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I found this series very informative, and excellently presented by Alice Roberts. I learnt new things, and it gave me a sense of the wonder and diversity of our own vast human family.
I think she makes the point well, that an understanding of human prehistory should cause people to come together for the vast journey they share, rather than kill each other for the small differences they notice. I also felt the current fate of some tribal cultures becomes all the more poignant when we learn more of their own remarkable histories of pioneering exploration and survival across tens of thousands of years. I think kids of any ethnic background can find true stories of their ancestors here to be proud of and share.
I don't agree with comments that she made herself out to be a great expert - I am fine with her discussing her own hunches on the theories, as this personal side of the journey was the style of the series. It was clear that local experts have their own national and cultural biases - and the jury is still out on lots of issues.
Yes, her night in the bush was a bit lame - but it seemed they pulled away from that reality format in time - and yes the "fun cartoon" graphics looked like the result of an overly persuasive graphics company. But apart from such small issues I found the program structure managed to keep you moving nicely through sites and scientists (for which the series clearly worked hard to get excellent access).
Alice Roberts herself is charming with the people that she meets, and I think her warm character gave this series an unusual edge. I really enjoyed it.
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2010 19:39:41 GMT
Informative? There were about three facts in the whole frikkin thing!
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2010 12:15:56 BDT
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