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Frozen Planet takes you on the ultimate polar expedition. This landmark series brings to the screen the frozen wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic as you have never seen them before, and may never see them again...

Wednesday at 9:00 PM et/pt on BBC One
1 Season, 12 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
October 26, 2011
Nature
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Frozen Planet Full Episode Guide

  • Today science is the only significant human activity allowed in Antarctica: robot submarines are sent deep beneath the ice in search of new life-forms, which may also be found in a labyrinth of ice caves high up on an active volcano. Above, colossal balloons are launched into the purest air on earth to detect cosmic rays.

  • We reveal the extraordinary riches and wonders that have kept people coming to the Polar Regions for thousands of years. Most Arctic people live in Siberia, either in cities like Norilsk - the coldest city on earth, or out on the tundra where tribes like the Dolgan survive by herding reindeer, using them to drag their homes behind them.

  • In Antarctica, we join male emperor penguins in their darkest hour, battling to protect precious eggs from fierce polar storms. Weddell seals escape to a hidden world of jewel-colored corals and alien-looking creatures, but frozen devastation follows as sinister ice stalactites reach down with deadly effect. The sun finally returns, and with it comes the female emperor penguins, sleek and fat, ready to deliver the first meal to their precious chick. Having survived winter, this ultimate ice family now have a head start in raising baby. The adelies flood back and as the ice edge bustles with life, male emperor penguins can finally return to the sea.

  • David finds out that rising temperatures are changing the Poles with far-reaching implications for their animal and human inhabitants, as well as for the rest of the world.

  • On the Siberian coast, people still hunt walrus from open boats. The Danish Armed Forces claim that they have the rights to Greenland's mineral wealth with an epic dog sled patrol, covering 2,000 miles. At the South Pole there is a research base which has been designed to withstand the planet's most harsh winters.

  • Most animals leave the polar regions during winter but a few survivors remain. Lonely male polar bears are isolated on the frozen sea while females create a den in the mountains as the first blizzards arrive. A wolf and bison are involved in a show down in the frozen forests. In Antarctica, the male emperor penguins snuggle up together in the darkness as they battle to protect eggs from the polar storms.

  • As the transformation of the Arctic reaches completion, it teams with life, migrating from the south. Amongst this influx, white Arctic wolves race to raise their adorable cubs before the cold returns. In Antarctica vast numbers of seabirds arrive on South Georgia joining the giant albatross and king penguins that have been there all winter. Elephant seals fight furious battles over females on a beach that contains the greatest mass of animals on the planet. Finally, the female Adelie penguins arrive, chased from the water by killer whales. Mating and chick rearing lie ahead of them.

  • Summer has arrived and it is a challenging time for the polar bears as the cubs take their first swimming lesson. A herd of musk oxen attempt to save a calf that's caught by a pair of Arctic wolves. Some king penguins attempt to deal with the heat. A minke whale is hunted among the ice floes by a family of killer whales.

  • Spring has arrived in the polar regions and male Adélie penguins arrive in Antarctica to build nests. In the Arctic, a polar bear mother hunts with her cubs. A woolly bear caterpillar emerges having spent the whole of the winter frozen solid.

  • The adventure begins in the North Pole including six months of darkness ending with the return of the sun and two polar bears, Greenland's ice cap waterfalls, icebergs, seabirds, humpback whales, the Taiga Forest and wolves.

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