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Series following the fortunes of America's wildlife icons in Yellowstone National Park. In winter, Yellowstone's wildlife faces a finely balanced fight to survive.

Series following the fortunes of America's wildlife icons in Yellowstone, the most extensive thermal area on Earth.

In winter, Yellowstone is frozen solid - locked in snow as deep as a house for over six months. Whether you hunt for meat, live off stored body fat or whether you simply hibernate, you need to take every advantage, however slight, to save precious energy - then you might just make it through the winter to enjoy the green grass and balmy days of spring.

As we follow the grip of winter over the course of six freezing months, we chart the fortunes of Yellowstone's wildlife in a finely balanced fight to survive. Bison use their massively powerful heads to dig through some of the deepest snow in America to reach the grass beneath. A red fox listens out for mice scurrying six feet beneath the snow before diving headfirst into the drift to snap up its prey, while otters slide through Yellowstone's winter wonderland to find any remaining open water where they can fish. All the while, as the herds of elk and bison are gradually weakened by the cold, one animal gets stronger - the wolf.

But all is not as it first seems - there are larger powers at work. Whether a wolf, a bison or an elk makes it through is intimately linked to Yellowstone's greatest secret. Sleeping beneath the ice and snow-covered surface is one of the world's largest volcanoes. In an extraordinary twist of nature, everything from the freezing winter cold to the creation of a snowstorm is determined by the power of Yellowstone's volcanic heart.

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Sun 11 Oct 2020 20:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Peter Firth
Participant Jeff Henry
Producer Paul D Stewart
Series Producer Andrew Murray

Broadcasts

  • Sun 15 Mar 2009 20:00
  • Mon 16 Mar 2009 19:00
  • Wed 18 Mar 2009 20:00
  • Tue 21 Apr 2009 20:00
  • Sat 25 Apr 2009 01:25
  • Tue 16 Jun 2009 19:30
  • Sat 15 Aug 2009 15:55
  • Mon 22 Feb 2010 19:00
  • Wed 24 Feb 2010 19:00
  • Sun 27 Jun 2010 17:15
  • Mon 20 Dec 2010 19:00
  • Sat 9 Apr 2011 19:00
  • Sun 10 Apr 2011 03:00
  • Wed 8 Jun 2011 22:30
  • Mon 13 Jun 2011 00:15
  • Sat 19 Nov 2011 19:00
  • Sun 20 Nov 2011 01:30
  • Wed 7 Dec 2011 23:00
  • Tue 27 Dec 2011 11:45
  • Thu 7 Jun 2012 22:30
  • Sat 20 Sep 2014 20:00
  • Sun 21 Sep 2014 02:00
  • Tue 23 Sep 2014 23:00
  • Thu 21 Jul 2016 20:00
  • Mon 25 Jul 2016 01:00
  • Mon 3 Apr 2017 20:00
  • Thu 6 Apr 2017 23:00
  • Wed 12 Aug 2020 09:00
  • Sun 11 Oct 2020 20:00

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