- An unexpected climate scientist Duration: 04:00 On Thin Ice
- Breaking the ice Duration: 02:52 On Thin Ice
- Filming the ‘finger of death’ Duration: 02:49 Winter
- Merry Erebus! Duration: 01:31 To the Ends of the Earth
- The wolf and the bison Duration: 02:49 Winter
- The Emperor's return Duration: 03:06 Autumn
Attenborough at the ends of the Earth
Frozen Planet is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, who himself travelled to both polar regions in the making of the series. Sir David first visited Antarctica 17 years ago, but this was his first time ever to visit the geographical North Pole. To get there, meant flying in to a Russian ice camp on the frozen Arctic ocean, where he could (after several days of bad weather) finally reach the pole itself by helicopter.David Attenborough in Captain Scott's hut
He also returned to Scott's hut, a place he first visited several years ago, but still touches him today. This is the place where Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his men began their fateful journey to reach the geographical South Pole. "I remember very vividly indeed the first time I entered this extraordinary building…it was not like any other place - because it isn't like any other place on earth. If ever there was a place that held the personality of the people that had lived in it, a century ago, this surely must be it".
Sir David authors On Thin Ice, the seventh film of the series, which explores the effects of climate change on the polar regions and the lengths that scientists are going to, to understand it. Some regions, like the Antarctic Peninsula, have warmed significantly in the years since Sir David first visited them. He explores what this means, not just for the animals and people of the polar regions, but for the whole planet.
Learn more with The Open University
The Open University is offering Frozen Planet viewers the chance to continue exploring the icy wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic. On OpenLearn, the free learning site, you can find an interactive map that showcases geographic information from Arctic and Antarctic experts, including real-time temperature and sea ice levels, and how the polar regions have been defined over time.Visit The Open University’s free learning website, OpenLearn
A free Open University poster with maps, photos and fascinating facts about the polar regions can also be ordered. Double-sided and A1 in size, the poster details the striking geology of the poles and highlights the important relationship between the people, animals and climate.
A free online course from The Open University offers an introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the seasons; reading and understanding graphs and maps; and how the Arctic and Antarctic regions are defined.
Frozen Planet in paintings
For over a century, artists have painted visions of stunning polar landscapes, capturing stories of extreme human endurance in sub-zero conditions. Alastair Fothergill, the executive producer of Frozen Planet, takes you on a guided tour of his favourite and iciest paintings from the UK’s national art collection.Watch the guided tour
The man behind the music
The music for the first six episodes of Frozen Planet was specially composed by George Fenton. In this piece for Radio 4, George talks about creating original scores to complement breathtaking images.Listen to George Fenton on Radio 4
Frozen Planet - Audio Slideshow
Audio slideshow featuring captivating images of the Arctic and Antarctic wilderness and interviews with the Frozen Planet production team.Watch the slideshow
Helen Skelton's Polar Challenge
Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is attempting to become the first person to use a bicycle to help her reach the South Pole. Helen will travel 500 miles across Antarctica in January, using an ice bike, skis and a kite to raise money for Sport Relief.Follow Helen's polar challenge in her online map and diary
The challenge follows Helen's successful high-wire walk between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station in London in 2010 and solo kayak voyage down the length of the Amazon in 2009
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