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Series exploring the wonders of the human body. Using spectacular graphics based on real images and the latest scientific research, Michael Mosley takes viewers on a voyage through the workings of the inner human universe. Travelling through the body, tiny clusters of hairs loom as large as a forest and hidden chambers of the heart rise up like a vast cathedral. To illustrate the surprising ways bodies work, the series also tells the stories of remarkable people from around the world who have pushed theirs to the absolute limit. From the moment of creation to our last breath, the series reveals the human body's ability to amaze and delight.

Mosley tells the story of human biological creation. He brings to life surprising medical research, revealing the improbable sequence of events that lead to birth. State-of-the-art graphics follow millions of sperm on their dangerous race towards the egg, revealing the ingenious ways that a woman's body selects the best; illustrate a body begining to self-assemble; and, in a television first, show a human face coming together. The programme follows the progress of a couple who are expecting triplets, from the 4D scan when they first come face-to-face with their babies to the dramatic finale of birth. Plus, meet a woman expecting her 16th baby and the oldest conjoined twins in the world.

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  • Michael Mosley on Inside The Human Body

    Michael Mosley on Inside The Human Body

    "It's a series I greatly enjoyed making, partly because of the people in it like Gerald, partly because I learnt so much about the workings of my own body."

    Read and comment on Michael's post on the BBC TV blog
  • Press Red to learn about the making of the series

    Press Red to learn about the making of the series

    Produced as an accompaniment to the linear "Inside the Human Body" programme, this is the fascinating story of how the production team behind the 4-part series brought together the latest scientific research and the most innovative computer technology to create never-before-seen worlds for this BBC One landmark series.

    In the first episode 'Creation', the team reveal how they brought to life some extraordinary scientific revelations, including the spectacular ‘firework display’ that was set off at the moment of your conception, and how they used scans of a developing foetus to produce a unique animation which shows how your face self-assembled in the womb.

    Press Red after each programme
    Thu 5th May, 9:55pm-4:00am

    Watch The Making of Inside the Human Body: Creation
  • How do our faces develop in the womb?

    How do our faces develop in the womb?

    Using extraordinary CGI, Michael Mosley talks about how our faces fit together like a puzzle.

    Watch a clip from episode one - Creation
  • Web exclusive - The Index Finger Testosterone Test

    Web exclusive - The Index Finger Testosterone Test

    Find out how you can tell if you were exposed to high levels of testosterone in the womb, and what effect this has on our outlook on life.

    Watch this exclusive clip
  • Web exclusive - The Sperm Production line

    Web exclusive - The Sperm Production line

    The average man produces 100 million sperm per testicle per day, yet each sperm takes around 70 days to develop.

    Watch this exclusive clip of sperm production
  • Presenter Michael Mosley in action

    Presenter Michael Mosley in action

    Presenter Michael Mosley talks about how our faces are formed. This sequence was filmed at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London.

    During the programme Michael also filmed at the Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 and the Pathfinder Ostrich Farm, Chesham Bucks.

    Learn more about the National Portrait Gallery
  • Dianne's Triplets

    Dianne's Triplets

    Dianne and Mike from Leeds were expecting triplets and gave birth to Thomas, James and Olivia. A pregnant Dianne was filmed doing yoga with Mike at Primrose Hill, London, NW3. The couple had a 4D scan at The London Ultrasound Centre, 46 Wimpole Street, London.

    Dianne was later filmed giving birth at Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds.

    Find out more about the London Ultrasound Centre
  • The Cason Family

    The Cason Family

    Dave and Christi Cason from Los Angeles, USA, gave birth to their 16th child in September 2010. Their oldest child is 21 years old.

  • Diving Twins

    Diving Twins

    Identical Diving Twins Helen and Carol Galashan are hoping to compete at the London 2012 Olympics. They were filmed at John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ.

    Watch the twins in action in our series trail
  • Conjoined twins

    Conjoined twins

    Conjoined Twins Ronnie and Donnie were born in Dayton, Ohio in 1951 making them the world’s oldest conjoined twins at 59. They were filmed at the Dayton Dragons Baseball stadium.

    Dayton Dragon's Baseball Team
  • Cleft Palette Operations in India

    Cleft Palette Operations in India

    Surgeon Per Hall performs a cleft palate operation in India, organised by the charity ‘Operation Smile’. This was filmed at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital, Pan-Bazar, Guwahati, 781001, Assam, India.

    Learn more about Operation Smile
  • Giving birth in Rwanda

    Giving birth in Rwanda

    Nikuze gave birth at the Community Health Center at Ruhuha in the Eastern Province district of Bugasera, Rwanda.

  • BBC Health

    BBC Health

    Get the facts on a range of physical and emotional health issues, plus advice on health treatments and further support.

    Visit the BBC Health site


Michael Mosley
Michael Mosley
Nat Sharman
Nat Sharman
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen


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