The Polar Bear Family and Me



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  • Season 1
    • Autumn
      Episode 3

      Gordon Buchanan and the team return to Svalbard in September on the trail of Lyra and her cub Miki. They have been away for six weeks and don't know if either bear is still alive. Lyra's collar hasn't sent a signal for a month - finding her this time will be a huge challenge. But Gordon does find her - and Miki is alive. Times are tough though. Lyra is very thin and has been reduced to eating moss and seaweed.

    • Summer
      Episode 2

      Gordon and the team return to Svalbard in mid-June on the trail of 'Lyra' and her cubs, 'Miki' and 'Luca'. Gordon works with scientists to try to understand how his polar bear family are surviving the unusual arctic weather. Gordon finds Lyra and renews his bond with her, but he discovers that cub Luca is missing. Lyra is devoted to her remaining cub, Miki, but his future is also uncertain.

    • Spring
      Episode 1

      In this series, wildlife cameraman, Gordon Buchanan follows a wild polar bear family over three seasons, something no one has done before. Gordon, and arctic survival experts travel by boat to far flung Svalbard. They manage to find a polar bear birth den and meet mother 'Lyra' and her cubs 'Miki' and 'Luca' as they emerge from their den. Little is still known about polar bears family life because no one has been able to follow them this closely before. Gordon helps scientists fit Lyra with a tracking collar and takes on the mission of living with this remarkable bear family . To help him observe the polar bears Gordon tests a 'bear proof' filming hide - the 'Ice Cube' and gets closer to polar bears than anyone has ever done before.