Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey

Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey

Series 1 - Episode 2



It would be hard to put together a more spectacular primer to meteorology than this series. Ostensibly it’s about the Earth’s journey through space, but in practice the focus is on how the planet’s angle of tilt (23.4˚, fact fans) drums up our seasonal weather patterns. Unless you’re either a professor or a total geography dunce, there will be stuff here you already know (how clouds form) and stuff that is mind-expanding (what the perihelion is and what makes snowflakes fluffy). There’s also a close encounter between Kate Humble and a Chilean glacier. As her boat parts the ice strewn waters, Kate finds the perfect image: “It’s like floating in a giant gin and tonic.”


An examination of Earth's orbit from January to the March equinox. Kate Humble gets closer to the sun than she has ever been before, while Dr Helen Czerski travels to a place where some of the biggest and fastest snowstorms occur.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kate Humble
Presenter Helen Czerski
Director Charles Colville
Executive Producer Jonathan Renouf
Producer Charles Colville
Series Producer Stephen Marsh
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