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Filming facts

Frozen Planet - filming firsts

What does it take to make a polar series?

  • four years in production
  • a record 2,356 days in the field
  • one and a half years at sea
  • over six months out on the sea ice
  • 134 hours filming under the ice
  • 38 sled dogs
  • 33 skidoos
  • 28 helicopters
  • 22 boats
  • 12 reindeer
  • 10 quad bikes
  • eight sets of snow shoes
  • five amphibious vehicles
  • two powerful icebreakers – one in the north, the other in the south
  • one Royal Navy ice patrol vessel, HMS Endurance
  • 2,118 dehydrated meals
  • 35 days trapped in tents by blizzards
  • 425 days at temperatures below -15°C
  • 598 pairs of thermals
  • 38 cameramen
  • longest time in the field: 124 days
  • lowest temperature experienced on the ground: -50°C within the ice, at the South Pole
  • highest winds experienced: 148mph