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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 21, Series 1

Thursday June 21 at 07:40

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 20, Series 1

Thursday June 21 at 11:20

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

Thursday June 21 at 13:25

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

Thursday June 21 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

Friday June 22 at 05:25

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

Friday June 22 at 07:40

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

Friday June 22 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

Friday June 22 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 20, Series 1

Sunday June 24 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

Episode 20, Series 1

Monday June 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 24, Series 1

Monday June 25 at 07:55

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

Monday June 25 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 24, Series 1

Monday June 25 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

Tuesday June 26 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 24, Series 1

Tuesday June 26 at 07:35

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 24, Series 1

Tuesday June 26 at 13:15

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

Tuesday June 26 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

Wednesday June 27 at 07:40

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

Wednesday June 27 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

Wednesday June 27 at 18:55

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 26, Series 1

Thursday June 28 at 05:25

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 26, Series 1

Thursday June 28 at 07:55

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 26, Series 1

Thursday June 28 at 13:20

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 27, Series 1

Thursday June 28 at 19:00

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

Friday June 29 at 05:25

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

Friday June 29 at 07:55

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

Friday June 29 at 13:25

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

Friday June 29 at 19:00

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

Saturday June 30 at 05:25

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 27, Series 1

Sunday July 1 at 05:25

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

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