It is an epic series that travels through time to the big stories of the past. Discovery Channel’s ‘History of the World,’ February 15 at 9 p.m., will reveal the major turning points in our shared history, ranging from military campaigns to love stories to technological inventions to assassinations to medical breakthroughs to devastating natural disasters.

It will combine stunning dramatic reconstruction, innovative computer graphics and gripping storytelling to reveal the events, conflicts and characters that have shaped human destiny.

It is the tale of civilisations, cultures, successes and failures, progress and development through the centuries.

From Cleopatra’s encounter with an asp and Marco Polo’s journey along the Silk Road to China to the arrest of Marie Antoinette and the firing of a bullet in Sarajevo in 1914, this will be the definitive account of human civilisation.