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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
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 »
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 »
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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