Series 1 - Episode 1 Origins



Any effort to mitigate hateful behaviour in society must begin by understanding its origins, so this major six-part series, exec-produced by Steven Spielberg, is a welcome addition to the Discovery schedule. This first episode delves into the genetic, social and anthropological motives behind hatred — as well as its cousins anger, violence and tribalism. It’s hard-hitting stuff — literally, with a number of punch-ups on show.

In a key interview, Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of infamous “Christian” group Westboro Baptist Church, tells how her spiteful prejudices unravelled after a Twitter conversation with a Jewish blogger. It’s proof of the power of compassionate engagement.


Evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare searches for the origins of the powerful emotion of hatred, and its impact on individuals and societies throughout human history.