Surviving the frozen kingdom

On Wednesday evening at eight o’clock BBC2 will be screening the first of a new three part natural history series.

Those people who will be unable to watch it then might be pleased to know that it has a repeat on Sunday afternoon at quarter past four.

This series is narrated by Dougray Scott. It examines the people and animals of Alaska - which is the biggest of the American states. A third of Alaska sits above the Arctic Circle and within it, there are many forests and mountain ranges.

It is also a place which in the course of a year, can go through very extreme changes of temperature.

This means that those who live in Alaska have to be hardy.

And the series will examine the different ways that the living beings there have learned to survive.

The first episode looks at Spring – which can be a particularly difficult time for the inhabitants of Alaska. Scenes showing two baby bears emerging into the world and finding themselves up a tree are some of the most interesting in the first episode!

There are also some scenes of a mother sea otter looking after her baby as it begins to acclimatise itself to life in the water.

We also meet an Artic ground squirrel who has to complete a race against time in order to find his mate. And whales are seen removing fish from the end of some fishermen’s lines.

As usual, for a natural history programme on the BBC, the photography is stunning and the incidental music is used to great effect.

This is a series which educates in a very relaxed way and which offers insights to an interesting part of the world that viewers are unlikely to ever visit in person.

Ian K