Human Planet Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Human Planet: Season 1 (2011)

  • Season 1 Episode 8: Cities: Surviving the Urban Jungle

    An insight into how nature has adapted to life in urban environments, where more than half the world's human population resides. In Dubai, the ancient art of falconry has offered a solution to a 21st-century problem, while in Colorado's Estes Park, the police deal with an invasion of giant elk. Raiding monkeys cause trouble for an Indian fruit seller in Jaipur, and a mother has unwelcome guests in her London home. Narrated by John Hurt

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Rivers: Friend and Foe

    The challenges and unpredictable situations faced by people living close to rivers. A man risks his life by crossing the Mekong in Laos during a flood, hoping to reach an island where he can fish for food, while two children and their father trek for nearly six days on a frozen river in the Himalayas. Elephants in Kenya help Samburu tribesmen find water, and villagers in Brazil devise an ingenious solution when the Rio Negro floods their homes

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Grasslands: The Roots of Power

    Survival techniques used by people living on grasslands, including the traditional hunters of the Dorobo tribe in Kenya, who employ a high-risk strategy to benefit from the wildebeest migration. Plus, Namibia's Jo'hansi Bushmen, who wait in hiding for five days to capture a kudu antelope, and modern-day cowboys in Australia who use helicopters to round up more than 20,000 cattle. Narrated by John Hurt

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Mountains: Life in Thin Air

    The ways in which people survive living at high altitudes, beginning on the Altai Mountains in western Mongolia, where the locals have forged an unusual hunting partnership with golden eagles. On the cliffs of the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia, a boy fights off gelada monkeys intent on stealing his family's grain, while in the Himalayan country of Nepal, the dead are fed to vultures in a rarely seen sky burial. Narrated by John Hurt

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Jungles: People of the Trees

    The ingenious survival techniques used by people who live in rainforests, home to more species of plants and animals than any other habitat on Earth. The Matis tribe of Brazil carve blow-pipes to hunt monkeys in almost total silence, while deep in the Congo forests a man scales a giant tree and contends with a swarm of bees to collect honey for his family. Three children from Venezuela's Piaroa tribe search for tarantulas for lunch, and a high-rise home is constructed in West Papua. Narrated by John Hurt

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Arctic: Life in the Deep Freeze

    The lives of people in the Arctic, an environment where little food grows, temperatures stay well below freezing for much of the year and it is dark for months on end. Amos and Karl-Frederik travel across the sea ice with their dogs to catch a Greenland shark, Inuit mussel-gatherers embark on a perilous quest to collect their food and the trick-or-treating children of Churchill, Manitoba, risk coming face to face with deadly polar bears

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Deserts: Life in the Furnace

    The challenges faced by people on an eternal quest for water in Earth's hottest, driest environments. A man in Mali battles through a sandstorm to get his cows to a remote lake, but discovers desert elephants have arrived there first. Tubu women and children navigate the dunes of the Sahara in search of an oasis, and at the height of a drought, 2,000 men rush into Antogo Lake to catch the fish trapped by the evaporating water. Narrated by John Hurt

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Oceans: Into the Blue

    Mankind's ability to survive in extreme environments, featuring visits to locations in remote corners of the globe to see how people have adapted to their surroundings. The first episode focuses on the ingenuity of humans to survive in marine conditions, and provides an insight into the different techniques used by subsistence whalers in Indonesia, fishermen in northern Spain, Brazil and the Philippines, and the Bajau Laut sea gypsies, whose methods include hunting underwater using spears. Narrated by John Hurt

Human Planet: Special (2011)

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