Earth: The Biography (working title) on BBC Two

The epic story of our planet Earth is to be told in a new landmark series for BBC Two.

Earth: The Biography (working title) will use spectacular images, strong science content and compelling narration to tell the story of our planet from its birth 4.6 billion years ago. The series highlights the major events which have shaped the Earth’s history and allowed life to flourish.

Presented by Dr Iain Stewart (Journeys From The Centre Of The Earth and Journeys Into The Ring Of Fire), each episode will reveal a different force critical to the development of Earth including volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice.

The series follows Dr Stewart’s personal journey to some of the most remote places on the planet.

From abseiling down into a lava lake in Ethiopia to cave diving in the underwater caverns left by the impact of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs. He’ll discover how volcanoes saved the planet, how a rainstorm lasted for thousands of years, and how the Mediterranean Sea once dried up.

Each individual film highlights the delicate balance of life on Earth, and how its incredible history has been the story of disaster and recovery.

Phil Dolling, Executive Producer, said: “The series will be a fascinating history of the living planet and how all its incredible systems work together to maintain our rare and extraordinary world.

“This is the story of Earth and how, even if humankind may not last forever, our planet is a born survivor.”

Earth: The Biography (working title) is a BBC in-house production commissioned by Emma Swain. The five-part series is due to be broadcast on BBC Two late 2007.

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