Discovery, BBC To Bow 'History Of The World,' Parts 1-8

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Discovery Channel U.S. and BBC One will bring us through 20,000 years of human history in 2012.
Produced by Discovery Channel U.S., BBC Vision Productions, BBC Worldwide and The Open University, the eight-part series History Of The World will meld dramatic reconstructions, computer graphics and gripping storytelling to reveal the events, conflicts and characters that have shaped mankind's destiny -- from military campaigns, to love stories to technological inventions to assassinations to medical breakthroughs to devastating natural disasters.
The announcement comes a week after the parties ended their channel partnerships, but extended their co-production deal through 2014.
Set to bow on BBC One and Discovery Channel, the series will be filmed all over the globe and will create lost worlds by freezing time at decisive moments in history and revealing the significance of these moments and how it they have shaped our world. Cleopatra's encounter with an asp, Marco Polo's journey along the Silk Road to China, the arrest of Marie Antoinette and the firing of a bullet in Sarajevo in 1914 will be vetted for review.
"No one has captured 20,000 years of human history quite like this before," said Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel and president of Science Channel in announcing the ambitious series, "Beginning at the end of the last Ice Age and ending in our modern age, each tells the stories of real people, their civilizations, cultures, successes, and crashing failures. A story that charts progress, development and change through the centuries, and that reminds us of where we came from - and where we are now."
Jana Bennett, director, BBC Vision, noted: "HIstory Of The World will use the most cutting-edge production techniques married to Andrew Marr's expertise to tell the ultimate, universal story of humankind. It is an ideal project for our partners globally - it is through working with the likes of Discovery Channel, The Open University and BBC Worldwide that we can continue to produce projects with the scale and scope of History Of The World, maintaining the BBC's reputation for the most ambitious and creative landmark factual programming and providing exceptional value for license fee payers."