|Narrated by||John Hurt|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Executive producer(s)||Brian Leith, Dale Templar|
|Cinematography||Pete Haynes, Matt Norman, Toby Strong, Robin Cox,|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Picture format||SD: 576i 16:9
|Original airing||13 January 2011|
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.
Announced in 2007, 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.
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. BBC Worldwide has since announced they have sold the broadcast rights to 22 international markets.
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.
Episode 1: Oceans – Into the Blue
First aired on Thursday 13 January 2011. Topics include:
- Goose Barnacle collection in northern Spain
- Sperm whale hunting in the Indonesian archipelago
- Dolphin assisted fishing in Brazil
- The origin of surfing in Hawaii
- Shark calling in Papua New Guinea
- Compressor diving in the Philippines
- Nationless Bajau people in the coral sea near Borneo
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 by evaporating water
- 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
Episode 3: Arctic – Life in the Deep Freeze
First aired on Thursday 27 January 2011. Topics include:
- Hunting Greenland sharks in Greenland
- Gathering Mussels in North-Eastern Canada
- Hunting Narwhals in Greenland
- Catching Auks in Greenland; making a Kiviak
- Herding Reindeer in Norway
- Removing Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba
Behind the Lens: Hunting Narwhals in Greenland
Episode 4: Jungles – People of the Trees
First aired on Thursday 3 February 2011. Topics include:
- Hunting Monkeys with the Matis in Brazil
- Hunting Tarantulas in Venezuela
- Monkey breastfeeding Awá Guajá people from eastern Amazon
- Hunting birds of paradise for plumage used to crown costumes at the Sing-sing event in Papua New Guinea
- Gathering Honey with the Bayaka in the Congo Jungle
- Transporting timber using Asian elephants in Assam, India
- Filming Uncontacted peoples in Brazil
- Building treehouses 35 metres high with the Korowai in West Papua, Indonesia
Behind the Lens: Building treehouses 35 metres high with the Korowai in West Papua
Episode 5: Mountains – Life in Thin Air
First aired on Thursday 10 February 2011. Topics include:
- Hunting with Golden eagles in the Altai mountains of Mongolia
- Battling Gelada monkeys in the Semien mountains of Ethiopia
- Sulphur mining the inside Ijen crater on the Indonesian island of Java
- Catching Giant Bats in the New Guinea Highlands
- Avalanche control in the Swiss Alps
- Cataract Surgery in the Himalayas, Nepal
- Tibetan sky burial
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:
- Dorobo people stealing food from a lion pride in Kenya
- Ambushing kudu in the Kalahari
- Trapping water snakes in Cambodia's flooded grasslands
- Maasai boys and a honeyguide working together to find honey
- Swarming quelea attacking rice crops in Tanzania
- Horsemanship on the Mongolian steppe
- Donga fights of Ethiopia's Suri tribesmen
- Cattle mustering by helicopter in the Australian outback
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:
- Traversing the Mekong's cataracts during the monsoon
- A winter trek to school along the frozen Zanskar River
- Icebreaking with dynamite on the Rideau River in Ottawa
- Moving a house from a collapsing river bank in Bangladesh
- Preparing for the annual flood on Brazil's Rio Negro
- Fishing on the edge of Victoria Falls
- Samburu people tracking elephants to locate water below a dry river bed in northern Kenya
- Plastering the mud-walled mosque of Djenné
- The living bridges of Meghalaya
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:
- Falconry in Dubai
- Elk control in Estes Park, Colorado
- Rhesus Macaque infested market in Jaipur
- Rat-catching in New York City
- Imported tropical fruits in Barcelona.
- Bedbug infestation in London
- Pigeon rearing in Fes
- Living with free-tailed bats in Austin, Texas
- Rescuing fawns in Rajasthan
- Life on a landfill dump in Mombasa
- Building the green city Masdar in Abu Dhabi
- Beekeeping in New York City
Behind the Lens: Collection of filming experiences from all habitats
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|United Kingdom||BBC One
Eden (TV channel)
|United States||Discovery Channel
Discovery en Español
|Mike Rowe (English)
Gael Garcia Bernal (Spanish)
| Latin America
|Discovery Channel||Gael Garcia Bernal
Milton Nascimento (Portuguese)
|Hong Kong||TVB Pearl||Wong He|
|Turkey||NTV Turkey||Tuncel Kurtiz|
|Israel||Channel 1 (Israel)||Kobi Meidan|
|Philippines||GMA News TV||Kara David|
|Netherlands||Omroep NTR||Carice Van Houten|
- (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
- - 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
The Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray three-disc set was released on 26 April 2011.
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- 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
- Human Planet blog
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- Daily Telegraph Review
- Human Planet on Eden