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TV Review: Frozen Planet

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David Attenborough takes us on an artic adventure in Frozen Planet. Filmed by and broadcast by the BBC, it details the wildlife harbouring in the polar regions. Throughout the seven-part series we will get to view this wilderness as it follows through the various seasons as the landscape and animals change and adapt during to their ever-changing environment.

This extreme landscape, often thought to be barren, is brilliantly captured and we see it is brimming with vivacity. We are taken on a journey that allows us to see the dramatic changes to the environment and behaviour of a range of animals, from a tiny caterpillar to  fierce elephant seals. The series begins just as winter darkness descends and over the first five episodes we follow through spring, summer, autumn and back to winter on a journey filmed over the course of a year. Much effort is put in to capturing this frozen planet, as we observe the magical environment shifting. The ice melts during the summer, when the sun never sets, and then as the temperature continues to drop we watch as the crisp climate returns.

The final two episodes explore the social and environmental problems of the tundra area. They document how people cope in such cold, remote areas while taking a peek into the land’s natural wonders that inspire people want to endure such a harsh climate. Discovering that this may be one of the last times this land is captured on film like this, the film explains the effects of environmental and climatological changes.

Spectacular shots give us an insight into a land so few see. We get up close to world’s most powerful and ferocious mammals: the solitary polar bears, pods of killer whales and packs of wolves as they hunt and fight their way through the year. We see the interaction of mammoth creatures as they battle or mate in order to survive.

Going deeper under the frozen terrain, an underwater camera captures sea life, allowing us to view remarkably interesting organisms. It’s hard to imagine that these unique beings even exist.

The camera captures a beautiful landscape, one of the few areas of the world left practically untouched. The journey is continually exciting as we discover the land is far from sparse; the thrilling techniques the wild animals have developed for survival are amazing to learn about.

Attenborough’s distinctive, knowledgeable narration offers a comprehensive understanding of the region’s nature, and it is truly fascinating. His expertise on the life-forms is impeccable and it guides us on a learning process. The series provides an interesting look into this magnificent region that people often forget about and it is a fascinating watch.

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  • M Adrees

    Every single episode of this programme is absolutely fascinating and educational.