Last fall British audiences thrilled to the revelations of Frozen Planet. The seven-part series became such an instant classic that the BBC commissioned a special program of highlights, The Epic Journey, which was broadcast during the holidays. Frozen Planet is very much the heir to Planet Earth. Producer Alastair Fothergill decided to make the series as a direct result of the conditions he observed when the polar episode of Planet Earth was being filmed. Having produced Life in the Freezer a decade earlier, he was uniquely placed to see how much Antarctica had changed between the two series shoots.
Much of the wonder of Frozen Planet lies in the sheer scale of its icy, alien landscapes, as seen in the photo above of Mt. Erebus, the southernmost active volcano on Earth. It summons up visions not imagined since reading H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness in our youth. Still, the heart of a BBC nature series is in the intimacies of animal behavior, such as this glimpse into the morality of penguins shown below.
Frozen Planet will premiere on March 18th on Discovery in the US, and on Discovery World HD in Canada. The DVD and Blu-ray will follow the series finale in April. Extras include video diaries, behind the scenes, isolated music score option, a science featurette and the highlight program, Frozen: Planet: The Epic Journey.