Human Planet

From the makers of PLANET EARTH and LIFE, comes an all-new series that looks at the most astounding and adaptable species of all: humans.

Spend Christmas day with Discovery World HD from 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT to Midnight ET/11 p.m. PT for a six-hour marathon of HUMAN PLANET. From oceans and jungles, to deserts and mountains, this awe-inspiring six-part BBC series is the perfect opportunity to try out those freshly unwrapped HD televisions.

This majestic portrait of people’s incredible ability to survive and thrive in the planet’s most extreme environments is the most breathtaking gift of this holiday season.

Four years in the making, HUMAN PLANET tells the story of the complex, profound and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. The series was filmed in high definition in more than 70 locations to capture the most diverse – and in some cases never-before-seen – stories of human endeavor. From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, and from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive in the harshest environments possible. 

Each hour of HUMAN PLANET is tied to life in a particular habitat, exploring remote valleys, treacherous cliffs, flooding monsoon rains and even the urban jungle.

Wade in “Rivers and Oceans” (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT), to learn of humans’ ability to adapt to an aquatic life, reaping the bounties as well as heeding the treacherous and often unpredictable waters.

Trek through the “Mountains” (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT), where survival on these peaks tests human ingenuity, and people have devised modes of transportation across the most inaccessible terrain and learned how to “read” avalanches.

Feel the chill of the “Arctic” (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), where at 40 degrees below zero, four million people have devised ways to survive these seemingly inhospitable conditions, using nature to their own advantage.

Hike through “Grasslands and Jungles” (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), where calling the grasslands home means sharing the terrain with some of the greatest land predators in a wildlife battleground.

Sweat the heat in “Deserts” (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), where a few days without water can be fatal, but humans are surviving by learning how to use nature to find water – including following the pattern of the stars and the shapes of sand dunes.

Finally, follow “Life at the Extremes” (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT), from the remote mountains of Mongolia, where the Kazakh people teach golden eagles to do their hunting for them; to southern Kenya, where the Dorobo hunters use teamwork and intimidation to regularly steal meat from under the noses of wild lions.

Faced with a growing number of natural threats, humans adapt to the modern world – and this November, Discovery World HD investigates how.

Our ability to adapt and improve is detailed in the history of FILTHY CITIES (Nov. 17). Huge leaps in technology, medicine and genetics that a key to the survival of the population are reviewed in STEPHEN HAWKING’S BRAVE NEW WORLD (Nov. 19).

Then, the critically-acclaimed BBC series HUMAN PLANET (Nov. 19) offers an awe-inspiring view of the Earth and peoples’ ability to survive in diverse and breathtaking extremes.


November programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:





Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning Nov. 17

Dan Snow shares the filthy histories of the world’s greatest cities in an immersive three-part series that brings to life the stinking histories of London, New York and Paris. Snow shows how these modern capitals, forged in the dirt of the past, emerged to become the iconic modern metropolises known today. He steps into the shoes of professionals such as the medieval muck-raker responsible for clearing tonnes of excrement from London streets;  the pig handler helping to clear the New York streets of waste;  and the Parisian undertaker, battling to cope with the human cost of a bloody revolution.



Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning Nov. 19

Huge leaps in technology, medicine and genetics, and the challenges of sustaining seven billion people have created an unprecedented age of experimentation and discovery which scientists are embracing with a new urgency. In this five-part series, a team of expert presenters travel the globe in search of the most amazing inventions and discoveries set to become so incredibly beneficial it will soon be impossible to imagine life without them.



Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Nov. 19

HUMAN PLANET is an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series from BBC that marvels at mankind’s incredible relationship with nature in the world today. Unique to the animal kingdom, humans have managed to adapt and thrive in every environment on Earth. This six-part series goes to the extremes of the planet – the arctic, mountains, oceans, jungles, grasslands, deserts, rivers and even the urban jungle – to meet people who survive by building complex, exciting and often mutually beneficial relationships with their animal neighbours and the hostile elements of the natural world.