Human Planet: Life at the Extremes (Discovery Channel/Timothy Allen/BBC)
“Human Planet” is here. The six-part series, that took four years to create, captures the story of “us” in high-definition from over 70 locations and highlights some of the most diverse, and, in a couple of incidences, never-before-seen stories of humans thriving in extreme environments.
Follow women and their children who cross the central Sahara daily to trade dates and collect water from a well – one that is hidden daily by the shifting sands. Learn about the Inuits of Northeast Canada who rely on extreme tides to harvest mussels. (If they don’t get back to the surface before the tide returns, they’ll drown or be crushed by the sea ice.) Discover the Korowai people of West Papua who live 10 stories above land in wooden tree houses. The higher the house, the higher the status.
If the cinematography feels familiar, that’s because the makers of “Human Planet” also created “ Planet Earth ” and “ Life .” (Available on Netflix, DVD only.) From the jungles to the artic, the first five episodes in the series are dedicated to a particular habitat. The sixth installment, “Life at the Extremes,” shares the most amazing stories of the series.
Set your DVR for April 10, 17 and 24 (8-10pm ET/PT) and make time for family nights because this will be an incredible visual explosion of the curious, challenging and, often, profound relationship between humankind and nature. This is education combined with entertainment at its eye-candy best.