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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 16, Series 1

Monday April 12 at 05:35

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 9, Series 1

Thursday April 15 at 05:25

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 10, Series 1

Thursday April 15 at 06:50

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 13, Series 1

Tuesday April 20 at 07:45

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 14, Series 1

Wednesday April 21 at 07:30

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

Thursday April 22 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 15, Series 1

Thursday April 22 at 07:35

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 9, Series 1

Sunday April 25 at 06:55

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 17, Series 1

Monday April 26 at 07:35

Guyana Giants

Steve's adventure has finally brought him to South America, and the jungle nation of Guyana. It's a place covered in pristine, unexplored forests and is also a land of giants. 17/31

Episode 18, Series 1

Wednesday April 28 at 06:55

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 19, Series 1

Wednesday April 28 at 07:25

Brazil

Steve Backshall and his team reach the Pantanal in Brazil. This watery wilderness is home to more monster jaws and claws than just about any other place on the planet. 19/31

Episode 19, Series 1

Thursday April 29 at 05:35

Brazil

Steve Backshall and his team reach the Pantanal in Brazil. This watery wilderness is home to more monster jaws and claws than just about any other place on the planet. 19/31

Episode 20, Series 1

Thursday April 29 at 07:35

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 18, Series 1

Wednesday May 5 at 06:50

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 May 7 at 06:50

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 May 8 at 06:00

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

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