About the series

Natural born survivors...

Humans are the ultimate animals – the most successful species on the planet.

From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive in the harshest environments imaginable.

We’ve done this by harnessing our immense courage and ingenuity, learning to live with and utilise the other creatures that share these wild places.

Human Planet weaves together 80 stories, many never told before on television, set to a globally-influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney.

Each episode focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity.

Finally we visit the urban jungle, where most of us now live, and discover why the connection between humanity and nature in our cities is the most vital of all.


Human Planet - John Hurt

John Hurt

John Hurt is an English actor and is well known for his leading roles as John Merrick in The Elephant Man (1980), Winston Smith in Ninteen Eighty-Four (1984) and more recently, in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His character's final scene in Alien (1979) is consistently named as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.

He has enjoyed a successful voice acting career, starring in films like Watership Down (1999-2000) and Dogville (2003). He's also enjoyed many television appearances, including a portrayal of the War Doctor in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special.

John is one of Britain's best-known and most prolific actors, and his versatility has rewarded him with a career spanning six decades.

He was awarded a CBE in 2004 and among other honours, he has received to date two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, and four BAFTA Awards, with the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement recognition.