This September, BBC Earth will be bringing audiences on an excursion into uncharted territories around the world with its two latest documentary series.
1. Eden: Untamed Planet
Narrated by the talented, award-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter, this six-part series features Earth’s last remaining lands unscathed by human interference and the resulting rare biodiversity that flourishes there – all while surviving the rapid changes in today’s environment.
Each episode will be packed with breaking behaviours, giving us epic dramas, intimacy, and humour and you will be delighted by the stunning sights captured by the crew: hornbills catching bats straight out of the air, sea lions defending themselves against shark attacks, and even hippos sliding down riverbanks at night.
An A-list cast of animals characters to match the A-list narrator, Helena Bonham Carter, to drive home the message that these last remaining Edens are precious, they are to be celebrated, cherished, but above all, to be preserved.
2. Arctic Drift: A Year In The Ice
10 years of planning, 500 experts from 37 countries and 150 days without sunlight during the long, brutal Arctic Winter, cut off from the world. Arctic Drift: A Year In The Ice is a story of the largest Arctic research project in history and humanity’s last chance to understand the causes and consequences of climate change before it is too late.
Follow the team of experts inside the ground-breaking MOSAiC expedition who spent a year frozen into the sea ice in this inhospitable, breath-taking landscape that has been impossible to truly explore, until now.
Arctic Drift: A Year In The Ice takes us on every step of the mission from searching for ice floe strong enough to support their ‘ice cities’ to new discoveries in the snow and racing against time in their vital research before the ice melts begin. As global warming causes the sea-ice to disappear, this is one of humanity’s greatest efforts to understand how melting at the pole will affect the rest of the planet.
Fun Facts From The Show
- 1: camera chewed by a polar bear
- -40 degree Celsius: Lowest temperature experienced by the crew
- 150: Days without sunlight
- 400: days filming in the field
- 500: Experts from 37 nations featured
- 390: Days in the Ice
- 800 hours: of footage
- 2,500km: distance travelled drifting at 7km per day
- 12,000 ton: German Icebreaker, the Polarstern
- >60: close encounters with polar bears
Catch both shows every Friday on StarHub channel 407 and BBC Player.
Eden: Untamed Planet has premiered on September 17th at 8.05pm while Arctic Drift: A Year In The Ice will start on September 23rd at 9.55pm.