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Explore our Hostile Planet

Explore our Hostile Planet

National Geographic’s brand new documentary series about our savage world will blow your mind

Think you’ve got it rough on your morning commute? Spare a thought for the animals trying to survive in Earth’s most extreme environments

Hostile Planet, Sunday 28 April, 9pm, National Geographic/HD (CH 266/268). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > National Geographic

If you’ve seen one nature documentary series you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong! New to National Geographic, Hostile Planet is ready to take you closer than ever before to the spectacular savagery of the animal kingdom.


With each episode of this long-awaited six-part series giving you an immersive look at the challenges facing Earth’s amazing wildlife in their different habitats, Hostile Planet puts you right at the heart of the drama these animals face on a daily basis. Survival is everything, but do they have what it takes to overcome the odds?


Plus, with a certain survival expert on board as your host (read on to find out who), this incredible new series is one lovers of nature documentaries won’t want to miss. Want to know more? Here’s why you should tune in…

It takes you everywhere

From Earth’s parched deserts and unforgiving poles, to its greenest jungles and deepest oceans, Hostile Planet takes an unflinching look at how animals are forced to adapt in the most extreme conditions mother nature has to offer. Fail to survive in these perilous environments and, well, you can probably guess what happens next. As a profile of the beauty and brutality found across our planet – and how the natural landscape is changing at a rapid rate – this is as thorough as it gets.


Bear Grylls is your host!

Bear Grylls on a mountain

Guiding you through Hostile Planet is survivalist Bear Grylls, a man who knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it out of the wild in one piece. Bear will be on hand to give viewers a close-up look at the life-threatening conditions the animals face. “This is a totally fresh look at the ruthlessness and fragility of Earth,” says Grylls. “Get ready for a survival story unlike any other.”


The show’s makers are top drawer

An Ocelot in the jungle

As you might imagine from a series produced by Academy Award winner Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and the BAFTA-winning team behind Planet Earth II and Blue Planet, Hostile Planet has the scope and ambition of a five-star nature series. Like cheetahs chasing down gazelles for their next meal, these guys know what they’re doing. And with Benjamin Wallfisch (Blade Runner 2049) on board to provide an epic orchestral score, the grisly grandeur of mother nature never sounded so good.


It’s got some big numbers

A cobra in the desert

Hostile Planet was shot over 1,300 days across all seven continents, resulting in around 1,800 hours of footage. Not only that, 245 crew members worked on location, using state-of-the-art technology to get closer than ever before to the stars of the show.


You’ll see an on-screen first!

A meerkat in the desert

Hostile Planet
is packed with unforgettable moments that are sure to leave you breathless, including a jaguar tackling a giant caiman, and barnacle geese chicks indulging in a spot of base jumping. The film-makers also managed to capture something never before seen on a nature series: an Arctic wolf hunting down a muskox. It’s an incredible sequence that truly captures the ferocious spirit of nature at it wildest.


Hostile Planet, Sunday 28 April, 9pm, National Geographic/HD (CH 266/268). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > National Geographic

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Image credit: Hostile Planet © National Geographic