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Water

Episode 2 of 5

Professor Iain Stewart continues his epic exploration of how the planet has shaped human history. He investigates how water has influenced the rise and fall of civilizations.

Professor Iain Stewart continues his epic exploration of how the planet has shaped human history.

This time he explores our complex relationship with water. Visiting spectacular locations in Iceland, the Middle East and India, Iain shows how control over water has been central to human existence.

He takes a precarious flight in a motorised paraglider to experience the cycle of freshwater that we depend on, discovers how villagers in the foothills of the Himalayas have built a living bridge to cope with the monsoon, and visits Egypt to reveal the secret of the pharaohs' success.

Throughout history, success has depended on our ability to adapt to and control constantly shifting sources of water.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 12 Feb 2019 16:15

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Iain Stewart
Producer Annabel Gillings
Director Annabel Gillings
Executive Producer Jonathan Renouf

Broadcasts

  • Tue 26 Jan 2010 21:00
  • Tue 26 Jan 2010 22:00
  • Tue 6 Apr 2010 02:25
  • Sun 14 Nov 2010 19:30
  • Mon 15 Nov 2010 03:00
  • Tue 18 Sep 2012 19:00
  • Wed 3 Feb 2016 00:00
  • Sat 6 Feb 2016 19:00
  • Tue 12 Feb 2019 16:15