Mankind: The Story of All of Us

Series 1 - 1. Inventors

Radio Times
Review by:
James Gill

In what sounds funnily reminiscent of his voicing of The Book in the film version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Stephen Fry narrates our origins in the first of this 12-part sweep through history. It’s an uncomplicated synopsis of historical building blocks: fire, farming, trade, and most importantly war. That might explain the appearance of Richard “Mack” Machowicz, a former Navy SEAL presumably chosen for his rowdy gusto rather than any historical gravitas.

About this programme

1/12. Documentary series following the development of human civilisation, beginning with great discoveries and inventions, such as fire, farming and the pyramids. Narrated by Stephen Fry.

Cast and crew


Stephen Fry