Stephen Fry to narrate History UK’s “Mankind”

The acclaimed actor and occasional factual television presenter will narrate the UK version of History's upcoming event series, Mankind: The Story of All of Us, produced by Nutopia.
October 16, 2012

Acclaimed actor, writer, and occasional factual television presenter Stephen Fry will narrate the UK version of History’s upcoming event series, Mankind: The Story of All of Us.

The 12-part series, produced by Nutopia, premieres in the UK on November 14. It will make its U.S. debut a day earlier. The American version will be narrated by actor Josh Brolin.

In the series, Nutopia uses its “mega-doc” approach, combining cinematic recreations, state-of-the-art CGI and expert commentary, to examine the history of mankind, and probe into how our species has survived against seemingly unbeatable odds.

“Just when you thought you knew it all, along comes a fantastic series, which throws a whole new and surprising light on the events that shaped our survival on this planet,” said Fry in a statement. “I’m delighted to be part of such an exciting and epic project that explores through geology, astronomy, meteorology and physics the forces of nature that have shaped the story of mankind.”

“We are delighted that Stephen Fry will be narrating Mankind: The Story of All of Us,” added Adam MacDonald, VP of programming for A+E Networks UK. “His intelligent and engaging delivery is a perfect match for the program’s storytelling.”

Mankind: The Story of All of Us will redefine history – the series takes a completely new look at who we are and where we came from,” offered Nutopia CEO Jane Root. “I believe it will fundamentally change the way we view the world forever. Who better to take viewers on this spectacular journey of exploration than the multi-talented Stephen Fry, who has a thirst for knowledge, science and discovery that is infectious and unrivaled.”

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