To the Ends of the Earth

Series 1 - Episode 1 To the Ends of the Earth

Watchlist
ADVERTISEMENT

Review

David Attenborough’s latest magnum opus looks at life near the Earth’s poles, and it’s as fabulous as you’d expect. It’s partly the world-beating photography, of course – whether of a polar bear tracking his mate or killer whales toying with a seal as if it were a rag doll.

But it’s also in the way Attenborough’s well-turned phrases glide across the images and place them for us. When the great man tells us that the things we’ll encounter “seem to be borrowed from fairy tales”, it’s just the right complement to the images.

It’s more than a wildlife series, too. We spend as much time looking at glaciers as we do polar bears: one of the best sequences shows a rupture in an ice cliff. Also, the scene where wolves hunt bison through deep snow will stay with you long after the programme ends.

Summary

David Attenborough travels to the Arctic and Antarctic to explore the wildernesses at Earth's poles, investigating the wildlife and geographical features found there. He begins by travelling to the North Pole, where two polar bears reveal a surprisingly tender side to their characters, before heading to the South Pole - 100 years after Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott first reached it.

Cast & Crew

Presenter/Narrator David Attenborough
Executive Producer Alastair Fothergill
Series Producer Vanessa Berlowitz
Nature