Arctic Live

Ep 1/3

Tuesday 1 November



Arctic Live is a brand new three-part series exploring the planet’s last undiscovered wilderness.

Every autumn, polar bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay in Canada to wait for the sea ice to form, so they can begin their winter hunt. And every year, they’re waiting longer. In one of BBC Two’s most ambitious live broadcasts, Gordon Buchanan, Kate Humble and Simon Reeve head north to Churchill, Canada, to follow the remarkable story of not just these bears, but the entire Arctic to see what life is really like on top of the world.

Vast and stunningly beautiful, the Arctic spans eight countries and over five million square miles of frozen ocean. As temperatures rise it has become an increasingly valuable battleground: shipping routes are opening up, and oil, gas and minerals are tantalisingly within reach.

Tonight, Simon travels to an unspoilt corner of Greenland that could become one of the biggest uranium mines in the world - a decision that’s dividing the community - while Kate follows the oil money that’s shaped Alaska and the bitter battle over offshore drilling.

Award-winning wildlife cameraman Gordon (pictured) may already have come face to face with polar bears in Svalbard for The Polar Bear Family And Me, but in Churchill he learns how to live in a town where the world’s largest living land carnivore is right on your doorstep.

The team will be live on the tundra to bring viewers the very latest from the bears.