New show: Human Planet

Ready for an epic television event? In the same vein as Planet Earth and Life, Discovery will be airing Human Planet, a six-part series that was co-produced by Discovery and BBC. Shot in more than 70 locations over the course of four years, it looks at mankind’s incredible relationship with nature and how people have braved the elements, overcome obstacles, and found creative ways to survive on our planet. (See the end of this post for a thrilling preview.)

Each episode promises to take you to the planet’s extremes, through the arctic, mountains, oceans, jungles and more. Best part? Human Planet will bring stories that have never been told on television before.

Timothy Allen was the photographer for Human Planet and spent two years shadowing BBC’s film crews during the production of the landmark television series. On behalf of BBC, he put together a photography blog where he chronicled his journey and showed some of the most spectacular photos from the trip. (See a collection of my favorites below.)

“It’s been an amazing experience and one that has brought me into contact with our incredibly diverse species across almost every inhabitable environment on the planet,” he says.” I’m sure you won’t be too surprised to learn that I can report back that human beings are the same the world over… individuals dealing with their own versions of personal struggles to secure food, find a mate, put a roof over their heads and protect their offspring. I’m also sure that you won’t be too shocked to discover that no matter where I went in the world, doors were opened to me, food was shared with me, knowledge was exchanged freely and help was offered unconditionally.”

Watch Human Planet in the US from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on three consecutive Sundays this Spring: April 10, 17 and 24. (Those in the UK were lucky enough to see this in January and February.)

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