It’s the most extreme race on earth: a contest with millions of competitors, only one winner and numerous obstacles thrown in for good measure.
The Great Sperm Race tells the story of human conception as it’s never been told before, as helicopter-mounted cameras, world-renowned scientists, computer imagery and dramatic reconstruction bring to life the extraordinary journey of sperm – from ejaculation to egg – scaled up to human size and with the sperm played by real people.
A man may ejaculate in-between 40 – 150 million individual sperm, which immediately starts to swim upstream toward the fallopian tubes on their mission to fertilize an egg.
Some of these fast-swimming sperm can reach the egg in a half an hour, while others may take days. The lifespan of sperm is up to 48-72 hours.
During The Great Sperm Race we’ll get well aquatinted with what happens biologically with the sperm and ultimately the fertilization of the human egg.
- Release date2009
- Full runtime52 min
- Directed byJulian Jones
- Narrated byRichard Armitage
- Production companiesBlink Films, Cream Productions, ITV Global Entertainment
- Produced forChannel 4, The Wellcome Trust