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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
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 Capt. 'Titus' Oates 6 episodes, 1985
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 Lt. 'Birdie' Bowers 6 episodes, 1985
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 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
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 P.O. Crean 5 episodes, 1985
Paul Rothery ...
 'Silas' Wright 5 episodes, 1985
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 P.O. Evans 5 episodes, 1985
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 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 ...
Jirí Stanislav ...
Hans Ola Sørlie ...
 Jorgen Stubberud 4 episodes, 1985
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 Fridtjof Nansen 3 episodes, 1985
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 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
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 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
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 Reg Skelton 2 episodes, 1985
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 Frederick Cook 2 episodes, 1985
Julian Fox ...
 Lt. Campbell 2 episodes, 1985
Astrid Folstad ...
Anthony Hyde ...
 Dr. Simpson 2 episodes, 1985
Terry Kingley ...
 Griffith Taylor 2 episodes, 1985
Jane Laurie ...
 Hilda Evans 2 episodes, 1985
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 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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Kappløpet mot Sydpolen - Scott vs Amundsen  »

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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 »

Goofs

In the series, Amundsen visits Dr Frederick Cook in Leavenworth Prison shortly after the publication of Scott's journal. In reality, the meeting took place more than a decade later, in 1926, when Cook was serving a sentence for his part in an alleged oil fraud. See more »

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Superb, With Qualification
21 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Superb drama depicting the "race" to the south pole between Scott and Amundsen. The revisionist history, based on a book by Roland Huntford, is a classic bit of iconoclasm. New evidence suggests Scott was not an inept bungler who shouldn't have led the expedition while Amundsen was a skillful Arctic and Antarctic explorer. In fact, both men were skilled in Antarctic conditions, but Scott, who planned the expedition meticulously and relying on the latest in science and technology, had a run of bad luck and Amundsen, going a route sometimes impossible, had a run of good luck. It would be interesting to see a show on this scale and with the quality of production and acting and scripts that detail Scott and Amundsen in light of new geographical discoveries that unfortunately blew Huntford's research apart.

Everyone is very good, with a mix of old hands (Stephen Moore, Max von Sydow) and rising young performers (Hugh Grant, Michael Maloney). And the cast seemed to have put themselves through a hardship to make this miniseries. It's too bad they had to show Scott as mean as well as bungling and Amundsen as too saintly and all-knowing. Amundsen lived and Scott died, but in the Antarctic the difference between success and failure is razor thin, and luck is not something either man could plan for.


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