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Polar bear cubs are so cute – but you really don't want to get too close to a grown up one

Baby polar bears are lovely things aren't they? Like Arctic Andrex puppies, playing in the snow, tumbling joyously down the slope. Seen it all before, on Frozen Planet? Yeah, but that was intercut with footage filmed in a Dutch zoo, remember? With fake snow. Attenborough's darkest hour, Polar Beargate, when Britain - and the world - stopped trusting the man it had trusted more than anyone else.

This - The Polar Bear Family and Me (BBC2) - is all real. Gordon Buchanan is very much here, in Svalbard, to get closer to polar bears than anyone has ever got before, he says. It's cold, and dangerous – don't be fooled by the cute Andrex cubs; when they get bigger they'll rip you to pieces in seconds. Gordon doesn't want to end »

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