The Last Place on Earth (1985)

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Scott vs. Amundsen. It wasn't meant to be a race, but race it becomes, as the world awaits news of the first to reach the Pole. What follows is a tale of heroism, foolhardiness, ... See full summary »

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 Captain R. F. Scott (7 episodes, 1985)
Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
 Roald Amundsen (7 episodes, 1985)
Stephen Moore ...
 Dr. 'Bill' Wilson (7 episodes, 1985)
Ståle Bjørnhaug ...
 Olav Bjaaland (6 episodes, 1985)
Tom Georgeson ...
 P.O. Lashly (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Cherry-Garrard (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Lt. 'Teddy' Evans (6 episodes, 1985)
Richard Morant ...
 Capt. 'Titus' Oates (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Lt. 'Birdie' Bowers (6 episodes, 1985)
Robin Soans ...
 Surgeon Atkinson (6 episodes, 1985)
Tom Gerrard ...
 P.O. Keohane (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Helmer Hanssen (5 episodes, 1985)
Erik Hivju ...
 Sverre Hassel (5 episodes, 1985)
Ivar Nørve ...
 Oscar Wisting (5 episodes, 1985)
Daragh O'Malley ...
 P.O. Crean (5 episodes, 1985)
Paul Rothery ...
 'Silas' Wright (5 episodes, 1985)
Pat Roach ...
 P.O. Evans (5 episodes, 1985)
Susan Wooldridge ...
 Kathleen Bruce - Mrs. Scott / ... (4 episodes, 1985)
Jon Eikemo ...
 Adolf Lindström (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Cecil Meares (4 episodes, 1985)
Sven Nordin ...
 Gran (4 episodes, 1985)
Jirí Stanislav ...
 Dimitri (4 episodes, 1985)
Hans Ola Sørlie ...
 Jorgen Stubberud (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Fridtjof Nansen (3 episodes, 1985)
Lawrence Douglas ...
 Bernard Day (3 episodes, 1985)
Per Theodor Haugen ...
 Leon Amundsen (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Sir Clements Markham (3 episodes, 1985)
Toralv Maurstad ...
 Hjalmar Johansen (3 episodes, 1985)
Peter Jeffrey ...
 Lord Curzon (3 episodes, 1985)
Nils Ole Oftebro ...
 Lt. Nilsen (3 episodes, 1985)
Sue Robinson ...
 Mrs. Ory Wilson (3 episodes, 1985)
Bjørn Skagestad ...
 Kristian Prestrud (3 episodes, 1985)
Robin Summers ...
 P.O. Clissold (3 episodes, 1985)
Erik Bye ...
 Andreas Beck (2 episodes, 1985)
Cliff Burnett ...
 Reg Skelton (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Frederick Cook (2 episodes, 1985)
Julian Fox ...
 Lt. Campbell (2 episodes, 1985)
Astrid Folstad ...
 Betty (2 episodes, 1985)
Anthony Hyde ...
 Dr. Simpson (2 episodes, 1985)
Terry Kingley ...
 Griffith Taylor (2 episodes, 1985)
Jane Laurie ...
 Hilda Evans (2 episodes, 1985)
Peter Sands ...
 Lt. Pennell (2 episodes, 1985)
Nickolas Grace ...
 Lord Howard De Walden (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mr. Barnes (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Scott Keltie (2 episodes, 1985)
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Scott vs. Amundsen. It wasn't meant to be a race, but race it becomes, as the world awaits news of the first to reach the Pole. What follows is a tale of heroism, foolhardiness, selflessness and self-delusion, in a land where victory must be secondary to survival. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Scott and Amundsen both wanted to be first to the Pole. One of them was. The other became a hero.

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The song that Olav Bjaaland (Ståle Bjørnhaug) sings when the Norwegian team breaks the "farthest south" record is "Nordmannen", also called "Millom Bakkar og Berg". The lyrics are by the Norwegian poet and linguist, Ivar Aasen (1813-1896), best known for developing the "landsmaal" written language from rural Norwegian dialects. The music is by Ludvig Lindeman (1812-1887). See more »

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On his return from the South Pole at 'Framheim,' Amundsen learns that the credit for reaching the North Pole has been taken away from Dr Frederick Cook and given instead to Peary. In reality, Amundsen was well aware of the controversy *before* his departure for Antarctica, and to avoid any question that he had not reached the true South Pole due to faulty navigation, staked out an area of ten miles around what he believed to be the Pole itself. See more »

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So was Scott a Hero?
1 July 2002 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This series was a superb production based on Roland Huntford's book. For many years Scott was portrayed as a hero, who died on his return from the Pole. In Death he overshadowed Amundsen's achievement of being first to the pole. Huntford's book and this production, set out to dispell the legend of Scott the Hero.

The start of the series, gives an insight into the direction the whole production goes. It shows Amundsen staying with Eskimos, while Scott is facing the prospect of a court marshall. There can be little doubt in reality that the British Expedition was no match for the experienced collection of Norwegian Explorers. If it had been a sporting event, it would have been classed as a thrashing. After all Amundsens was halfway back to his base when Scott reached the Pole.

The different ideas of the two men is made clear. Amundsen knows he must be first to the pole. He can't afford to be second. He has told his country and government that he is headed for the north pole. He knows that no chances can be taken in a place as unforgiving as the Antartic. Scott however believes that the pole is his by rights, this is probably due to the mentality of the British at that period of time when they had the largest empire the world had seen. He takes only enough supplies to make it there and back, and when he falls behind schedule he starves to death.

It portrays Scotts rivalry with Shakelton, and why Scott pushed on to the Pole, as he felt he had to do better than Shakelton. For many years Scott was considered the Greater Hero. Nowadays it is reversed with Shakelton's concern for his men, is looked on more favourable, thans Scott's reckless actions to push on to the prize.

For all of Scott's mistakes, the show does not go into the bad luck that Scott suffered at the Hands of the weather. Yes, it does snow in the Antartic all the time, but the temperature in the March that year was well below the average for that time of year. Would Scott had made it back in more favourable conditions, we'll never know, but Amundsen knew it was not a place to take chances.

In summing up, this was a superb production, with good acting, directing and setting. I recommend anyone who enjoyed this to read the book as well. Also to read Scott's diary, as it is a masterpiece. Maybe he was more suited to writing than to exploring.


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