Using dramatic reconstructions, documentary filming around the world and cutting-edge computer graphics, this eight-part series reveals the decisive moments that shaped the world we live in today – telling stories we thought we knew and others we were never told.
Starting with our earliest beginnings in Africa, Andrew Marr traces the story of our nomadic ancestors as they spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers and townspeople. He uncovers extraordinary hand-prints left in European caves nearly 30,000 years ago, and shows how human ingenuity led to inventions that are still with us today.
Dr Aarón Alzola Romero, Dr Colin Chant, Dr Rachel Gibbons, Dr Annika Mombauer, Prof Phil Perkins and Dr Chris Williams were the academic consultants on the series for The Open University.
Dig deeper with OpenLearn: Find out more about the history of humanity with a specially developed resource featuring Andrew Marr.
And, when historians and archaeologists tell us about what happened hundreds, thousands or even millions of years ago, do you ever find yourself wondering, but how do they know that? To find out more, order your free booklet that explores how the past is revealed.