Man On Earth

Monday, December 28 on 4

In this final programme, Tony Robinson examines societies that not only survived climate change, but flourished. Peru’s Hauri people embraced a savage drought, developed advanced techniques of water management and founded a great empire. In Europe, Tony learns how a mini-Ice Age triggered the Black Death; but rather than cripple medieval Europe it launched a period of unprecedented progression. The Industrial Revolution and globalisation were hastened by the benefits of a stable climate, but Tony also learns how this stability appears to be ending, bringing an unprecedented new threat to human societies.
An interview with Tony Robinson is available on the press website at Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ December.

Monday, December 21 on 4

Tony Robinson picks through the ruins of three great civilisations from the last 2,000 years to ask what made them more vulnerable to climate catastrophe than the ones that survived. He investigates how decades-long drought brought the advanced Mayan civilisation to an apocalyptic end. Dr Joy Singarayer travels to Greenland to discover how a mini-Ice Age wiped out the “advanced” Vikings, while their “savage” Inuit neighbours adapted to stay alive. In the deserts of America’s southwest Dr Jago Cooper investigates the climate crisis that made the Puebloan inhabitants of extraordinary cliff cities homeless 750 years ago.
An interview with Tony Robinson is available on the press website at Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ December.

Monday, December 14 on 4

Tony Robinson continues his journey to some of the world’s most important and intriguing archaeological sites to find out what happened to our ancestors when violent climate change turned their worlds upside down. Tony traces how global warming at the end of the last Ice Age was the catalyst for the dawn of civilisation, but also unleashed devastation. Twelve thousand years ago our planet emerged from the last great Ice Age, with temperatures rising by five degrees in just a few decades. After 190,000 years living as nomadic hunter-gatherers, our ancestors were forced to change with the world around them.

Monday, December 7 on 4

In this major new four-part series, Tony Robinson travels back through 200,000 years of human history to find out what happened to our ancestors when violent climate change turned their world upside down. While some civilisations flourished, others were destroyed. Using CGI effects and stunning imagery, this series illustrates how climate has shaped human history from the beginning. And Tony asks what our society can learn as we face our own climate crisis today, seeking answers at some of the world’s most important archaeological sites, and speaking to leading archaeologists, historians and climate scientists.
An interview with Tony Robinson will be available from Thursday 19th November on the press website at Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ December.

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