Frozen Europeans

December 21, 2009 at 8:43 am (The People)

Temp: – 6 C / + 21F
WC: – 14 C / + 7F
Winds: 5 – 15 kts
Ran 8 miles last night…knees kinda hating me for it. 3 more tonight.

I deployed with some famous people, and they’re super cool, so I should probably mention it. Dr. Chadden Hunter, Kathryn Jeffs, Didier Noirot and Hugh Somethingbritishman, from the BBC, along with their crack team of divers and videographers and pilots, are here filming for their upcoming series The Frozen Planet. If you’ve seen the Planet Earth series, then you’ll know what you’re up for. Except that I’ve seen quite a bit of their raw footage, and it’s somehow even better than Planet Earth. The BBC folks are hard to miss around here, mostly because they’re all incredibly good-looking. Also, they talk real funny. SIR David Attenborough should be here in the next few weeks, so hopefully I can drive him around and talk real funny back to him. Brits love that.

Here’s what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Frozen Planet…From the people who brought you the award-winning series The Blue Planet (2001) and Planet Earth (2006), and The Frozen Planet is being billed as a sequel of sorts. David Attenborough will return as narrator,[2] and as with Planet Earth, the series will be shot entirely in HD.
The six-part series will focus on life in the Arctic and Antarctic. The production team were keen to film a comprehensive record of the natural history of the polar regions, because climate change is affecting landforms such as glaciers, ice shelves, and the extent of sea ice.
Filming is currently underway, and will focus particularly on the challenges facing polar bears and Arctic wolves in the north and adelie penguins and wandering albatross in the south, although storylines are still being developed. After an introductory episode, the next four episodes will depict the changing seasons at the poles, before a final episode focusing on mankind’s activities there.

OJ and I were thanked at one of their presentations on Sunday night, because we, essentially, helped them break into Crary lab after hours and swipe some lenses that had been mistakenly left behind. They were set to fly out and didn’t have their equipment at the airfield, and we basically did a Black Ops maneuver to get everything to them in far fewer minutes than it should have taken. So, they brought us beer and some signed copies of Planet Earth. Score!

Here’s a picture of Kathryn in my Carmen Sandiego hat.

Brit in Hat

Most everyone redeployed last week to get back to England to begin editing, so watch out for Frozen Planet in 2011 or so…



  1. lisamarie said,

    I know it’s “summer” down there, but what’s with the tank top? I mean, she looks delightful in your hat, but what the hell? That seems to be taking the British stiff upper lip a bit far.

  2. mom said,

    Did you regale the Brits with tales of our “hearty English breakfasts with the blobby tomatoes” we had in their land and that you and Jessie couldn’t wait to get on the plane so you’d finally have some “decent” food?

  3. dan said,

    Kathryn’s Film from the frozen planet series is broadcast tomorrow night Wednesday 23rd on BBC TV in the UK

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