Going to Extremes
Going to Extremes and Surviving Extremes were television programmes made for Channel 4 by Nick Middleton. In each episode of the two series, Middleton visited an extreme area of the world to find out how people have adapted to life there.
Both Going to Extremes and Surviving Extremes were accompanied by books of the same name, except in the USA where the latter was titled Extremes: Surviving the World's Harshest Environments.
There was also a third series, titled Going to Extremes: The Silk Routes.
Going to Extremes
In this series, Middleton visited the coldest, hottest, driest and wettest permanent settlements in the world.
In his second series, Middleton visited places without permanent towns, locations where "survival requires a lifestyle completely in tune with Nature's rhythms."
- Sand - Niger
- Middleton travelled with a group of women across the Sahara in extreme heat to trade date palms.
- Ice - Greenland
- Middleton travelled with the indigenous people of northern Greenland, where four fifths of the land is permanently ice-covered.
- Jungle - Democratic Republic of Congo
- Middleton visited the dangerous jungle in Congo.
- Swamp - Papua
- Middleton examined how people live with very little solid land.
- Toxic - Kazakhstan
- Middleton visited an abandoned Soviet biological weapons testing site with a toxic environment.
- "Dr Nick Middleton". School of Geography and the Environment. University of Oxford.
- Nesbitt, Ludovico Mariano (1 January 1934). "Hell-hole of creation; the exploration of Abyssinian Danakil.". A.A. Knopf.
- Middleton, Nick Going to Extremes: Mud, Sweat and Frozen Tears.
- Middleton, Nick Extremes : Surviving the World's Harshest Environments .
- Thomas Dunne Books, 2005, hardcover, ISBN 0-312-34266-7.
- Middleton, Nick Surviving Extremes.
- Macmillan, paperback, 2004, ISBN 0-330-43182-X.