He added: “I remember jumping out on the ice, turning around seeing the two guys in the front trying to kick their door open because that of course was now slightly under the ice.” Our Planet has impressed audiences with its cinematic shots but now Alastair Fothergill, who alongside Keith Scholey produced the series, has revealed it almost cost him his life. Whilst filming for the Netflix series, Fothergill went on location to the Arctic to capture polar bears when the vehicle he was filming in fell through the ice. Lugging heavy equipment required careful planning whilst navigating the terrain of the fragile ice sheets, said Fothergill, who had to consider the weight of himself, the cameraman and the driver. “We worked out the total weight and we worked out a certain thickness of ice that we would need to make sure that that weight would be supported.” The team used drills to map out the depth of the ice inputting it into their GPS system. “After a while we thought we knew pretty well where the thin and thick ice was but we made a mistake.” Fothergill described the harrowing moment at the Hay Festival: “What had happened was the front two tracks of a four track vehicle went through the ice. “The back side of the vehicle where I was, was raised a bit and I could get my door open and I jumped up onto the ice.” Luckily, the two managed to break free and make their escape onto the safety of the ice. “Literally as they came onto the ice the vehicle went through and we never saw it again.” He added: “I have to say it was the most frightening moment of my career as a filmmaker.” With just his Billingham bag that held his passport floating to the surface the team were then marooned with “a male polar bear who was thinking there comes lunch.” A satellite phone also survived the wreckage, enabling them to contact the night team, who quickly came to their rescue. The Silverback Films production, narrated by David Attenborough, was shot in top quality 4k and took a total of four years to make, with 600 crew members filming in 50 countries. Kids riding bikes at about -25C In the second episode of the new series Our Planet, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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