TV CHOICE

Alaska: A Year in the Wild Chan­nel 5, 9pm

The Observer - The New Review - - TUESDAY 19 -

Win­ter. Those read­ers who en­joyed Wild Alaska Live and want to know more about the wildlife of Amer­ica’s north­ern­most state will en­joy this four-part film about a year in the Alaskan wilder­ness. Tonight nar­ra­tor David Suchet guides us mel­liflu­ously through the win­ter months, when tem­per­a­tures can drop to -60C and the musk ox must scour the tree­less plains for veg­e­ta­tion buried deep be­neath the snow. We learn why the arc­tic fox is so well adapted to the con­di­tions, and even see a rare gath­er­ing of these soli­tary crea­tures; we dis­cover that the po­lar bear can scent food from 20 miles away; and we meet the Amer­i­can dip­per, a stock­ier, hardier ver­sion of its Euro­pean cousin. The land­scapes are ev­ery bit as in­ter­est­ing as their in­hab­i­tants, which also in­clude snow­shoe hares, bald ea­gles (above), lynxes, moose and red squir­rels. A treat. Mike Bradley

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