Frozen Planet on One

8:30pm Tuesday, January 17 on TV One

Icebergs the size of New York skyscrapers and the first film of killer whales hunting in packs are among the highlights of the stunning BBC nature series, Frozen Planet premiering tonight on TV ONE.

The acclaimed series, featuring Sir David Attenborough, took four years to make and traverses the polar regions, from North Pole to South.

The Arctic and Antarctic are the greatest and least known wildernesses of all – magical ice worlds inhabited by the most bizarre and hardy creatures on earth.

Tonight, the journey begins out on the frozen Arctic Ocean, close to the North Pole. The sun is back after six months of darkness. Cameras follow a pair of courting polar bears, which reveal a surprisingly tender side.

Next stop is the giant Greenland ice cap where waterfalls plunge into the heart of the ice, and a colossal iceberg carves into the sea. Humpback whales join the largest gathering of seabirds on earth to feast in rich Alaskan waters.

Further south, the tree-line marks the start of the Taiga forest, containing one-third of all trees on Earth. Here, 25 of the world’s largest wolves take on formidable bison prey.

At the other end of the planet, the Antarctic begins in the Southern Ocean where surfing penguins struggle to escape a hungry sea lion, and teams of orcas create giant waves to wash seals from ice floes – a filming first.

Diving below the ice, cameras discover prehistoric giants – terrifying sea spiders and woodlice the size of dinner plates. Above ground, crystal caverns ring the summit of Erebus, the most southerly volcano on earth. From here, the routes of early explorers, Scott and Amundsen, on their quest to be the first humans to reach the South Pole, are retraced. The journey ends at the formidable Antarctic ice-cap, which contains 75-percent of the world’s freshwater and is the largest concentration of ice on the planet.

Frozen Planet presenter Sir David Attenborough says, “We all know the natural world is in danger. If people are going to have to deal with that they are going to have to know about it, care about it, and understand it. “

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