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How Earth Made Us

Ratings: 7.25/10 from 36 users.

How Earth Made UsThe incredible story of the natural forces that have shaped our history presented by Professor Iain Stewart. Our planet has amazing power, and yet that's rarely mentioned in our history books.

This series tells the story of how the Earth has influenced human history, from the dawn of civilization to the modern industrial age. It reveals for the first time on television how geology, geography and climate have been a far more powerful influence on the human story than has previously been acknowledged.

A combination of epic story telling, visually stunning camera-work, extraordinary locations and passionate presenting combine to form a highly original version of human history.

1. Deep Earth. In this first episode, Iain explores the relationship between the deep Earth and the development of human civilization. He visits an extraordinary crystal cave in Mexico, drops down a hole in the Iranian desert and crawls through seven-thousand-year-old tunnels in Israel.

2. Water. Visiting spectacular locations in Iceland, the Middle East and India, Iain shows how control over water has been central to human existence.

3. Wind. Iain sets sail on one of the fastest racing boats ever built to explore the story of our turbulent relationship with the wind. Traveling to iconic locations including the Sahara desert, the coast of West Africa and the South Pacific, Iain discovers how people have exploited the power of the wind for thousands of years.

4. Fire. Iain explores man's relationship with fire. He begins by embarking on an extraordinary encounter with this terrifying force of nature - a walk right through the heart of a raging fire.

5. Human Planet. He explores the most recently established force, humans. It's easy to think of the human impact on the planet as a negative one, but as Iain discovers, this isn't always the case.

32 Comments / User Reviews

    Gary V
  1. Gary V

    Another very good series of docs, it's great to watch them again. Thanks Vlatko.
    * They are not in the right order. *

  2. Vlatko
  3. Vlatko

    Yes they are in the right order, @G4RY.

  4. Gary V
  5. Gary V

    No they go 2/5, 1/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5
    1 & 2 are the wrong way round, it does not spoil the viewing though.

  6. Gary V
  7. Gary V

    Yes you are right, sorry I do apologise. Thank you for all you hard work on this superb website.

  8. Jack1952
  9. Jack1952

    Insightful comments for far. LOL. Actually, this is a great doc. Really enjoyed them. That is my insightful comment.

  10. Keri-Anne Nichols
  11. Keri-Anne Nichols

    Excellent doc! Thank you for posting this, it was extremely informative!

  12. Robert Fairhurst
  13. Robert Fairhurst

    BBC does it again, superb. No other TV channel could do what BBC does and it continues to amaze

  14. Alex Boivin-Scott
  15. Alex Boivin-Scott

    absolutely amazing, even if im not interested in the subject ill watch it cause its bbc. but the fact that they make tons of extremely interesting docs is just amazing. mad props to bbc, f*** nat-geo. lol :P thanks alot also to vlatko for making this site, your amazing.

  16. delhibiguy
  17. delhibiguy

    As an Indian now living in LA I found the episode on "Water" to be fascinating

  18. machine
  19. machine

    The idea farming stopped another ice age is complete nonsense. We had just come out of an ice age when we started farming.

  20. Matthew D'Ambrosio
  21. Matthew D'Ambrosio

    Truly an amazing documentary. I found it showed a different variety of places to explore rather than the usual locations filmed in nature documentaries.

  22. Jonathan Kattner
  23. Jonathan Kattner

    five stars

  24. Gary V
  25. Gary V

    A very good doc, I watched this a few months ago on TV & it is definitely worth watching again.

  26. Magsarella
  27. Magsarella

    Awesome doc, I find it somewhat sad (yet hopeful) that many of the magnificent places he's traveling to are now in the throes of civil war and the fight for democracy.


    absolutely amazing video.Really interesting documentary.thanks for sharing this!!!!

  30. Kristoffer Lindstrøm
  31. Kristoffer Lindstrøm

    Be aware the playlist starts with part 2 not 1 ^^

  32. Blah
  33. Blah

    Yea way to note how this changed the destiny of European people while never mentioning the effect it had on Africans.

  34. smugg
  35. smugg

    so much stuff going on under this thin layer of gasses...

  36. smugg
  37. smugg

    u gotta love that scot accent

  38. ariana dick
  39. ariana dick

    very intresting.

  40. Rob Burgin
  41. Rob Burgin

    because we arent african

  42. Epicurus
  43. Epicurus

    actually everyones ancestors originated in Africa.

  44. Santhosh Sundaram
  45. Santhosh Sundaram

    well this is apart from the topic..can someone please tell me what song is it they use in the beginning of the episode..!?

  46. Mateus Pimentel Brajão
  47. Mateus Pimentel Brajão

    He ends the "Deep Earth" program saying that the next one will be about "Wind", so it seems that actually there's something wrong with the order on the playlist...

  48. Mateus Pimentel Brajão
  49. Mateus Pimentel Brajão

    Yeah, the playlist is wrong and the IMDb website too. You just gotta see the end of each episode and you'll figure it out.

  50. PauletteNYC
  51. PauletteNYC

    Great documentary, very informative. And yes it's out of order. The first video in the series is actually the second one. If you hover over the second one you'll see it'll say: 1/5 Water.

  52. Jose Rodrigo Morales Moscoso
  53. Jose Rodrigo Morales Moscoso

    This is probably the best documentary I have ever seen in my life. Even the script is very well written, tying each paragraph to the thesis that water, earth, air or fire shaped civilizations. 10 out of 10, without a doubt.

  54. Therdpun Klinjun
  55. Therdpun Klinjun

    Love Prof. Ian's works

  56. john furniss
  57. john furniss

    i most liked the one on fire.our currency is actually carbon, not the silly trading sytems that have recently come to the fore but from organic matter that sustains us through to the fuel we use every where

  58. Maria GA
  59. Maria GA

    Kudos to Prof. Iain Stewart for a heartfelt account of the awesome wonder of Earth.

  60. Mac McG
  61. Mac McG

    IS this guy bathing in crude oil??? Doesn't this i*iot know about carcinogens???!!! Doesn't he know crude oil is FULL of them??!!!

  62. Kevin
  63. Kevin

    I think the researchers got the point vs sickle backwards in the water episode. Anyone else?

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