Frozen Planet is a nature documentary series, co-produced by the BBC, the Discovery Channel and The Open University. It was filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit. Other production partners are the Discovery Channel Canada, ZDF, Antena 3 and Skai TV. The production team, which includes executive producer Alastair Fothergill and series producer Vanessa Berlowitz, were previously responsible for the award-winning series The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet is billed as a sequel of sorts. David Attenborough returns as narrator. The seven-part series focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic. The production team were keen to film a comprehensive record of the natural history of the polar regions, because climate change is affecting landforms such as glaciers, ice shelves, and the extent of sea ice. The film was met with critical acclaim and holds a Metacritic score of 90/100. Despite such, it has been criticized for limited coverage of the effects of global warming and attribution of recent climate change. Whilst the series was broadcast in full in the UK, the BBC chose to make the series' seventh episode, which focuses on climate change, optional for syndication in order to aid sales of the show in countries where the issue is politically sensitive. The US Discovery Channel originally announced that they would air only the first six episodes of the show, but they later added the seventh episode to their schedule.
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S01 E01Jan 1, 1970
Episode 1 In Antarctica, scientists help the film crew track an orca pod for weeks, and a crewmember has an encounter with a curious gray wolf in the Arctic.
S01 E01Oct 26, 2011
To the Ends of the Earth A survey of the Arctic and Antarctic, discovering magical new ice worlds inhabited by the most extraordinary animal survivors on Earth.
S01 E01Oct 26, 2011
The Ends of the Earth An extraordinary journey across the world's polar regions - the Arctic, Antarctica and Greenland - and investigates the variety of their animal life. This includes Polar Bears in the Arctic, Humpback Whales and Wolves in Greenland, and Penguins and Seals in Antarctica.
S01 E02Oct 26, 2011
To The Ends of the Earth (Part 2) At the other end of our planet, the Antarctic begins in the Southern Ocean where surfing penguins struggle to escape a hungry sea-lion, and teams of orcas create giant waves to wash seals from ice floes - a filming first. Diving below the ice, we discover prehistoric giants - terrifying sea spiders and woodlice the size of dinner plates. Above ground, crystal caverns ring the summit of Erebus, the most southerly volcano on earth.
S01 E02Nov 2, 2011
Spring The sun returns after months of darkness, dynamically transforming the landscape. Millions of migrants join the hardy residents as they find mates and begin to breed.
S01 E02Jan 1, 1970
Episode 2 Two staffers live in a cabin in Antarctica for four months to track the lives of penguins; polar bear cubs emerge from hibernation and learn to play.
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