'Realms of the Russian Bear' is a zoological journey aruond the former Soviet Union, led by Russia's answer to David Attenborough, Nikolai Drozdov.
Drozdov's enthusiasm and love for his country are infectious, and his amazing accent doesn't do the series any harm either. The landscapes alone are amazing, and the variety seems endless: the deserts of the south-west where marmots abound ("Zey make good fur hats!"); the mountains of Tajikistan; Lake Baikal with its mysterious freshwater seals; the Taiga birch forest where lemmings nibble under the snow; and Kamchatka, further east than Japan and inhabited by tigers.
While it wasn't exactly a breakthrough in natural history programming like 'The Trials of Life', this series is certainly well worth watching. This is a fascinating look at the natural history of a vast area of the world, and every bit as beautiful to look at as you'd expect from the BBC.