Apr 7, 2011 7:00 AM EDT
Being Human (Saturday, 9/8c, BBC America)So much crisis to contend with in the finale to the excellent third season of the original (and superior) ver… Read more
Examining how human cultures have adapted to challenging environments in this documentary series.
Premiered: January 13, 2011
The final episode looks at the one environment that's been made by us for us - the city. Over half of the world's population now lives in the urban jungle. The city is built to keep untamed nature out - but nature can't be pushed away. From bed bugs sucking our blood at night to rats in our restaurants, many animals have adapted to a life with us.
Water is the essential element of life, yet many millions of us live in parched desert around the world. From the Tubu women and children who navigate the endless dunes of the Sahara to the men rushing into Antogo Lake to catch the fish trapped as it evaporates, we discover how the eternal quest for water brings huge challenges - and ingenious solutions - in the driest places on earth.
The rainforest is home to more species of plants and animals than any other habitat on Earth. For humans, life in the trees requires great skill and ingenuity. The Matis of Brazil carve blowpipes to hunt monkeys. In the Congo forest, Tete defies death by scaling a giant tree past an angry swarm of bees to collect honey. And in Brazil, join a unique flight searching for an un-contacted tribe.
Grasslands feed the world. Over thousands of years, humans have learned to grow grains on the grasslands and successfully domesticate the creatures that live there. We walk with the Dorobo people of Kenya as they bravely attempt to scare off a pride of hungry lions from their freshly caught kill. We gallop across the Steppe with extraordinary Mongolian horsemen who were 'born in the saddle'.