Andrew Marr's History Of The World

Ep 1/8

Sunday 23 September



In the opening episode of a major new eight-part series, Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through the explosive events, changes, conflicts and triumphs that shaped 70,000 years of human history. From 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 handprints left in European caves nearly 30,000 years ago and shows how human ingenuity led to brilliant inventions that are still with us today. Marr discovers how the first civilisations were driven to extremes to try to overcome the forces of nature. And he reveals how day-to-day life in ancient Egypt had more in common with today’s soap operas than might be imagined. It’s all part of an incredible human story about adapting and surviving – against the odds.

From our origins in Africa, global colonization and battles with nature to the first farmers and the emergence of religion and philosophy; from the rise of empires, brutal wars, revolutions in blood and iron to astonishing discoveries and the wonders of the digital age, Marr charts the major turning points, decisive moments and pivotal questions – questions with which we’re still grappling now.

“We can’t hope to know all of the human story, but it does help to have the big picture because it’s really the story of who we are now,” says Marr. “We've been brilliantly clever at reshaping the world around us – almost as clever as we think we are – though not perhaps as wise. There will be challenges, triumphs and surprises – all the essentials of the story, except, of course, how it ends…”

With spectacular images, compelling characters and incisive narration, this is an epic journey through human history and the story of the world we live in today, featuring dramatic reconstruction, documentary filming around the world and cutting-edge computer graphics.