Preview: Aquarela

The solid blue wave dwarfs a sailboat at the end of the world. Photo: Aconite/ BBC

A cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water, Aquarela provides a visceral wake-up call that we are all no match for the power and decisions of the world’s water.

Without water, there would be no life, but what else does this substance hide? In this 1 hour and 22 minute investigation, the titanic workings of water are brought to the forefront, and it is revealed just how far-reaching its role is in the processes on earth.

This precious element of H2O is seen in all of its different states. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, and the glacial shelves of the arctic: water’s many personalities are captured in startling cinematic clarity.

Aquarela – Wednesday at 9.50pm on BBC Four