Frozen Planet’s climate change episode to air in United States

The Discovery Channel reverses its decision not to screen the nature series in full

The Discovery Channel has revealed that David Attenborough’s nature documentary series Frozen Planet will be transmitted in its entirety in the USA.


Frozen Planet’s American fate looked uncertain when Discovery announced last month that it had planned to omit the series’ seventh episode, which examines climate change, owing to “scheduling conflicts”.

However, commentators speculated that the real reason for the network ditching the episode had more to do with fears of angering stateside climate-change sceptics.

But the channel has changed its tune and revealed that it will, in fact, broadcast the whole series with a voiceover from Alec Baldwin, saying in a statement on its website that: “the seven-part series…will premiere in the United States on Sunday, March 18.”

The post also added a nod to the controversial episode, saying: “The series’ seventh episode, hosted on camera by British naturalist David Attenborough, will investigate what rising temperatures will mean for the people and wildlife that live [in the polar regions] – and for the rest of the planet.”

Discovery’s head, Eileen O’Neill, called the series remarkable “because it’s so surprising. You see sequences that have never been captured on film before – a world you would expect to see in a Narnia film, not on this planet.”

“You see an environment that’s changing, if not disappearing, in our generation,” she added.


Frozen Planet finished its run on BBC1 last night with the episode about climate change, called On Thin Ice.