Andrew Marr's History of the World is a History Documentary programme that first aired in 2012.

Andrew Marr's History of the World is a 4 star programme

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Andrew Marr's History of the World (2012)

Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history, showing how great forces of nature and individual genius shaped human destiny. Using dramatic reconstructions, documentary filming around the world and cutting-edge computer graphics, he reveals the decisive moments that shaped the world we live in today. Starting with our earliest beginnings in Africa, Marr traces the story of our nomadic ancestors as they spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers and townspeople. He uncovers extraordinary hand-prints left in European caves nearly 30,000 years ago and shows how human ingenuity led to inventions which are still with us today. He also discovers how the first civilisations were driven to extremes to try to overcome the forces of nature, adapting and surviving against the odds, and reveals how everyday life in ancient Egypt had more in common with today's soap operas than might be imagined.

Genre: History Documentary

Production Year: 2012

4/5 Stars

When is Andrew Marr's History of the World next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 July 24th, 8:00pm and on BBC 4 July 31st, 8:00pm. See more...

Main Cast

Aubrey Shelton
Dylan EdyAndrew Marr