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DVD: Frozen Planet (E)

Nature doesn't get any better than this. David Attenborough, Britain's greatest asset, narrates the BBC's sensational documentary on the Arctic and Antarctic.

DVD: Frozen Planet (E)

Nature doesn't get any better than this. David Attenborough, Britain's greatest asset, narrates the BBC's sensational documentary on the Arctic and Antarctic.

BBC boss: Frozen Planet row is revenge for Leveson coverage

Newspapers are giving wildlife series Frozen Planet a hard time in revenge for the BBC's coverage of the Leveson Inquiry, director general Mark Thompson suggested today.

BBC chief Mark Thompson defends Jeremy Clarkson

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'In two more months, polar bear families will emerge on to the snowy slopes all round the Arctic. But for now they lie protected within their icy cocoons'

BBC denies 'fake' polar bear scene was misleading

The BBC moved yesterday to protect one of its most valuable brands, amid claims that scenes shown on Sir David Attenborough's acclaimed series Frozen Planet were filmed in a Dutch animal park and not in the wild.

'In two more months, polar bear families will emerge on to the snowy slopes all round the Arctic. But for now they lie protected within their icy cocoons'

BBC feels the commercial chill of 'fake' documentary

Revelation that key scenes from Frozen Planet were filmed in a zoo has threatened one of the corporation's prized products, says Ian Burrell

Sir David Attenborough: 'It's not falsehood and we don't keep it secret either'

Sir David Attenborough defends Frozen Planet zoo footage

Sir David Attenborough has defended using footage in his Frozen Planet series of a polar bear tending her newborn cubs that was shot in a zoo.

UK's only polar bear celebrates birthday

The UK's only polar bear celebrated his third birthday today.

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Last Night's Viewing: Frozen Planet, BBC1 / Paul Merton's Adventures, Channel 5

I guess pretty much everyone's been through a tough patch in the dating game – moments when you wondered whether you'd ever meet up with a suitable partner. Spare a thought for the polar bear, though, obliged by nature and the unforgiving mathematics of the predator pyramid to roam for hundreds of square miles in search of a mate. What's more, both the mate and the miles are blinding white. In Frozen Planet last night, we were able to watch one bear doggedly pursuing another by literally following in her footsteps, placing each paw on to the compacted snow left by his target, in order to conserve energy. And it wasn't foreplay he was saving the energy up for but defence of his prize. When their brief liaison began, the male looked like something off a global warming poster, a Brad Pitt of polar bears. By the end, having had to break off repeatedly to punch interlopers who were eyeing up his date, he looked more like Sylvester Stallone at the end of Rocky.

Bear feasts in Tennessee sweet shop rampage

A bear has feasted on pecan logs, caramel apples and other treats at a sweet shop in the Smoky Mountains resort town Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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The story of Hope was not meant to end like this. A life lived from the start on the internet has been cut short by a bullet from a Minnesota hunter's gun, robbing researchers of an animal who they have been tracking for years.

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