New series Mankind: the Story of All of Us premieres on History

Mankind: The Story of All of Us is an epic 12-hour television event about the greatest adventure of all time: the history of the human race.

It takes 10 billion years for the ideal planet to form, and 3 billion more for the right conditions to emerge before mankind begins. From there unfolds a fast-paced story told through key turning points, stepping stones in a journey from hunter-gatherer to global citizen.

Mankind: The Story of All of Us is the first television series in a generation to tackle the history of the human race through the ages, including the ice age, the advent of farming, the sacking of Rome, the discovery of the New World, the fall of the Aztec empire and the Industrial Revolution. Embracing groundbreaking storytelling methods, it features jaw-dropping imagery and dramatic reconstructions of the most critical events in human history.
Episode 1 – Inventors (2 hours)

On a unique planet, a unique species takes its first steps. Threatened by extinction, humans innovate to survive: discovering fire and farming; building cities and pyramids; inventing trade; and mastering the art of war. From humble beginnings, humans become the dominant creature on the planet.

A mysterious band of pirates plunders the Mediterranean coast, leaving destruction in its wake. Empires fall, but out of the chaos, humans discover iron. Armed with this wonder metal, ordinary people can overthrow tyrants and build a new world order. From the birth of democracy in Athens, to the creation of the Bible in Babylon, people power reshapes Mankind.

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