The Real Facts of Life; LITTLE MIRACLE: TV SERIES TO GIVE UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE HUMAN BODY

By Young, Sydney | Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), May 7, 1998 | Go to article overview

The Real Facts of Life; LITTLE MIRACLE: TV SERIES TO GIVE UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE HUMAN BODY


Young, Sydney, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


She does not know it yet, but this baby is all set for a very busy life in the years ahead.

She is likely to blink 415 million times, grow 600 miles of hair, produce 30 yards of fingernail and talk on the phone for two and a half years.

Researchers have spent two years amassing the staggering statistics for The Human Body - one of the BBC's most ambitious scientific series to date.

Professor Robert Winston, the UK's leading fertility expert, will present the seven-part series.

His team of four discovered that, in the course of a lifetime, the average person will:

Spend three and a half years eating, with a diet including 7300 eggs and 352lbs of chocolate.

Have sex 2580 times with five different people - but fall in love only twice.

Be able to name 2000 people, call 150 of them friends and have two children and four grandchildren.

Walk 15,000 miles, produce 80,000 pints of urine and spend more than six months on the loo.

Grow six and a half feet of hair in their nose and shed 42lb of dead skin.

The series uses state-of-the-art photography with a number of mind-blowing sequences.

In one, the camera "flies" through the ear drum and travels inside the head to reveal the skull, brain and network of muscles that make up the human face.

Another shows a sperm heading towards the egg in images never seen before of the moment of conception.

Professor Winston, director of reproductive medicine at London's Hammersmith Hospital, said yesterday: "It is basically the story of the human body.

"It's a story of fantastic changes, written by millions of years of evolution and told afresh by each of us in our lifetime.

"It's quite a paradox how completely we change from conception to death but, in terms of physiology, we have changed so little in the last 100,000 years."

The father-of-three added: "The researchers did a magnificent job. It was a huge undertaking."

Producer Richard Dale said: "Two years ago we set out to bring the story of the human body to life, in the most ambitious science project ever undertaken by the BBC.

"We have married forefront science with state-of-the-art imaging.

"Now we can show you things no-one has ever witnessed before and let viewers take a fresh look at the miracles of everyday life.

"This has been a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. …

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