In the same grand spectacle of "Planet Earth" and "LIFE," Discovery Channel this week took the wraps off its latest epic mini-series, "Human Planet."

Shot over four years in more than 70 locations, this six-part series will profile humans living in some of the harshest environments on the planet.

" 'Human Planet' is the story of us, uniquely told through the lens of the world’s premier natural history filmmaking,” said Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel. “Throughout the series, viewers will be transported to some of the most stunning locations on Earth to bear witness to intensely captivating stories of human perseverance and survival.”

Like "Planet Earth" and "Life," Discovery created the new series in partnership with the BBC. Already, the U.K. version — which premiered in January — has been drawing positive reviews, with one journalist saying the early episodes were "executed beautifully."

In an interesting departure, while the BBC chose to have actor John Hurt narrate the series, Discovery Channel is foregoing the use of a celebrity voice. One has to wonder if the critical panning of Oprah Winfrey's voiceover for last year's "LIFE" is responsible. Either way, this is the first time that a famous U.S. personality won't be calling the action on screen for such a huge television event. (Where's David Attenborough when you need him?)

Check out the gorgeous trailer for "Human Planet" below. The series will be shown on April 10, 17 and 24, with two episodes airing from 8-10 p.m. (EST) each night.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Discovery Channel announces 'Human Planet'
Four years in the making, new mini-series will profile people living in the planet's most extreme environments.