CNN Millennium was a 10-part series on human history from the 11th to the 20th centuries. The series represents perhaps the most ambitious undertaking to date by the network, presenting a global view of the human journey of exploration, creative spirit and intellectual achievements, as well as setbacks.
The Millennium series should not be confused with the CNN Millennium 2000 DVD, which documents the celebrations around the world to greet the arrival of the year 2000. Also, the science fiction series Millennium does not relate to the CNN Millennium series in any way, save for the similarity in name.
CNN Millennium originally aired between October and December 1999 at 10 p.m. on Sundays. Sir Jeremy Isaacs, award-winning filmmaker of "The World at War" and CNN's "Cold War," and Pat Mitchell, president of CNN Productions and Time Inc. Television, served as executive producers. The CNN web site elaborates:
Each of the 10 episodes of MILLENNIUM focuses on a single century, brought to life by five vignettes from five different locations worldwide. Inspired by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's book, "Millennium," and filmed in 28 countries, the series is as geographically far-ranging as the world it covers. Its producers and crews spent more than two years and traveled 100,000 miles gathering footage. MILLENNIUM reconstructs the visual images of past ages using this footage, along with vivid re-enactments and computer-generated graphic animation. MILLENNIUM is peopled with the interesting and the provocative, among them: Native Americans who built canyon housing complexes and Ethiopians who carved churches from solid rock in the 12th century; Genghis Khan, whose 13th century Mongol warriors conquered and united central Asia; Timur, who rose from sheep-stealer to conqueror and expanded Islam's empire in the 14th century; Christopher Columbus, whose 15th century voyage changed the world; African slaves taken from their homeland to serve the Americas' new colonies in the 17th century; French explorers who endured the Arctic's cold in the 18th century; Charles Darwin, whose theories of evolution challenged the 19th century's religious certainties; and the 20th century's superstars, including Charlie Chaplin and Princess Diana.
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