How The Earth Made Us

8:30pm Friday, July 29 on Prime

Documentary

Human Planet

So far, the series has looked at how four geological forces have shaped human history. In tonight’s series final we explore a completely new force; humans. It’s easy to think of our impact on the planet as a negative one, but as we discover, this isn’t always the case. But it is clear that today we have unprecedented control over many of the planet’s geological cycles. The question is how will we use this power?

8:35pm Friday, July 1 on Prime

Documentary Series

Water

In the second episode of How The Earth Made Us we explore our complex relationship with water. Visiting spectacular locations in Iceland, the Middle East and India, we look at how control over water has been central to human existence. We take a precarious flight in a motorised paraglider to experience the cycle of freshwater that we depend on, discover how villagers in the foothills of the Himalayas have built a living bridge to cope with the monsoon, and visit Egypt to reveal the secret of the Pharaohs’ success. Throughout history, success has depended on our ability to adapt to and control constantly shifting sources of water.