Nature's Microworlds

Series 1 - 6. Svalbard

Radio Times
Review by:
Gill Crawford

The final episode of this revelatory series takes us to Svalbard, a peninsula inside the Arctic Circle that’s home to more polar bears than people, a stumpy-legged sub-species of reindeer and more than a few seabirds. Most of the year it’s icebound, except for a brief eight-week window of summer when life explodes. But why would any species choose to spend time in such unforgiving surroundings?

What we have here is a mini-episode of Frozen Planet, as Steve Backshall explores the chains that link all the region’s creatures, from the smallest phytoplankton to the mighty walrus and polar bear. As ever, jaw-dropping, eye-covering scenes abound.

About this programme

6/13. Steve Backshall concludes his look at the planet's most fascinating ecosystems with a look at the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. He reveals that it is home to an array of wildlife including the world's largest land predator, and uncovers a surprising secret about the remote region.

Cast and crew

Cast

Narrator
Steve Backshall

Crew

Executive Producer
Wendy Darke
Executive Producer
Cerys Griffiths
Executive Producer
Nick Shearman
Producer
Mark Wheeler
Series Producer
Doug Mackay-Hope
Categories
Documentary