“ Do not Panic – The Truth About Population “ was a 2013 documentary about human overpopulation produced by Wingspan Productions and The Open University for the BBC as part of the This World series and presented by Swedish statistician Hans Rosling of the Gapminder Foundation .

The documentary combines reading by Rosling, showing Musion 3D infographics in front of him, with film sequences featuring exemplary stories in different regions in the world. One film section is about a family planning worker in Bangladesh , where the life expectancy is greater than 50 years in 1972 to over 70, while the number of children is 2.5 in average, and is still falling. Rosling states that this is a global number, the reason why the total number of children globally is now at a stable level of 2 trillion. According to him, the so-called population explosionhas already been overcome, the human population will peak at eleven billion, and stabilize at this level by the end of the century. [1] [2]


Reviews and describes the documentary as „surprisingly upbeat“ [3] and as „wise and thoroughly informative program, filled with surprising statistics, but mainly, it was an optimistic one“. [1]

External links

  • OVERPOPULATED – BBC Documentary at Youtube


  1. ^ Jump up to:b The Telegraph , Tom Chivers : Do not Panic: The Truth About Population, BBC Two, review , November 7, 2013
  2. Jump up^ BBC: Do not Panic – The Truth About Population . Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. Jump up^ morethangreen.es: Overpopulated – BBC Documentary by Hans Rosling