Statement regarding Frozen Planet filming process

This particular sequence would be impossible to film in the wild. The commentary accompanying the sequence is carefully worded so it doesn't mislead the audience and the way the footage was captured is clearly explained on the programme website."BBC spokesperson
Date: 12.12.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.02
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While the great majority of footage for Frozen Planet is filmed entirely in the wild, on occasion certain sequences need to be filmed in controlled conditions, otherwise we wouldn't be able to bring these stories to our audiences.

As the Polar Bear is such an important part of the programme, we felt that the birthing process was a pivotal part of the story, which had to be told. It would be quite impossible for our cameras to film inside a den in the wild without disturbing the female. For this reason the polar bear den sequence was filmed in controlled conditions.

We also ensured the narration was carefully worded so it didn't mislead the audience and talked in general about polar bears in the wild rather than the specific cubs shown. This type of filming is standard practice across the industry when creating natural history programmes.

A BBC spokesperson said: "This particular sequence would be impossible to film in the wild. The commentary accompanying the sequence is carefully worded so it doesn't mislead the audience and the way the footage was captured is clearly explained on the programme website."

For more information about how the sequence was created visit the Frozen Planet website where producer Kathryn Jeffs explains the process in more detail

BBC Press Office