted by actor John Hurt, this will be available on home video just days after the TV broadcasts

Posted by David Lambert
Human Planet


"One of the most dramatic pieces of television ever filmed" - The Observer


Street Date: 4/26/11

DVD SRP: $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
BD SRP: $49.98 ($62.48 in Canada)

Available two days after the U.S. broadcast finale on Discovery Channel

Since the UK premiere, the series' clips have earned millions of views on YouTube
Original UK broadcast edition, including three hours of footage not broadcast in North America

Four years in the making and filmed in over 70 locations - connecting 80
stories - requiring 120 days of trekking, 900 days camping, 275,000 lbs of
camera equipment and 190 bottles of mosquito repellent

Bonus content: Behind the Lens, a set of 10 ten-minute making of featurettes
and BD-Live feature Zanskar, about the people on the edge of the Himalayas

New York, February 22, 2011 - This April, the focus will turn to humanity's amazing, complex and profound relationship with nature as BBC Earth's groundbreaking DVD and Blu-ray Disc release Human Planet hits retail. The series earned rave reviews from audiences and critics in the UK, with The Telegraph proclaiming, "It's like nothing you've ever seen before," and the Sun saying it's "visually stunning and utterly fascinating, this is seriously impressive stuff." Arriving in stores on April 26, just two days following the series' conclusion on Discovery Channel, Human Planet is the first BBC/Discovery Channel production to focus entirely on human behavior.

Series producer Dale Templar commented: "This series rediscovers the unique and critical relationship that still exists between us and the natural world. Human Planet is a breathtaking celebration of how human beings have adapted to live with nature at its most extreme."

BBC Earth's award-winning natural history programs, including Life, Planet Earth and Blue Planet, have revealed the state of the planet and how its remarkable creatures survive like never before. Human Planet weaves together 80 stories, many never told before, to illuminate humanity's uncanny ability to adapt and live in every corner of our diverse world. Each episode centers on a particular habitat, and by using innovative and cutting edge filming techniques, reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity.

From Greenland to Mongolia, Cambodia to Kenya, people are living by their wits - braving the elements, seizing opportunities and overcoming obstacles to survive and thrive. Whether it's a line of women and children who use star and sand dune patterns to traverse the Sahara in order to trade dates and find water from a single well; or children in Kenya who hunt for honey with birds as their guides while braving trees buzzing with killer bees; humans find a way to endure.

From executive producer Brian Leith (Wild China, Ganges) and series producer Dale Templar, the series is presented by John Hurt (Harry Potter, Merlin) and features a globally-influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney and was documented by award winning photographer Timothy Allen.

BBC Books has released, Human Planet - Nature's Greatest Human Stories, a companion guide for the series written by producers Dale Templar and Brian Leith and featuring photography by Timothy Allen. The hardcover book, which tells spellbinding stories to explore man's unique relationship with his surroundings, is now available in North America.

  • Oceans
    • As an air-breathing animal, the human is not built to survive in water. But people have found ways to live an almost aquatic life so they can exploit the sea's riches. From a 'shark-whisperer' in the Pacific to Brazilian fishermen collaborating with dolphins to catch mullet, this journey into the blue reveals astonishing tales of ingenuity and bravery.
    • Two and a half minutes on one breath. Filmed underwater in real-time, a Borneo free-diving spear-fisherman journeys 20 meters down to the sea floor to catch fish.
    • Dive 40 meters down to the dangerous world of the Pa-aling fishermen, where dozens of young men, breathing air through a tangled web of pipes attached to a diesel engine, capture thousands of fish in a vast net.
    • Daredevil Galician barnacle-collectors defy death on the rocks for a catch worth £200 per kilo.

  • Deserts
    • Humans can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water: it is the essential element of life. Yet many millions live in parched deserts around the world. This episode discovers how the eternal quest for water brings huge challenges - and ingenious solutions - in the driest places on Earth.
    • On one day of the year the Dogon people of Mali can fish in the sacred water of Lake Antogo. It's every fisherman for himself, as two thousand men rush into the lake to catch the fish trapped by the evaporating water.
    • When the rain finally arrives in the desert it's a time for flowering and jubilation - and love. The Wodaabe men of Niger put on make-up for an intoxicating courtship dance and beauty contest.

  • Arctic
    • The Arctic is the harshest environment on Earth: little food grows, it's dark for months on end, and temperatures stay well below freezing for much of the year. Yet four million people manage to survive here and this episode tells their remarkable stories.
    • In springtime, Amos and Karl-Frederik set out across the sea ice with their dogs to catch a Greenland shark.
    • Inuit mussel-gatherers venture underneath the sea ice at low tide for a perilous race against time as they gather their food.

  • Jungles
    • The rainforest is home to more species of plants and animals than any other habitat on the planet. But for humans, life there is not as easy as it looks. Life in the trees requires great skill, ingenuity and sheer bravery. In Brazil, we join a unique monitoring flight in search of an un-contacted tribe.
    • Deep in the Congo forests, Tete defies death by scaling a giant tree using nothing more than a liana vine, and he must then negotiate an angry swarm of bees - all to collect honey for his family.
    • In West Papua the Korowai tribe show-off their engineering skills by building a high-rise home 35 meters up in the tree tops.

  • Mountains
    • From lush cloud forests to bare summits that take your breath away, the higher you climb the tougher life gets on a mountain.
    • In the Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia the vast open spaces make hunting for animals almost impossible, so the locals have forged an astonishing partnership with golden eagles which can do the hunting for them.
    • On the precipitous cliffs of the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia we join a young boy locked in a dramatic battle with fearsome gelada monkeys which are hell-bent on raiding his family's meagre grain harvest.

  • Grasslands
    • Grasslands feed the world. Over thousands of years, we humans have learned to grow grains on the grasslands and domesticate the creatures that live there. Our success has propelled our population to almost seven billion people. This episode reveals that, even today, life in the 'Garden of Eden' isn't always rosy.
    • Walk with the Dorobo people of Kenya as they bravely attempt to scare off a pride of hungry lions from their freshly caught kill - it's three men and fifteen lions.
    • In a perfect partnership with nature built up over generations, Maasai children must literally talk to the birds. The honeyguide leads them to find sweet treats, but they'll have to repay the favor.

  • Rivers
    • They provide the essentials for human life: fresh water, food and even natural highways, but rivers are also often capricious and unpredictable, treacherous and demanding.
    • A fisherman in Laos has self-strung a wire across the Mekong River to reach an island that has one of the richest inlets to fish.

  • Cities
    • Pigeons are an urban pest in our city environments. With a pH of 4.5, their droppings are more acidic than vinegar. One feral pigeon alone can produce up to 12kg of excrement per year, that's a lot of corrosion to our city buildings.
    • It is unknown exactly how many rats live in New York City but there are well over 96 million. That's at least 12 to every person.
    • Second to humans, Mexican Free Tailed bats are the biggest population of mammals living in the urban environment. The Congress Street Bridge in Austin houses 1.5 million of them, making it the largest bat colony in North America.

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