The Snow Wolf: A Win­ter’s Tale 9pm, BBC Two

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In re­cent years there has been con­tro­versy over ed­i­to­rial ma­nip­u­la­tion and the in­clu­sion of staged scenes in some nat­u­ral his­tory doc­u­men­taries. (Fake na­ture!) But this very sea­sonal film is up­front about be­ing a “drama­tised” pro­duc­tion, ar­rang­ing glo­ri­ous wildlife footage along with shots of ha­bit­u­ated an­i­mals into an ad­ven­ture nar­ra­tive. The star is a mother wolf who gets ban­ished from the pack she used to lead, and is forced to flee through the frozen Alps in search of safe new ter­ri­tory. Her at­tempts to evade hu­man and an­i­mal preda­tors along the way is com­pli­cated by an ex­tra prob­lem: she’s preg­nant, and dur­ing the jour­ney gives birth to a lit­ter of six tiny, help­less (and in­cred­i­bly pho­to­genic) cubs. Be pre­pared for things to get emo­tional. Emilia Fox nar­rates the tale.

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