The BEST Episodes of Earth: The Power of the Planet

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Network: BBC Two

Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it shapes planet earth itself and influences life on it, often in conjunction with other natural forces, and sometimes with lifeforms, as in the 'apocalyptically' grave case of global warming.

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Rare Earth

#1 - Rare Earth

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 18, 2007

Iain looks at the big picture of Earth's place in space. It's taken four and a half billions years and several great catastrophes to turn it from a barren rock to the unique planet we know today.

star 8.68
132 votes
Directors: Ben Lawrie

#2 - Oceans

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 11, 2007

Travelling from Hawaii to the Amazon and Ethiopia and then on to the Mediterranean, Iain tells the story of the oceans – fierce waves, huge tidal bores, global currents and the future dangers of global warming.

star 8.23
129 votes
Directors: Matthew Gyves

#3 - Ice

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 4, 2007

Ice may be nothing more than frozen water but, as Iain explains, it holds extraordinary power. Descending 150m down a frozen waterfall, he sees a glacier in action from below and discovers why the huge Jacobshaven glacier is retreating, he shows how it shaped our past and may now threaten our future.

star 8.17
104 votes
Directors: Sophie Harris

#4 - Volcano

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 20, 2007

Volcanoes have a fearsome reputation. In reality, they are the most important force in the creation of the planet as we know it today. Iain abseils into a lava lake and cave dives in a cenote to show how the heat that fuels volcanoes also drives some of the most fundamental processes on the planet.

star 7.85
302 votes
Directors: Paul Olding

#5 - Atmosphere

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 27, 2007

Iain travels into the stratosphere in a Cold War fighter, gets his eyebrows singed in Siberia and discovers why Argentina is one of the stormiest places on Earth. All to show why our atmosphere is unique and utterly crucial for life.

star 7.85
237 votes