Discovery announces U.S. debut of “Human Planet”

The BBC/Discovery Channel copro, four years in the making, turns its lens on humanity and its relationship with nature.
March 10, 2011

(Photo: Discovery Channel/Timothy Allen/BBC 2010)

Discovery Channel has announced the U.S. air dates for its long-awaited Human Planet series.

The six-part, BBC/Discovery copro makes its American debut via Discovery on April 10, with subsequent airings on April 17 and 24. Two episodes will air each night, from 8 to 10pm EST.

The series, four years in the making, explores the relationship between humanity and nature. It was filmed in more than 70 locations around the world, in high definition. Each hour of the series focuses on a particular habitat: the Arctic, rivers and oceans, mountains, grasslands and jungles, and deserts. The sixth episode, “Life at the Extremes,” will highlight various stories from the series.

“Throughout the series, viewers will be transported to some of the most stunning locations on Earth to bear witness to intensely captivating stories of human perseverance and survival,” said Discovery Channel president and GM Clark Bunting in a statement.

In March of last year, Andrew Jackson, head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, expressed great excitement about the series in an interview with realscreen. “We’ve spent years ignoring the one animal on the planet which is probably the most successful,” he said. “[Humans] are on the edge of every contact with the natural world and yet we haven’t looked at us.”

Brian Leith is executive producer for the BBC and Dale Templar is series producer. Alan Eyres is executive producer for Discovery Channel.

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