Frozen Planet, produced in partnership with The Open University, was a big winner in the non-fiction category of the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, winning best non-fiction series; cinematography; picture editing and sound editing. It was also nominated in the sound mixing for non-fiction programming category.
Dr Mark Brandon, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science at the OU and academic consultant for the series, said: “Frozen Planet showed how unique and fragile the polar regions are, and what rising temperatures mean to the people and animals living there. The series was not only spectacular, but remains topical, as sea ice melt is once again at the forefront of scientific debate.”
The OU is offering the chance to continue exploring the icy wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctica. OpenLearn, the OU's free interactive study site, offers geographic information from Arctic and Antarctic experts, videos of the wildlife in each polar region and historical moments in polar exploration.
The short course, The Frozen Planet, reveals the wonders of the polar world and explains how ice has shaped – and controls – the planet. It has polar-focused activities and film clips from the Frozen Planet series, and looks in depth at the environment, science and wildlife.