Video Spotlight: Human Planet

  • Paul Tavner
  • 6 November 2011

The BBC has been producing outstanding television programming for the better part of a century. While perhaps best known for its news coverage, the corporation’s work in supporting the development of comedy, drama and film, both within the UK and internationally, has also been exemplary.

However, it is the BBC’s work in the field of documentary films that has, perhaps, been most impressive of all. With such luminaries as Sir David Attenborough acting as long-time contributors, the organisation has to be recognised as one of the greatest – and most loved – producers of documentaries of all time.

Human Planet, which originally screened in the UK in January 2011, was another worthy contribution to the BBC’s documentary legacy. The eight-part series focused on examining what it refers to as “the most remarkable species of all” – humankind.

When compared to other species on the planet, humans are truly unique. The sheer range of habitats and environments in which we’re able to make ourselves at home is extraordinary. We have adapted to life in some of the world’s harshest environments.

Human diversity is unrivalled. We differ so greatly and yet, ultimately, we are all driven by the same basic necessities and requirements. Human Planet reminds us to appreciate what makes us unique, but to also recognise what binds us together.

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Paul Tavner

Born and raised in the heart of the British countryside, Paul has lived and worked in London for the last four years. He loves most things about city life, but tries to make regular escapes on travel adventures to maintain his sanity. Paul is Techie-in-chief of the Travel Word and tries his best to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.
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