THE SECRETS TO CIVILIZATION
3 x 60’ series
This series explores how cutting-edge science is changing the way we think about the ancient past – restoring the environment to its place as a key driver of human history. As we unpack the collapse of Bronze Age civilisations over 3,000 years ago, the inexorable rise of classical civilisation, and the collapse of the Roman Empire, we discover the essential rules of what it takes to make or break a civilisation. Top historians share with us how the new data on the state of our planet is providing them with fresh insights on how climate change, pandemics and vulcanism have affected the course of human history from ancient Egypt to the fall of Rome. Gathering evidence from ancient pollen, cave formations, human DNA and the residues of both volcanoes and of ancient pollution locked in Arctic ice, we discover how vulnerable we are to rapid changes in the environment. And how the story of humanity’s own fingerprint on the planet goes far further back than we ever thought.
Devised and Created by: JONATHAN DRAKE
Narrator: PROFESSOR ALICE ROBERTS
Series Producer: BOB MARSDEN
Producer/Director: ROSALIND BAIN
Executive Producers: JONATHAN DRAKE & STEVE MAHER
Editors: MATT SECCULL, MARK SUMMERS, MATT SCRAGG
Line Producers: BARBARA MASULLO, LAURA DIXON, URSZULA JARECKI
Head of Production: SARAH JONES
Impossible Factual Ltd.
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