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The Human Footprint is a 95 minute documentary that looks at the impact that the average human being has on our planet over the course of their lifetime. 

Did you ever want to know how much milk you will drink, how many tears you will cry or how many friends you will have, well this clever programme not only will tell you but show you!

The programme was narrated by David Tennant and written by Tadg Farrington and Nick Watts who was also the producer and the director.

It was broadcast April 26, 2007 on Channel 4 at 10:00 pm. 

Here are some of the amazing graphics used to illustrate the staggering statistics.


                              The Sun - April 28, 2007 - Emma Cox

"None of the pictures were made with computer-generated images or special effects. They were painstakingly set up for real over several months at a farm in Dorset.

The programme is the brainchild of Nick Watts. He came up with the idea when he was having a pint and wondered how much beer he would drink in his lifetime and whether it would fill a swimming pool (it would).

He says: “I’m fascinated by statistics but I wanted to give them a physical form — then they become truly poignant.”

The statistics were gathered from sources including Defra, the National Office of Statistics, market researchers and charities.  We open 628 Christmas presents, make 1,700 friends, buy £30,222 worth of new clothes, have sex 4,239 times and cry 65 litres of tears.

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