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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
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.