Europe • episode "3/5" The Incredible Human Journey

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Looking at how our species coped with the rival Neanderthals and the Ice Age.

The Incredible Human Journey • 5 episodes •

Out of Africa

In the first episode, Roberts introduces the idea that genetic analysis suggests that all modern humans are descended from Africans.

History

Asia

Dr. Alice Roberts travels to Northern Siberia to learn how hunter-gatherers survived there.

History

Europe

Looking at how our species coped with the rival Neanderthals and the Ice Age.

History

Australia

Dr. Alice Roberts looks at our ancestors' seemingly impossible journey to Australia.

History

The Americas

Dr. Alice Roberts investigates the possible routes taken by humans to reach the Americas.

History

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Part 3

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Making Ourselves at Home

He continues his personal account of Britain's empire by looking at how traders, conquerors and settlers spread the British way of doing things around the world - in particular how they created a very British idea of home. He begins in India, where early traders wore Indian costume and took Indian wives. Their descendants still cherish their mixed heritage. Victorian values put a stop to that as inter racial mixing became taboo. In Singapore he visits a club where British colonials gathered together, in Canada he finds a town whose inhabitants are still fiercely proud of the traditions of their Scottish ancestors, in Kenya he meets the descendants of the first white settlers - men whose presence came to be bitterly resented as pressure for African independence grew. And he traces the story of an Indian family in Leicester whose migrations have been determined by the changing fortunes of the British empire.

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