Worlds of Wonder – the Frozen Planet II Christmas special – will once again transport viewers to frozen wildernesses in the in the company of legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The 60-minute special airs on Monday 2nd January and it's free to watch on BBC iPlayer (in 4K Ultra HD, too). Away from home in the UK? Follow this guide on how to watch Frozen Planet II: Worlds of Wonder from abroad.
Worlds of Wonder opens on a show-stopping Arctic vista featuring two polar bears seemingly dancing on the ice. The usually solitary animals appear to have struck up a friendship. Life below zero isn't such a blast for baby harp seals, but at least they don't have to worry about crossing paths with the largest pack of wolves on record.
Next, it's off to the snow-capped peaks of Mongolia, where a short-legged cat struggles on the ice and a golden eagle bites off way more than he can chew. Sir David ends his epic journey in Antarctica, where the coldest, darkest winter on Earth proves surprisingly challenging for a crèche of emperor penguin chicks.
Already a fan of the life-affirming TV gem that is Frozen Planet? You're in for a treat. Not seen it? There are worse ways to start 2023 than in the company of David Attenborough and prancing polar bears.
Frozen Planet II: Worlds of Wonder streams on BBC iPlayer from 8pm GMT on 2nd January. Make sure you know how to watch Frozen Planet II: Worlds of Wonder from anywhere.
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Frozen Planet II: Worlds of Wonder streams free on BBC iPlayer from 2nd January. TV viewers can watch the show on BBC One at 8pm GMT that day.
Just sign up for a BBC account with an email address and a UK postcode (e.g. W1A 1AA) for access to iPlayer.
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Watch a Frozen Planet II: World of Wonder live stream in the USA
Frozen Planet II: Worlds of Wonder is produced in association with BBC America so we fully expect it to be available in the States... eventually. There's no word on a US air date and it could be a while yet.
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The Frozen Planet II live stream in Australia
Channel Nine has the exclusive rights to air Frozen Planet II in Australia, so we'd expect Worlds of Wonder to stream on 9now... we just don't know when. It could be over six months away, if past history is anything to go buy.
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