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The First 8 Weeks

Michael Mosley presents the story of how you were made, in a series produced in partnership with The Open University. Episode one looks at our first eight weeks.

100 trillion cells. 280 days. One human life. The person you are was decided before you were even born. The way you smile, the environments you thrive in, the colour of your children's eyes - from the moment you're conceived to the moment you're born, each critical event in the womb can change your life forever. And the clock is ticking.

In episode one, Michael Mosley tells the story of our first eight weeks - the most perilous time in the womb. This is when everything about who we are hangs in the balance - when the layout of our organs is determined, when our heart makes its first beat, and when the length of our lives could be decided. Told through a series of surprising, moving and inspirational human stories, we discover how the journey to becoming a human being is a rollercoaster ride where anything can - and does - happen.

Produced in partnership with The Open University.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 14 Oct 2015 02:45

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • T.I.

    Live your life (feat. Rihanna)

  • Kanye West


  • Pérez

    Que Rico Mambo

  • Gustavo Santaolalla


  • Gustavo Santaolalla



Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Mosley
Executive Producer Helen Thomas
Executive Producer Jonathan Renouf
Series Producer Gideon Bradshaw
Director Naomi Austin
Assistant Producer David Barker
Participant The Open University


  • Mon 14 Sep 2015 21:00
  • Wed 16 Sep 2015 23:15
  • Wed 16 Sep 2015 23:45
  • Wed 14 Oct 2015 02:45

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