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Celebrating the ever-changing nature of man's relationship with the earth's amazing water systems.

Celebrating the ever-changing nature of man's relationship with the earth's amazing water systems, Rivers and Life reveals how the cultures and lives of millions of ordinary people are shaped by the magnificent waters they live along. Six of the world's most iconic watercourses are explored: The Amazon, The Nile, The Mississippi, The Ganges, The Yangtze and The Rhine.
Compelling stories about the lives lived along these river banks are told: from the indigenous communities who dwell in harmony with the rivers to the modern traders and artisans who make their livings there. And the vast metropolises, which now more than ever depend on twenty-first century technologies to keep the ancient waters at bay, are unveiled.
Rich in texture and observation and filmed at some of the most remote and beautiful locations - from glacial springs and mystical sources to ferocious rapids and sprawling deltas - each episode is driven by a powerful narrative, derived from the nature of the river itself.


  • Rivers And Life: Yangtze
    The Yangtze basin is home to 400 million people.They have learned to live over generations with floods and disasters but thats about to change.
  • Rivers And Life: Ganges
    The Ganges is the most spiritually revered river on Earth but it had become so badly polluted that it is unsuitable to bathe and drink from it.
  • Rivers And Life: The Rhine
    Rhine not only an inspiration and a beauty by itself but one of the busiest waterway in the world, flowing from the Swiss mountains to Holland.
  • Rivers And Life: Amazon
    A place of incredible biodiversity and beauty, the Amazon and its people are increasingly threatened by the pressures of a changing world.
  • Rivers And Life: The Nile
    The Nile encapsulates the story of ancient civilisation and the story of modern conflict and modern consumerism.
  • Rivers And Life: Mississippi
    The Mississippi is a river of sound - music, wildlife, voices, weather, even the sound of the river itself.