The Human Body [DVD] 
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All seven episodes of the acclaimed 1998 BBC television series chronicling the human body's journey from birth, through to the biological revolution of adolescence, the use of the brain, ageing and finally death. The seven episodes are: 'Life Story'; 'An Everyday Miracle'; 'First Steps'; 'Raging Teens'; 'Brain Power'; 'As Time Goes By' and 'The End of Life'.
The Human Body documentary is the sort of televisual undertaking that continues to justify the BBC licence fee. Presented by Robert Winston, it takes us on a journey from birth to death using time-lapse photography, computer graphics and various state-of-the-art imaging techniques to explore every aspect, every nook and crevice of the human body in its various stages of growth, maturity and eventual decay. Conception, toddlerhood, the awkward growing pains of adolescence, the incredibly complex workings of the brain (which burns up more energy than any other part of the human body, viewers of daytime TV included, apparently) and finally death are vividly depicted and explained. Winston's lucid, avuncular tones make The Human Body accessible to an intelligent 10-year-old and ages upward, though the more squeamish viewer might baulk at scenes of food being digested, or childbirth in all its inevitable messiness. Statistics abound--the average human will eat for three-and-a-half years during his or her lifetime, eat 160kg of chocolate and spend six months on the toilet. Though heart-warming in that it shows the commonality of human experience, The Human Body is also a potentially depressing reminder of our frail physicality and mortality. However, the most moving programme here features Herbie, a cancer victim who, in agreeing to have his last moments filmed as he lies dying in a hospice, has perhaps achieved a deserved immortality through this programme.
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This is a learning experience for the whole family about the body, it's felings and most importantly how the brain works. You think you know most things and then you watch this!!!!
A lot of other reviewers have commented on his lttle over-zealous pro Darwinian stance but I have a feeling these people are letting their religious dogma interfere with rational thinking and just enjoying the program for what it is i.e. a great piece of television which is informative and enjoyable for everyone including those of us in the medical profession. Once again the BBC at its best.
The series is presented by Prof Robert Winston who brings such quality to the production. It is factual, mesmerising and humourous. The episode on pregnancy was amazing. A throughly wonderful double video that will interest viewers for years to come.
Still, it's a very informative doc.
For those who are squeamish "The Human Body" do contain footage of actual birthing scene, however it is shown either from a distance or much too close to be appreciated fully and there are certainly better birthing scenes in other less well budgeted programs of the subject.
The episode on "Puberty" is useful for young audience and explain the agony of this difficult time, they also filmed a group of American kids which some viewers in the UK may find annoying or difficulty relating to. Be warned, this episode contains images of male genitalias from babies to adulthood together with infra red footage of an erect penis, conversely it does not show any similar images of female genitalias which may disappoint viewers expecting a more balance and unsanitised approach to sex education.
Although its a factual documentary, on the whole "The Human Body" portray a strong degree of commercialism at the expense of aesthetics. The use of digital graphics, the dramatics of editing with scenes that leaps at you laced with earie sounds or pop music, the sensitivity it shows towards the subject particularly with birth, health and death enforces social stereotype, and censorship with regard to female bodies, as oppose to full male nudities, panders towards current trend of sensitivity on one hand and exploitation on the other.
This program is generally recommended for family viewing but it does not answer all your questions and is tailer made not for schools or a teaching aid but casual observers who has limited interest in human body.
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Bought this as I remembered it as being good from seeing it on tv first time round. Very well made series and quite riveting. Thoroughly enjoyable.Published on 27 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I use this to help teach my Year 7s about reproduction etc. The birthing scene and nudity always embarrasses them slightly, but a very informative DVD.Published on 4 Nov. 2012 by Joanna Tang
With my elder daughter, I found this DVD a useful guide to the human body and the stages of life.Published on 16 July 2012 by Jim the Met Man