The Human Body (TV series)
|The Human Body|
|Also known as||Intimate Universe: The Human Body|
|Presented by||Robert Winston|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||Alan Bookbinder
The Learning Channel
|Original channel||BBC One|
The Human Body is a seven-part documentary series, first shown on 20 May 1998 on BBC One and presented by medical scientist Robert Winston. A co-production between the BBC and The Learning Channel, the series looks at the mechanics and emotions of the human body from birth to death.
Described as the BBC's "first major TV series on human biology", it took over two years to make and aimed to be the definitive set of programmes on the human body. The series was produced by Richard Dale and presented by Professor Robert Winston, a fertility expert.
The series used a variety of different techniques to present the topics being discussed, including endoscopes and computer graphics for internal shots, time-lapse photography to show the growth of hair and nails, magnetic resonance imaging and scanning electron microscopy.
- "Life Story" – Every second, a world of miraculous microscopic events take place within the body.
- "An Everyday Miracle" – The drama of conception activates the most sophisticated life support machine on earth.
- "First Steps" – In four years, the new-born child learns every survival skill.
- "Raging Teens" – The hormone-driven roller-coaster otherwise known as adolescence!
- "Brain Power" – The adult human brain is the most complicated - and mysterious - object in the universe. In this episode, Winston deliberately intoxicates himself in a restaurant to show the effects alcohol has on the brain.
- "As Time Goes By" – is far more complex - and fascinating - than mere decline.
- "The End of Life" – Even in death, the body reveals remarkable secrets.
Episodes directed by: Richard Dale, Emma De'ath, Andrew Thompson, Peter Georgi, Christopher Spencer, Liesel Evans, John Groom
The series gained 6.3 million viewers and an audience share of 38%.
|Year||Award||Result||Category / Comments|
|1998||British Academy Television Awards||Won||Best Factual Series (Richard Dale)|
|Won||Originality (Richard Dale)|
|Won||Best Graphic Design (Tim Goodchild, David Haith)|
|Nominated||Best Photography (Factual) (Chris Hartley, David Barlow, Tim Shepherd, Rob Franklin)|
|Nominated||Best Sound (Factual)|
|Royal Television Society Awards||Won||Best Graphic Design – Programme Content Sequences (Tim Goodchild, David Haith)|
|Won||Best Lighting, Photogtaphy & Camera - Photography Documentary/Factual (Chris Hartley, David Barlow, Tim Shepherd, Rob Franklin)|
|Won||Best Visual Effects (Tim Goodchild, David Barlow, Tim Shepherd, Steve Bowman)|
|Won||Craft and Design Innovation|
|National Television Awards||Nominated||Most Popular Documentary Series|
|George Foster Peabody Awards||Won||"Never needlessly technical and always witty, energetic, and innovative, The Human Body takes us on an incredible voyage, and for so doing, is deserving of the Peabody Award."|
|1999||International Monitor Awards||Won||Documentaries – Director (Christopher Spencer for "The End of Life")|
|San Francisco International Film Festival Silver Spire||Won||Television – Science and Nature (Alan Bookbinder, Lorraine Heggessey, Richard Dale, Christopher Spencer for "The End of Life")|
|International Documentary Association Awards||Nominated||Limited Series (Sandra Gregory, Richard Dale)|
A DVD of the series was released in July 2001 and includes a 50-minute feature on The Making of the Human Body - A final overview that reveals the techniques and developments that made the series possible.
Author: Anthony Smith. The Human Body (book) takes the reader beyond bodily anatomy and function to more philosophical questions (e.g. why do our bodies break down during old age? Why does the female outlive her ability to reproduce?). According to one review, "Smith transcends anatomical trivia to record our bodies' powerful tale with empathy and clarity."
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