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Stunning ! Proof once again of how good the BBC is at making things like this ...
on 28 May 2011
I've just finished watching this entire series on iPlayer - took me 2 sittings.
I enjoyed it so much as soon as I finished the last program I came on here and pre-ordered it to add to my growing collection of similar programs (Life On Earth, The Living Planet, The Wonders Of The Solar System, etc etc)
It really doesn't hurt to be reminded again and again how precious and wonderful you, your existence in this world and the existence of this amazing universe we are part of actually are, and is something the BBC seem particularly good at achieving. This series is another such triumph in my humble opinion.
I have nothing but admiration and respect for Gerald and his family for showing, simply, how much a part of living dying actually is. The moment when the 8 year old indian girl see's her face again, after surgery to fix her cleft palate, is something that makes you proud to be part of the human race. The explanations and imagery around simple things like breathing, conception, balance - all outstanding. Even the elements that made me cringe a bit (the guy who gets new hands for instance) at least left me thinking hard about how far we go / should go to preserve life and its quality, and the understated example showing the differences for the pregnant woman in Africa against the one having triplets over here was a particularly clever bit of programming.
Uplifting, awe inspiring, amazing, thought provoking, informative and entertaining. If you want something to balance the "horror of humankind" that is all too often pushed on us by the mass media, simply put, buy this ! (and no, I'm not on commission lol)