Wild West: America's Great Frontier

There is nowhere in America more spectacular or more varied than the great Wild West, home to extraordinary desert landscapes like the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Monument Valley, giant redwood forests and extreme coastlines that have been forged over millennia.

In this landmark BBC Two series, narrated by actor James Norton, we reveal how these extraordinary worlds were carved out, what makes them so unique and the elemental forces governing the lives of the creatures and people that have settled there.

This iconic land is famed for its myths and Hollywood legends; but remains one of the toughest places to live, where communities have become ghost towns, and today people and wildlife with extraordinary resilience are embracing a demanding, ever-changing landscape. Filmed over two years, across eight different American states and Mexico's Baja peninsula, the series uses the latest technology from land, sea and air to bring this legendary part of the world to life.

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Restless Shores

Episode 1x03; Oct 23, 2016

From the mysterious Sea of Cortez to the wild and elemental Pacific Ocean, powerful earth forces shape the coastline of the wild west. These restless shores are a magnet for life; visited by the greatest of all animals, the blue whale, and by strange

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x03: Restless ShoresOct 23, 2016
1x02: High CountryOct 16, 2016
1x01: Desert HeartlandsOct 9, 2016
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