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As Björk once wisely said, “If you ever get close to a human or human behavior, you better get ready to get confused.”

BBC Earth’s latest natural history series, Human Planet, will do for us bewildering humans what Planet Earth and Life did for wildlife, demystifying our species by showing how we adapt to extreme conditions. Over the course of the series, Human Planet takes us from the glaciers of Greenland to the sand dunes of the Sahara and everywhere in between, zeroing in on the inhabitants of the world’s most inhospitable locales. The one constant between these diverse peoples? The tireless and very human survival instinct.

Human Planet is currently winding down its run across the pond and will premiere in the U.S. on Discovery Channel on April 7. But, American natural history fans, it’s already available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray.

One great thing to note: actor John Hurt — yep, Quentin Crisp from the Naked Civil Servant movies — provides the voiceover. Here’s the trailer. “Epic,” I believe, is the right word.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.