Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history. Using dramatic reconstructions, documentary filming around the world and cutting-edge computer graphics, he reveals the decisive moments that shaped the world we live in today, telling stories we thought we knew and others we were never told.
Starting with our earliest beginnings in Africa, Marr traces the story of our nomadic ancestors as they spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers and townspeople. He uncovers extraordinary hand-prints left in European caves nearly 30,000 years ago and shows how human ingenuity led to inventions which are still with us today. He also discovers how the first civilisations were driven to extremes to try to overcome the forces of nature, adapting and surviving against the odds, and reveals how everyday life in ancient Egypt had more in common with today's soap operas than might be imagined.Survival
1/8 How the earliest humans spread around the world, adapting and surviving against the odds
Age of Empire
2/8 The story of the first empires which laid the foundations for the modern world.
The Word and the Sword
3/8 Charting the spiritual revolutions that shook the world between 300 BC and 700 AD.
Into the Light
4/8 Andrew reaches the Middle Ages, when Vikings explored and pillaged.
Age of Plunder
5/8 Andrew tells the story of Europe's rise from piracy to private enterprise.
6/8 Andrew explores a time when people worldwide rose up in the name of freedom and equality.
Age of Industry
7/8 Andrew Marr tells how Britain's Industrial Revolution created the modern world.
Age of Extremes
8/8 Andrew Marr brings the story of human civilisation up to date with the twentieth century.