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Frozen Planet

A stunning portrait of life at the poles, presented by David Attenborough

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Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University Exploring the Arctic and Antarctic wildernesses The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the power of the elements—the weather, the ocean and the ice—is unmatched anywhere else on our planet.

The Poles are also home to many of the most charismatic animals, from polar bears to emperor penguins, and wolves to wandering albatrosses.

Using the latest camera technology on land, the air and underwater, Frozen Planet captures the drama of their lives in the most intimate detail.

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Frozen Planet on TV

Frozen Planet is regularly repeated on BBC channels. Details can be found at bbc.co.uk. It is also repeated on the subscription channels Eden and Yesterday.

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Episode guides

On Thin Ice

David Attenborough journeys to both polar regions to investigate what rising temperatures will mean for the people and wildlife that live there and for the rest of the planet.

David starts out at the North Pole, standing on sea ice several metres thick, but which scientists predict could be open ocean within the next few decades. The Arctic has been warming at twice the global average, and David heads out with a Norwegian team to see what this means for polar bears. He comes face to face with a tranquilised female and discovers that mothers and cubs are going hungry as the sea ice on which they hunt disappears. In Canada, Inuit hunters have seen with their own eyes what scientists have seen from space - the Arctic Ocean has lost 30% of its summer ice cover over the last 30 years. For some, the melting sea ice will allow access to trillions of dollars' worth of oil, gas and minerals. For the rest of us, it means the planet will get warmer, as sea ice is important to reflect back the sun's energy. Next, David travels to see what is happening to the ice on land. In Greenland, he follows intrepid ice scientists as they study giant waterfalls of meltwater, which are accelerating iceberg-calving events and ultimately leading to a rise in global sea levels.

Temperatures have also risen in the Antarctic - David returns to glaciers photographed by the Shackleton expedition and reveals a dramatic retreat over the past century. It is not just the ice that is changing - ice-loving adelie penguins are disappearing, and more temperate gentoo penguins are moving in. Finally, we see the first ever images of the largest recent natural event on our planet - the break up of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, an ice sheet the size of Jamaica, which shattered into hundreds of icebergs in 2009.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
To The Ends Of The Earth The start of a fantastic journey Read more
Spring Even at the Poles, the winter has to end Read more
Summer At the Poles, summer days never end... Read more
Autumn Time is running out for the creatures at the Poles Read more
Winter Temperatures plummet to 70 below - and the Poles become unforgiving places Read more
The Last Frontier The people who work, and live, at the extremes of the planet Read more
On Thin Ice Climate change is already affecting the poles - what does the future hold for these environments? Read more
The Epic Journey Highlights from across the series Read more