Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history.
Using dramatic reconstructions, documentary filming around the world and cutting-edge computer graphics, he reveals the decisive moments that shaped the world we live in today, telling stories we thought we knew and others we were never told.
Starting with our earliest beginnings in Africa, Marr traces the story of our nomadic ancestors as they spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers and townspeople.
He uncovers extraordinary hand-prints left in European caves nearly 30,000 years ago and shows how human ingenuity led to inventions which are still with us today.
He also discovers how the first civilisations were driven to extremes to try to overcome the forces of nature, adapting and surviving against the odds, and reveals how everyday life in ancient Egypt had more in common with today's soap operas than might be imagined.
Andrew Marr's History of the World on the BBC
You can watch the first episode of Andrew Marr's History of the World on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 23 September 2012. For more information, and links to BBC iPlayer, visit the BBC One website.