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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 22, Series 1

Monday December 17 at 19:00

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

Tuesday December 18 at 07:50

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

Tuesday December 18 at 13:20

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

Tuesday December 18 at 19:00

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

Wednesday December 19 at 07:50

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

Wednesday December 19 at 13:25

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

Wednesday December 19 at 19:00

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

Thursday December 20 at 07:50

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

Thursday December 20 at 13:25

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

Thursday December 20 at 19:00

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

Friday December 21 at 07:50

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

Friday December 21 at 13:20

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 26, Series 1

Friday December 21 at 19:00

Patagonia

Steve travels to Patagonia, a vast wilderness in South America where the crew film one of the world's top predators - a killer whale - which has a unique hunting method. 26/31

Episode 24, Series 1

Saturday December 22 at 06:00

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

Sunday December 23 at 06:00

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 December 26 at 17:35

Arctic

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

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday December 26 at 20:40

Alaska

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

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday December 27 at 05:05

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

Friday December 28 at 06:00

Somerset Island

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

Episode 4, Series 1

Saturday December 29 at 05:20

British Columbia

Steve tries to find an elusive sixgill shark and a toothy wolf eel in Canada. 4/31

Episode 2, Series 1

Saturday December 29 at 06:00

Somerset Island

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

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday December 31 at 05:30

British Columbia

Steve tries to find an elusive sixgill shark and a toothy wolf eel in Canada. 4/31

Episode 4, Series 1

Wednesday January 2 at 05:35

British Columbia

Steve tries to find an elusive sixgill shark and a toothy wolf eel in Canada. 4/31

Episode 27, Series 1

Wednesday January 2 at 19:05

Falklands

In the fierce South Atlantic Ocean, the remote and wild Falkland Islands are a harsh place to live, and they are somewhere only the toughest and cleverest predators can survive. 27/31

Episode 27, Series 1

Thursday January 3 at 04:50

Falklands

In the fierce South Atlantic Ocean, the remote and wild Falkland Islands are a harsh place to live, and they are somewhere only the toughest and cleverest predators can survive. 27/31

Episode 28, Series 1

Thursday January 3 at 18:55

Bird Island

Steve sets sail for a tiny speck of land known simply as Bird Island, where during the Antarctic summer the beaches and hillsides become packed with birds and seals. 28/31

Episode 28, Series 1

Friday January 4 at 04:45

Bird Island

Steve sets sail for a tiny speck of land known simply as Bird Island, where during the Antarctic summer the beaches and hillsides become packed with birds and seals. 28/31

Episode 29, Series 1

Friday January 4 at 19:05

South Georgia

The team travel to South Georgia, a remote island in the middle of the Southern Ocean. They brave rough seas to get there, but the extraordinary wildlife encounters are worth it. 29/31

Episode 29, Series 1

Saturday January 5 at 04:35

South Georgia

The team travel to South Georgia, a remote island in the middle of the Southern Ocean. They brave rough seas to get there, but the extraordinary wildlife encounters are worth it. 29/31

Episode 29, Series 1

Sunday January 6 at 06:00

South Georgia

The team travel to South Georgia, a remote island in the middle of the Southern Ocean. They brave rough seas to get there, but the extraordinary wildlife encounters are worth it. 29/31

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