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Tony Robinson presents this spectacular five-part series investigating the history of natural disasters, from the planet's beginnings to the present day

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Tony Robinson presents this spectacular five-part series investigating the history of natural disasters, from the planet's beginnings to the present day

Series 1 Summary

This spectacular five-part series, presented by Tony Robinson, investigates the history of natural disasters, from the planet's beginnings to the present, putting a new perspective on our existence and suggesting that we are the product of catastrophe.

  • Hot rocks form into a planet

    Episode 1 - Birth of the Planet

    The first programme tells the story of Earth's difficult birth, and how the formation of our moon set us on a unique course to being a planet ripe for life. Glowing peacefully in the night sky, it is difficult to imagine that the moon was actually born from one of the most violent and potentially devastating events in history. Four and half billion years ago, in the chaos of the early solar system, a Mars-sized planet smashed into our young Earth with such force that it sent rock debris hurtling out into space. This was how the moon was formed. The first film of the Catastrophe series explores the role of the moon in creating the calm atmosphere on Earth that would eventually allow life to take hold.

  • Tony Robinson in an ice age simulation

    Episode 2 - Snowball Earth

    Tony Robinson uncovers the story behind one of the most controversial theories in science: that 650 million years ago a cataclysmic ice age sealed the entire planet beneath ice.

  • The hot Earth cools

    Episode 3 - Planet of Fire

    Two hundred and fifty million years ago, 95% of life was wiped off the face of the Earth in the biggest extinction event ever. But what was responsible?

  • A huge asteroid crashes into Earth

    Episode 4 - Asteroid Strike

    The programme charts the discovery of the giant crater in Mexico which experts believe proves that an asteroid struck earth 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs.

  • Civilisation begins on Earth

    Episode 5 - Survival Earth

    Tony Robinson explores key events over the last 75,000 years, looking at the devastation wreaked during the time of early humans and the potential catastrophes that lie ahead.

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Tony Robinson presents this spectacular five-part series investigating the history of natural disasters, from the planet's beginnings to the present day

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