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British Antarctic Territory: Frozen Planet II


In 2011, the BBC’s Frozen Planet gave viewers an unprecedented insight into life in the Poles. Now, 11 years later, Frozen Planet II returned to capture wildlife dramas playing out across all the world’s coldest regions: our high mountains, frozen deserts, snowbound forests, and ice-cold oceans. The series involved 2188 filming days across three years by small crews working in the most remote corners of our frozen worlds.


Filmed in ultra-high definition using the very latest camera technology, and featuring dramatic new behaviours, intimate stories, and sensational natural spectacles filmed for the very first time, this six-part series is a chance to experience the wonder of our planet’s frozen realms as they stand on the brink of major change.


As temperatures rise at an unprecedented rate our frozen planet is literally vanishing before our eyes. The series reveals the true impact on both wildlife and humans.


Frozen South (Episode 4), takes us to the most hostile ice world of all – Antarctica, an entire continent covered in snow and ice full of surprises. Here hardy animals cling around its coastal fringes. In the Frozen South, two key locations for filming were South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.


On the Antarctic Peninsula the team used a drone to capture an entirely new perspective on the intricate coordination of wave washing that the killer whales use during their attacks. But the great revelation was how they are being forced to change their behaviour to adapt to new sources of prey.


The series also showed chinstrap penguins struggling to raise their chicks in a warming world. The chinstraps, filmed around Deception Island, used pebbles to make nests to keep their chicks off the water-logged ground. With increased meltwater and rainy conditions due to a warming Antarctica, chicks were found shivering with hypothermia.


The stunning images captured during the series, and recreated on this series of stamps share some of the cherished moments experienced by the film crew when on location filming for the series.


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Technical Details:

Photography and copyright:-

Stamps

80p, £1.07, £1.45 Leigh Hickmott

£1.60 Abigail Lees

Sheet Borders

80p, £1.45 Leigh Hickmott

£1.07 Bertie Gregory

£1.60 Pete McCowen

S/S Leigh Hickmott

FDC Juliette Hennequin

Designer Andrew Robinson

Printer Cartor Security Printing

Process Stochastic lithography

Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size 42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout 4 within pictorial sheetlet

Souvenir Sheet size 94 x 64mm

Release date 13 March, 2023

Production Coordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd


BBC & FROZEN PLANET II Logos © BBC

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