To mark the centenary of Roald Amundsen’s arrival at the South Pole (to be followed a month later by Captain Scott), Radio 3’s The Essay each night is presented by professionals who have lived and worked in Antarctica. (5 x 14′)
First broadcast December 2011 BBC Radio 3
Producer Chris Eldon Lee
These essays are delights, full of extraordinary details and brimming with passion – Elizabeth Mahoney, The Guardian.
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- Glaciologist David Drewry recalls his adventurous efforts to survey Antarctica’s landscape.
- Writer Meredith Hooper witnesses the plight of penguins affected by climate change.
- John Sweeny relives his desperate efforts to find a new home for Antarctica’s last huskies.
- Geologist Jane Francis struggles to make ice cream freeze in the Antarctic.
- David Walton describes the tricky legal struggle to protect Antarctica from humans.
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