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Fascinating truth about our planet in ‘How to Grow a Planet’

A fascinating new series from Discovery Channel premiering on January 14

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | January 14, 2013

We might think humans are the most powerful living thing on Earth. But it’s the plants that time and again have set the agenda for life. All animals rely on plants for their survival. This is not an accident – they are the most powerful evolutionary force on Earth. Discovery Channel brings a fascinating new series, ‘How to Grow a Planet’, about the silent power of plants which have shaped our Earth, creating our atmosphere and everything around us – including us.

The captivating series offers a totally new perspective about our planet’s history and how it became the world we know. Hosted by Prof Iain Stewart, famous Scottish geologist, the series will air on Discovery Channel every night at 8 PM, premiering January 14.

An epic tale that stretches across half a billion years, How to Grow a Planet offers a stunning new perspective on Earth science. The series is a story of ruthless ingenuity, seduction and deception of unimaginable power and ambition. Stewart explains in three stages of natural history the crucial interaction of our very planet's physiology and its unique wildlife. Biological evolution is largely driven by adaptation to conditions such as climate, soil and irrigation, but biotopes were also shaped by wildlife changing earth's surface and climate significantly, even disregarding human activity.

Larger-than-life in scale, cinematic in style, this landmark series features beautiful locations around the world. Using the latest state-of-the-art photographic techniques from time-lapse to high-speed and innovative computer generated imagery, How to Grow a Planet travels right into the inner world of plants and sees life on our planet from a new and stunning perspective.

Highlights from episodes

Episode 1 – Life from light: Prof Stewart tells a stunning new story about our planet. He reveals how the greatest changes to the Earth have been driven above all by plants. He journeys from the spectacular caves of Vietnam to the remote deserts of Africa. He sees how plants first harnessed light from the Sun and created our life-giving atmosphere. He uncovers the epic battle between the dinosaurs and the tallest trees on the planet. And using remarkable imagery he shows plants breathing – and for the first time talking to each other.


Episode 2 – The power of flowers: Stewart discovers how flowers have transformed our planet. He journeys to the remote islands of the South Pacific to track down the earliest flowers. In the deserts of Africa and the rainforests of Vietnam, he sees how they brought brilliant colour to its most barren landscapes and sculpted the Earth itself. And he learns how they drove the evolution of all animals - kick-starting our human story.

Episode 3 – The challenger: Stewart discovers the remarkable impact of just one plant: grass. In the Savannah of South Africa he sees how grass unleashed a firestorm to fight their greatest enemy, the forests. He shows how cutting your finger on a blade of grass shows us how they transformed life in the oceans. In Senegal he meets the cleverest chimps in the world. And in the ruins of the oldest temple on Earth he tells the extraordinary story of how grass triggered human civilisation.

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