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Ben Fogle to recreate historic adventurers' Antarctic journeys for TV

Dwayne Fields and Ben Fogle will re-live the Antarctic journeys of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen. (Channel 5/PA)
Dwayne Fields and Ben Fogle will re-live the Antarctic journeys of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen. (Channel 5/PA)

Ben Fogle is set to recreate Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen's Antarctic exploration journeys using only Edwardian trekking equipment.

The presenter is making a new three-part series for Channel 5, Endurance: Race To The Pole, which he has described as a "dream project".

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Adventurer Fogle, 49, will only have Edwardian equipment, food supplies and shelter which the three adventurers used at his disposal in the gruelling polar mission.

He said: "This is a dream project for me. I have held a lifelong fascination with this period of heroic polar exploration and now I get the chance to experience immersive, living history myself by wearing the same clothes, eating the same type of food, pulling the same-style sled and sleeping in the same canvas tent.

Ben Fogle will only be able to use Edwardian equipment. (Channel 5/PA)
Ben Fogle will only be able to use Edwardian equipment. (Channel 5/PA)

"This will give me a better understanding about the heroics and the sacrifices made by these brave men more than a hundred years ago in one of the harshest most unforgiving places on earth.

"Having raced to the pole myself in 2008 wearing modern equipment, now I get to experience the harsh Antarctic wilderness as they did."

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In 2009, Fogle skied over 750km to the South Pole, and was beaten by a Norwegian team.

Fogle and polar explorer Dwayne Fields will look at why Amundsen triumphed in his trek while Scott and Shackleton failed, exploring their bitter rivalry and the crucial decisions they made.

British broadcaster, writer and adventurer Ben Fogle poses during a photocall for a TV serie
Ben Fogle says the expedition is a dream come true. (AFP via Getty Images)

On December 14 1911, Norwegian Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole – 35 days ahead of Scott, whose body was found along with those of the other members of his party 13 months after they disappeared on their mission.

Shackleton made several trips to Antarctica, first reaching within 400 miles of the South Pole in 1902, and he came even closer seven years later – just 97 miles from his goal – but had to turn back due to lack of food.

In 1915, his crew set out in the ship Endurance but were unable to reach land and became trapped in dense pack ice, forcing the 28 men on board eventually to abandon ship.

They were stuck in the ice for around 10 months before escaping in lifeboats and on foot.