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  • 13 episodes
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Episode 6: Svalbard

Summary

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.
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Review

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.

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NarratorSteve Backshall

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Executive producerWendy Darke
Executive producerCerys Griffiths
Executive producerNick Shearman
ProducerMark Wheeler
Series producerDoug Mackay-Hope

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  • Episode 6

    Svalbard

    Summary

    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.
    Recommended

    Review

    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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorSteve Backshall

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerWendy Darke
    Executive producerCerys Griffiths
    Executive producerNick Shearman
    ProducerMark Wheeler
    Series producerDoug Mackay-Hope
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