Captain Scott’s heroic and ultimately tragic race to the South Pole in 1911 is a “Boy’s Own” adventure story that has endured for the past 100 years. Deep in the wilderness of the Antarctic lies Scott’s hut, a treasure trove of some 10,000 artefacts left behind by his team as the men headed out on their race to the Pole.
Adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle has been given exclusive access to Scott’s hut and, in this programme, spends a few weeks there, on the remote Cape Evans in Antarctica, alongside a dedicated team of conservationists. Working and living under extreme conditions, as Scott did, their mission is to restore Scott’s weather-beaten hut and its artefacts – without disturbing the past.
Cameras follow Ben on his intrepid journey across the frozen wastes, as he joins the international effort to preserve the hut and its artefacts for future generations. The simple structure was home to the expedition party between 1911 and 1912 and has remained virtually untouched for the past 100 years. It is in many ways a time capsule and, for the first time, the team explores these precious remains and reveals their historical significance. The programme also features the words of Scott, with readings from his diaries by acclaimed actor and director Kenneth Branagh.
“Captain Robert Falcon Scott has been a hero of mine since before I can remember,” says Ben. “So many books have been written about his race to the South Pole in 1911 but, a century on, all this new information is coming to light. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to see a part of Scott’s world that’s been lost for 100 years and to learn more about the man I’ve idolised for most of my life.”
Sunday 17 April
8.00-9.30pm BBC TWO