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Deadly Pole to Pole

From Sunday 18 October at 16:15

About the series

Deadly just got deadlier

For the first time ever in a Deadly series, adventurer Steve Backshall circumnavigates the planet, tracking down the world’s greatest predators.

Starting at the top of the world, Steve ventures into one of the most inhospitable places on earth – the Arctic. From here he explores the frozen north in search of polar bears, walrus, Arctic foxes and seals.

Steve then embarks on a 20,000-kilometre journey that sees him pass through Central and South America. Experiencing new countries and new adventures, Steve discovers animals like the lobster-munching goliath groupers of Cuba, the much feared and respected oceanic white tip shark, and the world’s only carnivorous caterpillars.

Multiple cameras capture every aspect of the action, while groundbreaking time slice technology reveals the world of sharks and birds of prey as never seen before on Deadly. And there’s a final, new Deadly twist.

For the first time ever it’s not just the animals that are deadly – so is the planet. Steve looks at some of the earth’s deadly forces of nature; red hot molten lava, unexplored underwater caves, exploding supervolcanoes and mighty glaciers.

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Profile

Steve Backshall

Steve’s passion for the wild world started from an early age. He was brought up on a smallholding surrounded by rescue animals, and his childhood pals included an asthmatic donkey and grass snakes in the manure heap!

His extensive solo travels landed him a job as a Rough Guides author on Indonesia and Asia. Armed with a video camera and an idea for a television series, Steve then headed off to the jungles of Columbia and sold the pilot to the National Geographic Channel, afterwards becoming their adventurer in residence for five years.

A move to the BBC saw him presenting The Really Wild Show until it ended in 2006. He then joined the BBC Natural History Unit’s expedition team, presenting series like Lost Land of the Jaguar, Lost Land of the Volcano and Expedition Alaska, where he was nearly swallowed by humpback whales.

Steve now presents the BBC series Deadly 60, a children’s show that sees him travelling the world in search of the most deadly predators.

When he isn’t coming face to face with deadly animals, Steve enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering. He’s qualified as an advanced Himalayan Expedition leader from India’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and has led the first ascents of peaks in Borneo and Venezuela.

Steve is not a man to be messed with – after graduating from the University of Exeter he spent a year living and studying martial arts in Japan, earning himself a black belt in judo and a brown belt in karate.

He is also an experienced BCU 4 Star sea and white water kayaker and has competed in numerous triathlons, adventure races and fell running events.

Next on...

Episode 15, Series 1

Monday December 18 at 02:55

Shark Island

Steve travels to Guadalupe Island, where he dives into the crystal clear waters and swims with the fearsome great white shark and their prey - Guadalupe fur seals. 15/31

Episode 16, Series 1

Monday December 18 at 18:00

Baja Mexico

In Baja Mexico, Steve heads for the desert to hunt a red diamond rattlesnake, then has a close encounter with a feisty male Californian sea lion - who shows him who's boss! 16/31

Episode 18, Series 1

Wednesday December 20 at 18:00

Jungle River

Steve embarks on a river expedition into the heart of Guyana's unexplored rainforest. The team travel up the Rupunini river and set up a remote base camp deep in the jungle. 18/31

Episode 18, Series 1

Thursday December 21 at 01:45

Jungle River

Steve embarks on a river expedition into the heart of Guyana's unexplored rainforest. The team travel up the Rupunini river and set up a remote base camp deep in the jungle. 18/31

Episode 18, Series 1

Thursday December 21 at 04:40

Jungle River

Steve embarks on a river expedition into the heart of Guyana's unexplored rainforest. The team travel up the Rupunini river and set up a remote base camp deep in the jungle. 18/31

Episode 20, Series 1

Friday December 22 at 18:00

Peru

Steve's journey has brought him to the mountainous country of Peru in South America. Dominated by the Andes, it's a challenging environment where animals survive by being deadly. 20/31

Episode 20, Series 1

Saturday December 23 at 02:40

Peru

Steve's journey has brought him to the mountainous country of Peru in South America. Dominated by the Andes, it's a challenging environment where animals survive by being deadly. 20/31

Episode 16, Series 1

Saturday December 23 at 18:00

Baja Mexico

In Baja Mexico, Steve heads for the desert to hunt a red diamond rattlesnake, then has a close encounter with a feisty male Californian sea lion - who shows him who's boss! 16/31

Episode 16, Series 1

Sunday December 24 at 02:45

Baja Mexico

In Baja Mexico, Steve heads for the desert to hunt a red diamond rattlesnake, then has a close encounter with a feisty male Californian sea lion - who shows him who's boss! 16/31

Episode 20, Series 1

Sunday December 24 at 21:30

Peru

Steve's journey has brought him to the mountainous country of Peru in South America. Dominated by the Andes, it's a challenging environment where animals survive by being deadly. 20/31

Episode 20, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 05:35

Peru

Steve's journey has brought him to the mountainous country of Peru in South America. Dominated by the Andes, it's a challenging environment where animals survive by being deadly. 20/31

Episode 20, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 17:35

Peru

Steve's journey has brought him to the mountainous country of Peru in South America. Dominated by the Andes, it's a challenging environment where animals survive by being deadly. 20/31

Episode 21, Series 1

Monday December 25 at 21:30

Special - Shark

In this special episode all about sharks, Steve goes on a mission to learn about these perfect predators and show they are not the mindless killers many people believe. 21/31

Episode 21, Series 1

Tuesday December 26 at 05:35

Special - Shark

In this special episode all about sharks, Steve goes on a mission to learn about these perfect predators and show they are not the mindless killers many people believe. 21/31

Episode 21, Series 1

Tuesday December 26 at 17:35

Special - Shark

In this special episode all about sharks, Steve goes on a mission to learn about these perfect predators and show they are not the mindless killers many people believe. 21/31

Episode 22, Series 1

Tuesday December 26 at 21:30

Special - Killer Cold

Steve Backshall experiences killer cold and discovers how animals survive subzero temperatures with thick pelts and blubber. 22/31

Episode 22, Series 1

Wednesday December 27 at 05:35

Special - Killer Cold

Steve Backshall experiences killer cold and discovers how animals survive subzero temperatures with thick pelts and blubber. 22/31

Episode 22, Series 1

Wednesday December 27 at 17:35

Special - Killer Cold

Steve Backshall experiences killer cold and discovers how animals survive subzero temperatures with thick pelts and blubber. 22/31

Episode 23, Series 1

Wednesday December 27 at 21:20

Special - Forces of Nature

Steve and his intrepid crew explore some of the most deadly forces of nature on our planet - the elemental furies of fire, ice, water and wind. 23/31

Episode 23, Series 1

Thursday December 28 at 05:35

Special - Forces of Nature

Steve and his intrepid crew explore some of the most deadly forces of nature on our planet - the elemental furies of fire, ice, water and wind. 23/31

Episode 24, Series 1

Thursday December 28 at 21:20

Special - Cold Blooded Killers

In this special episode, Steve takes a look at the incredible world of reptiles and discovers what makes them cold blooded killers. 24/31

Episode 24, Series 1

Friday December 29 at 05:35

Special - Cold Blooded Killers

In this special episode, Steve takes a look at the incredible world of reptiles and discovers what makes them cold blooded killers. 24/31

Episode 25, Series 1

Friday December 29 at 21:20

Special - Deadly Dinosaurs

Steve travels back to pre-historic times to learn about the deadliest animals to have ever roamed our planet - dinosaurs - and reveals how they compare to modern-day animals. 25/31

Episode 25, Series 1

Saturday December 30 at 05:35

Special - Deadly Dinosaurs

Steve travels back to pre-historic times to learn about the deadliest animals to have ever roamed our planet - dinosaurs - and reveals how they compare to modern-day animals. 25/31

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday January 31 at 19:45

Arctic

Steve Backshall boards an ice-breaker and hunts for the Arctic's top predator - the cuddly-looking Polar Bear. 1/31

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday February 1 at 04:40

Arctic

Steve Backshall boards an ice-breaker and hunts for the Arctic's top predator - the cuddly-looking Polar Bear. 1/31

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday February 1 at 19:45

Somerset Island

Steve heads to Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic to search for the musk ox and an Arctic fox. 2/31

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday February 2 at 04:40

Somerset Island

Steve heads to Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic to search for the musk ox and an Arctic fox. 2/31

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday February 2 at 19:45

Alaska

Steve is pushed to the limit when he abseils into the heart of a glacier in Alaska. 3/31

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday February 4 at 03:55

Alaska

Steve is pushed to the limit when he abseils into the heart of a glacier in Alaska. 3/31

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Denmark – Canal Digital DTH: 38 | YouSee: 63
Finland – Canal Digital DTH: 26
Norway – Altibox: 48 | Canal Digital Cable: 25 | Canal Digital DTH: 37 | GET: 51
Sweden – Canal Digital DTH: 25 | ComHem: 36 | Sappa: 31