Planet Earth (2006)
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From Pole to Pole 

"Planet Earth" travels around the Earth, finding where the sun always shines and where it's rarely seen. Next, they find where water is abundant and where it's scarce.
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Episode credited cast:
David Attenborough ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Sigourney Weaver ... Narrator - US Version (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Holding Mike Holding ... Himself
Tania Jenkins Tania Jenkins ... Herself (as Tania 'TJ' Jenkins)
Michael Kelem ... Himself
Mark Linfield ... Himself
Peter Perlstein Peter Perlstein ... Himself
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What would the earth be like without the sun? We'll never know, but the emperor penguins come the nearest to that experience, as they suffer through winter in Antarctica, where temperatures can drop to minus 70 degrees centigrade. Meanwhile, the sun brightens the far north and the polar bears come out of hibernation. Spring in northern Canada means the migration of three million caribou across the arctic tundra. Winter in the deciduous forests of eastern Russia makes hunting difficult for the Amur leopard, the rarest cat in the world. On the island of New Guinea, birds have plenty of food, giving them time for elaborate mating rituals. "The sun influences life in the oceans just as it does on land," explains the narrator. We watch where the seals go to breed -- and we see the Great White sharks that follow them. What would the Earth be like without water? "Planet Earth" shows us where water is abundant and where it is scarce. During the dry season in the Kalahari desert, elephants go ... Written by J. Spurlin

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25 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Narrator: A hundred years ago, there were one-and-a-half billion people on Earth. Now, over six billion crowd our fragile planet. But even so, there are still places barely touched by humanity. This series will take you to the last wildernesses and show you the planet and its wildlife as you have never seen them before.
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Planet Earth End Theme
Written by George Fenton
Performed by BBC Concert Orchestra
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From Pole to Pole
11 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Absolutely adore 'Planet Earth', one of the best documentaries ever made and actually is more than that. Have remarked a few times that it and its recent follow up (every bit as good) did for nature and out planet as 'Walking with Dinosaurs' did with the dinosaurs. David Attenborough is wisely considered a national treasure for very good reason, no matter how much he himself dislikes the term.

"From Pole to Pole" is an incredible start and couldn't have been a more ideal way of setting up what was to follow. A lot of series/shows have a finding-its-feet feel at their starts, not so 'Planet Earth' with "From Pole to Pole" where stylistically and tonally everything is found from the outset. Throughout it's an awe-inspiring, utterly transfixing experience where one forgets they're watching a documentary and instead feeling like they're watching art. This may sound like extreme hyperbole, but to me and many others 'Planet Earth' is completely deserving of its praise and even deserving of more. To me as well, it is easily one of the best the BBC has done in years.

Where to start with the praises for "From Pole to Pole"? for starters looks amazing. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting even more with the animals), way and never looking static. In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The scenery and habitats are some of the most breath-taking personally seen anywhere, whether in visual media and real life and the rich colours positively leap out. The music is epic but has just as many quieter moments that speak just as much. The main theme is unforgettable.

Regarding the narrative aspects, "From Pole to Pole" can't be faulted there either. The narration has a great well-balanced mix of facts that will be familiar to the viewer and others that will induce the right amount of surprise. In short, it's just fascinating, informative and thoughtful. Everything is intriguing and illuminating, with as much for children to be inspired by as well as adults, and there is just enough freshness to avoid it from becoming stale. Attenborough delivers it beautifully, there's a soft-spoken enthusiasm and precision about his delivery and he never preaches.

The animals themselves are a wonderful mix of the adorable, like the penguins and the seals, and the dangerous, especially the White Shark. One actually finds they're rooting for them in exactly the same way they would a human character. What also stands out is "From Pole to Pole's" sense of awe and emotional impact, the birds, penguins and elephant scenes have been justifiably praised and are gorgeously shot but the standout is the White Shark and seal part, one of the most suspenseful and emotionally devastating scenes personally seen for anything on television (am being serious about this).

Nothing episodic or repetitive here in "From Pole to Pole" either. Despite covering a lot of animals and habitats, there is a real sense of the episode having its own individual story with real, complex emotions and conflicts and animal characters developed in a way a human character would in a film but does it better than several.

Overall, incredible start to one of the best programmes the BBC has ever produced. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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