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Time Shift Your TV – Frozen Planet

It may be balmy outside these days, but take one look at Discovery’s Frozen Planet,  and you’ll be reaching for a blanket to stave off the cold.

This amazing series debuted in March, and if you haven’t had a chance to catch any, some, or all of it, you should head to your TV and check the listings for April 22 (Earth Day). Discovery is re-airing six episodes of the dramatic, engaging and fact-filled series, filled with incredible high definition nature footage, leading up to the season finale Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

The Discovery Channel/BBC co-production, done by the award-winning team behind Planet Earth, was four years in the making. It reveals that our earth’s polar regions are filled with fascinating creatures. Alec Baldwin narrates the series.

It’s not just an animal show, although you will see animals that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s also about the humans who live in frozen parts of our globe. In Sunday’s last new episode, the Inuit people were shown surviving on a secret cache of seafood located just beneath the ice during the spring equinox. A giant walrus was caught and butchered. Says Baldwin, “Finding food in the arctic is tough work. To succeed you need three things – persistence, patience and sheer nerve.”

Later, a team in Greenland with their sled dogs traversed icy and dark landscapes, patrolling the land. Siberia’s record-low temperatures were discussed, and an ice cave was explored. You will see how people and animals cope and live – and what they do just to find a meal – in the constant cold and barren lands.

One especially important episode is hosted on camera by British naturalist David Attenborough, who investigates our earth’s rising temperatures and what they mean for the planet.

The Frozen Planet team, according to Discovery, filmed in every nation inside the Arctic and Antarctic circles, spending 2,356 days in the field, one and a half  years at sea, more than six months on the sea ice, and 134 hours beneath the ice. Brrr!

For more information about the show and to watch videos, you can visit the Frozen Planet website.  You might also want to check out the special Penguin Cam. It’s a live feed from SeaWorld San Diego’s Penguin Encounter attraction, and features more than 300 species of penguins in constant action. There is always something happening!