Frozen Planet

7:00pm Wednesday 28 December on BBC ONE

The Frozen Planet Christmas Special brings together the very best highlights of the series, taking viewers on a spectacular journey through the entire polar year – from the depths of winter to the melting world of the polar summer.

Following our favourite stars, we see their lives transformed as the sun returns and the ice retreats.

In the South, spring starts with the comical stone-stealing Ad�lie penguin males. In summer the females return and the parents struggle to raise their chicks before the big freeze of autumn.

In the North, tiny polar bear cubs begin their lives under the snow, while the male faces the harshest winter on Earth. Will all three cubs survive as the ice melts beneath their feet?

These stories, together with unforgettable moments from Frozen Planet’s other characters, play out against breathtaking polar scenery in this one-hour special.

9:00pm Wednesday 7 December on BBC ONE

David Attenborough discovers first hand that rising temperatures are transforming the Poles with far-reaching implications for their animal and human inhabitants, as well as for the rest of the planet.

At the North Pole, David stands on sea ice several metres thick, which scientists predict could become open ocean within the next few decades. He also comes face to face with a darted polar bear and discovers that mothers and cubs are going hungry as their icy hunting grounds disappear.

In Canada, Inuit hunters witness first hand what scientists have seen from space – the Arctic Ocean has lost a third of its summer ice cover over the last 30 years. This is serious for all of us. Sea ice helps reflect back the sun’s energy – without it, the planet will get even warmer.

In the Antarctic David returns to glaciers photographed by the Shackleton expedition and witnesses dramatic change to the ice, on an unprecedented scale…

Freeze Frame reveals how the unpredictability of the ice was a challenge for David and the crew when filming.

9:00pm Wednesday 30 November on BBC ONE

The Last Frontier looks at how both traditional and modern people live in the harshest environment on Earth.

On the Siberian coast, people still hunt walrus from open boats – it’s dangerous work but a large walrus can feed the family for weeks.

The Danish Armed Forces maintain their claim to Greenland’s mineral wealth with an epic dog sled patrol, covering 2,000 miles. Scientists monitor the spectacular Northern Lights constantly as they can disrupt power supplies.

At the South Pole there is a research base designed to withstand the world’s most extreme winters, while the scientists explore life above and below the ice. Cut off from the outside world for six months, the base is totally self-sufficient – even boasting a greenhouse.

For Freeze Frame the team travelled to Chukotka, in Russia, where people truly live on the edge.

Narrated by David Attenborough, the series is co-produced by The Open University.

9:00pm Wednesday 23 November on BBC ONE

Winter is the ultimate challenge for polar animals.

While lonely male polar bears struggle out alone on the frozen sea, females make a den in the mountains as the first blizzards arrive. They will give birth to their tiny cubs in the depths of winter.

There’s a bloody battle between wolf and bison in the frozen forests. Beneath the snow, tiny voles avoid the great grey owl, but cannot escape the world’s smallest weasel.

In Antarctica, the male emperor penguins huddle together in the total darkness of winter, battling to protect precious eggs from polar storms. Weddell seals escape to a wonderful underwater world. An extraordinary stalactite of ice grows down to the sea floor – a finger of death that freezes all the colourful animals it encounters.

In Freeze Frame the team capture the struggle between the wolves and the bison from the air.

Narrated by David Attenborough, Frozen Planet is co-produced by The Open University.

9:00pm Wednesday 26 October on BBC ONE

David Attenborough takes an extraordinary journey across the magical ice worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic – the greatest and least-known wildernesses inhabited by the most bizarre and hardy creatures on Earth – in this landmark new series

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