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Tony Robinson examines how changes in climate have affected humans throughout history and asks what we can learn as we face our own climate crisis today

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Tony Robinson examines how changes in climate have affected humans throughout history and asks what we can learn as we face our own climate crisis today

Series 1 Summary

Tony Robinson travels back through 200,000 years of human history to find out what happened to our ancestors when violent climate change turned their world upside down, and what they teach us as we face our own climate crisis today. While some civilisations flourished, others were destroyed. Vicious and sudden changes to the climate killed millions; but benign change has enabled humans to multiply and develop at an extraordinary pace.

Using CGI effects and stunning imagery, this series illustrates how climate has shaped human history from the beginning. Tony seeks answers at some of the world's most important and intriguing archaeological sites, speaking to leading archaeologists, historians and climate scientists.

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    Episode 1

    Tony Robinson explores how a small group of our earliest African ancestors were rescued from extinction by the last great global warming 130,000 years ago

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    Episode 2

    Tony Robinson examines how global warming at the end of the last Ice Age was the catalyst for civilisation, creating the agricultural revolution in Europe, but also unleashed devastation.

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    Episode 3

    Tony Robinson tries to discover what made the Mayans, Vikings and the North American Puebloans more vulnerable to climate catastrophe than their neighbouring cultures.

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    Episode 4

    In this final programme, Tony Robinson examines societies similar to our own, who not only survived climate change, but flourished. And he looks into the new threat to human societies.

Man on Earth synopsis

Tony Robinson examines how changes in climate have affected humans throughout history and asks what we can learn as we face our own climate crisis today

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