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Human Planet is the first natural history documentary series to turn the camera on ourselves, the human species. Taking the same approach as Planet Earth, it will explain how human beings have learnt to live on every habitat, from our origins in the Jungle to our domination of Grasslands to the Desert, Ocean, Rivers, the creation of our own environment, Urban, and the challenges of the Arctic mountains. But this is also a story about how we have learnt to adapt to the most inhospitable landscapes and work in partnership with other animal species.
From the Bajau sea gypsies to the Korowai tribe of West Papau who live in treehouses, the honey birds in Kenya that lead the Masai people to honey, the men who fish with dolphins in Brazil and the Papuan tribesmen who mimic the courtship dances of the birds of paradise, this is the remarkable story of our relationship with nature.
Brian Leith is an executive producer in the BBC. He has worked in wildlife and environment film-making for more than 20 years, in the BBC Natural History Unit, as a director of Scorer Associates and as Head of Granada Wild. BBC series he has had responsibility for include Ganges, Wild China and Nature’s Great Events. Brian’s award-winning films include Congo, The Cultured Ape and The Wolf That Changed America, and he has also presented many programmes for Radio 4.
Dale Templar was the series producer of Human Planet. Now in the BBC Natural History Unit, she has worked over the past 20 years in the News and Current Affairs, Science and Documentary departments, on series such as the The Money Programme, Vet Safari and Pacific Abyss. She specialized in filming in remote locations with humans and wildlife and has travelled to more than 50 countries in the process.
About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au.