by elizabeth
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Today on Oprah (the most-watched daytime show in America in case you didn’t know), Oprah Winfrey urged her audience to watch Planet Earth with their families. On hand today were the show’s producers Alastair Fothergill and Jonny Keeling who have spent the last 5 years putting the 11-part series together for the Discovery Channel and BBC.

Filmed in more than 200 countries on all 7 continents, the series gives viewers an up-close look into the animal kingdom. When interviewed by Oprah, Fothergill described his most memorable moment when he captured on film a polar bear swimming in a dark blue sea surrounded by broken ice caps. Making the link to global warming, Fothergill says “The polar bear…is completely relaxed, but he was in trouble. You know, polar bears don’t like to swim. And increasingly, as this polar ice melts, they’re having to swim more and more.”

Planet Earth, an 11-part series, airs Sunday March 25 on Discovery Channel and runs every week (leading up to Earth Day!) until Sunday April 22. Alastair Fothergill’s accompanying book of the same name is available now.

Once again, it’s great to see the Queen of Daytime putting her influence to good use.