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Based on the book 'Scott and Amundsen' by Roland Huntford, "The Last Place on Earth" is an exploration of the rivalry between Captain Robert F. Scott and Ronald Amundsen as they attempt to reach the South Pole.

1 Season, 7 Episodes
February 18, 1985
Cast: Martin Shaw, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Stephen Moore, Ståle Bjørnhaug
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The Last Place on Earth Full Episode Guide

  • Amundsen has beaten Scott to the Pole and Scott's team is in a bad way - one member of the team has gone mad and died, rations are low and heavy snows are closing in.

  • Scott's team is gradually disintegrating and resentment amongst its members runs high. Scott intends to split his team in two - one travelling onwards to the Pole while the other returns to base.

  • When the spell of bad weather breaks, Amundsen's team manages to surge ahead, though they have no choice other than to start eating their dogs. Scott reasserts his authority as frustrations cause friction amongst the members of his team.

  • The rivalry between the two expeditionary teams increases and they both discover just how harsh and unforgiving Antarctica can be.

  • Scott discovers that Amundsen is also heading for the Pole and the race is on. Friction amongst the crew is growing and the horses are found to be unsuitable but more bad news is yet to come.

  • Preparing for an expedition to the North Pole in defiance of government opposition, Amundsen confides to his brother his secret plans to take the South Pole. This coup would sway public opinion in his direction and sweep away the negative comments of the government hardliners.

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