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Deadly Pole to Pole

From Sunday 18 October at 16:15

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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 9, Series 1

Monday October 21 at 13:15

Southern States

Steve joins forces with Texan fisherman Bubba as he hunts for a river monster than can grow up to 10 feet long. 9/31

Episode 8, Series 1

Tuesday October 22 at 04:40

California

Steve dives with a mako, the fastest shark in the seas, on California's Pacific coast in a fun-filled, adrenaline-fuelled ocean adventure. 8/31

Episode 10, Series 1

Tuesday October 22 at 13:30

Bahamas

Steve journeys to the tropical Bahamas where he explores a complex flooded cave system. The biggest risk is getting lost and running out of air. 10/31

Episode 9, Series 1

Tuesday October 22 at 19:15

Southern States

Steve joins forces with Texan fisherman Bubba as he hunts for a river monster than can grow up to 10 feet long. 9/31

Episode 8, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 05:00

California

Steve dives with a mako, the fastest shark in the seas, on California's Pacific coast in a fun-filled, adrenaline-fuelled ocean adventure. 8/31

Episode 9, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 05:35

Southern States

Steve joins forces with Texan fisherman Bubba as he hunts for a river monster than can grow up to 10 feet long. 9/31

Episode 11, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 07:40

Hawaii Giants

Steve and his crew head to Hawaii, where they witness male humpback whales duelling it out to see who can get the girl. 11/31

Episode 10, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 08:05

Bahamas

Steve journeys to the tropical Bahamas where he explores a complex flooded cave system. The biggest risk is getting lost and running out of air. 10/31

Episode 11, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 13:30

Hawaii Giants

Steve and his crew head to Hawaii, where they witness male humpback whales duelling it out to see who can get the girl. 11/31

Episode 10, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 18:50

Bahamas

Steve journeys to the tropical Bahamas where he explores a complex flooded cave system. The biggest risk is getting lost and running out of air. 10/31

Episode 11, Series 1

Wednesday October 23 at 19:15

Hawaii Giants

Steve and his crew head to Hawaii, where they witness male humpback whales duelling it out to see who can get the girl. 11/31

Episode 10, Series 1

Thursday October 24 at 04:30

Bahamas

Steve journeys to the tropical Bahamas where he explores a complex flooded cave system. The biggest risk is getting lost and running out of air. 10/31

Episode 12, Series 1

Thursday October 24 at 07:40

Hawaii Carnivores

Steve eventually comes face to face with a white tip shark after days of searching the open waters in Hawaii. 12/31

Episode 13, Series 1

Thursday October 24 at 08:05

Texas

Harness and ropes in hand, Steve lowers himself into the depths of one of the most inhospitable environments on earth in Texas to hang out with a swarm of Mexican free-tailed bats.…

Episode 12, Series 1

Thursday October 24 at 13:25

Hawaii Carnivores

Steve eventually comes face to face with a white tip shark after days of searching the open waters in Hawaii. 12/31

Episode 12, Series 1

Thursday October 24 at 19:00

Hawaii Carnivores

Steve eventually comes face to face with a white tip shark after days of searching the open waters in Hawaii. 12/31

Episode 13, Series 1

Friday October 25 at 18:50

Texas

Harness and ropes in hand, Steve lowers himself into the depths of one of the most inhospitable environments on earth in Texas to hang out with a swarm of Mexican free-tailed bats.…

Episode 13, Series 1

Saturday October 26 at 04:45

Texas

Harness and ropes in hand, Steve lowers himself into the depths of one of the most inhospitable environments on earth in Texas to hang out with a swarm of Mexican free-tailed bats.…

Episode 13, Series 1

Saturday October 26 at 16:40

Texas

Harness and ropes in hand, Steve lowers himself into the depths of one of the most inhospitable environments on earth in Texas to hang out with a swarm of Mexican free-tailed bats.…

Episode 14, Series 1

Monday October 28 at 05:20

Trinidad

Steve visits Trinidad, a Caribbean island packed with deadly critters. The team camp out in the dangerous forest to track a rare and stunningly beautiful jungle cat; the ocelot. 14/31

Episode 13, Series 1

Monday October 28 at 08:00

Texas

Harness and ropes in hand, Steve lowers himself into the depths of one of the most inhospitable environments on earth in Texas to hang out with a swarm of Mexican free-tailed bats.…

Episode 13, Series 1

Monday October 28 at 13:25

Texas

Harness and ropes in hand, Steve lowers himself into the depths of one of the most inhospitable environments on earth in Texas to hang out with a swarm of Mexican free-tailed bats.…

Episode 14, Series 1

Tuesday October 29 at 04:45

Trinidad

Steve visits Trinidad, a Caribbean island packed with deadly critters. The team camp out in the dangerous forest to track a rare and stunningly beautiful jungle cat; the ocelot. 14/31

Episode 14, Series 1

Tuesday October 29 at 07:55

Trinidad

Steve visits Trinidad, a Caribbean island packed with deadly critters. The team camp out in the dangerous forest to track a rare and stunningly beautiful jungle cat; the ocelot. 14/31

Episode 14, Series 1

Tuesday October 29 at 13:25

Trinidad

Steve visits Trinidad, a Caribbean island packed with deadly critters. The team camp out in the dangerous forest to track a rare and stunningly beautiful jungle cat; the ocelot. 14/31

Episode 15, Series 1

Tuesday October 29 at 18:55

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 15, Series 1

Wednesday October 30 at 04:40

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 14, Series 1

Wednesday October 30 at 06:50

Trinidad

Steve visits Trinidad, a Caribbean island packed with deadly critters. The team camp out in the dangerous forest to track a rare and stunningly beautiful jungle cat; the ocelot. 14/31

Episode 15, Series 1

Wednesday October 30 at 08:10

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 15, Series 1

Wednesday October 30 at 13:30

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

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