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The Wildlife Specials: Polar bear: The Arctic Warrior  (1997)

Prowling the ice

Part of a series of one-off BBC wildlife specials to mark forty years of the BBC Natural History Unit, Polar bear: The Arctic Warrior is a fascinating celebration of these powerful and formidable predators - majestic in their natural habitat.

A land of ice and blizzards, bleak and desolate, there can be few places as remote or as beautiful as the Arctic Circle. Punishing in the extreme, with a winter of perpetual darkness which is then replaced by months of blazing daylight, this BBC production was the first in-depth study of the polar bear in its harsh and unrelenting terrain.

With little polar bear behaviour ever being caught on film before, world-renowned wildlife producer Martha Holmes, together with cameramen Doug Allan and Martin Saunders, recorded a number of groundbreaking sequences. In evocative scenes yearlings are seen imitating their parents as they crash into the dens of seal pups, hunt walruses and scavenge on vegetation and bird carcasses.

With the dramatic backdrop of frozen ice fields and stunning underwater shots, the unique imagery is woven in with an informative commentary from David Attenborough. Winner of a Best Factual Photography BAFTA in 1998, Polar Bear: The Arctic Warrior provides a comprehensive insight into the day-to-day life of the world's largest land carnivore.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Additional Photography: Hugh Maynard
Additional Photography: Piers Finzel
Additional Photography: Hitesh Makan
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Dubbing Editor: Lucy Rutherford
Dubbing Mixer: Graham Wild
Editor: Jo Ridley
Field Assistant: Mats Forsberg
Field Assistant: Jason Roberts
Field Assistant: Arne Kristoffersen
Field Assistant: Geir Aasebostol
Field Assistant: Jon Voll
Field Assistant: Isaac Shooyook
Field Assistant: Joe Kaludjak
Field Assistant: Victor Kaludjak
Field Assistant: Muck Kaludjak
Field Assistant: Johnny Nowdlac
Field Assistant: Josie Papatsie
Field Assistant: Bonnie Chartier
Field Assistant: Mitch Campbell
Field Assistant: Steve Miller
Music Composer: George Fenton
Orchestra: BBC - Concert Orchestra
Photography: Doug Allan
Photography: Martin Saunders
Producer: Martha Holmes
Production Co-ordinator: Philippa Lawson
Production Manager: Ruth Flowers
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Scientific Consultant: Ian Stirling
Scientific Consultant: Andy Derocher
Scientific Consultant: Malcolm Ramsay
Series Producer: Keith Scholey
Unit Manager: Nicky Spode
Unit Manager: Felicity Mudge

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Stills
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