In the opening episode of a major new eight-part series, Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through the explosive events, changes, conflicts and triumphs that shaped 70,000 years of human history. From the earliest beginnings in Africa, Marr traces the story of nomadic ancestors as they spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers and townspeople. He uncovers extraordinary handprints left in European caves nearly 30,000 years ago and reveals how everyday life in ancient Egypt bears more than a passing resemblance to that experienced by characters in contemporary soap operas.