Siberian tiger v bear: even David Attenborough ‘wowed’ by Frozen Planet II | Documentary

The tension in the air was palpable as the group of television producers waited with bated breath to see what would happen as the Siberian tiger crept into the bear’s cave. This was a groundbreaking moment in the making of wildlife documentaries, and one that will be seen by millions who tune into Frozen Planet … Read more

Earth: Muted review – bees go missing in China despatch from the eco-apocalypse file | Documentary films

This Swedish-produced documentary about China’s Hanyuan valley is nominally another dispatch from the eco-apocalypse file, so the final harmonious impression it leaves behind suggests it hasn’t done its job properly. Located in Sichuan province, the valley is a place where bees are on the verge of extinction, the consequences of which we see in the … Read more

The Velvet Queen: Snow Leopard review – a moving glimpse of nature’s private life | Documentary films

Clinging to the scree of a Tibetan peak, at an altitude of about 5,000 feet, the renowned nature photographer Vincent Munier schools writer Sylvain Tesson in the art of “the blind” in this stirring documentary. This entails hunkering down, waiting and hoping for a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard. For Tesson, the experience is … Read more

CBBC vet warns of kitten con artists in documentary

Vet Fabian Rivers has appeared in a new Cats Protection documentary seeking to raise awareness of online mis-selling of kittens. Dr Rivers, who is one of the stars of CBBC’s The Pets Factor, features in The Big Kitten Con, which features accounts from two women duped into buying kittens below the legal age for commercial … Read more