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S1-E7 On Thin Ice

S1-E7 On Thin Ice

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Review

Clever scheduling, this. Just as we stumble into the light and get the better of our New Year’s Day hangovers, BBC1 offers the best possible restorative after soluble aspirin and a bacon roll.

It’s a greatest-hits package taken from David Attenborough’s awe-inspiring series. One glimpse of polar bear cubs curled up next to their mother inside a snowy den ought to help put you in a better frame of mind. (Who cares that some of the shots were branded “TV fakery” because they were filmed in a zoo?) Other highlights include nesting Adélie penguins and a great scene of wolves hunting bison.

Summary

David Attenborough investigates what rising temperatures will mean for people and wildlife in the polar regions, and how changes there could affect the rest of the planet. He discovers polar bears in the Arctic are going hungry as the sea ice they hunt on disappears, and accompanies scientists studying waterfalls of meltwater in Greenland that are leading to a rise in global sea levels. From the Antarctic there are images of the break-up of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, which covered an area the size of Jamaica.

Cast & Crew

Presenter/Narrator David Attenborough
Producer Dan Rees
Series Producer Vanessa Berlowitz

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