Visionary perspective on human life

This is the story of humanity, told through the greatest questions we’ve ever asked. Venturing into incredible places across the globe and drawing on the latest scientific theories, Professor Brian Cox explores everything from the nature of consciousness and language development to the human need to search deeper into the unknown and our compulsion to discover alien life in the universe.

In this definitive exploration of our past, present and future, the series concludes with a visionary image of what could lie ahead.

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Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday September 12 at 4:55am

Apeman - Spaceman

Charting the human story from apes to the birth of civilisation and to the stars, Brian Cox travels to Ethiopia and Jordan to trace the universe's role in our own origins.

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday September 13 at 4:55am

Why Are We Here?

Brian Cox explores how humans have evolved a level of consciousness way beyond any other creature on Earth.

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday September 14 at 4:55am

Are We Alone?

Considering the possibility of alien life, this episode tackles the question, if the universe has thrown up one intelligent civilization, why not another?

BBC Knowledge

This is knowledge – but not as you know it! Where facts are made fascinating and the truth is as entertaining as fiction.

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