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Winter's Weirdest Events

Using state-of-the-art science, expert analysis and eyewitness accounts, Chris Packham unravels some of the strangest winter stories our planet has to offer.

The natural world is full of the weird and the wonderful, but in wintertime it just gets weirder.

From snowboarding crows to polar bear parties, seemingly suicidal penguins, festive ice discs, the miracle revival of a man frozen solid and spooky twizzling turkeys, this Christmas serves up weird stories of the unexplained, unexpected and the unidentifiable from across the globe.

Using state-of-the-art science, expert analysis and first-hand eyewitness accounts, we examine the evidence, test the theories and unravel some of the strangest stories our planet has to offer. Based in a remote hut for the winter, naturalist Chris Packham embarks on a fascinating journey to try to explain some of winter's weirdest events. With the help of leading scientists and engaging contributors, Chris reveals secrets from the natural world, from bizarre science to animal oddities, crazy weather, medical marvels and remarkable natural phenomena.

30 minutes


Mon 23 Dec 2019 18:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Shakin’ Stevens

    Merry Christmas Everyone

  • 00:13

    Dead or Alive

    You Spin Me Round

Photo story

Photo story

Filming in snow-covered Norway

"For this shoot, we were on a mission to find a wintery looking location that had plenty of snow."

Take a look at behind the scenes photos


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Executive Producer Jo Shinner
Series Producer Aaron Paul


  • Christmas Eve 2017 20:30
  • Christmas Day 2017 18:45
  • Wed 3 Jan 2018 03:05
  • Sat 15 Dec 2018 18:30
  • Christmas Day 2018 12:15
  • Mon 23 Dec 2019 18:00

Take the Winter's Weirdest Quiz

Take the Winter's Weirdest Quiz

Brrr…. its cold outside, so stay in and take a quiz.