Discovery Channel and the BBC today announced History of the World, an eight-part series that tells the story of human history. The two companies recently ended their 13-year-old channel partnership while reupping their co-producing pact through 2014.

Produced by Discovery Channel U.S., BBC Vision Productions, BBC Worldwide and The Open University, the eight-part series will combine stunning dramatic reconstruction, innovative computer graphics and gripping storytelling to reveal the events, conflicts and characters that have shaped our destiny. HISTORY OF THE WORLD 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. The series will be shot all over the planet and will literally create lost worlds by freezing time at decisive moments in history and revealing the significance of these moments and how it they have shaped our world. 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 civilization.

This announcement comes on the heels of a new agreement between the BBC and Discovery Communications extending their long-term North American co-production partnership by two years until 2014. Executive producer for the BBC is Chris Granlund. Series producer is Kathryn Taylor. Executive producer for Discovery Channel US is Susan Winslow. Executive producer for The Open University is Catherine McCarthy.