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.
Scott and Amundsen both wanted to be first to the Pole. One of them was. The other became a hero.
Did You Know?
This mini-series was the subject of savage attacks in the British right-wing press, even before it had begun transmission. It was claimed that it had depicted Captain Robert Falcon Scott, usually regarded as a national hero, as an irresponsible fool whose poor decisions had cost his own life and the lives of his men. The left-wing politics of writer Trevor Griffiths were roundly attacked in these reports. However, the series itself was generally well-received. 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