Skip to Main Content
Skip to Main Navigation
Skip to Footer
Sign in / Register
TV On Demand
Film on TV
Film On Demand
The Polar Bear Family and Me
E1 of 3
Series 1 - Episode 1
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Pinterest
Share on Google Plus
Share on Reddit
Email to a friend
Wildlife film-maker Gordon Buchanan gets as physically close to wild polar bears as anyone could for this three-parter. Initially, he has to contend with the fact that there is so little Arctic sea ice that the crew struggles to approach the Svalbard home of the bears. But eventually he finds his ideal quarry: a mother with two cubs, and sees them emerge from their den for the first time to play in the snow – touching stuff.
You worry a bit as a viewer about how much the film crew and scientists hassle the bears – and tempt them to waste precious energy pursuing the humans as potential dinner. But it makes great TV, particularly the scene where a male bear attacks Buchanan in his perspex cage. Quite scary.
Cameraman Gordon Buchanan travels to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to document the lives of a polar bear and her two cubs over the course of three seasons. In spring, he and a team of arctic survival experts manage to find a birth den and meet mother Lyra and offspring Miki and Luca as they emerge from it. Gordon then helps scientists fit the adult with a tracking collar and tests a bear-proof filming hide as he takes on the mission of living with the family.
Cast & Crew
Full Episode Guide
Gordon Buchanan on The Polar Bear Family and Me
“The aim wasn’t to have this terrifying encounter but to see these animals up close doing what they naturally do"
Bake Off 2017 Forgotten Bakes Week: Who left the tent and who was named Star Baker?
EastEnders: Bobby Beale returns - as Max threatens his life!
Hollyoaks: group self-harm storyline launches for Lily, Peri and Yasmine
Strictly Come Dancing week 5 song and dance list: Will Alexandra Burke score a perfect 40 for her Foxtrot?