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Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You

This blockbuster series tells the thrilling story of how you were made by combining emotionally charged human stories with ground-breaking computer generated imagery. 

  • Updated Tuesday 27th March 2018
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CGI Image of baby in the womb Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BDH for The BBC 100 Trillion cells. 280 days. One human life. The person you are was decided before you were even born.

The way you smile, the environments you thrive in, the colour of your children’s eyes – everything about you depends on an elaborate dance of biology, timed to precision. From the moment you’re conceived to the moment you’re born, each critical event in the womb can change your life forever.

From the makers of Human Universe and Inside The Human Body, this blockbuster series tells the thrilling story of how you were made, by combining emotionally charged human stories with ground-breaking computer generated imagery (CGI). Each episode features CGI imagery inside the womb that charts human development as it’s never been rendered before. From a single cell to a full term baby, the graphics team combined specialist photographic techniques, medical scans and the latest software tools to create an inner world of striking power and wonder.

The clock is ticking…

The first episode of Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making of You airs on BBC TWO on Monday 14th September 2015 at 9pm. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on bbc.co.uk.

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The Final Push

In the last part of this epic series, Michael Mosley charts the final months of life in the womb when cartilage hardens to form the skeleton. We meet Janelly, who was born with no bones and who only survived thanks to an experimental drug.

The brain is developing rapidly too. 100 billion new connections each day are laying the foundations for memory. We meet memory man Joey, whose brain is incapable of forgetting anything he has experienced, which leads Michael to investigate exactly when our earliest memories are formed. Memories are created by what we experience through the senses and these too mature in these final weeks, though on the island of Pingelap, the sight of one in ten develops differently. These islanders are born profoundly colour-blind, which has given them a wonderful advantage in life. Finally, we witness the critical moment of the first breath and the beginning of a new life.

Episodes in this series

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The First 8 Weeks Episode one of Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You Read more
Against the Odds The middle weeks in the womb. Read more
The Final Push This blockbuster series tells the thrilling story of how you were made by combining emotionally charged human stories... Read more

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