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71 Degrees North
71 Degrees North Logo.JPEG
Also known as 71° North
Genre Reality
Presented by Gethin Jones (2010)
Kate Thornton (2010)
Paddy McGuinness (2011)
Charlotte Jackson (2011)
Starring see Celebrities
Country of origin Norway
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) Norway
Running time 46 minutes (exc. adverts)
60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Fever Media
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9
Original run 11 September 2010 (2010-09-11)  – 1 November 2011 (2011-11-01)
Chronology
Related shows 71 Grader Nord (since 1999)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (since 2002)
External links
Website
Production website

71 Degrees North is a TV series on ITV which began broadcasting on 11 September 2010. Ten celebrities must battle it out to see who will make it to the 71st parallel north, with challenges along the way. Mazda formerly sponsored the show, Continental tires are the current sponsors. The show is based on the Norwegian format 71° nord, which has been broadcast on TVNorge since 1999, and adapted in Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Holland, and Belgium. The format is distributed by Banijay International.

In the UK, the show is made by London-based production company Fever Media and finished broadcasting its first series on 2 November 2010. The show is aired at 9 pm on Tuesday nights. Series 1 hosts were Gethin Jones and Kate Thornton. Marcus Patric was crowned champion after a closely fought final with Gavin Henson in the first series.

A second series was commissioned by ITV and started airing on 13 September 2011 hosted by Paddy McGuinness and Charlotte Jackson with 12 celebrities taking part. As with the first series, the second series airs on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm. In 2011, six countries acquired both series of the UK version.[1] They were: TV Norge, Network Ten in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, Sic in Portugal, TV5 in Finland and Évasion in Canada.

On 19 June 2012, it was announced by ITV that 71 Degrees North had been axed after two series.[2]

Plot[edit]

The show follows 10 celebrities who attempt to make it to the North Cape at 71 degrees north. At the end of each episode, the celebrity who performed worst on that day's challenge was eliminated.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 11 September 2010 2 November 2010 8
2 13 September 2011 1 November 2011 8

Series 1[edit]

71 Degrees North
Series One (2010)
Name Entry Exit      
Marcus Patric Episode 1  Episode 8   
Gavin Henson Episode 1  Episode 8   
Susie Amy Episode 1  Episode 8   
Joe Absolom Episode 1  Episode 7   
Andrew Castle Episode 1  Episode 6   
Shane Richie Episode 1  Episode 5   
Michelle Mone Episode 1  Episode 4   
Diarmuid Gavin Episode 1  Episode 3   
Konnie Huq Episode 1  Episode 2   
Lauren Socha Episode 1  Episode 1   
Legend
Winner
Runner-up
Eliminated

Marcus Patric was crowned champion after a closely fought final with Gavin Henson.

Hosts[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series One (2010)
Episode Celebrity eliminated Airdate
1
Lauren Socha
11 September
2
Konnie Huq
14 September
3
Diarmuid Gavin
21 September
4
Michelle Mone
28 September
5
Shane Richie
5 October
6
Andrew Castle
19 October
7
Joe Absolom
26 October
8
Susie Amy (3rd Place)
2 November
Gavin Henson (Runner-up)
Marcus Patrick (Winner)

Celebrities[edit]

Celebrity Occupation Status
Lauren Socha Misfits actress Eliminated 1st
on 11 September 2010
Konnie Huq Television presenter Eliminated 2nd
on 14 September 2010
Diarmuid Gavin Garden designer Eliminated 3rd
on 21 September 2010
Michelle Mone Entrepreneur & model Eliminated 3rd
on 28 September 2010
Shane Richie EastEnders actor Eliminated 4th
on 5 October 2010
Andrew Castle Television broadcaster Eliminated 5th
on 19 October 2010
Joe Absolom Actor Eliminated 6th
on 26 October 2010
Susie Amy Actress Third Place
on 2 November 2010
Gavin Henson Welsh rugby player Runner-Up
on 2 November 2010
Marcus Patric Actor Winner
on 2 November 2010

Challenges[edit]

The team that wins each challenge gets to stay in a log cabin, while the losing team has to camp. (In episode 6, the winning team had the chance to spend the night in an Ice Hotel. Joe took this opportunity, Andrew opted for a warmer log cabin).

The contestants are split into Blue and Red teams at the start of each Challenge.
The winner of immunity from the previous Challenge becomes captain of one of the teams.

Episode Team Event or Immunity Challenge Challenge Winner(s)
1 Team Event:
Dog Sledding
Blue Team
Each team must dog sled to collect their camping equipment, then, get to the camping site.
After a night stop, both teams race to the finish line.
The race length is 30 km.
Immunity Challenge:
Ice Swim
Gavin Henson
Each person in each team must go into freezing water, and whoever swims the furthest will be guaranteed a place in the next expedition.
2 Team Event:
Stretcher Race
Red Team
A team member is tied to a stretcher and the first team to get to the end has to cross a ravine by rope with the stretcher to win.
Immunity Challenge:
Ice Climb
Joe Absolom
Each person must climb an ice wall.
Whoever climbs the fastest/furthest wins immunity in the second vote off.
3 Team Event:
Snow Cave Digging
Blue Team
Each team must find an equipment package using a tracker and then build a snow cave to sleep in that night.
To win, the teams must build the cave to specific regulations.
Immunity Challenge:
Rope Holding
Gavin Henson
Andrew Castle
One partner holds a rope that is hoist over a tree, while the other is attached to it.
The two teams who hold on the longest compete in the final.
4 Team Event:
Cliffhanger
Red Team
Each team must trek 5 km to spend the night in a tent hanging from separate vertical cliffs.
The following day, one member of each team must climb to the top of their cliff and traverse
on ropes to the opposite cliff to collect a flag and then, return it to the starting point.
Immunity Challenge:
Reindeer Race
Shane Richie
Each contestant must race around a track on a sled pulled by a Reindeer.
The winner of each race will progress to the next round.

(Susie Amy received a bye from the first heat due to the odd number of contestants.)

5 Team Event:
Snow Mobile Race
Red Team
Each team must race by snow mobile to the top of a frozen waterfall which, they will then abseil back down.
Once at the bottom, they must melt a block of ice to get the key to the luxury cabin.
The team with the fastest time in each stage will get a head start in the next.
(The blue team were invited by the reds to share the log cabin with them due to the extreme cold temperatures.)
Immunity Challenge:
Frozen River Assault Course
Gavin Henson
Each contestant must race around the course and then complete a math problem.
The person with the fastest time avoids elimination.
Failing or not completing the math problem in 2 minutes adds 5 minutes to their time.
6 Team Event:
Race and Reindeer Herding
Blue Team
Andrew
& Joe
Each team must race 40 miles on snow mobiles to the camp site where, they must construct and spend the night in a Lavvu.
The first team to reach camp will take a 5 minute lead into tomorrow.
(Due to dangerously cold temperatures, the teams stayed in a log cabin rather than the Lavvu that night.)
The following day, the teams must herd 3000 reindeer over a distance of 2.5 km. The team with the fastest time wins.
Immunity Challenge:
Tobogganing
Joe Absolom
Each contestant will compete in a time trail down the 500m course to decide who progresses to the semi-finals and then the final.
The winner will be immune from the vote off.
7 Team Event:
Hell Race
Red Team
Joe &
Marcus
Each team must hike to the bottom of a canyon and set up camp.
The first team to reach camp will take a 15 minute lead into tomorrow.
The following day, the teams must build a sledge out of their equipment and pull it a further 9 km to the finish line.
Immunity Challenge:
Dangling from a Dam
Gavin Henson
Each contestant must run across the face of a dam 110m high and collect a series of flags from boxes in numerical order.
The fastest contestant wins immunity.
8 Semi Final:
Swim Under a Frozen Lake
Winner:
Marcus

Eliminated:
Susie

Each contestant must swim under a frozen lake into holes cut in the ice.
Susie was Eliminated at this stage as she swam 2 holes in the ice in 33 seconds compared to Gavin's 20 seconds,
Marcus swam to the 3rd hole and automatically progressed to the Final Challenge.
The Final:
Race to 71 Degrees North
Series Winner:

Marcus Patric

In the first part of the final, both contestants must hike 2 km to the camp site.
The winner chooses to sleep in the tent or the snow cave and has the opportunity to dig for a luxury food package.
The following day, the contestants must race by dog sled for 20 km, the winner will take the winning margin into the next stage.
In stage 3, the finalists must run to and then make their way across a 35m rope crossing, 100m above the Arctic.
Once across, they must sprint to the finish line and set a beacon on fire.
The first to light it is the Champion.

Series 2[edit]

71 Degrees North
Series Two (2011)
Name Entry Exit      
Rav Wilding Episode 1  Episode 8   
Angelica Bell Episode 1  Episode 8   
Amy Williams Episode 1  Episode 8   
Brooke Kinsella Episode 1  Episode 7   
Richard Arnold Episode 3  Episode 6   
John Barnes Episode 3
Episode 5 
Episode 4
Episode 5 
 
Charlie Dimmock Episode 1  Episode 5   
Lisa Maxwell Episode 1  Episode 3   
Martin Kemp Episode 1  Episode 3   
John Thomson Episode 1  Episode 2   
Sean Maguire Episode 1  Episode 2   
Nicky Clarke Episode 1  Episode 1   
Legend
Winner
Runner-up
Eliminated
Withdrew

On 1 March 2011, ITV confirmed that a second series has been commissioned and would begin airing on 13 September 2011, lasting 8 weeks before finishing on 1 November 2011.[3]

Hosts[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series Two (2011)
Episode Celebrity eliminated Airdate
1
Nicky Clarke
13 September
2
Sean Maguire (withdrew)
20 September
John Thomson
3
Martin Kemp (withdrew)
27 September
Lisa Maxwell
4
John Barnes
4 October
5
Charlie Dimmock (withdrew)
11 October
John Barnes
6
Richard Arnold
18 October
7
(Semi-Final)
Brooke Kinsella
25 October
8
(Final)
Amy Williams (3rd Place)
1 November
Angelica Bell (Runner-up)
Rav Wilding (Winner)

Celebrities[edit]

On 18 July 2011, the 10 confirmed celebrities for Series 2 were revealed, They were:[4]

Celebrity Occupation Status
Nicky Clarke Celebrity hairdresser Eliminated 1st
on 13 September 2011
Sean Maguire Actor Withdrew
on 20 September 2011
John Thomson Comedian & actor Eliminated 2nd
on 20 September 2011
Martin Kemp Actor and singer Withdrew
on 27 September 2011
Lisa Maxwell Actress & TV panellist Eliminated 3rd
on 27 September 2011
Charlie Dimmock Gardening expert Withdrew
on 11 October 2011
John Barnes Former England footballer Eliminated 4th
on 11 October 2011
Richard Arnold Daybreak presenter Eliminated 5th
on 18 October 2011
Brooke Kinsella Actress Eliminated 6th
on 25 October 2011
Amy Williams Olympic skeleton racer Third Place
on 1 November 2011
Angellica Bell Television presenter Runner-Up
on 1 November 2011
Rav Wilding Crimewatch host Winner
on 1 November 2011

Challenges[edit]

The team that wins each challenge gets to stay in a log cabin, while the losing team has to camp.

The contestants are split into Blue and Red teams at the start of each Challenge.
The winner of immunity from the previous Challenge becomes captain of one of the teams.
Team captains are in Bold.

Episode Team Event or Immunity Challenge Challenge Winner(s)
1 Team Event:
Dog Sledding
Red Team
Sean, Amy, Angellica, Charlie & Rav
Each team must dog sled to collect their camping equipment, then, get to the camping site.
After a night stop, both teams race to the finish line.
The race length is 30 km.
Immunity Challenge:
Ice Swim
Rav Wilding
Each person in each team must go into freezing water, and whoever swims the furthest will be guaranteed a place
in the next expedition.
2 Team Event:
Trawler Dive and Abseil Race
Red Team
Rav, Brooke, Charlie, Martin
& Sean
The teams must dive off a boat into a lake and then swim to shore. Once on shore they make their way to a cliff where
they will abseil face-down before racing to the finish line.
Immunity Challenge:
The Hangover
Amy Williams
Each contestant must hold onto a rope which is tied to the underside of a bridge, when they can't hold on
any longer they will drop. The contestant to hold on the longest wins,
and will be immune from the weeks vote off.
3 Team Event:
Buried Alive
Red Team
Amy, Angellica, Rav & Richard
The two teams compete in a relay-race up a mountain. The teams will start as a group before dropping off one
contestant at a time as they reach a crate. The dropped off contestant then digs a hole where
they will stay whilst the rest of the team continue. This repeats until the final team member reaches the top.
The first dropped off contestant then continues up the mountain collecting the other team mates.
The first team to have all members at the top first, wins.
Immunity Challenge:
Tobogganing
Amy Williams
Each contestant will compete in a time trail down the 500m course to decide who progresses to the semi-finals
and then the final of the challenge. The winner of the final will be immune from the vote off.
4 Team Event:
Kidnapped
Red Team
Amy, Angellica
& Charlie
Two team captains are "kidnapped" and locked in individual huts, whilst their teams battle through a course,
being navigated by the team captains using walkie-talkies.
The team to reach the hut and unlock their team captains first, wins.
Immunity Challenge:
Ice Plunge
Rav Wilding
Each contestant will jump into a pool of frozen water, stay in for 60 seconds before climbing out,
stripping down to their underwear and then run to the finish line.
The fastest contestant will be immune from the vote off.
5 Team Event:
Cliffhanger
Blue Team
Angellica, Amy
& Richard
Each team must climb up the side of a cliff face to reach their overnight tents, which hang off the side of the cliff.
The first team to their respective tents win a luxury food package.
The following day the teams must zip-wire from the top of the cliff to reach a flag,
they must collect the flag before restarting the descent to the end point. The first team across, wins.
Immunity Challenge:
Reindeer Race
Brooke Kinsella
Each contestant must race around a track on a sled pulled by a Reindeer.
The loser of each heat will be out, and not progress to the semi.
The winners of the heat will face the runner-ups, with the winners of the semis reaching the final.
6 Team Event:
The Decision
Red Team
Brooke & Rav
The teams must walk 5 km through the snow until they reach a canyon.
To cross the canyon the teams have to go via a cargo net which spans the 30 metre gap.
They then race to a checkpoint where the first team there has to make a decision about which route to take next.
The routes can either be 8 km on snowmobiles or 2 km on cross-country skis, the other team must take the alternate route.
The first team to the finish line wins a night in the Ice Hotel.
Immunity Challenge:
Icy Assault Course
Rav Wilding
Each contestant must climb an ice wall and on their way they must collect 5 letters.
They then zip wire to the bottom where they must spell out a word using the letters.
Whoever completes the challenge in the fastest time wins immunity.
7
(Semi-Final)
Team Event:
The Epic Race
Blue Team
Amy & Brooke
The first section of the race sees the contestants tandom kayak from one side of a lake to the other.
Then the contestants must head on to their camp, via a checkpoint, 10 km away.
The following morning the contestants must walk through the snow to another checkpoint, before continuing their walk
where they will reach a dog sled. The contestants will then race on the sledges to the finish line.
The first team to reach the finish line will win a night of luxury.
Final Immunity Challenge:
Hell Drop
Amy Williams
Each contestant must descend down a wire ladder hanging over the edge of a canyon passing flags on the way down.
Once at the very bottom of the ladder, they must climb back up to the top.
The fastest contestant wins immunity and a place in the final.
8 Final challenge:
Swim Under a Frozen Lake
Winners:
Angellica

Eliminated:
Amy

The three finalists must survive the night in a hand-built snow cave before swimming under the ice of a frozen lake.
(Angelica is the only contestant from both series to complete this challenge by reaching the
forth and final ice hole in about 90 seconds)
The Final:
Race to 71 Degrees North
Series Winner:
Rav Wilding
The remaining two finalists then face the challenge of crossing a single rope suspended 300m
above the ground in the race to the finish line.
Before reaching the rope climb, each contestant much race on snowmobiles to their chest containing
their harness equipment and melt a key inside a block of ice needed to open their chest.

International versions[edit]

The concept has been sold to several countries:[5]

Legend:      Ongoing        Finished  

Country Name Host(s) TV station Top prize Airdate
 Belgium /
 Netherlands
71° noord Evi Hanssen (2006, 2008) & Ernst-Paul Hasselbach (2008);
Ruben Nicolai & Leki (2009–10)
2BE (Belgium);
RTL5 (Netherlands);
AVRO
50,000 2006, 2008;
2009–10
 Canada /
 United States
No Boundaries Troy Hartman Global TV (Canada);
The WB Television Network (cancelled after 4 episodes); OLN (USA)
Ford Explorer Sport Trac + $100,000 2002
 Denmark 71° nord Unknown (2001)
Nicolai Molthke-Leth (2002)
TV Danmark Suzuki Grand Vitara (2001)
Safari in Kenya + Luxus bathing holiday (value 100,000 DKr)
2001–02
 Norway 71° nord Tom Stiansen (2006–present);
Elin Tvedt (2001–2005);
Tom Strømnæss (2000);
Janne Horgen Friberg (1999)
TVNorge New car + Prize money for completing tasks (2009–) 1999–
 Poland Ekspedycja Radoslaw Pazura TVN Subaru Forester GL 4WD 2001
 Sweden 69° nord Kim Rydeheim Kanal5 Trip around the World (2 persons) 2001
  Switzerland Abenteuer Schweiz Björn Hering TV3 75,000 CHF (+ Ice axe as trophy) 2000

Note: The Danish, Belgium/Netherlands and UK versions were all filmed in Norway. The other series were recorded in the respective countries. Around 2000 or 2001, German broadcaster RTL2 were sold the format but no series was made.

Cancellation[edit]

On 19 June 2012, it was announced by ITV that 71 Degrees North had been axed after two series.

References[edit]

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