"Wild Alaska" (TV show) on BBC America is a documentary series, narrated by Dougray Scott, that explores spring, summer and winter, discovering the unique species that have learned to thrive in these harsh conditions.

Part of the most modern nation on Earth, Alaska is a unique wilderness marked by extremes. This series offers a beautiful insight into life in this untamed land.

Alaska is huge — a fifth of the size of the US — but with fewer than three-quarters of a million human beings. Instead, it has a phenomenal range of wildlife. Why should such a vast land, part of the most modern nation on earth, still be so untamed and barely trodden, yet full of life? It's because a unique combination of forces made it, and still dominate it. Narrated by Dougray Scott, this three-part BBC Earth series explores spring, summer and winter, discovering the unique species that have learned to thrive in these harsh conditions.

Alaska has its head in the Arctic Circle, so the whole land has been shaped by ice-sheets and glaciers, which have made huge rivers and vast lakes. Its northern position means the most extreme winters on earth — but the size and shape of the land brings heat waves and wildfires to the interior every summer. And surrounded on three sides by the sea, it has great coastal storms to the south and a frozen ocean to the north.

All this has created a land of great variety and extremes — but also a wilderness full of life. All across its face, animals — and people — have adapted to the land, under the influence of the most extreme seasonal variation on earth.

This is a tough landscape, where the human population density is lower than Siberia. But dotted through the land are small communities where life is unusual — where fearless fishermen go extreme crab-fishing and fire-jumping, and where there's high-stakes gambling over epic river breakups, and competitions to grow monster vegetables in the endless summer daylight.

"Wild Alaska" is a BBC America and BBC co-production, from the BBC Natural History Unit. The executive producer is James Honeyborne.


FACTS

Network: BBC America
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: March 10, 2015
Seasons: 1
Production Company: BBC





'Wild Alaska' Explores Life in Untamed Land — Premiering Tuesday, March 10, the new BBC America series, narrated by Dougray Scott, offers insight into life in spring, summer and winter, discovering the unique species that have learned to thrive in these harsh conditions. Read more...





 
 
 
 
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