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Hostile Planet is a ground-breaking wildlife series that explores Earth's most hostile environments. Over the course of six episodes, we explore the extremes of deep, high, cold, hot, wet and dry and reveal the truly extraordinary ways in which animals have adapted to survive in the face of great adversity.  It's always been a Hostile Planet and yet, in the last 40 years, it's got a whole lot tougher for the wildlife. The world has changed more in the last 40 years than at any time in the last 65 million. So animals in the most hostile places on Earth must adapt in the blink of an evolutionary eye. Facing everything from intrinsically hostile habitats and brutally punishing weather to the unrelenting threat of predators and intense competition for resources, their challenge is simple: adapt or die.


  • Hostile Planet: Jungles
    Water, warmth and light provide perfect conditions for life in the jungle but as seasons become more unpredictable only the toughest will triumph.
  • Hostile Planet: Grasslands
    Grasslands are some of the most volatile lands on the planet and this is the epic tale of life and death in the planet's most dramatic wildernesses.
  • Hostile Planet: Polar
    Step inside the most frigid area known on Earth - where animals have evolved bodies and behaviours to allow them to combat their hostile habitat.
  • Hostile Planet: Deserts
    The planet's hottest habitats are getting even hotter, drier and bigger yet a host of remarkable animals still survive in the harshest conditions.
  • Hostile Planet: Oceans
    Delve beneath the surface of the largest habitat on Earth - our oceans - to uncover a world of crushing depths, stormy coasts and crowded reefs.
  • Hostile Planet: Mountains
    The highest mountains on Earth are home to some amazing creatures but with extreme weather and limited oxygen, only the toughest will survive.