Sometimes you can tell how much thought and effort goes into a TV show by the press kit they send you. For History’s Mankind: The Story of All of Us, it’s clear they’ve got some time into this series.
The 12-hour/six-night miniseries premieres Tues., Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. on History and airs every Tuesday thereafter. It’s narrated by Josh Brolin and is two years in the making,
Look, we didn’t get this far by accident. It took some hardy humans throughout history trudging through obstacles at key turning points since the dawn of time.
Covered in Mankind: surviving the Ice Age, discovering farming techniques, the sacking of Rome, empire-building under Genghis Kahn, inventing movable type, discovering the New World, the fall of the Aztec Empire, creating the Industrial Revolution, mastering flight, exploring space, mapping our own DNA and much more. We’re all connected, and it truly is the story of all of us.
Ok, now about the press kit: 1) It’s really cool; and 2) it includes some major tools used to get us from there to here, like:
- iron (an Indian arrowhead)
- purified water
- penicillin (ok, probably not the real stuff, but a good likeness)
- corn (yes, the real stuff)
- cotton (ditto)
- wood (ditto)
- gold (chocolate covered in gold foil – my daughter ate the chocolate, so that space is empty in the photo below)
- pigment (a little chalk-like thing)
- steel (a giant nut, as in nuts and bolts), and
- salt (which I’m guessing might be real)
Take a look, and then check out the miniseries starting Tuesday night. It’ll give you hope that there really are TV shows worth watching.