The BEST episodes of Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey

Every episode of Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey!

Right now you're hurtling around the sun at 64,000 miles an hour (100,000 kms an hour). In the next year you'll travel 584 million miles, to end up back where you started. Presenters Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski follow the Earth's voyage around the sun for one complete orbit, to witness the astonishing consequences this journey has for us all.

Last Updated: 7/19/2023Network: BBCStatus: Ended
34 votes

#1 - Tilt

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/18/2012

In this final episode we complete our journey, travelling back from the March equinox to the end of June. Kate Humble is in the Arctic at a place where spring arrives with a bang, whilst Helen Czerski chases a tornado to show how the earth's angle of tilt creates the most extreme weather on earth.

Directors: Arif Nurmohamed
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The Pathway
127 votes

#2 - The Pathway

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/4/2012

In this first episode they travel from July to the December solstice, experiencing spectacular weather and the largest tides on Earth. To show how the Earth's orbit affects our lives, Helen jumps out of an aeroplane and Kate briefly becomes the fastest driver on Earth.

Directors: Dick Taylor
122 votes

#3 - Spin

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/11/2012

In this second episode we travel from January to the March equinox. Kate Humble gets closer to the Sun than she has ever been before, whilst Helen Czerski visits a place that gets some of the biggest and fastest snowstorms on Earth.

Directors: Charles Colville
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