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  • Published: 23 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781846079627
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 312
  • RRP: $69.99

Frozen Planet




Frozen Planet – as you’ll never see it again

Frozen Planet is the follow-up to the ground-breaking Planet Earth and has been created by the same award-winning team. Most of us will never travel to these great wildernesses and, even for those lucky enough to have gone, this portrait of our polar regions will surprise and astound. The Ice Worlds episode of Planet Earth attracted the most viewers and this series picks up where it left off. The Antarctic landmass and Arctic Ocean see the most extreme changes of climate on our planet. From the Great Melt in Spring to the 24-hour summer, the beginning of the Big Freeze and long dark winter, this epic series will follow the dramatic landscapes and the emotional life stories of the animals that live there. Following the stories of the polar bear and wolf in the North Pole and the adelie penguin and killer whale in the South Pole, we see how they survive these extremes, how they feed, mate and rear their young. Using the latest hi-tech cameras, the series will reveal animal behaviour as we've never seen before - the long, tender mating ritual of the polar bears, the vast penguin colonies, the Arctic's most impressive hunter, the wolf as well as eider ducks, gentle seals and socialable ravens. But the real star of this series is the ice and Frozen Planet will tell its story, from its formation to its movement and its beauty. And of course what the future holds for it. This is the last chance to explore our Frozen Planet before it changes forever.

  • Pub date: 23 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781846079627
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 312
  • RRP: $69.99

About the Authors

Alastair Fothergill

Alastair Fothergill was the executive producer of The Hunt. Previous to that, he was the executive producer of Frozen Planet for the BBC – a series he conceived following the success of Planet Earth, which he produced. Director of the associated feature film Earth, he has also co-directed four feature films for Disney.

Alastair studied zoology at the University of Durham, joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983 and was appointed head of the NHU in 1992. During his tenure, he produced the award-winning series on the Antarctic, Life in the Freezer. In 1998, he stood down to concentrate on producing the hugely successful The Blue Planet.

In 2012 he co-founded the independent production company Silverback Films, which produced The Hunt for the BBC. Alastair is the author of four books.

Vanessa Berlowitz

Alastair Fothergill studied zoology at the University of Durham and made his first film, on the Okavango, while still a student. Alastair joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and the series The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced the award-winning series Life in the Freezer. In June 1998 he stood down to concentrate on his role as producer of The Blue Planet and of course the acclaimed Planet Earth. He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss, and is the author of four books.

Vanessa Berlowitz studied human sciences at the University of Oxford, where she took up photography and made her first films.She joined the Natural History Unit in 1991 and went on to become a multiple award-winning director and producer. Vanessa has also contributed to a number of books and written about wildlife and conservation for magazines.


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